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Wednesday, September 18, 2019

Football

Tony Levine fired as head coach


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After three winning seasons as Houston football’s head coach, Tony Levine has been relieved of his coaching duties as announced by UH Athletics Monday morning. | File Photo/The Cougar

Tony Levine will no longer serve as the school’s head football coach, Vice President of Intercollegiate Athletics Mack Rhoades announced on Monday morning.

After three years with the Cougars, Levine led Houston to a 21-17 overall record and a 14-10 conference record over the three seasons. Despite leading the Cougars to back-to-back bowl appearances, the 2014 BBVA Compass Bowl and now the 2015 Lockheed Martin Armed Forces Bowl, UH Athletics has chosen to move in a different direction.

“Coach Levine and I met several times throughout the season, and again late last night, to discuss the state of the program,” Rhoades said. “Last night I informed him we will be moving in a different direction with our football program.”

Houston now begins the search for the program’s 14th head coach while defensive coordinator David Gibbs will serve as the Cougars’ interim head coach through their appearance in the Armed Forces Bowl against the Pittsburgh Panthers, until a new coach is hired.

“Coach Levine is an outstanding leader and over the last three years he has demonstrated great commitment to our student-athletes and has been an outstanding role model for our young men,” Rhoades said. “He has left the program in a better situation than it was when he inherited it.”

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