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UH has signed Tony Levine to a five-year extension. UH has secured its future in deciding to extend the football head coach’s contract. This will replace the previous five-year contract, which was signed before the 2012 season.

Levine will be entering his third year as the Cougars’ head coach, and seventh with the program. Director of Athletics Mack Rhoades announced on Tuesday that UH will keep him through the 2018 season.

“As we continue to build our football program, it is important we maintain stability and show Coach Levine we appreciate all of his efforts,” Rhoades said.

Rhoades commended Levine’s accomplishments in such a short span of time with his players on and off the field.

For the 22nd time in program history, UH has returned to play in a bowl game. The Cougars faced Vanderbilt in the 2014 BBVA Compass Bowl. The Cougars played their toughest schedule in program history in terms of opponents’ wins (94). UH led the nation in turnovers forced with 43, and finished the year with a record of 8-5.

Academically the 2013 team also had its third-highest overall spring grade point average and is now at its highest cumulative GPA following a spring semester.

Levine said this was humbling for him to get this opportunity to continue to lead the University’s football program.

“With our Tier One academic program and the new stadium, we have a very positive outlook for our program’s long-term success,” Levine said. “Houston is home for my family and me, and we look forward to many more years of making great memories here. ”

UH will open the 2014 season playing for the first time ever in the new Houston Football Stadium on Friday, Aug. 29, hosting UTSA.

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