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Houston promotes OC Applewhite to coach

FILE - In this Feb. 4, 2015 photo, Houston's offensive coordinator Major Applewhite speaks during a webcast in Houston. Applewhite was hired to replace Tom Herman as coach at Houston on Friday, Dec. 9, 2016. ( Karen Warren/Houston Chronicle via AP)

HOUSTON (AP) Major Applewhite was hired to replace Tom Herman as coach at Houston on Friday.

It's the first head coaching job for the 38-year-old Applewhite, who served as Herman's offensive coordinator the last two seasons. Herman recently left Houston to become the coach at Texas after two years with the Cougars.

"We had our sights set on a focused competitor who has demonstrated success and possesses a deep connection to college and high school football in the great state of Texas," Houston athletics director Hunter Yurachek said. "As this process was completed, it was clearly evident the only individual to offer our position to was Major Applewhite and he was indeed the right man to lead our program."

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