Major Applewhite will be Houston’s new head coach, sources told FootballScoop on Friday. Amid reports that Lane Kiffin would be the Cougars’ next coach — which school officials denied — Houston stakeholders revealed they had a new coach through a colorful Twitter announcement. The school will hold a 2 p.m. ET press conference Monday to formally introduce Applewhite.

Applewhite, of course, is already on staff as the Cougars’ offensive coordinator, a key lieutenant in Tom Herman’s #HTownTakeover revival of Houston football. Todd Orlando, also a candidate for the head job, will remain on staff as defensive coordinator for the Cougars’ Las Vegas Bowl appearance against San Diego State next Saturday.

“When we set out on our search for the new leader of our football program, we wanted a coach with great integrity who believed in our mission and truly believed in our student-athlete experience,” Houston AD Hunter Yurachek said in a statement. “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. 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.”

Prior to Houston, Applewhite served as the offensive coordinator at Rice, Alabama and Texas, where he gained experience working under head coaches David Bailiff, Nick Saban and Mack Brown — for whom he also played in the early days of Brown’s tenure in Austin.

In his two seasons on Herman’s staff, Applewhite, 38, helped the Coogs post a 22-4 mark with an American Athletic Conference championship and Fiesta Bowl victory over Florida State and wins over Oklahoma and Louisville this fall.

“My family and I are excited and honored to have the opportunity to lead such a tradition rich program and continue our lives in one of the greatest cities is the nation, a city we love,” said Applewhite. “The student-athletes truly are the backbone of every great program and as they’ve demonstrated over the past few years, we have an exceptional group of young men in our program, and we’ll continue to add men with great character and a competitive drive in our recruiting. Living in the best state for high school football is a true blessing and advantage for our program and I cannot be more thankful for the support of our outstanding high school coaches from throughout the state.”

Houston will be Applewhite’s first head coaching job. He will receive a 5-year contract according to multiple reports.

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