HOUSTON — The University of Houston hired Major Applewhite as offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach Thursday.
Houston coach Tom Herman added Applewhite to his new staff.
The 36-year-old former Texas quarterback was out of coaching this season after seven years as an assistant at his alma mater. He was Texas’ co-offensive coordinator in his last four seasons after serving as assistant head coach in his first three years on the Longhorns’ staff.
Applewhite, a Catholic High graduate, was Alabama’s offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach in 2007. He also coached at Syracuse and Rice. He was the Big 12 Co-Offensive Player of the Year in 1999.
COORDINATOR SMITH GETS NEW DEAL: Arkansas defensive coordinator Robb Smith signed a three-year contract, one of six Razorbacks assistant coaches to agree to new contracts following the school’s first winning season in three years.
Smith, who helped Arkansas (7-6) improve from 76th to 10th nationally in total defense this season, will receive $750,000 next season, with raises of $50,000 in each of the following two seasons.
Five other assistant coaches also received raises following head coach Bret Bielema’s second season.
DURKIN TO RUN DEFENSE: Michigan hired D.J. Durkin as its new defensive coordinator Thursday, reuniting him with new coach Jim Harbaugh.
Durkin was the first official addition to the coaching staff since Harbaugh was hired late last month to coach the Wolverines.
Durkin spent the past five seasons at Florida, including the last two as the Gators’ defensive coordinator and linebackers coach. He was the interim head coach for Florida in the Birmingham Bowl last week after Will Muschamp was fired.
COORDINATOR McGEE STAYING PUT: Garrick McGee is staying at Louisville as offensive coordinator.
McGee had been mentioned for several openings including offensive coordinator at Oklahoma, but turned down his alma mater and Sooners coach Bob Stoops to remain on Bobby Petrino’s staff.
The Cardinals went 9-4 in McGee’s first season as coordinator/quarterbacks coach after two years as UAB’s head coach.
SNYDER HEADED TO HALL OF FAME: Kansas State coach Bill Snyder has been voted into the College Football Hall of Fame, a person familiar with the results told The Associated Press on Thursday.
The results will be formally announced Friday in Dallas. Snyder became eligible as an active coach when he turned 75 in October.
Snyder took over one of the worst programs in the history of major college football in 1989 and turned it into a national contender. He retired in 2005 but returned three seasons later after the program had fallen on hard times.
Snyder is 187-94-1 at Kansas State, easily the winningest coach in school history. He’s led the Wildcats to two Big 12 titles and 16 bowl games.