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One loss in, Houston’s OC ‘resigns’

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Usually, coaches whose units underperform (that’s what she said) are fired/given the chance to ‘resign’ at the end of the season. But, hey, no time like the present, right?

Houston coach Tony Levine (pictured) announced Monday that offensive coordinator Mike Nesbitt has “resigned” following an embarrassing season opening loss to new FBS member Texas State by a final score of 30-13. Taking over Nesbitt’s play-calling duties will be running backs coach Travis Bush.

We wish Mike the best in his future endeavors and thank him for his contributions to the Houston program,” said Levine in a statement. “We are confident in Travis and his play-calling ability moving forward.”

Bush will move from RBs coach to quarterbacks coach and UH director of player personnel Ken McClintock will coach Bush’s old position. Coincidentally enough, Texas State is Bush’s alma mater. He was also the offensive coordinator at UTSA last season before coming to Houston, and previously spent three seasons as co-OC at Texas State.

Houston was putrid on offense against the Bobcats just one year removed from losing quarterback Case Keenum and head coach Kevin Sumlin. New quarterback David Piland completed just 17-of-44 passes for 211 yards, a touchdown and interception. The Cougars also converted just one third down out of 13 attempts and held the ball for just under 17 minutes the entire game.

(Hat tip: Houston Chronicle) 

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10 Responses to “One loss in, Houston’s OC ‘resigns’”
  1. timb12 says: Sep 3, 2012 4:00 PM

    Keenum ain’t walkin through those doors.

  2. thefiesty1 says: Sep 3, 2012 4:49 PM

    Sounds like the DC should have resigned too. They were a 39 point fav and couldn’t stop Fran’s offense. Don’t cry over spilt milk. Sumlin won’t fare any better in the SEC.

  3. dmvtransplant says: Sep 3, 2012 4:56 PM

    Guess that’s what happens when you have a 35 yr old 9th yr senior behind center for a decade and suddenly have to “coach” an actual kid to play the QB position. Their OC last year was Case Keenum.

  4. rcbn says: Sep 3, 2012 5:43 PM

    Texas State really took it to the Cougars! I am an alumni and this is their first big victory. Now I know it is not the top 25 but it is big for the Bobcats. Congratulations!!

  5. pdcooper08 says: Sep 3, 2012 6:22 PM

    Wish I would have been in Vegas and laid some down on this game. This is what dreams are made of.

  6. ndrocks2 says: Sep 3, 2012 7:27 PM

    I see Deontay Greenberry did not catch any passes, is he in the rotation with Houston?

  7. tonyricemajorharris says: Sep 3, 2012 8:19 PM

    Greenberry- what did you do to yourself?? Not bright

  8. v2the4 says: Sep 4, 2012 6:26 AM

    Piland tried to hit Greenberry a couple of times..one was an overthrow that would have went for a touchdown, and the second one, Piland locked in on Greenberry and the ball was intercepted in the end zone in the third quarter with UH on the Tx St. 13 yd line….

    tough way to start the season, but I think UH can still rebound to go 9-3 or so…..cant leave the defense on the field for 46 minutes and expect to win

  9. galvezben says: Sep 4, 2012 9:31 AM

    The AD at UH didn’t make a good hire in Levine. Consequently, Levine’s assistants are all over their skis in Div. I ball. UH should have hired Jason Phillips who has now moved on to SMU. Piland was awful from the get go and should not have been allowed to throw 44 passes. Me thinks he won’t finish the season as the starter.

  10. itstariq says: Sep 4, 2012 4:16 PM

    Whenever Bram Kohlhausen gets healthy he’ll be replacing Piland.

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