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Ex-Houston coach Tony Levine reportedly finds new home at WKU

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Former Houston coach Tony Levine — the guy who was fired after winning 21 games in three years and replaced by Tom Herman — will join Western Kentucky’s staff as an offensive assistant, according to Fox Sports’ Bruce Feldman.

Levine was fired in December 2014 after coaching Houston to a 7-5 season, but the general feeling around the program appeared to be that he wasn’t keeping it on the same upward trajectory forged by Art Briles and Kevin Sumlin before him. There was some staff instability — he fired offensive coordinator Mike Nesbitt two days into the 2012 season — as well as a few embarrassing losses for a program trying to assure its foothold in the ultra-competitive football state of Texas.

At Western Kentucky, Levine will work under third-year-coach-to-be Jeff Brohm, who just steered the Hilltoppers to a 12-2 season. Not only has Western Kentucky made back-to-back bowl games for the first time in program history under Brohm, they’ve won both of them. While Levine’s tenure at Houston ended abruptly, he still took the Cougars to two bowl games and should be a nice addition to a coaching staff that has to deal with plenty of personnel turnover from last season.

Gone is 5,000-yard quarterback Brandon Doughty, as well as the team’s third-, fourth- and fifth-leading pass-catchers in receiver Jared Dangerfield (82 REC, 844 yards, 8 TDs), receiver Antwane Grant (55 REC, 701 yards, 7 TDs) and tight end Tyler Higbee (38 REC, 563 yards, 8 TDs).

WKU will be down its top TE for LSU game

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Earlier today it was revealed that LSU would be sitting a pair of defensive starters for today’s game against Western Kentucky.  As it turns out, their opponents will be at less than 100 percent on the offensive side of the ball as well.

Tyler Higbee sustained a sprained knee in WKU’s win over North Texas last Saturday.  The standout tight end hasn’t practiced at all this week, and was thought to be unofficially out throughout the past few days.

Higbee’s absence became official when he was spotted on the field prior to the LSU game in his street clothes leaning on a pair of crutches.

The loss of Higbee is a significant one for a Hilltopper team looking to pull what would be a monumental upset in Death Valley.

Higbee is current third on the team in receptions (31) and receiving yards (462) for the pass-happy ‘Toppers.  Even more vital, he’s Brandon Doughty‘s safety blanket on third downs and in the red zone as evidenced by his team-leading six receiving touchdowns.