Life after Kevin Sumlin didn’t get off to a good start on Saturday for the Houston Cougars football team. Sumlin (now the head coach at Texas A&M) coached the Cougars from 2008-2011 and led the team to a 35-17 record. He took with him offensive coordinator Kliff Kingsbury, the orchestrator of Houston’s high-powered offense from a year ago that averaged 599 yards and 49 points per game on the way to a school-best 13-win season.
Mike Nesbitt came from Stephen F. Austin to Houston to assume offensive coordinator duties on new head coach Tony Levine’s coaching staff to keep racking up the yards and points. But that didn’t happen this weekend. Houston fell to Texas State 30-13, putting up an un-Houston like 326 yards of total offense in the process. The Cougars lost the time of possession battle 43:09 to 16:51.
Texas State is in its first full season in the WAC Conference after making the transition from the Football Championship Subdivision.
Earlier today the university announced Nesbitt had resigned.
“We wish Mike the best in his future endeavors and thank him for his contributions to the Houston program,” said UH head coach Tony Levine. “We are confident in Travis [Bush] and his play-calling ability moving forward.”
Bush will get his chance to show what he can do next weekend when Louisiana Tech comes to town. It will be the first game of the season for the Bulldogs since their matchup against Texas A&M was postponed due to Hurricane Isaac.