Interim Houston coach Tony Levine, Kevin Sumlin's right-hand man at UH, has been hired to take over the program full time as the Cougars next head coach, a source has confirmed Wednesday afternoon to CBS.
The 39-year-old Levine, a former wideout at Minnesota, has been running the UH football program after Sumlin left to become the head coach at Texas A&M earlier this month.
Over the past four years, Levine had proven to be one of the country's best special teams coaches. Since he got to UH in 2008, Levine's teams have returned eight kickoffs for TDs and blocked 18 kicks. That's fourth-most in the country in that time. He's also been Sumlin's assistant head coach for what has become a very hot program these days.
Levine also been UH's inside receivers coach for the Cougars' record-breaking offense since coming to Houston when Sumlin was hired. A source told CBS that the UH brass was intrigued about hiring from within, in a similar fashion to the way Boise State has continued to develop its program over the past 15 years.
In addition to working under Sumlin, Levine has also learned under John Fox, Bobby Petrino and Tommy Tuberville in his time in college and the NFL.