Gibbs back to college as Houston DC

Houston is hiring David Gibbs as the Cougars new defensive coordinator, a source told Monday night. Gibbs, a former DC at Auburn and Minnesota, last coached in the NFL as the Houston Texans' secondary coach in 2010.

In Gibbs' one season as DC with Auburn in 2005, the Tigers ranked No. 3 in scoring defense in the SEC and No. 6 in the nation. The Tigers' defense also led the SEC with 39.0 sacks. Gibbs spent a decade in college football before leaving Auburn to coach in the NFL, taking a job as the secondary coach with the Kansas City Chiefs.

In 1997 he became the youngest defensive coordinator in Division I-A when the Minnesota Gophers hired him to lead their defense and Gibbs proceeded to spark a big improvement. Tony Levine, the UH head coach, was a Minnesota wide receiver in the mid-90s, but finished up his college career before Gibbs came to the Gophers.

The 44-year-old Gibbs, son of famed NFL O-line coach Alex Gibbs, replaces Jamie Bryant who ran the defense for the 5-7 Cougars in 2012. Houston ranked No. 107 in scoring defense in 2012.

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