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Houston hires Tony Levine to replace Sumlin

Posted on: December 21, 2011 9:49 pm
Edited on: December 21, 2011 9:49 pm
Posted by Tom Fornelli

Houston did not have to look far to find Kevin Sumlin's replacement, as the school announced on Wednesday night that it was removing the "interim" from interim head coach Tony Levine's title.

“I’m so pleased to be able to announce Tony Levine as our new head coach,” Director of Athletics Mack Rhoades said in a release. “Before we began this process we talked about the characteristics we wanted in the leader of our football program and Tony embodies each of those qualities. We spoke with former players, current student-athletes and interviewed some of the top football coaches in the country, and all of our talks led us right back to Tony." 

“I’m both humbled and excited to have this opportunity to lead the Houston Football program and continue my work with our student-athletes and staff,” Levine said. “This is a dream come true for me and my family. We love Houston and I’m proud to say that Houston is our home. When you have the opportunity to lead a program, it has to be more than a job. Houston is a destination spot. Continuing to build this program is a personal challenge because this placemeans so much to us. We have new facilities on the horizon, we are heading into an AQ (Automatic Qualifying) conference, we have the vision and leadership of Mack Rhoades and President Khator and we have the best fans and student support in America. That’s why Houston is so special.”

Levine began coaching in 1996 on the high school level and has had numerous jobs on the college level and NFL level since. Most recently he was serving as the assistant head coach and special teams coordinator at Houston under Sumlin.

Since: Sep 23, 2007
Posted on: December 23, 2011 9:51 am

Houston hires Tony Levine to replace Sumlin

The inevitable return to irrelevance has begun.

Since: Oct 27, 2006
Posted on: December 22, 2011 9:49 am

Houston hires Tony Levine to replace Sumlin

After the previous coach deserted his team in the middle of the night, I commend Houston for acting quicikly and removing the interim from Coach Levine's resume and making him Head Coach! 

Since: Sep 6, 2008
Posted on: December 22, 2011 9:35 am

Houston hires Tony Levine to replace Sumlin

If a tree falls in the forest and nobody's there, does it make a sound?

Since: Sep 25, 2011
Posted on: December 22, 2011 12:46 am

Houston hires Tony Levine to replace Sumlin


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