Houston fires Tony Levine after three years leading Cougars

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HOUSTON — Houston fired football coach Tony Levine after three years at the helm.

The university said in a statement Monday that defensive coordinator David Gibbs has been named interim coach as the Cougars prepare for a Jan. 2 matchup against Pittsburgh in the Lockheed Martin Armed Forces Bowl.

Mack Rhoades, vice president for athletics, says he met several times with Levine through the season before determining “we will be moving in a different direction.

” He says expectations for the Cougars have changed with the opening of a new stadium and as the team strives to remain competitive with other programs.

Levine had a 21-17 record and back-to-back 5-3 showings in the American Athletic Conference. He had signed a new five-year contract in May.

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