Houston Cougars Coaching Search Beginning, Kevin Sumlin Won't Coach Bowl

HOUSTON - OCTOBER 22: Head coach Kevin Sumlin (L) hands quarterback Case Keenum #7, the game ball, as athletic director Mack Rhoades looks on at Robertson Stadium on October 22, 2011 in Houston, Texas. Keenum broke the NCAA career total offensive record against the Marshall Thundering Herd. (Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images)

Kevin Sumlin is gone, and now Houston must look for a new head coach for the first time since 2007. Here's SB Nation's 2011 College Football Coaching Carousel Tracker.

The Houston Cougars need a new head coach, but it's not like the loss of Kevin Sumlin came as a great surprise. He's been the supposed next Texas A&M Aggies head coach for more than a week now, and UH has known all along he's been a name on the rise. 

Don't be surprised if they name a head coach before the Arizona St. Sun Devils do. I'm just saying.

As for the current staff, athletic director Mack Rhoades won't say whether Sumlin will take any coaches along to College Station. Assistant Tony Levine will remain through the team's TicketCity Bowl appearance against the Penn St. Nittany Lions, but he hasn't made any promises beyond that.

Departures by Sumlin and Case Keenum are going to make for a very different Coogs program next year, but, as Rhoades himself made clear, the operation is in better condition now than it was when Sumlin took over.

Here's SB Nation's 2011 College Football Coaching Carousel Tracker.

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