Houston Football Adds Two New Coaches Including Kendal Briles

When offensive coordinator Brian Johnson left Houston to take the same position at Florida, there were mixed emotions from fans after watching the offense struggle throughout the season to utilize the quarterbacks to the best of their abilities. Some fans felt some relief, because it meant a new face would come in and perhaps be able to build around D'Eriq King, who stepped up in the second half of the season to claim the starting role.

The Cougars have a new offensive coordinator now in former Baylor and FAU OC Kendal Briles. And just like with the departure of Brian Johnson, the fan response has been mixed with the arrival of Briles.

Major Applewhite, the head coach of the Cougars, is clearly already taking some heat after announcing on Saturday that Kendal Briles is the program's new associate head coach, offensive coordinator and QB coach, while another former Baylor staffer in Randy Clements has been named run game coordinator and offensive line coach. There are some fans who like the hire, however:

We'll just have to wait and see how the fans feel in the long term, but one thing is certain, the Houston offense will likely be one of the most exciting to watch in 2018.

"We are excited to welcome Kendal, Randy and their families back to Houston. They have extensive knowledge of our program and its standards, and we know they will be the right fit," said Applewhite. "They both have been a part of some of the nation's top offenses with multiple programs and have shown the ability to learn and adapt while staying thoroughly tied into our state's landscape in terms of recruiting. Throughout this process we have researched their abilities and backgrounds with several references and have received glowing praise."

Did the Houston Cougars just become the favorite to win the AAC West in 2018? It sure feels that way.