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HOUSTON -- The University of Houston didnt end up needing to go far in replacing head coach Tom Herman. Eagles Hoodies Shop .Major Applewhite, who served as Hermans offensive coordinator the last two seasons, was promoted to the job on Friday. It will be the first head coaching job for the 38-year-old Applewhite.We had our sights set on a focused competitor who has demonstrated success and possesses a deep connection to college and high school football in the great state of Texas, Houston athletic director Hunter Yurachek said. As this process was completed, it was clearly evident the only individual to offer our position to was Major Applewhite and he was indeed the right man to lead our program.Herman recently left Houston to become the coach at Texas after two years with the Cougars and there was speculation Houston might hire Alabama offensive coordinator Lane Kiffin. Instead, Houston went with Applewhite, a Louisiana native who nonetheless has deep ties and familiarity with Texas.Living in the best state for high school football is a true blessing and advantage for our program and I cannot be more thankful for the support of our outstanding high school coaches from throughout the state, he said.The Cougars meet San Diego State in the Las Vegas Bowl on Dec. 17.Applewhite steps into a program that has had lot of success in the last 10 years and has become a launching pad for coaches. Art Briles went 34-28 with a Conference USA title at Houston from 2003-07 before moving on to Baylor. Kevin Sumlin went 35-17 from 2008-11 before leaving for Texas A&M. Herman went 22-4 with an American Athletic Conference championship in 2015 and was perhaps the hottest coaching commodity during his two-year tenure at Houston.Under Applewhites direction, the Cougars gained more than 500 yards 11 times and passed the 600-yard mark four times. The offense piled up 40 points 12 times and scored at least 50 points five other occasions in the past two seasons.Its no coincidence that the success UH football has achieved over the past two seasons happened with Major Applewhite running our offense, Houston President Renu Khator said. His energy and creativity are responsible for one of the most explosive passing games in college football and I am confident that as our head coach he will continue our upward trajectory as a nationally relevant athletics program.Applewhite spent seven seasons as an assistant at Texas before joining Hermans staff. He was the co-offensive coordinator in his last four seasons with the Longhorns after working as assistant head coach for the first three seasons. The running backs had plenty of success under Applewhites guidance with their best season coming in 2011 when the group combined for 2,300 yards rushing and 23 touchdowns. A year later the teams running backs combined for almost 2,000 yards rushing.His time at Texas wasnt without problems. Applewhite was disciplined in 2009 for what Texas called an inappropriate conduct with a student trainer on a bowl trip. Applewhites pay was frozen for a year and he was ordered to undergo counseling. He was later promoted to offensive coordinator.The discipline wasnt revealed until 2013, and now Applewhites case is a central element in a sex and race discrimination lawsuit filed by former womens track coach Bev Kearney, who was forced out after it was revealed shed had a relationship with one of her athletes. She claims that as a white male, Applewhite received favorable treatment.Kearneys lawsuit is pending before the Texas Supreme Court. Applewhite remains the only person deposed in the lawsuit, and his testimony and documents related to his discipline have been under court seal since 2014. He said in 2013 he was embarrassed by the incident, calling it a one-time incident and a personal matter.Before joining the Longhorns, Applewhite spent the 2007 season as offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach at Alabama, a season where he was the youngest coordinator in the FBS.Applewhite spent some time in Houston before joining the Cougars when he was the offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach at Rice in 2006. That stop came after he spent one year as the quarterbacks coach at Syracuse in 2005.His coaching career began at Texas where he worked with the offensive line for two seasons as a graduate assistant. That came after a playing career with the Longhorns where he went 22-8 as a starter and had 8,353 career yards passing and 60 touchdowns.---AP Sports Writer Jim Vertuno contributed to this report.---More AP college football: and Kelce Hoodie . 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SAN FRANCISCO -- Two teams tail-spinning into dangerous territory in the National League playoff picture look to turn things around while adding to the others misery when the New York Mets and San Francisco Giants open a four-game series Thursday night.The pitching matchup in the opener has an October feel to it: Jacob deGrom vs. Madison Bumgarner. But truth be told, neither New York nor San Francisco figures to be playing much fall baseball the way their summers have been going.The Mets (60-60) arrive in San Francisco having lost two of three at Arizona to open a 10-game trip.And now comes the tough part: four at San Francisco (66-54) and three at St. Louis (64-56), two of the four teams the Mets are chasing in the wild-card race.The race has gone more backward than forward for both the Mets and the Giants in recent weeks.Having lost seven of 10 against the Diamondbacks and San Diego Padres -- the bottom two teams in the NL West -- the Mets are just 13-18 since the All-Star break, the fourth-worst record in the NL.They are hoping deGrom (7-5, 2.30 ERA) can help get things headed back in the right direction.The right-hander has been terrific in his past nine starts. If you throw out his only loss in that stretch -- when he was roughed up for five runs in 3 2/3 innings at Miami on July 23 -- he has allowed just five runs in 56 2/3 innings, an 0.79 ERA.However, he has only four wins to show for those games, an indication of just how bad the Mets have been of late.They are planning to have shortstop Asdrubal Cabrera (Thursday) and Yoenis Cespedes (Friday) back for the San Francisco series, which might help. Cabrera has been sidelined since Aug. 1 with a strained left patellar tendon, while Cespedes has placed out since Aug. 4 due to a strained right quadriceeps. Cheap Eagles Hoodies. San Francisco, meanwhile, fell to the Pittsburgh Pirates 6-5 on Wednesday, capping a three-game series sweep. The Giants have lost five of six on their current 10-game homestand.They have been even worse than the Mets since the All-Star break, going 9-21, the worst record in baseball.Along the way, the Giants have dropped out of first place in the NL West after holding the top spot for 93 consecutive days. They will begin play Thursday trailing the Los Angeles Dodgers by 1 1/2 games in the division.Were taking some blows right now, Giants manager Bruce Bochy said after the Wednesday loss. But its a tough club. Its a resilient club. They came out and did some good things (Wednesday). Were creating some good chances and opportunities.The Giants will begin the series with their ace on the mound. Bumgarner (11-7, 2.11 ERA) has never lost to the Mets in his career, having gone 4-0 with a 1.03 ERA in five starts.In fact, Bumgarner hasnt even allowed a run to the Mets since Sept. 13, 2013. He is the only pitcher with at least two starts against the Mets not to have given up a run against them over the past three seasons.Interestingly, both the Mets and Giants already are planning ahead for a big series next week, when New York visits St. Louis and San Francisco goes to Dodger Stadium.Both managers are of the same mindset with a day off Monday. Each indicated Wednesday he is considering skipping his fifth starter (the Mets Jonathon Niese and Giants Matt Cain) so that deGrom and Bumgarner can begin that series as well.Well have to see what happens (Thursday) night, Mets manager Terry Collins said of deGroms pitch count. Cheap NFL Jerseys Cheap NFL Jerseys China Cheap Jerseys From China Cheap NFL Jerseys Authentic Wholesale Jerseys China Cheap NFL Jerseys China NFL Cheap Jerseys ' ' '