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Two former Art Briles assistants join Houston Cougars’ staff

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A pair of former Baylor assistants under Art Briles are heading back to Texas to join the Houston Cougars. The University of Houston announced Saturday morning that Kendal Briles and Randy Clements were added Major Applewhite’s staff.

Briles has been named the associate head coach, offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach, while Clements will be the run game coordinator and offensive line coach.

In a statement, head coach Major Applewhite said, “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. 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.”

Briles was most recently coaching with Lane Kiffin as his offensive coordinator at FAU, where the Owls ranked eighth nationally in scoring offense (40.6 points per game) and ninth nationally in total offense (498.4 yards per game). FAU also has the sixth-best rushing attack in the nation at 285.3 yards per game.

As for Clements, he spent time at the NAIA level and was expected to take a similar job at SMU before the Houston gig popped up.

Both Briles and Clements spent the previous nine seasons at Baylor, where they coached under Art Briles and were on the staff during the sexual assault allegations and investigation that shocked Waco and the college football world.

Both men have ties to Houston. Briles is a Houston alum and ranked second on the Houston team in 2005 with 45 receptions for 369 yards and one touchdown. His wife, Sarah, is also a UH graduate. Clements also coached at Houston for five seasons prior to heading to Baylor with Art Briles.

In his statement, Kendal Briles, said, “I have personal stock in how the University of Houston performs with first-hand knowledge of the department’s values, and I am fully committed to ensuring Houston is represented fittingly on and off the field.”

Also note this clause in Kendal Briles’ contract, as provided by The Athletic’s Max Olson, which allows UH to fire Briles, if there is additional proof to any wrongdoing from his time at Baylor.

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