Wednesday, February 10, 1999
Houston, Texas
Volume 64, Issue 90

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About the Cougar

UH coach headed to NFL ... again

By D. Ryan Monceaux
Daily Cougar Staff

At this rate, you might as well call it the CFL: Cougar Football League.

For the second time in as many days, a UH football coach has left the school for a chance to coach Sundays. Houston defensive line coach Jim Washburn has resigned from UH to accept the same position with the NFL's Tennessee Titans.

Washburn spent only one season with the Cougars after leaving Arkansas, where he also coached the defensive line. He is the second coach this week to leave UH for the NFL. Assistant head coach Donnie Henderson left Monday to work for his hometown team, the Baltimore Ravens.

Washburn was responsible for the improvement of the 1998 defensive line. One of his players, defensive end Adriano Belli said Washburn was "the best coach I have ever played for. He's like a father to me."

Coach Helton announced Tuesday that there are several other coaching changes to his staff. George Yarno, who coached at UH for the first time last season, has been promoted to assistant head coach. He will be responsible for all of the Cougars' off-season programs, including strength and conditioning and spring football.

Chad O'Shea, UH's special teams coach, will take over as recruiting coordinator and will head up all aspects of recruiting.

Helton also said it is likely that new defensive coordinator Dick Bumpas will also serve as the squad's defensive line coach.

With spring football less than six weeks away, the team has one vacancy. However, there have been many turnovers as three coaches have left the school and another has been re-assigned.

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