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KRIV reports Helton to be fired today

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Houston television station KRIV Channel 26 reported late Sunday evening that UH athletic director Chet Gladchuk has called a press conference for today to announce the firing of UH head football coach Kim Helton, effective immediately.

Helton was scheduled to be interviewed by KRIV Sunday, but when he failed to appear for the interview, the station called UH to track down the football coach. Helton was reached, but declined comment.

This comes in the wake of the Cougars' 26-14 win over Army, the team's third-straight victory. In Helton's six-year career, he has produced only two winning seasons and a combined record of 24-54-1.

He led the Cougars to the 1996 Conference USA regular season title and a Liberty Bowl appearance that same year.

This season held much promise for Helton, but key losses to Alabama-Birmingham and Lousiville left the Cougars with a respectable 7-4 overall record, Helton's second winning season at UH.

However, that probably won't be enough for a bowl bid. Had Houston finished 9-2, the football team would most probably be expecting to play one more game this season.

UH alumni have put pressure on Gladchuk for nearly two years now. They have voiced their opinions on Helton, citing that his mistakes and lack of ability to recruit out-weigh his potential.

Should Helton be fired today, a few names that have been rumored to replace Helton include current UH defensive coordinator Dick Bumpas, Oklahoma offensive coordinator Mike Leach, Clemson offensive coordinator Rich Rodriguez and former UH quarterback David Klinger.
 

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