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Houston's Sumlin gets extension

Houston coach Kevin Sumlin has agreed to a contract extension through the 2015 season.

The school said Monday the deal for an additional three years is pending approval by the Board of Regents.

Sumlin’s name was mentioned in connection with several BCS conference openings this offseason.

A former assistant under Bob Stoops at Oklahoma, Sumlin was hired in December 2007 and agreed to a five-year contract. He was the first black head coach in the 60-year history of the Houston program.

The Cougars went 7-5 in 2008 and won the Armed Forces Bowl, the program’s first bowl victory since 1980. Houston reached No. 12 in The Associated Press Top 25 in 2009 and finished with a 10-4 record.

Holtz lures Snyder to USF

Skip Holtz’s staff at South Florida will include five new assistants, as well as four holdovers who worked with the Bulls under fired coach Jim Leavitt.

Mark Snyder was named defensive coordinator, ESPN.com reported Monday. Snyder, once the head coach at Marshall, also served as defensive coordinator at Ohio State.

Todd Fitch, Vernon Hargreaves, Peter Vaas and Rick Smith were all added to the staff. They join Kevin Patrick, Larry Scott, Carl Franks and Phil McGeoghan, who are holdovers.

Holtz was hired last Friday, one week after Leavitt was fired for mistreating a player.

Ex-UW assistant joins Vols

Tennessee coach Derek Dooley has added 11-year NFL assistant Charlie Baggett to his staff where he will be assistant head coach and wide receivers coach.

Baggett coached receivers at the University of Washington in 2007-08.

Baggett worked last season with the St. Louis Rams and worked with Dooley at the Miami Dolphins. He has also spent time with the Minnesota Vikings, Green Bay Packers and the Houston Oilers.

Norv Turner’s son moving up

Scott Turner, a Pitt offensive assistant the last two seasons and the son of San Diego Chargers coach Norv Turner, has been promoted to wide receivers coach.

The former UNLV quarterback joined Pitt’s staff in 2008 after spending two seasons at a Virginia high school. He also was an administrative graduate assistant at Oregon State in 2005.

Turner worked with each of the Panthers’ two recent 1,000-yard backs, LeSean McCoy in 2008 and Dion Lewis in 2009.

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