HOUSTON (AP) -- Ohio State offensive coordinator Tom Herman has been hired as Houston's new coach.
Herman takes over for Tony Levine, who was fired last week.
Herman agreed to a five-year, $6.75 million deal to take over the Cougars, who went 7-5 this season.
He has been quarterbacks coach and offensive coordinator for Ohio State teams that have gone 36-3 the past three seasons. He will remain with the Buckeyes throughout the team's playoff run.
Herman won the Broyles Award as the top college assistant coach last week.
The Cougars were 21-17 under Levine, including bowl appearances the past two seasons. They will play in the Armed Forces Bowl against Pittsburgh at Fort Worth, Texas, on Jan. 2.
Defensive coordinator David Gibbs will coach Houston in the bowl game.