After a quick, two year building job at The Citadel, Mike Houston is leaving for James Madison according to a variety of reports including The Post and Courier and FootballScoop.
Houston took the Bulldogs to the FCS playoffs this past season, beat USC in Columbia in the regular season and led his team to a 9-4 record. He was 14-11 in his two seasons with the Bulldogs.
Houston replaces Everett Withers who left to take the head coaching job at Texas State. He reportedly earned $300,000 last season. Houston’s base pay at The Citadel reportedly was $210,000 per season.
Early names being mentioned as a possible replacement for Houston include former Bulldog star running back Everette Sands, most recently running backs coach at USC, and Maurice Drayton and Brent Thompson, the Bulldogs’ current defensive and offensive coordinators respectively.
The following is a statement from The Citadel Athletic Director Jim Senter:
“I’m happy for Coach Houston and appreciate the contributions he made to our program. He has established a foundation which we can build upon for future success. We wish Mike and his family the best as they start their new endeavors at James Madison. We will move as quickly as possible to find the perfect fit for The Citadel.”
The following is a statement from Mike Houston:
“I’m thankful for my time at The Citadel and the support given to us by Jim Senter, Gen. Rosa and Capt. Paulso. We were able to lay the foundation for success, and I have no doubt they will continue building to reach the next level. After being approached about the job at James Madison, the more research I did and the more people I met there it became obvious to me that this was a fantastic opportunity. The Citadel will always be a special place because of the relationships my family and I developed, and I wish the cadet-athletes, coaches and staff the best moving forward.”