JMU coach Mike Houston reportedly leaving for Charlotte job


(WAVY) — As his team prepares for its FCS playoff game against Colgate, James Madison head coach Mike Houston has reportedly agreed to take over the head coaching position at Charlotte.

In an interview with press in Harrisonburg on Wednesday night, Houston said he was contacted about the Charlotte job and offered the position. He said he told Charlotte he was “interested” but didn’t say whether or not he’s accepted.

Houston has been the Dukes head coach the last three seasons and won the FCS national championship in his first season at JMU.

JMU was the national runner-up in 2017. His three-year record in Harrisonburg is 36-5.

Before landing at James Madison, the 47-year-old Houston was the head coach at the Citadel where he led the program to an appearance in the FCS playoffs.

Last season, Houston signed a 10-year contract extension and pledged his allegiance to James Madison.

But the lure of coaching in his home state and the opportunity to coach at the FBS level was too much for Houston to turn down.

Houston would replace Brad Lambert as 49ers head coach. Lambert’s teams went 22-48 in six seasons.

Lambert was Charlotte’s only head coach since starting a football program and the university sits in a fertile recruiting ground and has very good facilities for a Conference USA program.

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