Houston set to pay Sumlin

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Last week, in the midst of the roller coaster that was Tennessee’s search for a replacement for Traitor Lane, Kevin Sumlin‘s name came up as a viable candidate before the job ultimately went to Derek Dooley.

At the same time, the Houston Chronicle reported that Sumlin had agreed to a contract extension that would keep the coach in Houston well into the decade.

This morning, the Chronicle reports that the school will officially announce Sumlin’s extension later on today.

According to the paper, Sumlin has signed a new six-year contract worth $6.8 million.  The new deal will make Sumlin the third-highest paid coach in Conference USA behind only SMU’s June Jones and Central Florida’s George O'Leary.

The new deal will be announced at a 11 a.m. CT press conference.