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Houston official says Lane Kiffin was “not a safe hire”

TUSCALOOSA, AL - APRIL 18: Offensive coordinator Lane Kiffin of the Alabama Crimson Tide watches action prior to the University of Alabama A Day spring game at Bryant-Denny Stadium on April 18, 2015 in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. (Photo by Stacy Revere/Getty Images)

HOUSTON, Tx. – An official with the University of Houston football team called into a radio show to discuss the criticism surrounding Houston’s decision to promote Major Applewhite as head coach instead of Alabama offensive coordinator Lane Kiffin, al.com reports.

The Houston board of regents chairman Tilamn Fertitta reportedly heard the criticism on KILT-AM in Houston and decided to call in to discuss the issue.

According to Fertitta, Kiffin was one of three finalists for the job. Fertitta said he interviewed Kiffin twice before making the final decision.

“Lane Kiffin did not show me anything that Major Applewhite did not show me,” Fertitta said. “Sure, he’s been a head coach, and he’s been an OK head coach. But I can tell you this: It was not a safe hire.”

Fertitta also said support for Applewhite not only came from players on the Houston team, but from Texas high school coaches as well.