Former Dallas Cowboys defensive coordinator Brian Stewart has been tabbed as the new defensive coordinator for the University of Houston Cougars.
Stewart spent 2007, and began 2008, at the helm of the Dallas defense before being relieved of his duties by head coach Wade Phillips mid-season last year. He stayed on as a consultant, and headed to Philadelphia last off-season, where he was a special consultant under Sean McDermott.
In Houston, Stewart will be charged with revamping one of the worst defenses in college football in 2009. He will replace John Skladany, who led the defense to a ranking of 111th in the nation; the offense, by comparison, was the top ranked in football.
After a 10-3 start to the season, the Cougars were picked apart by Air Force 47-20 in the Armed Forces Bowl, and Skladany was fired shortly thereafter.
Stewart will return to the college ranks for the first time since 2001, when he served as the defensive backs coach for Syracuse. He spent time with the Houston Texans and the San Diego Chargers before coming to Dallas in 2007.