Houston Texans add Gladewater native Lovie Smith as defensive coordinator

Houston Texans add Gladewater native Lovie Smith as defensive coordinator
FILE - In this Nov. 23, 2019, file photo, Illinois head coach Lovie Smith walks on the field before an NCAA college football game against Iowa, in Iowa City, Iowa. The Houston Texans have hired Lovie Smith as defensive coordinator, one of many new additions to first-year coach David Culley's staff, Wednesday, March 10, 2021. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall, File) (Source: Charlie Neibergall)

HOUSTON (AP) — The Houston Texans have hired Lovie Smith as defensive coordinator, one of many new additions to first-year coach David Culley’s staff.

Smith, who will also hold the title of associate head coach, coached at Illinois from 2016 until he was fired in December.

Romeo Crennel, the interim coach last season following Bill O’Brien’s dismissal after an 0-4 start, will remain with the team as the senior adviser for football performance.

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