Citadel's Houston looks to turn Bulldogs around


SPARTANBURG, S.C. (AP) - Mike Houston knows what it's like to enter a job when expectations are strong, yet recent performances have not met those goals. That's what he faces as Citadel's first-year coach with a loyal fan base longing for the Bulldogs to again play consistent, winning football.

Citadel had one of the most effective option attacks in the country in the 1990s, has struggled to find success lately with only two winning seasons since 1997. Coach Kevin Higgins had appeared to find an answer when he reinstituted the option game four seasons ago and went 12-11 the past two years. But Higgins left for an assistant's spot at Wake Forest, joining his friend, new Demon Deacons head coach Dave Clawson, and Citadel tapped Houston from Lenoir-Rhyne to move things forward.

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