Houston addresses Charlotte rumors

HARRISONBURG, Va. (CBS19 SPORTS) -- James Madison football Coach Mike Houston spoke to the media in Harrisonburg on Wednesday to address rumors about the head coaching position at Charlotte.

A tweet from Bruce Feldman of The Athletic said Houston was expected to leave James Madison to become the new head coach at UNC Charlotte.

After practice on Wednesday evening, Houston said he had been in contact with the Charlotte athletic director about the job. While he was offered the job, Houston said he was interested in the position but has not accepted the position.

"I've been offered a job, that's it," Houston told reporters, "It is two and a half hours from my parents, my family, and there are personal reasons why that's important to me."

Last December, Houston signed a 10-year contract with the school after leading JMU to back-to-back national championship games, including a title in 2016. The Dukes play Colgate Saturday in the second round of the FCS playoffs, which Houston says is focus.

"At the same time, this group here is very important to me also," he said, "The big thing I want is I want that group right there to have the opportunity to compete on Saturday at a very high level."

The James Madison athletic department also put out a statement on Wednesday in response to the rumors:

"We are aware that Mike Houston has been offered the head coaching job at Charlotte and that he addressed the offer with local media after Wednesday’s practice. At this point he has not accepted the offer. We expect Mike to coach JMU on Saturday at Colgate."



 
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