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Tuesday, Jan. 26, 2010

The University of Houston made NFL assistant coach Brian Stewart the school's new defensive coordinator. Stewart was selected over several candidates, including Steelers defensive backs coach Ray Horton.

Horton told the Tribune-Review last week he believed he was a finalist for the position.

Horton, who has 25 years experience in the NFL as a coach and player, was the only finalist who lacked college coaching experience and has never served as a defensive coordinator on any level.

Stewart was a defensive special assistant with the Philadelphia Eagles this season. From 2007-08, he was the Dallas Cowboys' defensive coordinator. Stewart was also an assistant coach at several colleges.

"His prior experience as a defensive coordinator in the NFL and as a position coach at the collegiate level is exactly what we were looking for," Houston coach Kevin Sumlin said of Stewart.

Other finalists for the Houston job included former Texas Tech defensive coordinator Ruffin McNeill, who was hired as East Carolina's coach last week; and former Marshall coach Mark Snyder, who accepted the defensive coordinator position at South Florida.

The Steelers coaching staff is attending the Senior Bowl in Mobile, Ala., this week.

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