Chris Cosh spent 2012 as defensive coordinator at South Florida before being dismissed with the rest of the staff at the season's end.
There was, Billy Cosh said, too much free time for the two of them this summer. That is, too much time away from football.
"We were both at home, and we're not used to that," he said with a laugh.
Cosh was cleared in July for the start of Houston's camp, which began Aug. 3.
"It's not traditional, the path he's taken to our place," Houston coach Tony Levine said before camp. "He's taken a unique path, and I think it's made him stronger because of it."
Cosh will begin the season as an underdog again. On Friday — near the end of an August that Cosh spent competing against five others for the starting job — Levine tabbed the returning David Piland to open the Cougars' season. Freshman John O'Korn, Levine said, will be Piland's backup in Week 1.
The quarterback competition is yest another challenge, but Chris Cosh — who coached Minnesota's defensive line during Levine's freshman season playing there in 1991 — sees how his son has developed over the years.
"Sometimes you grow and you learn from the good and the bad," Chris Cosh said. "You grow from every place you've been."
Since leaving, there have been times when the lights at Arundel blaze back to Billy Cosh's mind. With his chance at Houston approaching, he says they flicker less.
"You move on and you understand what the process is," he said. "And you get ready for your next chapter."
Previews this week
Monday: State Division III
Tuesday: Morgan State