The University of Houston has reached an agreement with West Virginia head coach Dana Holgorsen to make him the new head coach at Houston, a source told Par The Course. The deal is rumored to be around the 5 year, $25 million dollar range, per source.
Houston has fired head coach Major Applewhite, a source told Par The Course.
Furthermore, Football Scoop reports that West Virginia coach Dana Holgorsen, a former Houston offensive coordinator, is one of the top candidates to replace Applewhite. Holgorsen has been connected to a number of openings over the last couple hiring cycles. Texas Tech reportedly turned Holgorsen down after he showed interest in the job after the firing of Kliff Kingsbury.
Applewhite had only been at Houston for two seasons, as he replaced Tom Herman after Herman left to take the job at Texas. After going 7-5 in his first season with the Cougars, Applewhite’s team went 8-5 this season. The Cougars played Army in the Armed Forces Bowl last week and were embarrassed 70-14.
As for Holgorsen and Houston’s interest in him, Holgorsen’s name originally came up as a candidate for the Houston job when Herman left. Holgorsen is an Iowa native, but he’s also a member of Mike Leach’s Air Raid tree and spent the majority of his coaching career inside the state of Texas, including two seasons as Houston’s offensive coordinator, before he left to take the West Virginia job in 2011.
Holgorsen received a five-year extension at West Virginia following the 2016 season, but is losing a lot of key players from his Mountaineers team that finished 8-4 this season following a loss to Syracuse in the Camping World Bowl.