Report: Houston considering run at Dana Holgorsen
The Houston Cougars are dissatisfied with Major Applewhite and considering a head coaching change, and they have an eye on Dana Holgorsen, according to a report.
Football Scoop’s Zach Barnett reported on Saturday that Houston boosters are considering all options after the Cougars’ second straight season under Applewhite, both of which have been considered disappointments.
Houston went 7-5 in 2017 and 8-5 this season. They began the year 7-1 but after an injury to their star QB, they tanked and lost four of five, including a 70-14 drubbing in their bowl game against Army.
According to Barnett, Houston has their eye on Holgorsen, whose buyout drops to $1 million in the new year. With Will Grier and David Sills gone, the thinking is it may be a good time for Holgorsen to leave West Virginia. Holgorsen previously served as an offensive coordinator at Houston and reportedly has maintained a strong relationship with school booster Tilman Fertitta, who owns the Houston Rockets.
In addition to falling shy of expectations, Applewhite had a visible issue with one of his star players, which may not have reflected well.