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Holgorsen to Houston

Reports: Holgorsen to be named new football coach at University of Houston

"We are thrilled to welcome Dana back to Houston as the next leader of our football program".

Houston's target has always been expected to be West Virginia coach Dana Holgorsen.

According to multiple media reports, WVU's head football coach Dana Holgorsen could be announced as the University of Houston's head coach as early as Tuesday. "His offensive acumen with an emphasis on student-athlete development, on and off the field, is a ideal fit for our program, university and city", athletic director Chris Pezman said.

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Dana Holgorsen has accepted the head coaching job at Houston after spending eight seasons atop the Mountaineers football program amassing a 61-41 overall record.

Yahoo Sports is reporting that the University of Houston has formally requested an interview from Holgorsen as a possible replacement for recently-fired coach Major Applewhite.

Holgorsen is making a unique move, leaving a Power Five school for one outside the high revenue conferences. Holgorsen was paid $3.6 million in salary this past season at West Virginia. He's a proven coach who hasn't been chased out of anywhere yet sees Houston as a destination he'd be willing to stick with, even if he improves the Cougars to the point that other offers start rolling in. He needs to wait until January 1 for the buyout to dip from $2.5 million to $1 million. There's a sense that the Mountaineers' best chance to win the conference and reach the playoff just passed: quarterback Will Grier and several other central contributors are out of eligibility, offensive coordinator Jake Spavital left for the head coach job at Texas State, and West Virginia lost its bowl game to Syracuse. Their last two hires - Holgorsen and Bill Stewart - were in-house promotions. Holgorsen was given a five-year contract extension at the end of the 2016 regular season, when WVU also went 10-3.

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