The news that has been suspected for the past couple days has finally come to fruition. Dana Holgorsen, the former head coach of West Virginia's football program, is moving to Houston to coach the team he had once served as offensive coordinator of from 2007-08.
Holgorsen will receive a 5-year $20 million contract, making him the highest-paid coach at a Group of 5 program.
BREAKING: #WVU’s Dana Holgorsen is expected to become the next head coach at #Houston, per sources. UH offered Holgorsen the kind of deal that WVU brass wouldn’t at $20 million over five years. The deal is expected to be wrapped up in the next 36 hours. SB Nation was first on it.— Bruce Feldman (@BruceFeldmanCFB) January 1, 2019
Holgorsen's coaching transition comes days after former Houston head coach Major Applewhite was fired. The Cougars finished 8-4 in the regular season but capped the year off with an embarrassing 70-14 bowl game loss to Army.
Dana Holgorsen’s deal to become Houston’s coach expected to be finalized today, source told @WatchStadium. 1st reported by @38Godfrey. David Gibbs, who was UH’s DC from 2013-14, will be Holgorsen’s DC, source told @WatchStadium— Brett McMurphy (@Brett_McMurphy) January 1, 2019
Amazing to think that a coach that finishes with an 8-5 record can get fired. Expectations are apparently sky-high in Houston.
Holgorsen comes into Houston with an impressive resume at West Virginia including two 10-win seasons and a 61-41 overall record with the Mountaineers.
Houston timed their signing of Holgorsen well. Because the program waited to sign him until after the New Year, the buyout price to escape his West Virginia contract dropped from $2.5 million to $1 million. Now we'll just wait to see if he's worth the money.