Holgorsen Requests Permission From WVU To Talk To Houston

Holgorsen Requests Permission From WVU To Talk To Houston


MORGANTOWN, W.Va.–BlueGoldNews.com has confirmed with West Virginia University sources that Mountaineer head football coach Dana Holgorsen has informed WVU athletic department officials that he plans to talk to officials at the University of Houston about the Cougars’ open head coaching job.

Holgorsen’s current contract with West Virginia reads that “Notification is to be given to the Athletic Director before coach, agents or representatives begin any discussions about coaching positions.” Holgorsen has now given such notification to WVU director of athletics Shane Lyons.

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Holgorsen has not yet taken the job at UH, but this is an important first step if he desires to leave West Virginia for Houston.

In addition, UH has asked permission from WVU talk to Holgorsen. This permission is more a formality and is not required, per Holgorsen’s contract, but is something viewed within the industry as the proper way to handle such a situation.

The Cougars are looking to fill their coaching vacancy left by the firing of former head coach Major Applewhite, who was relieved of his positions after posting a record of 15-11 in his two-plus seasons at UH.

Holgorsen is 61-41 in his eight seasons at West Virginia, including posting an 8-4 mark this year.

 

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    Holgorsen Requests Permission From WVU To Talk To Houston MORGANTOWN, W.Va.–BlueGoldNews.com has confirmed with West Virginia University sources that
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    #78345

    Word is that Houston contacted Kingsbury first, who turned them down.

    Any idea who WVU might go after if he does leave?

    #78346

    I think Dana leaves.  He knows he will be on the hot seat next season.  8 wins next season would keep him in good graces with WVU administration.  But he is smart enough to know that next season could be a below 500 season.  The Missouri game got tougher once Kelly Bryant decided to transfer there, so 2-1 out of conference next season more then likely.  Then look at your conference schedule and it is gonna be tough going 4-5.  That would put us at 6-6, overall.  I think that Houston could offer him less money as long as he had at least a 5 year contract with huge buyout if they wanted to fire him.  It comes down to job security more then money this time around.  Dana knows with his overall record at WVU, if he were fired, he would not even get an offer from a mid major like Houston.  It would more likely be an offer from a Sun Belt or MAC School.   This is more about survival for him more then anything.  He is still young and he wants to be a head coach, but an OC.

    #78348

    WV will be ok. HCDH has shown 8 wins is about all you can ever expect with him.

    #78351

    There are no obviously outside candidates to become WVU’s head coach, if Dana does leave. Tony Gibson deserves an interview, in my opinion. He’s the only current member of the staff that warrants consideration, and if Shane Lyons feels that continuity is needed, retaining Gibbie, either as head coach or defensive coordinator, should be considered. Beyond Gibbie, WVU will look at many of the same outside candidate as everyone else – Troy’s Neal Brown, Memphis’ Mike Norvell, Toledo’s Jason Candle, Buffalo’s Lance Leipold, Alabama assistant coach Dan Enos, Clemson assistant coach Brent Venables. But because Shane Lyons likely has his own list of candidates, and he’s not going to share that with Julie’s aunt’s hairdresser, it’s hard to say what direction he is going to do. I’ll warn our readers to be very weary of all those who will now take to the Twitter-sphere and claim they have inside information about what candidate – if indeed Holgorsen leaves – will ultimately get the job. As we’ve found in the past, the WVU director of athletics will be the only one who likely knows that’s happening. He may keep E. Gordon Gee in the loop, but that’s it. Assistant A.D.s and all these others employed by WVU will likely have no more knowledge of what’s happening than anyone else. So as with previous coaching searches and conference movement, don’t just trust every person with a Twitter account. Few if any actually know what’s going on.

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