MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (WCHS/WVAH) — ESPN is reporting that the University of Houston has contacted West Virginia University for permission to interview Mountaineers Coach Dana Holgorsen for the Cougars’ head football coach job.
Several other media outlets, including CBS Sports, also have reported that Holgorsen is a top contender for the job.
Houston’s interest in Holgorsen comes after the school fired the Cougars’ head football coach, Major Applewhite Sunday. Holgorsen served as Houston’s offensive coordinator in the 2008-09 season.
The Mountaineers have been led by Holgorsen for eight seasons. During that time, WVU has a 61-41 overall record and 38-32 in conference play.
Holgorsen is second on WVU’s all-time coaching wins list behind College Football Hall of Famer Don Nehlen, who led the Mountaineers to 149 wins.
Holgorsen has led the Mountaineers to seven bowl games in his eight years. WVU is 2-5 in bowl games under Holgorsen. The Mountaineers were defeated by Syracuse, 34-18, Dec. 28 in the Camping World Bowl in Orlando.
In his time with WVU, Holgorsen has had 21 players earn All-American honors and has had 20 players selected in the NFL draft, which is tied for second-most in the Big 12. Holgorsen has also had four top-15 draft picks, which is the most in the conference.
The Mountaineers will open the 2019 season on Aug. 31 against James Madison.