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Houston Has Reached Out To A Major Head Coach

Houston Cougars football's TDECU Stadium.

HOUSTON, TX - OCTOBER 17: A general view of the field prior to the start of the game between the Temple Owls and the Houston Cougars at TDECU Stadium on October 17, 2014 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Scott Halleran/Getty Images)

Houston has officially moved on from Major Applewhite and it seems like they have a clear-cut front runner to replace him: West Virginia's Dana Holgorsen.

Holgorsen has been linked to the Houston job over the last few days, even before the Cougars officially fired Applewhite. He would be leaving a Power 5 job, but ESPN's Adam Rittenberg detailed why the move could make sense.

“He loves the city and it’s a better cultural fit for him. There’s been tension at WVU for a while. He just had one of his best teams and only went 8-4. Just feels like right time for a change of scenery,” Rittenberg tweeted.

Now, Yahoo's Pete Thamel is reporting that Houston has officially requested permission to interview Holgorsen.

At this point, an interview seems like a mere formality. All indications are that this is Holgorsen's job if he wants it.

Holgorsen has compiled a 61-41 record in eight seasons at West Virginia, including a Big East title in 2011. He has taken the program to seven bowl games.

West Virginia concluded its 2018 season with a loss to Syracuse in the Camping World Bowl last Friday.