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.