When Tom Herman left to take over Texas football, Major Applewhite got the head coaching job at Houston in hopes that he could keep up momentum built within the Cougars program.
Houston hasn't been bad under Applewhite, but they've taken a serious step back from the Herman teams that competed with top Power Five programs.
Applewhite is now 15-11 as Houston head coach, with three bowl losses, including one served as interim head coach after Herman's departure.
Today's bowl loss was the most embarrassing by far, and among the worst in college football history.
The Cougars lost 70-14 to Army football in the Armed Forces Bowl in Fort Worth, and now Major Applewhite's job at Houston might be in jeopardy.
According to a report by SB Nation's Steven Godfrey, the powers that be at Houston may look at making a coaching change.
Houston head coach Major Applewhite’s future with the Cougars is in doubt after UH’s record book-worthy, 70-14 loss to Army in the Armed Forces Bowl capped an 8-5 season, sources confirmed to SB Nation.
The game tied the FBS records for points allowed in a bowl game and margin of victory in a bowl.
Upon Applewhite’s hiring, both UH Board of Regents chairman Tilman Fertita and president Renu Khator famously stated, “We’ll fire coaches at 8-4.”
Moments ago, Applewhite's most notable—and infamous—coaching hire reportedly resigned: offenisve coordinator Kendal Briles.
It had been previously reported that Briles is in line to take the offensive coordinator job at Florida State, another staff in turmoil this off-season.
Houston is one of the highest-ceiling jobs in the Group of Five, so there's no doubt that Cougars brass can find an interesting name to replace Applewhite if they so choose. It is also clear that the expectations are extremely high, which makes it an interesting situation.