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Dana Holgorsen Leaving West Virginia For Houston

The Mountaineers and their head coach reportedly parted ways just after midnight on January 1st.

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Multiple outlets are now reporting that West Virginia head coach Dana Holgorsen will be leaving the Mountaineers in order to become the new head coach at the University of Houston.

SB Nation’s Steven Godfrey was one of the first to report the news that Holgorsen would be making the move from a Power Five to a Group of Five school, a rare occurrence in modern college football.

This move was not unexpected. Holgorsen has reportedly wanted to leave Morgantown for some time now.

It was rumored that he threw his name in the ring for the head coaching job at Texas Tech when that job came open, partly because Holgorsen has many ties to the state of Texas.

That is probably why the former West Virginia head coach jumped at the opportunity to coach at the University of Houston, where he was offensive coordinator from 2008-2009 under Kevin Sumlin.

This seems like a good move for both West Virginia and Holgorsen. The Mountaineers finished 2018 at 8-4 in spite of having one of the most prolific offenses they fielded under Holgorsen, putting the former head coach on somewhat of a hot seat.

This move of course leaves the Mountaineers searching for a new head coach. No names have yet been mentioned in connection with the job opening.

 

 

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