Houston to fire head coach Dana Holgorsen after 5 seasons

Houston head coach Dana Holgorsen watches from the sideline in the course of the first half of an NCAA school soccer sport in opposition to Central Florida, Saturday, Nov. 25, 2023, in Orlando, Fla. (AP Photograph/Phelan M. Ebenhack) (ASSOCIATED PRESS)

The College of Houston has determined to fireplace soccer coach Dana Holgorsen, Yahoo Sports activities can verify.

Holgorsen was an enormous rent for Houston again in 2019 following his eight-year run at West Virginia. His time with the Cougars began slowly, however UH received 20 video games mixed in 2021 and 2022, this system’s last two seasons within the American Athletic Convention.

However that success didn’t carry over as Houston stepped up at school to the Large 12. Like the entire Large 12 newcomers, the Cougars struggled versus the higher competitors and completed the season with a 4-8 file (2-7 Large 12), lacking out on a bowl sport.

Houston did publish convention wins over West Virginia and Baylor, but additionally had an unpleasant non-conference loss to Rice and received blown out by TCU, Texas Tech and Kansas State. There was additionally an unpleasant dwelling loss to a Cincinnati group that was beforehand winless in convention play.

The Cincinnati loss dropped Houston to 4-6, leaving a glimmer of hope for a late push for bowl eligibility. As an alternative, Holgorsen’s group misplaced 43-30 at dwelling to Oklahoma State after which fell 27-13 on the street to UCF within the season finale.

After the UCF loss on Saturday, the varsity selected to half methods with Holgorsen after 5 seasons and a 31-28 general file. The information of Holgorsen’s dismissal was first reported by the Houston Chronicle.

When he was employed away from WVU, Holgorsen was considered as a pure match at Houston, which gave him one of many largest contracts for a coach at a faculty outdoors the facility conferences.

Houston had lengthy coveted Holgorsen, who spent two seasons as UH’s offensive coordinator underneath Kevin Sumlin after his eight years at Texas Tech. He later spent one season as OC at Oklahoma State earlier than getting the WVU job. The Mountaineers had only one dropping season underneath Holgorsen’s watch and he ended up with a 61-41 file teaching the Mountaineers.

And when it appeared that the Holgorsen-West Virginia marriage was on the rocks, Houston — the varsity whose chancellor as soon as stated, “We’ll fireplace coaches at 8-4” — was there to pounce.

Expectations had been instantly excessive, however the Cougars went a mixed 7-13 (5-9 AAC) in Holgorsen’s first two seasons. Houston rebounded in 2021 by going 12-2 with a loss to Cincinnati within the AAC title sport earlier than dropping right down to 8-5 in 2022.

Rising pains had been anticipated with the transition to the Large 12, however a 2-7 file in convention play was evidently an excessive amount of for the Houston brass to endure.

Shifting ahead, Tulane’s Willie Fritz, UTSA’s Jeff Traylor, UNLV’s Barry Odom and ex-TCU coach Gary Patterson are potential candidates for the UH opening, in keeping with Yahoo Sports activities’ Ross Dellenger.

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