The rumors appear to be reality: Dana Holgorsen is leaving WVU.
SB Nation is reporting that the University of Houston is set to make Holgorsen the highest-paid coach at a non-Power 5 conference school ever with a $20 million, 5-year deal.
By waiting until the new year to formalize the deal, Holgorsen will owe WVU just a $1 million buyout. He has 3 years left on his contract with WVU.
The Cougars fired head coach Major Applewhite Sunday after he went 15-11 in two years. Holgorsen, meanwhile, is 61-41 in his eight years at WVU.
The move to Houston will be a familiar one to Holgorsen, who served as the offensive coordinator at the school in 2008-09.
As SB Nation notes, the move makes sense from a football standpoint for Holgorsen, who will be entering the fertile recruiting ground of Texas while leaving a West Virginia team with far more questions than answers heading into 2019.
The next move for WVU is still up in the air, with most sportswriters expecting the school to target a non-Power 5 coach like Troy’s Neal Brown or Cincinnati’s Luke Fickell.