As the coaching carousel started early Saturday morning it wasn’t long before names of potential replacements started to surface.
Only hours after the University of Texas made the firing of Charlie Strong official news broke that his replacement had already been determined. The University of Houston’s Tom Herman has been named Strong’s replacement per multiple reports.
15 minutes after verifying Herman had accepted the job at Texas Joseph Duarte of the Houston Chronicle tweeted this:
One name a source says to watch in Houston search for new head coach: West Virginia’s Dana Holgorsen. Was OC/QB coach at UH 2008-09
— Joseph Duarte (@Joseph_Duarte) November 26, 2016
While Duarte went on to name other potential candidates Holgorsen was the first name mentioned. This announcement from Duarte came only hours after a source close to the situation informed BGS that Houston was, indeed, interested in the WVU head coach.
The process will take some time though as Duarte also reported that Houston will use a research firm to find their next head coach.
While there is no indication that Holgorsen is interested in taking the open vacancy at Houston it does make the pending contract negotiations between Holgorsen and WVU more pressing.
Holgorsen is in the myst of his best season at WVU while a member of the Big 12 conference. There is a real possibility the Mountaineers can finish the regular season 10-2.
Contract negotiations broke down between Holgorsen and WVU AD Shane Lyons after last season. Lyons has remained steadfast that he would not readdress those negotiations until after this season.
Interestingly enough Washington State head coach, and Holgorsen’s mentor, Mike Leach was also mentioned to be on the short list for Houston.