Holgorsen on the Hot Seat in Houston?

Jan 2, 2019; Houston, TX, USA; Newly announced head coach coach for the Houston Cougars football team Dana Holgorsen sit with Houston Rockets owner Tilman Fertitta and President of University of Houston Renu Khator during the game against the Tulsa Golden Hurricane at the Fertitta Center. Mandatory Credit: John Glaser-USA TODAY Sports

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To say things have not gone well for Dana Holgorsen since he left WVU would be an understatement. In his first season at Houston, the Red Bull drinking head coach was expected to have one of the most talented teams in the American Athletic Conference. However, dreams of an incredible 2019 season would end quickly after a 1-3 start, prompting starting quarterback D’Eriq King to redshirt and ultimately transfer.


The team would be slightly improved in 2020, but with COVID-19 wreaking havoc on their season, the Cougars would finish with a 3-5 record which included a 28-14 bowl loss to the Hawaii Rainbow Warriors.


Coming into year three, Holgorsen now sits with a 7-13 overall record, and what will likely be building pressure on his back. Houston has a manageable schedule in 2021, with 8 or 9 games all seen as winnable to the “experts.” For a university that is expecting nothing more than greatness, it is hard to fathom Holgorsen keeping his job with the Cougars for much longer should the team struggle and finish around .500 again this season.


You hate to say it, especially for a former Mountaineer, but Dana Holgorsen is certainly on the hot seat right now, at least to the common fan. Things have been stuck in neutral for Houston since he arrived, and it is hard to see Tilman Fertitta and the gang sticking with this commitment much longer if Holgorsen fails to provide positive momentum yet again.


Let us know what you think on our VOM social media pages! Is Holgorsen on the hot seat, and what must he do to get off of it if he is?