UPDATE: Holgorsen leaving WVU for Houston

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (WDTV) -- UPDATE 1/2/19
Dana Holgorsen is officially leaving West Virginia University.

Holgorsen has officially been named the head coach for the University of Houston.

The announcement was made on Wednesday by Houston. Holgorsen is leaving the Mountaineers after serving as the head coach for eight seasons.

Holgorsen had previously served as Houston's offensive coordinator.

There is no word yet on who will take over the head coaching position for WVU.

UPDATE 1/1/2019
According to multiple media reports, WVU's head football coach Dana Holgorsen could be announced as the University of Houston's head coach as early as Tuesday.

SB Nation was the first to report and said the two are working toward a 5-year, $20 million deal. It would make Holgorsen the highest-paid coach at a non-Power 5 conference school, according to SB Nation.

Holgorsen has coached at WVU for the last eight seasons. WVU was 8-4 last year with a 6-3 record in the Big 12 Conference. The Mountaineers lost the Camping World Bowl to Syracuse 34-18.

Houston finished 8-5 in 2018 with a 5-3 record in the American Athletic Conference. It lost to Army 70-14 in the Armed Forces Bowl.

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ORIGINAL STORY 12/31/2018
West Virginia Mountaineers coach Dana Holgorsen may be heading to Houston.

Yahoo Sports is reporting that the University of Houston has formally requested an interview from Holgorsen as a possible replacement for recently-fired coach Major Applewhite.

Holgorsen has ties to Houston, serving as the university's offensive coordinator in 2008 and 2009. He was considered for the head coaching job in 2016 before officials hire Applewhite.

After January 1st, Holgorsen's buyout from WVU reduces from $2.5 million to $1 million.

Stay with 5 News for the latest on this developing story.