Houston has fired head coach Major Applewhite
Just when the college head coaching carousel appeared to be slowing down, things have begun to spin out of control once again on Sunday.
If you missed the big news of the day, Miami head coach Mark Richt has retired from coaching with the release of a statement issued on Sunday. Following that news, SBNation and KPRC-TV Sports Director in Houston Randy McIlvoy are both reporting that Houston has fired head coach Major Applewhite.
On Saturday, FootballScoop reported that Houston’s top target to replace Applewhite would be West Virginia head coach Dana Holgorsen. Holgorsen has served as Mountaineer head coach for eight seasons.
Applewhite served only two seasons in Houston, going 7-5 in his debut and 8-5 this season for a combined record of 15-10. Houston’s season came to a disastrous conclusion, losing 70-14 to Army in the Armed Forces Bowl. Immediately after the game, Houston offensive coordinator Kendal Briles resigned to take the open OC job at Florida State.
UPDATE: Houston officially announces Major Applewhite is no longer the program’s coach.
Houston Announces Separation with Major Applewhite.
National search for Houston’s 15th head coach has commenced.
— Houston Football (@UHCougarFB) December 30, 2018