Houston Cougars football head coach Dana Holgorsen stands with running back Ta’Zhawn Henry on the sidelines of UH’s home opener against Kansas. (Courtesy Houston Athletics)
The Houston Cougars football team has had a difficult start to the 2022 season, both in terms of on-the-field results and outside of the field with reactions from fans.
The Cougars, who entered the season ranked in both the Associated Press and the USA Today Sports AFCA football coaches poll, sit at 2-3 as the team heads to Memphis to take on a 4-1 Tigers team that boasts a 2-0 record in the American Athletic Conference. Fans of the Houston Cougars have become increasingly frustrated with the team’s results as the program is less than a year from joining the Big 12.
Following a kneel down at the end of regulation against Tulane by Houston quarterback Clayton Tune, there was a chorus of boos from within TDECU Stadium as the Cougars headed to their third overtime in five games. On Wednesday, head coach Dana Holgorsen went on one of his weekly radio shows in Houston and said he has no plans of leaving UH, and he has the support of the university’s administration.
“Dana Holgorsen is not going anywhere,” said Holgorsen on the show. “I can assure you of that. This is a long-term thing. It is what it is. One, I’m not leaving. I can’t leave. Hopefully, everybody will let me sit here and try to work our way out of this.”
Holgorsen said he is committed to staying in Houston for the long haul and overseeing the program as it transitions to the Big 12.
“This is my last job,” Holgorsen said. “I don’t plan on going anywhere as long as they are going to have me here, I’m going to continue to build this and eventually be proud of what we have at the University of Houston.”
There are a lot of long-term things that are currently happening within the Houston football team, such as within the structure of his office, how the program is attacking recruiting, the fundraising and construction of the new football development center, and overall, building for the future, Holgorsen said.
“The future is bright at the University of Houston, but it will not happen overnight,” Holgorsen said.