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Sources Indicate Major Applewhite Has Been Fired; DanaWatch Officially Begins

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West Virginia may be about to enter their first coaching search of the Shane Lyons era

NCAA Football: Houston at Tulane Stephen Lew-USA TODAY Sports

According to sources at the mothership, the University of Houston has fired head coach Major Applewhite.

As previously reported, the Houston Cougars are very interested in West Virginia Mountaineers head coach Dana Holgorsen. Dana has strong ties to Houston, previously serving as their offensive coordinator in 2008 and 2009. Holgorsen also has maintained a strong relationship with Houston superbooster who is willing to put down upwards of 20 million for the right head coach and staff. Houston is lobbying for a move to Power 5 status and looks to be serious about their chances.

This story is developing and we will keep you updated with verifiable sources and information as it comes available. Currently Houston is "allegedly" waiting for New Years Day when Dana's buyout will drop from 2.5 million to 1 million.

In possibly unrelated news, Miami-Florida Hurricanes head coach Marc Richt has announced his immediate retirement. Dana's name has not been mentioned or linked to Miami but the opening presents another bidder for his possible services.