Good luck selling this, Dana Holgorsen.
Holgorsen said anyone suggesting that the team is tanking the rest of the year is misguided.
“I can assure you that whoever is saying that was not at our practice last night, was not in our meetings on Sunday night, these long coaches meetings that we had preparing for a game,” Holgorsen said. “We’re full go ahead on playing a game this weekend. So that to me, is absolute nonsense.”
I’m not assured, but I’m not Houston’s AD, either.
Said Houston athletic director Chris Pezman to suggestions that the team is throwing in the towel: “We’ve got kids that we’ve recruited to come into program that we have confidence in that can play at a high level. … We’ve got a lot of confidence in our coaching staff and everybody else that’s on the team and in the program.”
Oh, I’m sure. Makes you wonder what Holgorsen said when he interviewed for the job.
Holgorsen expressed a desire to get his roster older, citing a lack of fifth-year seniors on his team. Pezman said the Cougars “mortgaged” themselves with their younger players by not having them redshirt in recent years.
“My experience with this thing is when you get a team that’s old and mature and experienced, there’s something that happens to those guys who are fifth-year seniors,” Holgorsen said. “And we’ve got way too many guys on this football team right now that are not in position to be fifth-year seniors. And that makes it hard to win championships.”
Added Holgorsen: “This is Year 1 for me here at the University of Houston. I’ve identified some things that I need to pay attention to. And I’ve identified some things that need to happen for us to be able to be successful and compete for championships, which is the goal here at the University of Houston. We’re not currently in a very good spot when it comes to that, and there’s a number of reasons why.”
Should be a lot of fun for college football fans everywhere to watch this turn into a trend.