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Surprising was an understatement to most when we learned that former West Virginia head coach Dana Holgorsen was leaving the Mountaineers after a prosperous eight-year tenure in Morgantown.

Well, if you were hoping to find out the exact reasoning and motivation behind Holgorsen's abrupt exit, you've come to the wrong place. And that's because Thursday's latest development only added to the mystery of his decision to leave. 

Beginning with an incredible, five-year buyout that will see Houston paying off the balance of more than $1 million every year until 2024 – the same amount of time it would take for an entire class of fifth-year senior players to have come and gone through either football program. 

Adding to the oddity of Holgorsen's departure from WVU was leaving the Mountaineers' Power Five positioning and perks for a Group of Five program like Houston out of the American Athletic Conference.

Considering the proportionately-minimal financial gain in starting salary at hand, going from $3.7 million per year with West Virginia to earning $4 million per year with the Cougars, there has to be something else that attracted him to Houston.

Holgorsen had a one-season stint at Houston as the offensive coordinator/QBs coach from 2008-09, but this move still has many college football fans scratching our heads. 

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