UH has gone on a roller coaster since Art Briles became HC.
UH has had some success but before anything could be sustained the HC left for a better job. Thus UH either made a bad hire, Levine, Applewhite, or hired another HC with one foot out the door.
Levine recruited some of the best athletes seen on a UH FB team since Yeoman. But he was a good special teams coach, not a HC.
Now UH is going through another O change and the D is a total rebuild that could be good to very good next year.
So, let’s look at the best team that UH has played against in CUSA/American conference play.
UCF - They have won or been co-champions in the CUSA 2 TIMES.
2007 and 2010. They have won the American 4 TIMES, 2013, 2014, 2017, 2018. They also have a 5-3 record against UH.
What has been the foundation of the UCF FB team that has been missing at UH. George O’Leary. O’Leary was the UCF HC from 2004 to 2015. In his first year as HC when UCF was in the Mid-American conference he had an outstanding 0-11 season. Amazingly in his last season at UCF he had an 0-12 record. But it was what he did in the seasons between those 2 O-fer seasons that has made UCF the best G5 FB program in the country.
O’Leary teams in 2005, 2007, 2010 and 2012 won the East Division of the CUSA and in 2007 and 2010 won the CUSA Championship.
O’Leary teams won the American in 2013 and defeated Baylor (BIG12 co-champion) in the Fiesta Bowl. In 2014 UCF was co-champions of the American.
UH from 2004 to 2015 had won 3 CUSA West titles and 1 tie with Tulsa who won the tie breaker. UH won only 1 CUSA Championship during the O’Leary years. UH won the American in 2015 and the Peach Bowl.
But since 2015 UCF experienced the same outstanding talent base that UH had the year after 2-8 Yeoman retired.
UCF has now had 2 consecutive unbeaten regular seasons and has yet to be beaten in this year and can an American Conference team upset them this year?
UCF made a great hire Scott Frost who like Herman, inherited outstanding talent on both the D and O. Unlike Herman, he did not abandoned his team and defeated Auburn in the Peach Bowl and UCF had their first unbeaten season.
Frost left for Nebraska, but the O’Leary built program is humming along with another outstanding hire in Josh Heupel.The recruiting did not take a hit because Frost stayed with the team to the end and UCF kept most of the recruits.
So, this is a long way of saying UH needs a George O’Leary and if given the time UH may enjoy the type of success that UCF has enjoyed.
Is Holgorsen our O’Leary, no one knows. But with all the human outcry over UH beginning 1-3 with the schedule including one top 4 and one top 19 team, what would it be like if UH had a 0-12 season in 2019? Can’t happen, so 1-11?
Must win now is a societal issue but only one team can win the championship each year.