Holgorsen On His Way To West Virginia?

Dana Holgorsen will be leaving Oklahoma State to become the offensive coordinator and eventually the head coach at West Virginia University, several newspapers are reporting.

The 39-year-old Holgorsen will apparently replace Jeff Mullen as the Mountaineers offensive coordinator next season and will then be elevated to head coach in 2012, replacing Bill Stewart, sources have told the Charleston (W.Va.) Gazette and the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

Holgorsen is winding up his first season as Oklahoma State's offensive coordinator and helped the Cowboys have one of the nation's best offenses. OSU's offense finished the 2010 regular season ranked first in total offense (538 yards per game), No. 2 in passing (355 yards) and No. 3 in scoring (44.9 points).

Holgorsen was paid $360,000 – the same as defensive coordinator Bill Young and associate head coach/special teams coordinator Joe DeForest - during 2010.

According to the Post-Gazette story, Holgorsen will receive a six-year contract in which he make in excess of $500,000 as the Mountaineers offensive coordinator next season and about $2 million when he takes over as head coach.

Holgorsen was in Dallas on Saturday to watch Denton Guyer High School's Class 5A Division II semifinal playoff game against Longview, and saw Oklahoma State commits J.W. Walsh, Josh Stewart and Jimmy Bean play for the Wildcats.

Holgorsen said that he had told both OSU head coach Mike Gundy and athletic director Mike Holder that even though he still had not signed a contract since being hired in January that he was not going to chase after jobs. His name had been linked to several open positions in recent weeks, including the Texas offensive coordinator and Pittsburgh head coaching job.


GoPokes Top Stories