Holgorsen Will Join OSU Staff

STILLWATER - It is official now with an official release that Oklahoma State head coach Mike Gundy is adding University of Houston offensive coordinator Dana Holgorsen to the Cowboys coaching staff as offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach. Holgorsen will oversee the offense but Gundy will continue to be involved in the offense.

Despite the constant rumors and erroneous reports throughout the day there are no staff members on the Cowboys football staff being terminated or departing. The staff will be reshuffled which will entail a coach coming off the full time staff.

"We're elated that Dana is joining our staff," Gundy said in a news release through the OSU Media Relations office. "He has a great pedigree, and a history of success. We're excited about what he brings to the OSU football program."

With Holgorsen as offensive coordinator, the Houston offense finished the 2009 season ranked No. 1 in the nation in three different offensive categories - scoring (42.2 points), total offense (563.4 yards), and passing (4337 yards).

The Cougar offense finished the 2008 season - his first at Houston - averaging 40.6 points (10th in the nation), 562.8 yards of total offense (second), and 401.6 passing yards (second).

"I am extremely excited about the opportunity to work with Coach Gundy and his program at OSU," Holgorsen said the OSU release. "I want to thank head coach Kevin Sumlin and the University of Houston for my time in Houston. It's great to be a part of the Oklahoma State family and to be back in the Big 12."

Word first surfaced about a month ago that Holgorsen, the former Texas Tech head coach Mike Leach protege' and current successful University of Houston offensive coordinator, wanted to take his head set and clipboard back to the Big 12 where he had worked with Leach from 2000 to 2007 before heading to UH where he was ultra-successful with Case Keenum as his quarterback.

Oklahoma State was a target school for Holgorsen because he liked head coach Mike Gundy and had several friends on the staff including Joe DeForest and Johnny Barr.

Known as an energetic recruiter in addition to being a solid X's and O's coach skilled in the Leach version of the spread, Holgorsen had apparently come to terms with Gundy and Oklahoma State to be the coordinator in title and call plays, and an announcement of the hire set for Friday morning.

However, Houston head coach Kevin Sumlin became involved in the Tennessee head coach search, and if Sumlin had left many believe Holgorsen would have been the favorite to take over as head coach of the Cougars. That, according to our sources, put a hold on the impending announcement. There was also speculation that salary was still being discussed.

There is no doubt that Holgorsen's addition to the offense will bring a new phase to the OSU offense with his steep tradition in Mike Leach's offensive system.

Dana Holgorsen History
Grew up in Iowa and played wide receiver for Mike Leach at Iowa Wesleyan College.

Coaching Career
2008-Present Offensive coordinator at Houston - two bowls (Armed Forces Bowl)
2005-2007 Co-offensive coordinator and inside receivers coach at Texas Tech
2000-2004 Inside receivers coach at Texas Tech - bowls at Texas Tech Gallery Furniture (2000), Alamo (2001), Tangerine (2002), Houston (2003), Holiday (2004), Cotton (2005), Insight (2006), Gator (2007)
1999 Wingate College Quarterbacks and wide receivers
1996-1998 Mississippi College Quarterbacks, wide receivers, and special teams
1993-1995 Valdosta State Quarterbacks, wide receivers, and special teams

38-years-old, has three kids, McClayne, Logan, Karlyn

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