Cougs and Mountaineers compare notes

WSU OFFENSIVE coordinator Todd Sturdy and Dana Holgorsen, the newly named head coach at West Virginia, have been friends since their days playing college ball together at St. Ambrose in Davenport, Iowa. And now in their professional lives, that friendship is paying dividends.

It's common for coaches to visit other schools to talk shop and a few months back after the Cougs' spring football drills had concluded, Paul Wulff sent Todd Sturdy and Steve Morton over to West Virginia for two days.

"We did have some of our offensive staff spend time at West Virginia. We do some things that are similar to what Dana Holgorsen does and Dana has talked about wanting to do this for a while… Todd knows the Holgorsen family, Dana's brother Brett was also a roommate and teammate of Todd's," said Wulff.

Dana Holgorsen has drawn wide acclaim over the past 10 years as an offensive mastermind at Oklahoma State, Texas Tech and Houston. He's a disciple of Hal Mumme, who is known for his "Air Raid" offense, predicated on throwing the ball early and often.

But don't expect new, sweeping changes in the Cougar offense or for Wazzu to suddenly start throwing the ball 70 times a game.

Among other things, Wulff said the trip down served as an affirmation of the things Wazzu is already doing offensively. The trip also was about West Virginia learning what they could from the WSU staff -- the Cougs didn't exactly light up the scoreboard in their 2010 meeting with OSU, the Cowboys won handily by a score of 65-17. But Holgorsen, who joined OSU in '10, was nevertheless intrigued.

"He said that he really liked the things we were doing offensively," said Wulff.

And although big changes won't be in the offing as a result of the trip, the two days Sturdy and Morton spent at West Virginia were productive and there may be some subtle tweaks here and there. Without giving away any state secrets, there are things WSU could wind up implementing in various areas.

Not wholesale changes, but more like finishing touches.

The sharing of ideas between staffs in the offseason is about if the other guys are doing it a little differently, and is that something that can make you better, said Wulff.

"We're always looking at ways to be successful. That's what I came here to do, and we're doing just that," he said.

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