Report: Holgorsen to WVU

Citing an anonymous source, the Charleston Gazette reported Tuesday morning that Oklahoma State offensive coordinator Dana Holgorsen will assume the same role at WVU in 2011-12 and take over the head coaching job currently held by Bill Stewart the following season.

Mutual interest between Holgorsen and Mountaineer athletic director Oliver Luck had been rumored for several days before the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reported Monday that contact had been made between the two parties as far back as October, when WVU lost consecutive games to Syracuse and Connecticut.

The Post-Gazette also indicated that Stewart was "vehemently against" any plan that would involve Holgorsen coming on as a "head coach in waiting" and might even opt to resign immediately instead of coaching the 2011-12 season.

But the Gazette report indicated that stance had either changed or softened, as Tuesday morning's story from sports editor Mitch Vingle said Stewart would remain in control of the program next season, allowing for a smoother transition.

Vingle also reported that Holgorsen will retain the entire West Virginia defensive staff, including coordinator Jeff Casteel, who has led the Mountaineers' highly-ranked defense this season.

Holgorsen's hire would mean current WVU offensive coordinator Jeff Mullen would be out of his current position, regardless of whether he is the pick at Kent State, where he interviewed for the head coaching position last week according to a report in the Ravenna Record-Courier .

Rumors surfaced Monday night that Stewart had told West Virginia players he planned to resign after the Dec. 28 Champs Sports Bowl against North Carolina State, but players confirmed to the Blue & Gold News that no such meeting occurred.

Neither Luck, the Mountaineers' first-year athletic director, nor Stewart would comment on Monday's Post-Gazette report. Attempts to reach Luck were unsuccessful early Tuesday afternoon.

The Austin American-Statesman reported Tuesday afternoon that Holgorsen had agreed to a six-year contract at WVU, including a five-year agreement in the head coaching position.

WVU director of football communications Mike Montoro could not confirm or deny the reports Tuesday afternoon.

"We have no information right now," Montoro said.

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