Posted by Chip Patterson
First Oklahoma State offensive coordinator Dana Holgorsen was a leading candidate for the open position at Pittsburgh, then there were reports of discussions with West Virginia. Engaged in discussions with bitter rivals, and only one head coaching position available, there was little clarity to Holgorsen's situation. But according to the most recent reports from Morgantown, Bill Stewart does not have to worry about his coaching for his job like we may have thought.
The Charleston Gazette is reporting Tuesday that Holgorsen will join the Mountaineers staff as offensive coordinator in 2011, and then take over Stewart's position as head coach heading into the 2012 season. According to the report, current offensive coordinator Jeff Mullen, a candidate for the Kent State head coaching position, will be out whether he lands the job or not. Defensive coordinator Jeff Casteel and the entire defensive staff will be retained.
So it appears as though the "coach-in-waiting" is not dead after all, just maybe put on a more definite timetable. Holgorsen has put together an entertaining and high-powered offense at Oklahoma State, and he will have many of the same caliber athletes to work with at West Virginia. One of the biggest disappointments of the Mountaineers' season was an offense that could not always capitalize on the play of their defense. West Virginia finished second in the nation in scoring defense, only allowing 12.8 points per game. But it was failing to score a second-half touchdown in back-to-back losses to Connecticut and Syracuse that prevented West Virginia from winning the Big East outright. After four years of Pat White-led offenses, an inferior offensive unit was not something fans were used to seeing.