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Holgorsen To Take Reins in 2012

December 16, 2010
The Intelligencer / Wheeling News-Register

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) - Oklahoma State offensive coordinator Dana Holgorsen has been hired for the same position at West Virginia next season, and the Mountaineers plan to make him head coach in 2012.

In the deal announced Wednesday, Holgorsen will replace Jeff Mullen as offensive coordinator and become "head coach in waiting" in 2011.

He will replace head coach Bill Stewart for the 2012 season. The university said Stewart will take an administrative role after the 2011 season.

The Mountaineers released a statement to announce the hiring.

"My goal is to win a national championship at West Virginia University, and I firmly believe that coach Stewart has built a solid foundation, which will allow us to compete with the very best in the country," Holgorsen said in the statement.

Holgorsen isn't expected to join the Mountaineers until after West Virginia (9-3) faces North Carolina State (8-4) in the Champ Sports Bowl on Dec. 28.

WVU said Holgorsen will be paid $800,000 in 2011 and that will increase to $1.4 million, plus incentives, in 2012. He made $360,000 at Oklahoma State this season but did not have a signed contract with the university.

West Virginia has gone 28-11 in three seasons under Stewart, whose six-year contract runs through 2014.

"I think the transition year for coach Holgorsen will be very beneficial to the football program, and the opportunity to learn from coach Bill Stewart should not be underestimated," West Virginia Oliver Luck said in the statement. "Coach Holgorsen is one of the top coaches in college football. We know that coach Holgorsen will bring a high-powered offense that will be incredibly entertaining to watch at Milan Puskar Stadium."

In Holgorsen's only season at Oklahoma State, the Cowboys led the Bowl Subdivision with 537.6 yards per game while running back Kendall Hunter and wide receiver Justin Blackmon were named first-team all-Americans. His offenses at Houston also were among the most proficient in the country in 2008 and 2009 with quarterback Case Keenum.

Before becoming West Virginia's AD in July, Luck was president of the Houston Dynamos soccer franchise for five years and was familiar with Holgorsen's explosive offenses.

West Virginia could use the offensive help. The Mountaineers ranked 64th in total offense at nearly 377 yards. The Mountaineers surpassed 35 points in three of their last four games and surpassed 30 points six times this season, but scored 14 points or less in all three losses and two of those were blamed on turnover problems