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Why Dana Holgorsen left out Mike Gundy

by Mike Sherman Published: June 17, 2011

Maybe it was just an oversight, but see if you notice anyone missing from Dana Holgorsen’s comments yesterday.

Holgorsen was presenting at the Angelo Football Clinic in San Angelo, Texas. After 18 years as an assistant coach, he’s now West Virginia’s head coach. His promotion from head coach in waiting was hastened last week by Bill Stewart’s messy firing.

“I thought it might be another six months from now, but we sped the game up, and here we are,” Holgorsen told the San Angelo Standard-Times . “I’m pretty fired up about it. I’ve worked for some pretty good guys, Mike Leach (at Texas Tech) and Kevin Sumlin (at Houston). Those guys do a pretty good job. They won a lot of games, so I feel pretty good about it.”

He’s worked for some pretty good guys? Leach and Sumlin and …..

Whether it was Mike Gundy or Boone Pickens’ idea to bringing him to Oklahoma State, its clear that Holgorsen’s work in Stillwater (from No. 61 to No. 1 in the nation with 537.6 yards per game) catapulted him into position to become a head coach at a BCS school like West Virginia. Sure, WVU AD Oliver Luck’s Houston connection with Holgorsen didn’t hurt. But why would Holgorsen fail to include Oklahoma State’s head coach among the pretty good guys he’s worked for?

I’m not sure what Holgorsen was saying here, but it sure seems like he’s saying something.

Here’s Standard-Times reporter Paul Harris’ story: “Offensive master shares wisdom”

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by Mike Sherman
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Mike Sherman is sports editor of The Oklahoman, where he has a combined 18 years of service during two stints as a writer and an editor. He covered high school sports for The Oklahoman from 1984-93. He also worked as a news writer for the...
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