Big 12 football: Doubts starting to build about WVU coach Dana Holgorsen's ability to lead a program

by Berry Tramel Published: November 16, 2012

The Oklahoman ran a telling photo of OSU's Josh Stewart scoring a touchdown last Saturday against West Virginia. While Stewart dove into the end zone, not every pair of eyes in Boone Pickens Stadium were on Stewart.

Mountaineer coach Dana Holgorsen, shown in the background, stood with his back to the play. Holgorsen was no doubt disgusted at another big play allowed by his defense, but the scene was a snapshot of the questions about Holgorsen.

Brilliant offensive mind. But does he have the makeup to lead a major program? Holgorsen led West Virginia to an Orange Bowl victory last season, but the Mountaineers' first foray into the Big 12 has been disappointing.

The Mountaineers were 5-0 and ranked fifth after the first week of October, but now West Virginia is 5-4 and won't even be bowl eligible by Thanksgiving if it doesn't upset OU on Saturday.

Holgorsen isn't in danger of being fired. But there has to be doubts about his organization after the kicking game disasters in Stillwater and a complete lack of defense. In Big 12 games, West Virginia has allowed 63, 45, 49, 55, 31 (in regulation) and 55 points.


by Berry Tramel
Columnist
Berry Tramel, a lifelong Oklahoman, sports fan and newspaper reader, joined The Oklahoman in 1991 and has served as beat writer, assistant sports editor, sports editor and columnist. Tramel grew up reading four daily newspapers — The...
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