Dana Holgorsen has been officially hired by West Virginia University.
According to an official release from West Virginia, the former offensive coordinator at Oklahoma State is part of a succession plan where he takes over the Mountaineer program in 2012. Holgorsen will be the Mountaineers offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach in 2011 and will take over as head coach in 2012. Current WVU coach Bill Stewart will remain head coach through the 2011 season then move to an administrative role.
Holgorsen will be paid $800,000 in 2011 and his compensation will increase to $1.4 million in 2012.
Holgorsen is expected to remain at OSU through the Alamo Bowl on Dec. 29 and is expected to call plays as the Cowboys face Arizona. He has been in Stillwater for the past few days game planning for the bowl game.
â€œCoach Holgorsen is one of the top coaches in college football,â€ WVU athletic director Oliver Luck said in a release. â€œWe know Coach Holgorsen will bring a high-powered offense that will be incredibly entertaining to watch.â€
Holgorsen spent one season at OSU after being hired to run the Cowboys offense in January 2010. He led the Pokes offense to a record-breaking season as OSU finished No. 1 nationally in total offense (537.6 yards per game), No. 2 nationally in passing offense (354.7 yards per game) and No. 3 nationally in scoring offense (44.9 points per game).
â€œI look forward to the opportunity to join West Virginia University as offensive coordinator for the 2011 season,â€ Holgorsen said in a release. â€œI am excited about succeeding Coach Stewart in 2012 and becoming the head coach of the Mountaineers and leading the West Virginia program to even greater heights.â€
With Holgorsen's departure, OSU coach Mike Gundy will be looking to find a replacement for Holgorsen to lead an offense that could feature plenty of firepower including Biletnikoff winner Justin Blackmon at receiver and All-Big 12 quarterback Brandon Weeden, if both players decide against declaring for the NFL, along with the Pokes' entire starting offensive line and running backs Joseph Randle and Jeremy Smith.
Potential candidates would likely include inside receivers coach Doug Meacham, East Carolina offensive coordinator Lincoln Riley, Arizona offensive coordinator Seth Littrell and other coordinators familiar with Holgorsen's and Mike Leach's offensive systems. Leach also could be an option if he is willing to return to coaching in a coordinator role.