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Hanging on to Dana Holgorsen is a top priority for Oklahoma State

Cowboys coach Mike Gundy expects teams to pursue the Cowboys' first-year offensive coordinator, but he would be disappointed if Holgorsen left for another coordinator job.
By Brandon Chatmon, Staff Writer, Modified: November 16, 2010 at 9:26 pm •  Published: November 16, 2010

/articleid/3515226/1/pictures/1252248">Photo - Dana Holgorsen's new offense at Oklahoma State is piling up yards and points. Photo by John Clanton, The Oklahoman
Dana Holgorsen's new offense at Oklahoma State is piling up yards and points. Photo by John Clanton, The Oklahoman

“There's three ways I can handle that,” Gundy said. “One, putting them in an environment where they like working. Two, obviously, you've got to take care of them financially. I want to make sure he's taken care of. And three, we're going to do whatever we can to help him when he wants to become a head coach.”

Holgorsen says “it's been great” working at OSU and feels he meshes well with the Cowboys' current coaching staff.

Holgorsen appears destined for a pay increase with his outstanding debut season. He currently earns $360,000 per season. Fellow Big 12 offensive coordinators Greg Davis of Texas ($425,000) and Kevin Wilson of Oklahoma ($430,000) each earn at least $50,000 more per season.

Gundy plans to speak with athletic director Mike Holder and “make sure he knows you may have to shake the piggy bank a little bit,” to keep the coaching staff intact.

Gundy's goal is to keep Holgorsen around at least one more season, and with quarterback Brandon Weeden and receiver Justin Blackmon likely returning and the entire offensive line remaining intact, Holgorsen would be hard pressed to find another program with more talented pieces to work with in 2011.

“It's only going to get better,” Holgorsen said. “We've won some games, and I can't see any reason why it wouldn't get better year two with everybody coming back.”

While OSU may have to offer Holgorsen a significant raise to keep him, Gundy says it best: “It seems to be worth every penny right?”

Five potential head coaching openings at BCS conference schools

Arizona State: The Sun Devils might go a different direction. Dennis Erickson's team is 4-6 overall, 2-5 in the Pac-10 this season.

Georgia: Mark Richt has averaged 10 wins per season at UGA, yet that's not enough for some Bulldog fans.

Illinois: Saturday's loss to Minnesota, which entered the game with the nation's longest active losing streak, could put Ron Zook's job security in question.

Mississippi: Houston Nutt could be on the hot seat as the Rebels have one conference win following their Cotton Bowl trip a year ago.

Colorado: The Buffs got rid of Dan Hawkins earlier this season.

By Brandon Chatmon


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