The succession plan gives Holgorsen, who has coordinated offenses at OSU, Texas Tech and Houston, the chance to get used to the Mountaineer program, the region and the Big East conference for one season.
â€œOne thing that will be cool about this (succession plan) is being able to sit back and learn and get a good feel for what everything is like around there,â€ he said. "After one season, I will know a whole bunch more about what I'm getting into."
Holgorsen was in high demand after helping the Cowboys to a 10-2 record and record-setting offensive season. OSU finished No. 1 in total offense, No. 2 in passing offense and No. 3 in scoring offense in 2010.
He reaffirmed his intention to stay â€” and call plays â€” with the Cowboys through the Alamo Bowl because winningÂ a school-record 11 gamesÂ at OSU is important to him and everyone else in the program.
â€œI'm going to finish what I started here,â€ Holgorsen said. â€œI'd like to think I had something to do with winning 10 so I'm going to do my best to help us win 11. It means a lot to everybody involved.â€
Holgorsen will look back on his time in Stillwater with appreciation. He helped the Cowboys win at least 10 games and raised his national profile to a point where he will take over a quality program in a BCS conference in his first head coaching opportunity.
â€œI enjoyed every minute of it,â€ he said. â€œI just tried to get us better offensively every day and I would like to think from the day I got here until now we have progressed offensively.â€