Rumored to be the leading contender for the Pittsburgh job, it appears that Dana Holgorsen will instead head to bitter rival West Virginia and ultimately become their head coach.
Culminating 24 hours worth of rumor, innuendo and speculation, Mitch Vingle of the Charleston Gazette is reporting that the Oklahoma State offensive coordinator will take the same job with the Mountaineers for the 2011 season, and then take over for Bill Stewart as WVU’s head coach in 2012.
Stewart has reportedly agreed to this set-up and will remain the Mountaineers’ head coach through the 2011 season.
The Gazette‘s source also reports that the entire defensive staff will be retained, but offensive coordinator Jeff Mullen will not be regardless of whether he gets the Kent State job or not. One name we’ve been told to keep an eye on as it relates to Holgorsen is Arizona co-offensive coordinator/offensive line coach Bill Bedenbaugh, who could be in play as part of a revamped Mountaineers offensive coaching staff.
CFT has placed multiple calls to WVU sources and we’ve yet to confirm that Holgorsen has agreed to a for-now lateral move from the Cowboys to the Mountaineers.
Apparently, however, something on the Holgorsen front could — and should, one way or the other — become official within the next 24 hours.