MORGANTOWN, W.Va. -- At his various stops as an offensive coordinator, Dana Holgorsen has made it look pretty easy. He makes it sound pretty easy, too.
Hired last week by West Virginia Athletic Director Oliver Luck to install his offensive ingenuity in 2011 and then replace Bill Stewart as head coach in 2012, Holgorsen was introduced at a press conference Wednesday and shared the secret of his success.
"If you run it and it works, do it again," he said. "If you run it and it sucks, you probably shouldn't do it again."
Holgorsen left the press conference and returned to coaching the Oklahoma State offense for the Dec. 29 Alamo Bowl against Arizona. He'll be back on WVU's campus full-time some time after New Year's Day. He'll meet with Stewart and begin to figure out an offensive coaching staff and plans for the end of the recruiting season.
After National Signing Day Feb. 2, Holgorsen will start meeting with his new players and assess who can do what in his offense. The Mountaineers will open spring practice a few weeks later and Holgorsen isn't too worried about getting everything done in the 15 practice dates.
"We can install it in three days," he said. "It's intervals of a third of it, a third of it and a third of it. You go back and revisit the first day, second day and third day then go back and do the first day, second day and third day again and focus on those specific things and add different wrinkles each day you come back to it."
Holgorsen was then informed Stewart is known to start practices before sunrise - and Stewart playfully apologized for neglecting to mention that before.
"That is a bit early," Holgorsen said. "I'll make it work."
Not surprisingly, Holgorsen, 39, foresees no trouble with his transition.
He's definitely replacing Stewart after next season and already two members of the offensive staff have been told they won't be brought back to be a part of it.
While the defensive staff has been retained, there's the matter of those coaches actually liking Holgorsen and the conditions under which he arrived.
"If I thought it was a problem, I wouldn't be here," he said. "That's No. 1. I've got a lot of respect for Coach Stewart and what he's done. I know what type of person he is. I've got a lot of respect for Oliver as far as what he's accomplished and what type of person he is. At the end of the day, it's about surrounding yourself with good people.
"If you're surrounded by good people and if everyone is on the same page, it gives you a chance to win football games. If I come to work Jan. 1 and people are fighting each other, we're not going to win games. I think we're all comfortable with each other and at this point, if everyone is on the same page, I think we have a chance to win."
He wouldn't talk about the offensive staff and brushed aside a suggestion he's planning to hire Arizona offensive line coach/co-offensive coordinator Bill Bedenbaugh and Stephen F. Austin offensive coordinator/offensive coordinator Shannon Dawson.