Holgorsen is replacing offensive coordinator/quarterbacks coach Jeff Mullen. Offensive line coach Dave Johnson is also finished after this season.
Holgorsen worked with Bedenbaugh at Texas Tech and Dawson played for Holgorsen when Holgorsen was an assistant at Wingate University. The Nacogdoches Daily Sentinel reported Wednesday Dawson has told SFA he's leaving Dec. 31 to go to WVU. Holgorsen and Bedenbaugh will see one another in San Antonio, Texas, at the bowl.
Holgorsen said his personnel decisions will be made after he returns next month.
"There are some guys I'm pretty adamant to talk to, to see if it's a fit here," he said. "When you get to hire a couple guys, you can't hire your best friends. You've got to go out there and see what the position is and what the need is and what the recruiting aspects are. There are a lot of things that go into that. You just don't make the decision overnight."
Holgorsen made light of other conditions surrounding his hiring, particularly the timing with both the Cowboys and the Mountaineers preparing for a bowl and WVU and Holgorsen previously planning to keep this secret until after the games were completed.
"In a perfect world, this press conference happens about nine days from now," he said. "Because you guys like to write stories and stuff, we had to move a little quicker."
About to enter his fourth job in five years, Holgorsen also took a quick swipe at true reports he's lived in a hotel in Oklahoma and later said he's not opposed to living in a hotel in Morgantown, but that he wants to settle in one spot because he's tired of moving.
Holgorsen still has a condo in Houston.
"This is just a great college town," said Holgorsen, who first visited WVU earlier this month. "I've only been from the Pittsburgh airport to Morgantown. That's what I've seen, but it's a lot prettier drive than going from Tulsa to Stillwater. It's a real pretty drive. It's a great college town. There's something to that. It's no secret I like the city a little bit, but as far as working conditions and a college town, this is as good as it gets."
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SOURCES TOLD the Daily Mail WVU will be without starting center Joe Madsen and backup defensive lineman Josh Taylor in the Champs Sports Bowl.
Madsen has started every game this season. He's likely to be replaced by right guard Eric Jobe, who split starts with Jobe last season. Jobe would be replaced by Cabell Midland graduate Cole Bowers or Matt Timmerman.
Taylor is a former walk-on who played extensively at nose guard against Rutgers in place of Chris Neild, who was bothered by and is still recovering from a hamstring pull.
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