MORGANTOWN, W.Va. -- There are details Dana Holgorsen doesn't care to revisit and explanations he won't reveal about his almost becoming head football coach at Pitt.
However, the timeline that began with his introduction to West Virginia Athletic Director Oliver Luck in November and ended in December with Holgorsen being named the Mountaineers offensive coordinator and next head coach included one unique segment.
Holgorsen was very much a candidate to replace Dave Wannstedt as the head coach at Pitt. How deeply he was involved and who was advancing the involvement are things that are unconfirmed and entirely open to speculation. Holgorsen will keep them that way.
"I don't have much to say about anything like that, but Pitt hired a hell of a guy," he said inside his office Tuesday. "I'll leave it at that."
The Panthers hired a guy they quickly fired and then replaced him with a former WVU assistant, Todd Graham. Luck, meanwhile, got the guy he'd been intrigued by for quite some time.
They only first met in person Nov. 23 when Luck "made a visit to talk to a coach who I thought was one of the great offensive coaches in the nation," though at this point it seems naïve to think they'd never spoken before.
Holgorsen would visit WVU later and meet the biggest names on campus. He was impressed enough by the university and leaders like Luck and President Jim Clements that he's very happy to be where he is today.
"One thing I learned through the hiring process, the job searching and discussing whether I'm interested in specific jobs is the first thing I always look at is who you've got to work for," he said. "The opportunity to work for Oliver and Dr. Clements is something a whole lot of people in my profession never get a chance to do."
What's most exciting for Holgorsen is working with those people and concentrating together on a goal that's been a long time coming.
Holgorsen finally has a chance to think about longevity in his career. He spent eight seasons at Texas Tech, but only the final two as the co-coordinator. He was coordinator at Houston in 2008 and 2009 and then at Oklahoma State this past season. Undisputable success came at every stop, but he never had the time to establish himself and let his success develop into something larger for himself and his employer.
That's going to change at WVU.
"Houston, I knew was going to be a short-term deal and Oklahoma State I knew was going to be a short-term deal to accomplish what I wanted to accomplish and get where I wanted to go," he said. "With success I was able to move on and right here, this isn't a get-it-done-quick-and-leave type of deal.