"Whatever I'm doing now, from a recruiting standpoint, to building a program, to dealing with academics, to dealing with boosters, with all the things you have to deal with in this profession, what you do now is going to have an impact on what you're doing five years from now."
He has a six-year contract at WVU. He'll spend next season as the coordinator and then succeed Bill Stewart as the head coach in 2012. The goals are to be expected. He's aware of WVU's 60 wins the past six seasons and two BCS appearances.
"He'd like to add to that, which is the overriding reason he's content with a Big East job.
"I've been in the Big XII for nine years and Conference USA for two years and I've never been to a BCS game," he said. "I've been to some good bowls - the Cotton, Gator, Holiday, some good ones. I've been to 11 straight bowl games, but the BCS is what everyone's goal is.
"The Big East is a very competitive conference, but it's winnable. Whoever is picked last in the Big East has a chance to win it. Just look at who's won it the last five years. It's been four different teams. It's a very competitive conference."
That will change with the addition of Texas Christian University in 2012.
Holgorsen spent 10 seasons in Texas and noted how the Horned Frogs became a national power under Coach Gary Patterson.
"They're good and they're established," Holgorsen said. "They're blowing up their stadium right now and building a new one. They get it. They've got a brand-new indoor facility that's 100 yards with plenty of run-off. Their practice fields are good. They're doing things right. When you go to several BCS games and have support and have people giving you money, stuff is going to improve."
TCU pushes the Big East's football membership to nine teams and the conference still has an offer out to Villanova to become No. 10. Holgorsen has worked in two 12-team conferences and doesn't yet have an opinion for what he'd like to see the Big East do. He just knows where he wants to be at the end.
"The bottom line is you play every team," he said, "and whoever has the fewest losses at the end wins it."
Contact sportswriter Mike Casazza at mi...@dailymail.com or 304-319-1142. His blog is at blogs.dailymail.com/wvu.