MORGANTOWN, W.Va. - When Dana Holgorsen arrived at West Virginia in December 2010, he did so with the reputation of an offensive innovator who became a career-driven mercenary.
He didn't really object, either.
Holgorsen started his career working at three places in seven seasons before spending eight at Texas Tech. Then came more moves made with a head coaching job in mind, and the press conference that introduced him at WVU a few days before Christmas was the third in three years.
And on that occasion, Holgorsen joked that his priority was to keep defensive coordinator Jeff Casteel happy.
During the season that followed, Holgorsen would say he concentrated only on offense and let Casteel run the defense. To be fair, Holgorsen was forced to work as the offensive coordinator throughout his first season as head coach.
Casteel is gone, running the defense at the University of Arizona. Joe DeForest, who was at Oklahoma State for 11 seasons, including 2010 with Holgorsen, is in Casteel's place.
The faces have changed and Holgorsen's role also is different. He has freed himself to become more involved with other parts of the team by naming receivers coach Shannon Dawson the offensive coordinator.
But has Holgorsen's administrative philosophy changed?
"He lets us do what we want, but he and I talk a lot about suggestions and about what gives him problems, what gives us problems and I think if we work together as a team and let each other know the good and the bad, it works," DeForest said.
"A lot of offenses and defenses won't share that information because they're scared of giving away secrets."