His co-coordinator is Keith Patterson and this is his third school in three years. The defensive line coach is Erik Slaughter, who was at the FCS level the previous three years and the Division II level for a season before that.
Coaching the cornerbacks is Daron Roberts, who coached the outside receivers last season, which was his first as a college coach at any level.
The most veteran member of the entire coaching staff is Steve Dunlap, who was the safeties coach the past four years, but is now coordinating special teams and lending insight with the outside linebackers.
These all are, or could be, good coaches and it's not fair to hold experience against them, whether at their position, at the school, in the conference or in the FBS. But time does matter because sometimes things take time.
Look at WVU's offense. Hard to argue any of those coaches aren't, or can't be, good coaches. Yet the offensive coordinator, Shannon Dawson, was new to the FBS last season. Jake Spavital had only been a graduate assistant before he was put in charge of the quarterbacks. Offensive line coach Bill Bedenbaugh and running backs coach Robert Gillespie are vets, but they were new to the school and the Big East in 2011.
Things ended just fine, but through two-thirds of the season, Holgorsen changed his inaugural season and called plays and coached games differently. It worked out, though in a more forgiving league.
And then with that priceless time as a commodity, he and his guys game-planned the 70-33 Orange Bowl victory.
Still, it's hard to shake this one feeling about WVU: It's a good time to make this move to the Big 12. They have their obstacles to overcome and their wrinkles to iron out over time, but the Mountaineers are in a position that is better than, or no worse, than most of the Big 12.
Kansas has a new coach after a two-win season. Texas Tech had one of the worst defenses in the nation last season and this season will be working with a mostly new defensive staff. Iowa State has two quarterbacks it likes, but not one it trusts unquestionably, while Baylor is replacing its Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback.
WVU has been through the new coach and the distracting defensive staff and has no worries at quarterback.
Kansas State, Texas, Oklahoma State and TCU all figure to be in the conference title conversation, but WVU wouldn't change places with any of them. Kansas State runs a lot and needs three starters on the line. Texas shuffled quarterbacks all last season. Oklahoma State is going with a true freshman quarterback. TCU is making the same move WVU is into a new league.
They all figure to be chasing Oklahoma, but the gap between the presumed leader and the pursuant pack isn't that great.
Contact sportswriter Mike Casazza at mi...@dailymail.com or 304-319-1142. His blog is at blogs.dailymail.com/wvu.