MCT REGIONAL NEWS
By Drew Rubenstein
The Dominion Post, Morgantown, W.Va.
Dec. 15--Oklahoma State offensive coordinator Dana Holgorsen will be the next head football coach at WVU, sources close to the program confirmed Tuesday.
The plan calls for Holgorsen to spend the 2011 season as WVU's offensive coordinator and head coach "in waiting." According to sources, Holgorsen has agreed to a six-year deal, with the first year as an assistant and the last five as head coach. The financial details of the contract were still being ironed out Tuesday evening, sources told The Dominion Post.
Bill Stewart will serve as WVU's head coach through the 2011 season and will then have the option to move into a different role within the university.
Sources said they would be "surprised" if Stewart does not accept the new deal. They added Stewart has been aware of these plans from the beginning.
An announcement from the school is expected "very soon," and one source indicated it could become official as early as today.
Stewart did not return phone calls, Holgorsen could not be reached and WVU athletic director Oliver Luck had no comment when asked about Holgorsen's potential deal and Stewart's future.
Sources indicated WVU's entire defensive staff (coordinator Jeff Casteel, defensive line coach Bill Kirelawich, cornerbacks coach David Lockwood and safeties coach Steve Dunlap) will be retained by Holgorsen, or at least given the opportunity to stay at WVU. It is believed Luck has personally met with certain WVU assistants to discuss the details.
However, it appears WVU offensive coordinator Jeff Mullen will not be retained, even if he doesn't get the Kent State head coaching position, for next season. The sources said it's common for leaders to build their own teams, so Holgorsen is not expected to keep all of the current offensive coaches (Mullen, line coach Dave Johnson, running backs coach Chris Beatty, wide receivers coach Lonnie Galloway and tight ends coach Dave McMichael). There is a chance Holgorsen will ask one or two of them to stay.
It's not known exactly how long the university has been courting Holgorsen, but one source indicated Luck and Holgorsen had not met until "well after" Luck became WVU's A.D. The source added that WVU feels Holgorsen, 39, is "one of the top young coaches, if not the top young coach out there."