West Virginia Mountaineers head football coach Dana Holgorsen signed a 6-year contract extension today which solidifies his future in Morgantown through at least 2017 with a $2 million buyout should things go sideways.
Holgorsen will make $2.3 million this season. $250,000 of this amount is his regular base pay, while the rest is supplemental pay per the terms of his contract.
With West Virginia’s move to the Big 12 this fall and the ascendancy of Heisman Trophy candidate, quarterback Geno White, expectations have never been higher.
Many polls have the Mountaineers ranked in the Top 10 pre-season, and there is a common sentiment that the team’s transition into the Big 12 will be much less difficult than for those teams departing the Big 12 for the SEC.
In spite of Holgorsen’s somewhat checkered past an colorful reputation, the West Virginia Board of Regents obviously believes in what he brings to the table not only in ability with the X’s and O’s of the game, but in recruiting as well.
With West Virginia’s new found reputation as one of the most electrifying offensive units in the country, Holgerson’s recruiting prowess should only increase and his ability to poach players from parts of the country that once appeared untouchable is now reasonable.
Big 12 coaches would be wise to not take the Mountaineers too lightly this upcoming season. Their transition will be nice and smooth, and if anything, coaches should be concerned about what they will face both at Morgantown and in the own stadiums.
With the way the Mountaineers are placed pre-season, they will be one or two surprise wins away from cracking the Top 5 and possibly even making a dark-horse run at a National Championship.
One thing is without a doubt, the West Virginia Board of Regents and athletic administration made a bold, but well-conceived move in locking up Holgorsen now before he had the chance to dip his toes in the free-agency waters after another successful 2012.
That successful 2012 will happen.
Kris Hughes is the College Football Network Manager for Rant Sports and a member of the Football Writers Association of America.
Kris is also the host of Rant Sports Radio on the Blog Talk Radio Network Wednesday evenings at 8 Central Time.