Earlier today, ESPN’s Big 12 Blogger David Ubben tweeted about the likeliness of the Texas Tech Red Raiders attempting to bring current West Virginia Mountaineers‘ coach Dana Holgorsen in to replace Tommy Tuberville.
The tweet is pictured below:
This leads me to two questions. First, is Texas Tech really pursuing Dana Holgorsen? If so, would Holgorsen leave WVU for a job as the head coach at TTU?
To answer the first question, it would not surprise me one bit if coach Holgorsen is the number one candidate for the Texas Tech job at the moment. He has been on staff at Texas Tech before, and is a young, talented coach.
However, to answer the second question we need to examine the pros and cons Holgorsen would have to think about.
First and foremost, Holgorsen’s family is in Texas. This, I think, is the only reason Holgorsen would consider leaving WVU for the Texas Tech job. Unfortunately, this factor could play a very large role in determining what happens here.
Second, Holgorsen was on staff with the Red Raiders from 2000-2007. He served as the inside receivers coach from 2000-2004, was promoted to co-offensive coordinator from 2005-2006 and became the offensive coordinator in 2007. Holgorsen is familiar with Lubbock and Texas Tech.
Even with all of that, TTU would have to offer Holgorsen a ridiculous amount of money to get him to leave WVU. He’s at a school where he has high job security and is in his early stages as a coach. He has a long future ahead of him at WVU and he is guaranteed a large amount of money over the next few years.
I would be very surprised if Holgorsen ends up leaving WVU for Texas Tech. Of course I was very surprised Tuberville left Texas Tech for a job in a failing conference. You can’t be sure of anything in college football.
The timing for this situation could not be worse for the Mountaineers. This is one of the biggest recruiting weekends of the season, as a large number of very important recruits were in Morgantown this weekend.
If for some reason Holgorsen did leave, WVU would likely lose any staff Holgorsen has compiled, as well as a number of the committed recruits planning to play under Holgorsen. This is still early in his head coaching career and the first season he had to choose his own staff.
It would take even more time for WVU to establish a consistent coaching staff if Holgorsen were to leave.
About the only good thing about this situation is that it is a great chance for Mountaineer fans to see how committed coach Holgorsen is to WVU.
If he wants to jump to an elite coaching job, he has the chance to do it here, as TTU gives him the best chance at short term success. If Holgorsen is looking for a big-time coaching gig, he needs lots of wins and soon. WVU gives him the chance at success, but in years to come. TTU could get him the wins he needs to be considered for an elite job sooner rather than later. Again however, I’d really be surprised if anyone other than Holgorsen is coaching the Mountaineers in 2013.