WVU freshman Durante set to start at WR

Jovon Durante is a rarity at West Virginia, coach Dana Holgorsen said Tuesday. Durante is among a select group of freshmen receivers under Holgorsen to open the season in the starting lineup.The Mountaineers play host to Georgia Southern on Saturday night.“A bunch of people are making a big deal about him being a starter, and I am proud of him,” Holgorsen said. “He has made...
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1 day ago  |  Discuss

Dana Holgorsen hitting his stride at West Virginia

In its first year in the Big 12, West Virginia appeared to be on a roll. After a 5-0 start to the 2012 season, the Mountaineers climbed to fifth in the polls.Dana Holgorsen, however, could see that the walls might soon cave in on his team.“We're sitting at 5-0, but we had just given up 63 points to Baylor and 45 points to Texas,” Holgorsen said recently in an interview with the...
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2 days ago  |  Discuss

Dana Holgorsen sees no need to change vetting program

The recent scandal surrounding Baylor and its handling of prized defensive end Sam Ukwuachu, who was sentenced to 180 days in jail and 10 years of probation Friday after sexually assaulting a female student, has forced schools and athletic departments to assess their process of vetting transfers with past disciplinary issues.For West Virginia football coach Dana Holgorsen, whose...
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7 days ago  |  Discuss

Difficult October stretch won't be the only test for West Virginia

Another year, another big opportunity for Dana Holgorsen and West Virginia. As TCU cruised to a 12-1 record in its third season in the Big 12 a year ago, it was natural to take a sideways glance at West Virginia and wonder if/when it would be the Mountaineers' turn. The time might have arrived. Holgorsen and the Mountaineers enter their fourth season in the Big 12 in a situation...
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8 days ago  |  Discuss

West Virginia's punt-return unit looks for huge, fast turnaround

It took five minutes of fall camp and one question about redshirt freshman quarterback William Crest for West Virginia coach Dana Holgorsen to address an issue that festered throughout the offseason. “You guys can go ahead and write this because this is the topic that you guys like to write about — we caught punts for 25 minutes during practice and we are going to catch them...
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13 days ago  |  Discuss

West Virginia's Holgorsen fine with curbing contact practices

The trend in all levels of football as of late is to reduce padded practices. While many coaches are against the idea, Dana Holgorsen isn't one of them.Holgorsen never has scheduled more than one full-contact practice each week to prepare for a game since he arrived at West Virginia before the 2011 season.Holgorsen said that is more than enough hitting time for his team.“The body...
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15 days ago  |  Discuss

Which is the most overrated team in the Big 12?

Due to polls being released in the pre-season before any games have been played, some teams are receiving hype that they may not deserve. TSS Associate Editors Bart Doan and Terry Johnson join staff writer Kevin Causey and special rotating guests in our weekly roundtable discussing all things college football. So far this week we’ve looked at the most overrated teams in the ACC...
Via The Student Section
19 days ago  |  Discuss

Former UK walk-on to play big coaching role at West Virginia

You might be wondering who West Virginia coach Dana Holgorsen hired to replace Shannon Dawson, WVU’s offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach who left Morgantown to take the same job at Kentucky. Turns out, Holgorsen decided not to hire a full-time … Continue reading →
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28 days ago

4-star WR Steven Smothers commits to WVU

Class of 2016 four-star wide receiver Steven Smothers, out of Maryland’s Reisterstown High School, near Baltimore, has committed to the West Virginia Mountaineers. Smothers announced his decision on his personal Twitter page, and it was also reported by Craig Mayer of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Blessed an proud to say I'm committed to the University of West Virgina 〽️ @Tayaustin01...
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29 days ago  |  Discuss

Dana Holgorsen plays 'gunner' to fix WVU's punt game

Dana Holgorsen doesn't have any eligibility left, but that didn't stop the West Virginia coach from practicing with the punt return team at the Mountaineers first day of practice  Well, if he can do it, you'd think his players could, too. West Virginia has had six fumbled punts in the past two seasons and couple that with the fact his team only has three returns of more than 10...
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August 04, 2015  |  Discuss

West Virginia’s SEC hopes deferred by Mizzou in 2012

In October 2011, West Virginia added to the psychedelic trip of conference realignment by joining the Big 12. One year later, the Big 12 lost its grip on 15-year veteran Missouri, who transferred to the SEC in 2012. However, Oliver Luck, former A.D. at West Virginia and now the NCAA’s V.P. of regulatory affairs, mentioned in a press release to Connect Bridgeport that if Missouri...
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August 03, 2015  |  Discuss

Holgorsen has great tweet about resuming Backyard Brawl

The “Backyard Brawl” hasn’t taken place in three seasons, but that doesn’t mean the rivalry has diminished. Pittsburgh and West Virginia fans are not fond of one another and apparently neither are the coaches. It all started with Mountaineers head coach Dana Holgorsen making the comment “we’re begging to play Pitt.” Panthers head coach Pat Narduzzi took his turn...
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July 28, 2015  |  Discuss

West Virginia’s Dana Holgorsen Had An Awesome Tweet About Resuming The Backyard Brawl Against Pitt

The “Backyard Brawl” between West Virginia and Pitt was one of the more entertaining rivalries in college football for decades. But since the Mountaineers left the old Big East and joined the Big 12, the two teams haven’t met.  As it stands, 2015 will be the fourth-straight season WVU and Pittsburgh won’t play each other, but there’s been a lot of chatter about resuming...
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July 28, 2015  |  Discuss

Have a seat, grab a drink

Well, we all know West Virginia coach Dana Holgorsen enjoys Red Bull.  In fact, Holgorsen said he'll drink more than 1,000 this football season, but it appears he has a pretty cool place to drink them, too. His 8,000-square foot house features a pretty insane "bar room."  Despite the plush seating arrangement, it's hard to believe Holgorsen can relax with all those "wings" he's...
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July 22, 2015  |  Discuss

Video: Dana Holgorsen double-fists free Red Bull

If you asked me who Dana Holgorsen was, I would be able to tell you that he is the head football coach at West Virginia. Most people don’t think just that makes an impression on people. So, what if I told you Dana Holgorsen was the 44-year-old coach who claims he drinks over 1,000 Red Bulls in one football season? Yeah, now I have your attention. Holgorsen has made it very clear...
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July 21, 2015  |  Discuss

Dana Holgorsen had best quote of Big 12 Media Days

West Virginia head coach Dana Holgorsen was one of the instrumental pieces of Texas Tech’s myriad of successful seasons in the early 2000’s. He was under the tutelage of then head coach and Air Raid offense mastermind Mike Leach. Lincoln Riley played quarterback under Leach and Holgorsen in 2002 and then coached alongside them from 2003-2009. Apparently, Holgorsen and Riley never...
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July 20, 2015  |  Discuss

West Virginia Football: Dana Holgorsen Had The Best Quote Of College Football Media Days About New Oklahoma Offensive Coordinator Lincoln Riley

Like new Oklahoma offensive coordinator Lincoln Riley, West Virginia head coach Dana Holgorsen is a disciple of Air Raid offense guru Mike Leach. Holgorsen served on Leach’s staff at Texas Tech as a wide receiver coach and offensive coordinator from 2000-2007, while Riley played on the 2002 Red Raiders as a walk-on quarterback, and served on the coaching staff from 2003-2009. Clearly...
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July 20, 2015  |  Discuss

Bloguin Top 50: No. 30 – West Virginia

West Virginia Mountaineers 2014 Record: 7-6 overall, 5-4 Big 12 (lost to Texas A&M in the Liberty Bowl) 1 Burning Question: How Important was Tom Bradley? Dana Holgorsen brought in Bradley, a veteran defensive coordinator from Penn State, last season to help coach the WVU D. Although his job title was defensive line coach, Bradley undoubtedly had a big hand in helping coordinator...
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July 20, 2015  |  Discuss

Bloguin Top 50: No. 30 – West Virginia

West Virginia Mountaineers 2014 Record: 7-6 overall, 5-4 Big 12 (lost to Texas A&M in the Liberty Bowl) 1 Burning Question: How Important was Tom Bradley? Dana Holgorsen brought in Bradley, a veteran defensive coordinator from Penn State, last season to help coach the WVU D. Although his job title was defensive line coach, Bradley undoubtedly had a big hand in helping coordinator...
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July 20, 2015  |  Discuss

Morning Cup of Joe: So Jay Paterno wanted to coach at Ohio State (or WVU or Georgia)

Somebody check to see if the son of Woody Hayes ever wanted to coach at Penn State I did not get much of a chance to update the site yesterday since I was on the College Football Talk desk for the majority of the day, and SEC Media Days tend to make for a busy shift. But I did not let the news of Jay Paterno attempting to land a job at Ohio State pass me by. Paterno, former Penn...
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July 14, 2015  |  Discuss

West Virginia Football: Kyzir White, Brother Of Former WVU Star Kevin White, Announced Commitment To Mountaineers

The White family has been very good to Dana Holgorsen and West Virginia football. Kevin White had an amazing 2014 for WVU, during which he caught 109 passes for 1,447 yards and 10 touchdowns en route to becoming the seventh overall pick in the 2015 NFL Draft. Ka’Raun White enrolled at West Virginia this spring as a Mountaineer. Now, Kyzir White, the nation’s top JuCo safety according...
Via College Spun
June 16, 2015  |  Discuss

Hiring Dana Holgorsen 'the smartest coaching move' Mike Gundy has made

Current West Virginia head coach Dana Holgorsen was only with Oklahoma State for one season as its offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach, but the success the Cowboys had during his short tenure was well worth it for OSU head coach Mike Gundy, who refers to hiring Holgorsen as "the smartest coaching move that I've made." "For me, it was a big move. We took a big chance," Gundy...
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April 29, 2015  |  Discuss

WVU probing ways to incorporate Crest into offense

West Virginia is scheming a creative approach to integrate its No. 2 quarterback into its offensive scheme in lieu of having him solely be a backup. "If he’s the backup quarterback then we need to do something to get the ball in his hands,” head coach Dana Holgorsen said to the Dominion Post. Crest, who will be a redshirt freshman come fall, possesses versatility that makes him...
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April 27, 2015  |  Discuss

Holgorsen admires Howard's work ethic, assesses QB's spring game

Skyler Howard has had to embody many redeeming qualities in order to make it to where he is right now at West Virginia. Patience, diligence, passion, and persistence, to name a few. “He’s probably the hardest worker we’ve got on this football team," head coach Dana Holgorsen said.  "So, he’s going to continue to get better.”   As hard-working as he is, the Mountaineers...
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April 27, 2015  |  Discuss

Holgorsen clarifies comments on unfinished QB race

Dana Holgorsen had Morgantown buzzing over the weekend, when he said that Skyler Howard was the "clear-cut No. 1" in West Virginia's quarterback battle, which most perceived to signify that he'd been deemed WVU's 2015 starter. Howard may indeed end up starting West Virginia's 2015 season opener, but Holgorsen has since expanded on his comments, stressing that he won't quite yet commit...
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April 23, 2015  |  Discuss
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