REPORT: Texas Tech Interested in Dana Holgorsen as Head Coach

Coach Dana Holgorsen, photo courtesy of Bobak Ha'Eri
Coach Dana Holgorsen, photo courtesy of Bobak Ha’Eri

It’s that time again in college football, silly season: The handful of weeks between the end of the regular season and the start of bowl games when the game of musical chairs begins for coaches. Some head coaches find themselves in the office of the athletic director hearing the haunting tune of “we’re sorry things didn’t work out, but we’re going in a different direction” while others axe their current teams in hopes of bigger and brighter opportunities in distant states with new colors and mascots.

For some this coaching carousel proves to be golden, i.e. Nick Saban circa 2007, while the end results prove to be disastrous for others, i.e. Rich Rodriguez circa 2007.

Complicating this “silly season” is the reality that news and situations change rapidly and often widely circulated rumors turn out to be little more than just that, rumors — while at other times, news first reported on some obscure blog with a dozen Facebook fans proves to be truthful and of monumental consequences… And so it begins!

News first broke yesterday that Texas Tech had fired head coach Kliff Kingsbury after the Red Raiders wrapped up the 2018 season with a wanting 5-7 record which included the team going 3-6 in the Big XII Conference.

Within hours of this news, the Lubbock-Avalanche Journal’s Don Williams broke news that could potentially shake the very fabric of Mountaineer Nation, “Have confirmed with a source that Texas Tech also is interested in bringing WVU coach Dana Holgorsen back to Lubbock.  Think Tech folks wanted to keep this quiet, but it’s out there already and the interest is real.”

Though these reports are unconfirmed, Williams is a respected reporter for the Lubbock-Avalanche Journal and one could not imagine this story having no truth.

Prior to coming to Morgantown in 2011, Holgorsen was on staff at Texas Tech from 2000 to 2007 serving first as a wide receiver coach and then as the offensive coordinator.

Heartland College Sports reports that there have been “rumblings that Dana Holgorsen and WVU AD Shane Lyons do not see eye to eye as is and that the two would not be disappointed in not having to work with the other…”

As the Mountaineers conclude the 2018 regular season with a disappointing 8-3 record and enter into a rebuilding year, which will include losing Heisman hopeful Will Grier, one would think that if Holgorsen were to exit the Mountain State there would be no greater time to do so than now.

Dana Holgorsen who is 47-years-old, is 61–40 as WVU head coach and has one conference championship (Big East – 2011) under his belt.

In 2014 Holgorsen built a home in Morgantown. The home is the first luxury residence in the United States to be built completely of cross-laminated timber.

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