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West Virginia head football coach Dana Holgorsen offers insight on
team management and how to relentlessly attack opponents
By Kevin Hoffman, Editorial Director
Piling up yardage is the hallmark of a Dana Holgorsen
offense.
Before landing at West Virginia in 2011, Holgorsen
made his reputation with an up-tempo, air raid attack,
similar to those unleashed by his mentors, Hal Mumme
and Mike Leach. His offenses at Texas Tech, Houston
and Oklahoma State ranked top 10 in the nation, and that
same style has the Mountaineers locked into their seventh
bowl bid in eight years.
Wherever Holgorsen coaches, offenses flourish - but
creating a juggernaut is not as easy as it sounds. In
November, Holgorsen spoke with Coach & Athletic Director
and shared his insight on program development and critical
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keys to making his offense click. Here's what he had to say.
When you took over as head coach at West
Virginia, what did you consider cornerstones to
building a strong program?
I was hired to come in and be an offensive football
coach. We were sputtering a bit, and (athletic director)
Oliver Luck knew my background from being at Houtson,
Texas Tech and Oklahoma State. That's what we had to
focus on in the front end.
Once we transitioned into the Big 12, we considered
whether to keep running this offense that everyone else
was doing or change some things and find our own brand

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