Friday, January 15, 2010
Holgorsen is new OSU offensive coordinator
By David Ubben
Mike Gundy wasn't particularly happy about his team's offense this season after watching Oklahoma State's scoring decrease by more than 12 points per game this season.
That realization led Gundy to hire Houston offensive coordinator Dana Holgorsen as his new offensive coordinator, the school announced Friday night.
"We're elated that Dana is joining our staff," Gundy said. "He has a great pedigree, and a history of success. We're excited about what he brings to the OSU football program."
Only a day after Gundy vowed to retain control of his offense in a Tulsa World story, the new hiring brings one of the nation's hottest coordinators to Oklahoma State.
Holgorsen, a protege of Mike Leach's coaching tree, helped the Cougars lead the nation in scoring (42.2 points per game), passing yards (433 per game) and total offense (563 yards per game). Obviously, he was helped by having quarterback Case Keenum at his disposal. But there's still something to be said for that kind of production.
There apparently are no immediate changes in Gundy's staff, making current offensive coordinator Gunter Brewer's status iffy. It's undetermined if Brewer would take another role on Gundy's staff with Holgorsen's arrival, although the Oklahoman reports that specific duties have not been determined.
Brewer is close with new Tennessee coach Derek Dooley. A persistent rumor has that Brewer, the son of former Mississippi coach Billy Brewer, might return to the Southeastern Conference to join Dooley's new staff with the Volunteers.
It will be interesting to see what Holgorsen's arrival will mean for Gundy, who has dabbled with his team's offense ever since taking over as the team's head coach in 2005.
I can't see Gundy giving that tinkering up. But I also can't believe that Holgorsen would take the OSU job unless he was given autonomy to run the Cowboys' offense.