Pitt and West Virginia fighting over coach?

December, 13, 2010
12/13/10
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Backyard Brawl rivals may soon have a new point of contention: Oklahoma State offensive coordinator Dana Holgorsen.

According to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Holgorsen -- thought to be the leading candidate to replace Dave Wannstedt at Pitt -- won't be coaching the Panthers. But he might end up in Morgantown.

Colin Dunlap reports that West Virginia has reached out to Holgorsen. Wait, you might say, the Mountaineers already have a head coach. Dunlap drops the bombshell that Bill Stewart could be fired if he loses the Champs Sports Bowl -- or even if he wins it to clinch a 10-win season. Or perhaps Holgorsen could come on board as the offensive coordinator/head coach in waiting for a year, then take over in 2012. Holgorsen has ties to West Virginia athletic director Oliver Luck, as both lived in Houston at the same time.

Current West Virginia coach Jeff Mullen has reportedly interviewed for the head coaching job at Kent State, and his job status for next season is uncertain.

How serious Pitt was about hiring Holgorsen in the first place is unclear. The Panthers were also believed to be interested in former Temple coach Al Golden, who was hired by Miami.

There's quite a bit of speculation involved here, as there often is in the coaching carousel world. But if Holgorsen were to end up on the West Virginia sidelines in some capacity, that could add some more spice to an already salty rivalry.

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