Holgorsen Gone. Let the Questions Begin.

Thursday, May 26th 2011, 1:30 pm
By: News On 6

Originally Published: Dec 15, 2010 6:12 PM CDT

I think that Dana Holgorsen will do a good job at West Virginia.&#160; You just never know how things are going to work out when a guy finally takes charge of his own program.&#160; But now the questions really begin.</P>&#160;</P>First of all, OSU fans want to know who will take Holgorsen&rsquo;s spot.&#160; OSU Athletic Director Mike Holder said Tuesday he trusts Gundy to hire whoever he wanted.&#160; And it&rsquo;s impossible to argue with that.</P>&#160;</P>I still don&rsquo;t think Gundy has gotten enough credit for the coaches he&rsquo;s hired.&#160; A coach or two seem to get plucked from his staff every year.&#160; And look at the coordinators who he has hired who have left to take head coaching jobs:&#160; Tim Beckman to Toledo, Larry Fedora to Southern Miss and Holgorsen to West Virginia all in the last three years.&#160; Gundy also lost assistants Trooper Taylor and Curtis Luper to Auburn and those guys are on the verge of winning a national title. </P>&#160;</P>First you have to worry about Holgorsen taking someone else with him.&#160; Joe DeForest is probably most likely to go and that would be a huge loss.&#160; DeForest did not get the&#160; head coaching job at his alma mater Louisiana-Lafayette and is pretty tight with Holgorsen according to reports.&#160; DeForest has been at OSU for 10 years and is a highly-respected recruiter in addition to his coach abilities.&#160; He may want a change in scenery that involves a promotion.</P>&#160;</P>Who are the most likely replacements for Holgorsen?&#160; Start with those on staff.&#160; Wide Receivers coach Doug Meacham has been a coordinator before and has learned from Fedora and Holgorsen.&#160; He was OSU&rsquo;s passing game coordinator&#160;in 2008 and 2009.</P>&#160;</P>Gunter Brewer was co-offensive coordinator for the Cowboys before Holgorsen&rsquo;s hire.&#160; </P>&#160;</P>But now, let&rsquo;s take a look outside.&#160; As a journalist covering OSU football, it&rsquo;s my dream that Mike Leach get the job.&#160; Never a dull press conference and always a quote worth using.&#160; That&rsquo;s what we in the television world are looking for. </P>&#160;</P>Gundy has always expressed his admiration for the dethroned pirate king who was swept out of Lubbock.&#160; Let&rsquo;s not be so fast, though.&#160; It would likely be a one-year situation again with Leach looking for a head coaching job.&#160; Do the Cowboys want another one-hit wonder?&#160; Or perhaps Leach comes in and Meacham and others learn from him with an eye toward becoming offensive coordinator in 2012.</P>&#160;</P>I don&rsquo;t think Gundy would have a problem with having a powerful personality such as Leach&rsquo;s around.&#160; But could Leach exist in a system where wasn&rsquo;t in charge?&#160; </P>&#160;</P>Others to think about are Houston co-offensive coordinator Kliff Kingsbury.&#160; He played for Leach and Holgorsen at Texas Tech and tutored under the latter at Houston.&#160; East Carolina offensive coordinator Lincoln Riley is only 27, but he&rsquo;s a Leach protg and his offense ranked 22nd in the country this season.</P>The Holgorsen question has been answered.&#160; Now the fun begins.&#160; Especially if Leach rolls into Stillwater.</P>&#160;</P>&#160;</P><BR/>