Even before Shannon Dawson left the press box as the Mountaineers offensive coordinator for the final time Monday night , WVU head coach Dana Holgorsen knew he needed to replace him. Despite the fact that Holgorsen has openly admitted to calling most of the plays, having an OC on staff is a necessity.
So as Dawson packs his bags for the University of Kentucky, what will Holgorsen do? As was reported yesterday, much to the relief of Mountaineer fans, running backs coach JaJuan Seider signed a two year extension to remain on the WVU coaching staff. With the extension came a reportedly considerable raise that has yet to be announced.
With Seider secured, that still leaves WR coach Lonnie Galloway to be dealt with. Galloway’s contract ends at midnight on January 30th. Both Seider and Galloway will undoubtedly be considered for the open OC position. If Galloway is offered an extension, we have no reason to doubt that the title of OC will be included.
However, Holgorsen recently stated that he may wait to make the decision. He may find Dawson’s replacement at the coaching convention coming up in a few weeks. The loss of Dawson also created an opening for a new QB coach. That position could be filled by either a current assistant or the new OC.
Even with possible reassignments, a second coaching hire would be needed if Holgorsen chooses the OC from outside of his current staff. Holgorsen was quoted as saying,
“I’ve got to evaluate the whole coaching staff, which I’ll do afterwards, and I’ve got two weeks to do that prior to going to the coaching convention. I may use the convention to figure out who our next coach is and once I do I’ll decide how we’re going to shuffle things around. I’d venture to say anything is possible at this point.”
A new hire does not necessary mean it will be for the OC position. Holgorsen will evaluate who is available and will determine assignments once a hire is made, much like he did last season after the hiring of Damon Cogdell.
Regardless of Holgorsen’s decision, we should know by February who will be on the 2015 WVU football staff. Along with Galloway, assistant coaches Joe DeForest and Brian Mitchell also have contracts that are set to expire at the end of January.
Holgorsen has stated that he would like to keep his current staff intact, but has also admitted more coaches may leave before the dust settles.