With the early success the Mountaineers have had this season many fans are growing concerned about Dana Holgorsen’s contract extension, or lack thereof.
Contract negotiations broke down between the 6th year head coach and the University early this year. WVU AD Shane Lyons verified in early May that Holgorsen had indeed turned down an extension offer. But he also made it clear that it would be readdressed in the future.
Now with the Mountaineers sitting in the top 10 in both major polls rumors are starting to surface of Holgorsen being a candidate for multiple schools. ESPN’s Brett McMurphy reported last week that Holgorsen’s name had been mentioned for LSU and FSU (if that job came open).
*It should be noted that Holgorsen’s name is not at the top of the list of LSU candidates.
Seeing people reacting on Twitter yesterday has me curious:
Would you be HAPPY if LSU or any other team “stole” Dana Holgorsen from WVU?
— Ben Booth« ®™ (@TheBenBoothShow) September 27, 2016
The response to that tweet was an overwhelming no from the Mountaineer faithful.
There is also concern that if Texas were to part ways with Charlie Strong that Tom Herman from Houston would be the frontrunner for that job. Houston would be a potential landing spot for Holgorsen as well, albeit a step down.
However, despite all of these rumors and discomfort from Mountaineer fans Shane Lyons has remained steadfast regarding coaching contracts, not till the end of the season.
It would be very unlikely at this juncture for Holgorsen not to see the remainder of his contract honored through the 2018 season. However, many are concerned, the longer he goes without a signed extension the more likely it is that another school could lure him away.
With all this being said Mountaineer fans need to enjoy the moment. Holgorsen and Lyons both agreed to readdress the contract extension at the end of this season. You can worry about whether or not Dana will return for the foreseeable future later.
Yes, it is easy to refer back to 2007 and the fiasco that surrounded Rich Rodriguez and a potential national championship run. But Holgorsen is not Rod and Lyons is not Pastilong.