The "head coach in waiting" title has become the new trend in college football. It worked out great for Florida State. Not so well for Texas and maybe Maryland where James Franklin and Vanderbilt are talking.
West Virginia has hired former Oklahoma State offensive coordinator Dana Holgorsen as the Mountaineers head coach in waiting for 2011 then take over as head coach in 2012.
"I look forward to the opportunity to join West Virginia University as offensive coordinator for the 2011 season,” Holgorsen said in a statement released by the University.
“Naturally, I am excited about succeeding coach Stewart in 2012 and becoming the head coach of the Mountaineers and leading the West Virginia football program to even greater heights."
“My goal is to win a national championship at West Virginia University, and I firmly believe that coach Stewart has built a solid foundation, which will allow us to compete with the very best in the country."
Current head coach Bill Stewart has a lame duck year ahead of him after the Mountaineers play NC State in the Champs Sports Bowl.
"I look forward to having Coach Holgorsen join our staff and working with him to ensure a smooth transition in 2012." Stewart said in a University release.
Those of us in the OSG HQ see a disastrous 2011 season for West Virginia. Are the players going to see Bill Stewart as their leader? Will their be a tendency to go behind Stewart's back? Will their be disarray within the coaching staff?
I bring this up because their was a reason why Florida State was mediocre at best during the last two years of the Bobby Bowden era, it was the questions I bring up for West Virginia.
If you don't like Bill Stewart as your head coach pay the man and make the move now.
Check out Bill Stewart's "Leave No Doubt" speech before the 2008 Fiesta Bowl. (Thanks WilsonTigerFootball/Youtube.com)