MORGANTOWN, W. Va. (KDKA) — New West Virginia University head coach Dana Holgorsen held his first official press conference today since replacing Bill Stewart last week.
Holgorsen spoke for about a half hour. He didn’t address the controversies surrounding him this off-season. Rather, he just stuck to football.
Holgorsen was supposed to spend this upcoming season as West Virginia’s offensive coordinator, before assuming the role of head coach next year. That transition happened though, before he had coached a single game for the Mountaineers, as Bill Stewart resigned last week, and Holgorsen moved up.
“Seven months ago, last December, when I sat here, I knew what was ahead of me,” Holgorsen said. “So I knew it was going to happen eventually. We just expedited the process. I gathered my thoughts and hit the ground running here yesterday.”
Holgorsen has been known for his exciting offenses, and you can bet fans will see a more aggressive attitude in Morgantown than they’ve seen in recent memory.
“As opposed to what you’re used to? Yes,” Holgorsen said about the offense. “As opposed to my eight years at Texas Tech? No.”
But those eight years with the Red Raiders are as good as a distant memory for Holgorsen, who gave anyone who was interested, a deep look into what makes Dana Holgorsen, Dana Holgorsen.
“I don’t look back at the past,” he said. “We were just talking about this in my office with Mike and Mike. I don’t collect things. I don’t pack things. I don’t look back and reflect on, ‘Oh my gosh, I’ve had this career and I’m here or any of that stuff.’ It’s just all about what’s ahead. I don’t look back on what’s happened. You use it as a resource. But you don’t use it to sit there and think that you’ve made it or any of that stuff. It’s all about what we can do to go forward.”