As recently as Tuesday morning, with rumors of him leaving for Pittsburgh having just been put to rest and reports about West Virginia gaining steam, some folks who know a lot about Oklahoma State football were still suggesting there’s a chance Dana Holgorsen would be in Stillwater next season.
I never understood that thinking, not with so many attractive coaching openings.
Not that being Oklahoma State’s offensive coordinator isn’t an attractive job, because it is. If, as West Virginia reports indicate, Holgorsen eventually graduates from offensive coordinator/coach-in-waiting to the Mountaineers’ head man in two seasons, he’ll become the third straight Cowboy offensive coordinator to become a head coach. That’s a pretty impressive record for Mike Gundy to run on if/when he starts recruiting his next OC.
So why wait? How could Holgorsen’s stock trade any higher than it is now? What more is there for him to accomplish at OSU? What could he prove next season that he hasn’t already?
Didn’t anyone notice that he still hasn’t signed his contract with Oklahoma State? Or that he is living in a Stillwater hotel? When you include the way he became Oklahoma State’s offensive coordinator — announced days after Gundy insisted he wouldn’t be hiring one — nothing about his tenure should have given anyone the idea he was in this for the long haul.
A few years ago Oklahoma State’s marketing folks got carried away and started proclaiming the Larry Fedora-coordinated unit as “the world’s most exciting offense.” Had they waited for Holgorsen they still would have been stretching the truth-in-advertising limits — blame Oregon and Chip Kelly — but not much. The surfer dude from Iowa Wesleyan took the Cowboys to offensive heights unseen.
Could he have done it again next season? Sure, but what would be the point?
Now it looks there’s a penthouse vacancy in the Hotel Pistols Firing. That’s a good thing, not a bad thing. And given all the fun and excitement the place produced this season, the tenant, landlord and everyone else who was paying attention should have seen it coming.