MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — Dana Holgorsen isn’t leaving West Virginia, at least according to the Mountaineers’ athletic director.
Shane Lyons put an end to any rumors that Holgorsen would be making a deal to coach elsewhere next season — for now.
“I’m not going into detail regarding various reports in the media. However, what I will say is that Coach Holgorsen and I have had great conversations this week, and he has made it very clear to me that he wants to be the head football coach at West Virginia University,” Lyons said in a statement via Twitter.
Prior to Texas Tech announcing the hire of former Utah State coach Matt Wells as the Red Raiders next head coach, rumors circulated that Holgorsen and Texas Tech shared mutual interest in having Holgorsen replace Kliff Kingsbury in Lubbock.
One report, however, said that Holgorsen showed interest in the job, but that the Red Raiders did not want to hire him. Not long after that report surfaced, Lyons released his statement.
Rumors also have linked Holgorsen to the head coaching jobs at Louisville and Colorado.
In eight seasons at West Virginia, Holgorsen is 61-40, but the Mountaineers have a meager 33-30 record inside the Big 12 since joining the league in 2012. The Holgorsen-led Mountaineers are 10-20 against ranked opponents, and West Virginia beat just one opponent with a winning record this season.
Holgorsen’s contract stipulates that he must notify Lyons before he or his agent begin discussions with any other programs.
“He and his staff are currently out recruiting for the future of our program,” Lyons said in his statement. “I want him here at WVU and intend to keep working with him and his staff to improve and bring a Big 12 championship to Morgantown.”
In addition to recruiting players to fill the Mountaineers' roster, Holgorsen is now tasked with filling a void at offensive coordinator after Jake Spavitalaccepted the head job at Texas State.