West Virginia has yet to play a game in its new conference, but that doesn't mean the Mountaineers are not thinking ahead. Set to be announced today, head coach Dana Holgorsen has had his contract extended through 2017, sources tell Bruce Feldman of CBSSports.com.
John Antonik tweeted the length of the contract, per West Virginia AD Oliver Luck:
Luck announces that Dana Holgorsen has signed a six-year contract ...— John Antonik (@JohnAntonik) August 8, 2012
While some have voiced concern over the extension being made too soon (Holgorsen has only been with the Mountaineers for one year, after all), it is still a smart move for all involved. The head coach has brought life back to a team that, as Bruce Feldman stated, was No. 78 in the country in scoring but is now No. 13 under Holgorsen.
The Big 12 will be arguably a tougher challenge for the Mountaineers, but the security of knowing their head coach will be around awhile will make the transition easier. With a 10-3 record in 2011 and an impressive 70-33 win over Clemson to push momentum, Holgorsen has a lot he can build on going forward.
Ranked No. 11 in the USA Today coaches' poll, 2012 should be a tough but interesting road for the Mountaineers. How Holgorsen handles it will be a testament to his coaching abilities, but all signs point to success for the second-year WVU coach.
It may seem crazy to extend a contract so quickly, but if you find something that isn't broke, why fix it?
Holgorsen has been working for West Virginia, and additional time on the contract may be just what he needs to continue his success.
Check back, as Bleacher Report will keep you updated on Holgorsen's contract as it becomes available.