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West Virginia Football: Dana Holgorsen Signs Six-Year Deal with Mountaineers

MIAMI GARDENS, FL - JANUARY 04:  Head coach Dana Holgorsen of the West Virginia Mountaineers looks on against the Clemson Tigers during the Discover Orange Bowl at Sun Life Stadium on January 4, 2012 in Miami Gardens, Florida.  (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)
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Amit BatraCorrespondent IIIAugust 8, 2012

According to WVUSports.com, West Virginia University's head football coach Dana Holgorsen has agreed to terms with Athletic Director Oliver Luck for a six-year contract running through 2017.

The agreement assures that Holgorsen, a second-year coach, will be paid an annual $2.3 million. His previous contract assured him $1.725 million this season.

With the contract, Holgs gets a bit closer in terms of salary to the other Big 12 coaches such as Bob Stoops of Oklahoma, Mack Brown of Texas, Charlie Weis of Kansas, Gary Patterson of TCU and Mike Gundy of Oklahoma State.

While contracts aren't always a sure thing in college sports, WVU fans can breathe a sigh of relief to some extent. Holgorsen seems committed to the future in Morgantown. While nothing is promised for the future, he wants to lead WVU to a national championship.

With Holgorsen's new contract, he is guaranteed yearly raises. The Mountaineers' head coach will get $200,000 in year two and three, $100,000 in year four and five and nothing as of the final year. 

In West Virginia's first season under Holgorsen, the Mountaineers were able to win the Big East Championship and an Orange Bowl win. WVU finished with a 10-3 record, including the 70-33 beatdown over Clemson in the Orange Bowl.

Now, with added expectations and tougher competition, the Mountaineers will need to have Holgorsen's offensive mindset more than ever. He's familiar with the Big 12 Conference, and he will know how to prepare against some of these quality teams. 

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