WVU "Coach In Waiting," Doc Holliday, Doesn't Wait

Scott PauleyAnalyst IDecember 16, 2009

Two years—to the day—following the departure of Rich Rodriguez to Michigan, West Virginia University has lost another great coach.

It has been speculated that WVU associate head football coach, John "Doc" Holliday, has been tapped as the “coach in waiting” for the Mountaineers. 

However, reports say that Holliday doesn’t want to wait.

Following the news of the five year deal that former Central Michigan coach, Butch Jones signed to replace Brian Kelly at Cincinnati, Marshall University went with plan “B”—Doc Holliday.

Reports say that Holliday will likely be the new coach for the Herd, replacing Mark Snyder, who resigned following a 6-6 regular season.

Holliday, a Hurricane, WV native, was set to interview with Marshall athletic director, Mike Hamrick, on Dec. 16 in Huntington.

Should a deal be made, the Mountaineers will lose a coach that is great for recruiting as well as coaching. But, the “other” team from West Virginia will gain just as much.

Marshall is expected to announce the five year, $650,000 per season deal, as early as Dec. 17.

One Question remains: If WVU’s Bill Stewart retires in the next year or two, will the Doc be back in Morgantown?