West Virginia Footall: Jeff Mullen Exits Stage Left

Jeff Woollard@JeffWoollardCorrespondent IIDecember 14, 2010

New offensive coordinator Dana Holgorsen
New offensive coordinator Dana Holgorsen

The day many members of Mountaineer Nation have been waiting for has arrived; Jeff Mullen is out as West Virginia University football’s offensive coordinator.

Mitch Vingle from the Charleston Gazette is reporting that WVU has hired Dana Holgorsen. Holgorsen will be the offensive coordinator at WVU for the 2011 season.


Many fans felt from the beginning that Mullen simply did not have enough experience to warrant his selection as offensive coordinator at WVU.

Add Bill Stewart’s successor to the list of coaches hired at WVU.


It is reported that Holgorsen will assume the head coaching duties beginning the 2012 football season. It is also being reported that Holgorsen will retain the entire defensive staff at WVU.

The remaining offensive coaches at WVU appear to be in limbo regarding their future at WVU. Chris Beatty, Lonnie Galloway and Dave Johnson may find themselves looking for further employment in the near future.

At first glance, it would seem that both Beatty and Galloway would be retained. Beatty, the recruiting coordinator and Galloway the receivers coach have been up to their tasks at WVU.

Johnson, the offensive line coach at WVU, may not find the same outcome.

There are reports coming out of Morgantown that Stewart is not happy with an offensive coordinator being forced on him, and may not be happy working with a coach in waiting.

It is believed that Stewart will be retained in some capacity within the WVU athletic department.


Holgorsen’s resume is impressive; he has coached the first place total offense in the FBS for the last two years, at Houston in 2009 and at Oklahoma State in 2010. Posting back-to-back first place finishes is impressive; doing it at two different schools is unprecedented.

It is worth mentioning that Holgorsen is also an excellent quarterback coach. With Mullen’s departure at WVU, there is a need for a new quarterback coach as well.

Holgorsen’s last two quarterbacks were Case Keenum from Houston and Brandon Weeden from Oklahoma State. Both quarterbacks eclipsed 4,000 yards passing under Holgorsen.

Eugene Smith at WVU has the tools to become Holgorsen’s third quarterback in as many years to post those impressive numbers. The players are on the roster for Holgorsen to work his magic in Morgantown.


WVU’s ability to replace those players in the future should improve as well. Holgorsen will improve WVU’s ability to land top-notch recruits in the coming seasons.

Holgorsen and Luck became acquainted while both were in Houston, Holgorsen as the offensive coordinator for the Houston Cougars and Luck as the President of the Houston Dynamo.

Still, Holgorsen has no FBS head coaching experience on his resume.

It is still uncertain how this development will affect the coaching situation for WVU’s Champs Sports Bowl against North Carolina State University.

Will WVU retain Mullen for the Champs Bowl? Will Holgorsen coach the offense? Will Stewart allow Holgorsen to assume his new duties for the bowl game?

This is a fluid situation, and there are certain to be developments that arise as the story matures.

For now, there is a new Sheriff in Morgantown, and his name is Oliver Luck.