Dana Holgorsen Leaves Oklahoma State To Coach at West Virginia University

Josh LambertContributor IDecember 16, 2010

Mike Gundy has a big decision to make.
Mike Gundy has a big decision to make.Christian Petersen/Getty Images

It's a sad story if you are an Oklahoma State football fan. The man who controlled the Oklahoma State offense has left to become the "head coach in waiting" at the West Virginia University.

Dana Holgorsen signed a six year contract with the university in which the first year he will be the offensive coordinator and the head coach for the following five years.

Holgorsen lead an Oklahoma State offense that averaged over 500 yards per game in 2010. He also helped the Cowboys to a 10-2 season and an Alamo Bowl birth.

It's a move many OSU fans expected, but hoped wouldn't materialize. Nonetheless, it is a done deal and now the Cowboys need a new offensive coordinator. So who should they hire?

This is a hard one to break down. Head Coach Mike Gundy has a bag of names I'm sure. He is known best for his offensive background and probably knows some of the best minds of the game. It was certain when he hired Larry Fedora his first few years and the most recently, Dana Holgorsen. So we will break down a couple of names on the list of fans and media that might be interesting hires.

Mike Leach

Dana Holgorsen was the coordinator at Texas Tech under another offensive mastermind, Mike Leach. Mike's name is making it's way around the campus as the fan favorite for several reasons.

1) Mike knows how to win. He proved that when he was head coach at Texas Tech.

2) Coach Holgorsen learned a lot of what he knows from Leach. Holgorsen served as his offensive coordinator for Texas Tech from 2000 to 2007. The transition would be seamless.

3) Cowboy fans nearly saw their team make the Big 12 championship this year, but Oklahoma University upended that in the last game of the regular season. It is time to beat the sooners and win a championship.

The only concern is weather or not Leach would mesh well with the staff in Stillwater. He would be an assistant and he is not used to that. It could make a good deal go bad quick. It is a big decision Gundy will not take lightly.

Doug Meacham

Doug Meacham is a guy who is already a part of the Oklahoma State staff. Meacham is the inside receivers coach for the Cowboys and has been a part of the organization since 2005. He has worked with both play callers Fedora and Holgorsen as well as head coach Gundy. Meacham has worked in offensive coordination since 1991. If Gundy is going to promote from within, Meacham will be the leading candidate.

Those are just a couple of the names that have been thrown out by media and fans. I am certain that they are both being considered heavily. One has an impressive resume and that is an understatement. The other has been waiting patiently for the next promotion. No matter what happens, Gundy will make the right decision.