West Virginia Football 2012: 5 Possible Offensive Coordinator Candidates
In 2012 the head coach in waiting experiment at West Virginia University will be over, and Dana Holgorsen will assume the duties and responsibilities that Bill Stewart held the four seasons prior. Once that happens, there will be a coaching vacancy at WVU. So the question is, who will replace Dana Holgorsen as offensive coordinator once he becomes head coach?
In reality Holgorsen will probably choose someone who has worked with him in the past and is already on his coaching staff. His offense is one of those systems that require someone who has worked it in the past and has experience running it or being around it. So that narrows it down to a few people; however, I have no desire to restrict my list here to only those people. So let's discuss the possibilities and look at several different candidates, no matter how far fetched they may be.
Robert Gillespie is the current WVU running backs coach, he came from Oklahoma State with Dana and already has a season worth of experience in Holgorsen's offense. Gillespie even turned down an opportunity to return to his alma mater Florida and coach in order to stay at WVU and coach under Holgorsen. Maybe he stayed because he realized he has an opportunity to be an offensive coordinator...maybe not. Regardless he gets my vote for most likely to get the job.
How freaking awkward and weird would this be? Not a reality though, I don't think Rodriguez would come back at all (and if he did it would not be for several years), let alone come back as an offensive coordinator. Coach Rodriguez will end up coaching somewhere in 2012, but it won't be at WVU.
His spread offense is quite different from Holgorsen's anyway, Rodriguez's relies on the running game in open space mostly, while Holgorsen's is an air attack.
Frank Cignetti Jr.
Frank Cignetti is a name that most WVU fans know, as he was the head coach for West Virginia back in the day. But his son Frank Cignetti Jr. has never coached at West Virginia; however, he does have a lot of coaching experience that would make up a good resume if he was ever interested in coaching the WVU offense under Holgorsen.
Cignetti has coached in the NFL as a QB coach with the New Orleans Saints 2000-2001 and San Francisco 49ers in 2007. He has also been the offensive coordinator for Fresno State, North Carolina, California, Pittsburgh and now Rutgers.
Jason Phillips is currently the offensive boss for the University of Houston Cougars; he took over after Holgorsen left for Oklahoma State. While Holgorsen was was still at Houston, Phillips was the wide receivers coach. Holgorsen may ask him to come to WVU if something were to happen with Gillespie, but again, who knows.
Like Rich Rodriguez, former WVU offensive coordinator Calvin Magee has burned some bridges on his way to becoming the new PITT offensive coordinator. He will likely never return to WVU, and since he is now at PITT he is pretty much openly demonstrating his displeasure with West Virginia. I, for one, hope we beat the pants off of PITT again this season and give Magee a nice warm loud welcome when he returns to Morgantown this fall.
Who would you like to see as the next WVU offensive coordinator?