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Holgorsen christens new head coaching status with a crash landing

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No one will ever accuse newly named West Virginia coach Dana Holgorsen of being dull.

We already know he likes to drink and mix it up at the casino, but did you also know that he enjoys plummeting 10,000 feet to the Earth?

That's right, Holgorsen took the skydiving plunge Tuesday, joining the West Virginia State Police and the U.S. Army parachute team, the Golden Knights, as part of an initiative to go out and see more of the state and culture.

"I'd never done it, but I always wanted to," Holgorsen told the Charleston Daily Mail. "Obviously, you get the opportunity to do it with the Army, you do it. Those guys are professionals. They're the same guys that did it with George Bush and Tiger Woods."

Holgorsen did a tandem jump with one of the Golden Knights, but the landing didn't go quite as he expected.

"We went up about 10,000 feet and then we just jumped out of an airplane," Holgorsen told the paper. "It was an amazing view. You could see for miles and miles just beautiful countryside.

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"Then we came in and we were trying to land on a beach, obviously a small, little beach. It was pretty windy and we came up short and had kind of a crash landing. It resembled something like Bruce Irvin tackling a quarterback."

Holgorsen jumped out over the New River Gorge and landed in the water before tumbling onto the beach. Neither Holgorsen nor the Golden Knight was injured, and Holgorsen had a good laugh about it. You can watch the entire landing here. It's totally worth the 33 seconds.

The skydiving trip capped off a couple of West Virginia-type days for Holgorsen. On Sunday and Monday he went fishing with several boosters and basketball coach Bob Huggins.

Of course, Holgorsen probably hopes that the crash landing was not a prophetic sign of things to come.

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