With a disappointing 52-44 home loss to Iowa State ending its season on Saturday, West Virginia dropped to 4-8 and capped off its worst season in three years with Dana Holgorsen as head coach.
Despite the substandard 2013 campaign, WVU athletic director Oliver Luck offered a statement of support for Holgorsen and the direction of Mountaineer football moving forward.
“We have high expectations at West Virginia University for success on and off the field and as Coach Holgorsen has acknowledged to me, we are not meeting those expectations on the field. Coach Holgorsen and I met at length and reviewed this past season. We discussed the coaching staff, recruiting, player development, strength and conditioning, academic support, facilities, in short, all the components that make up a successful program. We are working diligently to improve our capabilities in all of these areas.
I strongly believe in our coaching staff, including the work that our strength and conditioning staff is doing. In my opinion, continuity is the key ingredient that will bring our football program back to the high level that Mountaineer fans expect.”
In 2011, Holgorsen’s first season at WVU and WVU’s last season in the Big East, the Mountaineers finished 10-3 and won the Orange Bowl. Since the move to the Big 12, Holgersen’s team is 11-14 in the past two seasons.
Luck said that Holgorsen and his staff are out recruiting this week to prepare for the 2014 season, a season that opens against Alabama at the Georgia Dome.
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