Cowboys hoping Stillwater is more than a one-year layover for Holgorsen


On the plus side for Oklahoma State, hiring Dana Holgorsen away from Houston this past offseason was a stroke of statistical genius.

Under Holgorsen’s guidance, the Cowboys have become one of the most explosive offenses in the country.  OSU is No. 3 in the nation in passing offense (.33 yards per game behind No. 2 Arkansas), No. 3 in total offense and No. 3 in scoring offense.  They’ve been held under 34 points just once this season — a 24-14 win over Kansas State — and they scored 41 points in their lone loss to Nebraska.

The negative side of the Stillwater offensive explosion?  Such success may very well put Holgorsen on the radar of schools searching for a new sideline boss and could ultimately see him serve as a one-and-done assistant on Mike Gundy‘s coaching staff.

While there may be some concern about another school coming in and hiring Holgorsen away to be their coordinator, T. Boone Pickens‘ deep pockets — and willingness to reach into them for the football program — almost certainly assures that any financial number would be matched or exceeded to keep him on the staff for another year.  The issue would then arise if another school came calling regarding a head-coaching vacancy.

Gundy, though, is under the impression that he won’t have to worry about losing Holgorsen to a head-coaching job this year.

“I want to make sure that he is taken care of,” Gundy said regarding the financial aspect of his assistant’s situation. “And then … we’re going to do everything we can to help him when he wants to become a head coach. There’s no question in my mind that he can leave here and be a head coach.

“I don’t know how many jobs would open this year, but if we do well on offense next year … (head-coaching offers) would probably start for him next year.”

Even if Gundy doesn’t think the 39-year-old Holgorsen will land a job this year, it would seem highly likely that he would get at least an interview or two depending on how many and which particular jobs come open.  Then, all it takes is for one president and/or athletic director to fall in serious like during the process and Gundy could be looking for another coordinator this offseason.  Or handing the reigns of his offense back over to himself.