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West Virginia has been forced to cancel Saturday's spring game due to snow in the forecast.
"You would expect to not have to worry about snow accumulation in April, but that’s the forecast," said Mountaineers AD Shane Lyons in a statement. The spring scrimmage will not be made up following Saturday's cancellation and WVU's spring session can now essentially be considered a wrap. Apr 5 - 7:06 PM

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West Virginia HC Dana Holgorsen will cede offensive play-calling duties to OC Jake Spavital in 2017.

"You have to spend as much time recruiting as you possibly can, fundraising is a big part of what we do, the game management aspect of it -- although I don’t think it’s been bad -- it’s hard to do," said Holgorsen. He has been in this situation, except in the reverse, before, when he was hired at Oklahoma State under HC Mike Gundy. Gundy handed off play-calling honors to Holgorsen in 2010. That worked out splendidly and ultimately served as a springboard for his hiring at West Virginia. As for Spavital, the new Mountaineers offensive coordinator has previous experience calling plays at Texas A&M and Cal.
Tue, Mar 14, 2017 06:59:00 PM

ESPN's Brett McMurphy reports that West Virginia and HC Dana Holgorsen have agreed to a five-year contract extension.

Holgorsen's new contract will run through the 2021 season. In his six seasons at the helm of the Mountaineers' ship, West Virginia has posted a 45-30 record (26-25 in conference). They play Baylor Saturday afternoon as they look to secure their second 10-win season under Holgorsen. Given that he was reportedly close to losing his job at the end of the 2015 campaign, this has been quite the turnaround.
Sat, Dec 3, 2016 04:04:00 PM

ESPN's Brett McMurphy reports that Florida State and West Virginia are nearing agreement on a season-opening clash for 2020.

Per McMurphy, the match-up that is being discussed would open the 2020 season at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta. The Seminoles and Mountaineers have never played in the regular season, but they have tangoed in a trio of bowl games (2010, 2005, 1982). FSU won all three of those contests. An added piece of intrigue here -- one that you are sure to hear about plenty on September 5, 2020 -- is that FSU HC Jimbo Fisher is a native of West Virginia.
Wed, Jul 27, 2016 12:52:00 PM

West Virginia HC Dana Holgorsen said that he was "sick" of playing regular season games on championship Saturday.

"It pisses me off. We miss a week of recruiting, and it's not a championship game," Holgorsen said. "It has not made sense to me." He also asked, "Who cares about that?" in response to the fact that his team lost to Kansas State on championship Saturday last season. Said Holgorsen, "The only way it matters is if it's a true championship game, the way every other conference is doing it." You have to appreciate Holgorsen's honesty, though his squad will need to make major strides off their 8-5 2015 campaign if they want a realistic shot of facing off with one of the big boys come 2017.
Wed, Jul 20, 2016 03:48:00 PM

West Virginia AD Shane Lyons indicated that contract talks between the university and HC Dana Holgorsen are no longer taking place.

Said Lyons, "There will be no change in Dana’s contract at this time. We’ll now turn our attention to the 2016 season and hope to continue the momentum from the Cactus Bowl win and successful signing day." Holgorsen's job security was actually in question as the 2015 campaign drew late, but a stretch of five wins in six games helped to save the 44-year-old from the chopping block. For his career at West Virginia, he holds a 36-28 record across the last five seasons. While no extension's coming as of now, Holgorsen's under contract through 2017 and would be due the money owed on the contract if the team did choose to jettison him down the road. He makes $2.9 million annually.
Sun, Feb 21, 2016 06:40:00 PM

West Virginia AD Shane Lyons announced Dana Holgorsen will remain the school's head football coach.

"After evaluating our football program after the close of the regular season, I believe that continuity is best for our program," Lyons said in a statement. Multiple media reports stated the school was closely evaluating the head coach's success and fit with the program. The Mountaineers have won seven games in three of the last four seasons and have not been able to get over the hump in conference play.
Thu, Dec 10, 2015 09:10:00 AM

Kirk Bohls reported on Twitter that West Virginia AD Oliver Luck is working on scheduling a home-and-home match-up with an SEC East school.

Strength of schedule becomes more important with the new playoff system in place and it goes without saying that the SEC contains some of the toughest competition in the country. Missouri is one possibility that has previously been rumored. The game wouldn't be played until the 2016 season at the earliest. This season, West Virginia is 6-3. They play Texas on Saturday.
Thu, Nov 6, 2014 08:18:00 PM

West Virginia athletic director Oliver Luck confirmed that Dana Holgorsen will return as head coach in 2014.

"In my opinion, continuity is the key ingredient that will bring our football program back to the high level that Mountaineer fans expect," Luck's statement read. West Virginia would have been forced to pay in excess of $11 million had fired Holgersen without cause. Holgorsen, who led the Mountaineers to a 10-3 record in his first season in 2011, has gone 7-6 and 4-8 in the past two seasons, respectively.
Tue, Dec 3, 2013 08:31:00 PM