Unfortunate loss started WVU coaching conversation

An editorial from The Times West Virginian

FAIRMONT, W.Va. — West Virginia’s football team may produce a better overall team next season with Dana Holgorsen still as coach than they would if Athletic Director Shane Lyons had dismissed him earlier this week.

Let’s look the situation over.

The dismissal of a coach following a season usually means that many of the recruits the coach has lined up for the next year will back out and go somewhere else. They want to go where they know the coach who recruited them. Even the fact that Holgorsen’s job may have been on the line could keep several from enrolling at WVU.

Just checking one recruiting list, the Mountaineers class for next year currently ranks 36th in the country and fifth among teams in the Big 12 Conference of which they are a member. WVU has no 5-star recruits for next year and just one 4-star according to this judge of recruiting. (Just an additional thought, Rich Rodriguez’s Arizona team is ranked 37th in recruiting.) Five-star recruits are those with the talents of Noel Devine and Tavon Austin. — WVU stars of past years.

Had WVU dismissed the current coach, the WVU assistants, or many of them, might be gone as well.

That one-point loss at Kansas State was costlier than many people think…

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