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WVU Athletic Director Gives Holgorsen Backing For Next Year

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Reported: Dec. 3, 2013 1:23 PM EST
Updated: Dec. 4, 2013 10:28 AM EST

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Luck Backs Holgorsen
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Morgantown, Monongalia County , West Virginia

West Virginia University Athletic Director Oliver Luck said in a statement Tuesday that he met with Mountaineers Head Coach Dana Holgorsen, and he strongly backs him and his coaching staff for next season.

“I strongly believe in our coaching staff, including the work that our strength and conditioning staff is doing,” Luck said. “In my opinion, continuity is the key ingredient that will bring our football program back to the high level that Mountaineer fans expect. We had plenty of challenges this season; nonetheless, we should not and will not use those as excuses for our performance. We simply must get better.”

Luck’s statement follows a disappointing season by WVU, which finished at 4-8 without a bowl appearance. The team lost its final game to Iowa State, surrendering a 24-point lead and eventually losing in three overtimes.

The athletic director said he met with Holgorsen, and they discussed the coaching staff, recruiting, player development, strength and conditioning, academic support and facilities.

“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,” Luck said. “Coach Holgorsen and I met at length and reviewed this past season. We discussed the coaching staff. We are working diligently to improve our capabilities in all of these areas.”



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