The Times West Virginian

Sports

November 19, 2013

Dana Holgorsen believes WVU getting better through recruiting

MORGANTOWN — Despite a couple of down seasons, capped off by becoming the first Big 12 team to lose to Kansas in three years, West Virginia football coach Dana Holgorsen believes his Mountaineers are improving and on the right recruiting track to become competitive in the Big 12.

“I think we’re getting better. If you look at last year’s class, if you look at the people we’re putting out on the field, we’re putting people out there that were part of the recruiting class last year, part of the recruiting class the year before,” Holgorsen said on Monday’s weekly Big 12 coaches’ conference call.

“Your challenge is to get that better. I do think our recruiting has gotten better and will continue to get better.”

Holgorsen admits he is not satisfied with results to date but says he is satisfied with the way the program is being built.

“I’m very comfortable with it,” he said. “No one is happy with 4 and 7. No one is happy being home for the holidays. The first time it happened to me is the first time it’s happened to West Virginia in quite some time.

“We’re building a program,” he continued. “The recruiting is going to continue to get better. We need to step up our program at the university and continue to build facilities and stay in line with everyone else across the country.

“We need to continue to improve. We need to continue to build our roster. We need to continue to improve our kids and have Big 12-caliber depth at all positions.”

The push for improved facilities, from remaking the Puskar Center to improving the indoor facility to many other projects, is nothing new, even though there have been numerous projects over the past decade to improve athletic facilities for all sports in addition to football.

Holgorsen said being in the Big 12 will bring a better breed of players to West Virginia than it previously could attract.

“We’ve only sold the Big 12 a couple of years. When you can go in the home and sell the Big 12 and you can sell the better venues and the caliber of play, you are going to get the better kid because of it,” he said.

One of the biggest problems this season has been a lack of depth, according to Holgorsen, especially with the large amount of injuries that have befallen the Mountaineers.

One reason for the lack of depth has been a need to redshirt as many as 30 players this year, a bit more than half of them scholarship players.

“You redshirt them for a reason. I’m looking at 30 guys on my sheet who are redshirting,” said Holgorsen, and he’s not satisfied with that.

“I wish we could have redshirted Marvin Gross, Darrien Howard and Jeremy Tyler. Those guys need to be redshirted. They need to be developed,” he continued. “There’s rare instances, like Daryl Worley, Wendell Smallwood, Daikiel Shorts, who can come in as a true freshman and be able to play at a pretty good level for being a true freshman.

“But that’s not where you want to be. You want to develop them. You want to redshirt them, get them seasoned. Those need to be your backups.”

Follow Bob Hertzel on Twitter @bhertzel.

1
Text Only
Sports
  • Return to Mountain State exciting for new sports writer

    When I packed my belongings out of my Morgantown apartment in May, fresh with a journalism degree from West Virginia University, I thought I had ended a chapter of my life and closed the book on my experience inside the great Mountain State forever.
    It wasn’t until I received a phone call back in my hometown of Canton, Ohio, from the Times West Virginian that the idea of a return to the area became a possibility. The opportunity to begin my professional career in an area that I’ve become comfortable with for the past several years was too good to pass by.

    July 29, 2014

  • Black Diamond.jpg Black Diamond Express looking to add elite players

     Travel sports are said to be the cream of the crop for young athletes.
    Generally, youth are selected to play on travel league teams based upon a heightened skill level or an ability that exceeds the everyday athlete.
    That’s what the Black Diamond Express softball team in Morgantown is looking for, along with a few new elite players.

    July 29, 2014 1 Photo

  • Steelers’ Spence caps lengthy comeback

    The whistle blew and Sean Spence sprinted forward, each cathartic step distancing the linebacker from the horrific knee injury that threatened to end his NFL career before it even really began.

    July 28, 2014

  • All tickets claimed for LeBron’s homecoming show

    LeBron James’ Ohio hometown says fans quickly claimed the thousands of tickets available for the homecoming event expected to be his first public appearance in the state since announcing his return to the Cleveland Cavaliers.

    July 28, 2014

  • FSU to hold Falcon Fantasy Camp

    Ever want to be a college football coach? Now you’ll have your chance thanks to Fairmont State University’s Falcon Fantasy Camp.

    July 28, 2014

  • Lawyer: Wife plotted to take over Sterling trust

    A lawyer argued Monday that the estranged wife of Donald Sterling plotted to strip his client from the family trust that owned the Los Angeles Clippers after the head of the NBA said she couldn’t negotiate a sale of the franchise unless she owned all the shares.

    July 28, 2014

  • Were Bowlsby’s fears about college athletics’ future justified?

    I have never met or even talked to Bob Bowlsby, commissioner of the Big 12 Conference.
    But I did read a lengthy story on his 45-minute address to reporters last week on Media Day in Dallas, Texas. Among other things, Bowlsby forecast a startling change threatening the existence of intercollegiate athletics as we have known for these many, many years.

    July 28, 2014

  • Steelers’ Wheaton eyeing chance after tough rookie year

    Markus Wheaton realizes the pressure is there, but he doesn’t mind.

    July 28, 2014

  • Post 17 #7 Post 2 #12 mw.JPG Post 17 falls short in Area II championship

    Sometimes getting a bad game out of your system is what a team needs.
    Post 17 Fairmont is hoping that they’ve now gotten all of its bad games out of the way, falling to Post 2 Morgantown, 10-0, via a 7th inning mercy rule, crowning Morgantown Area II American Legion champions.
    After playing 18 innings the night before, Fairmont couldn’t seem to get anything going at East Fairmont High School Sunday afternoon.
    As rain clouds loomed over the field, so, too, did one settle in over Post 17’s offense, Fairmont collecting just four hits the entire game.
    “Definitely not one of our better games as a team,” Fairmont’s Austin Norman said of his team’s performance. “We’ll come up tomorrow, hit and get on the same page.”

    July 28, 2014 7 Photos

  • Harrison’s 4 hits leads Pirates past Rockies, 7-5

    Josh Harrison had four hits, including a tiebreaking homer, to help the Pittsburgh Pirates beat the Colorado Rockies 7-5 on Sunday.

    July 27, 2014

Featured Ads
NDN Sports
House Ads
NCAA Breaking News
NCAA Photos