Coach Holgorsen is taking a lot of heat for the the Mountaineers Big 12 Conference record these first two seasons and with good reason as the EER's have not performed very well in their new league.
Having said that I really believe it is way too early to give up on Coach Holgorsen, not just because it would be basically impossible for West Virginia to pay him the 11 million dollars remaining on his contract and then pay whatever the new coach would command. It's not only unpractical but I believe unwarrented.
To some degree it is true coach Holgorsen is learning on the job but I really believe he knows what he is doing and will win at West Virginia if given the time. However I fear if they finish even 6-6 next season let alone back to back losing seasons that it will get real ugly at WVU for him.
Even next year with another poor performance it would be difficult for WVU to "unload" coach Holgorsen as they would still owe him about 8.5 million!! but the outcry could be strong enough to force the big money boosters to come up with the cash to get him out of Morgantown.
But as a comparrison I wonder what the folks in Fort Worth Texas think of TCU coach Gary Patterson now?? He was the beloved Icon before the move to the Big 12 with a record of 109-30 through his first 11 seasons at TCU with double digit victories in 6 of the previous 7 seasons and Bowl game victories in 6 of the previous 7 seasons
However since the move to the Big 12 Gary Pattersons record is exactly the same as coach Holgorsen 11-13 have gone 7-6 last season with a bowl game loss and 4-7 this season with one game to go.
I thought the trasition would be considerably easier for coach Patterson for a number of reasons most noteably he had been a very sucessfull established head coach for 11 seasons at TCU is they are geographically a perfect fit for the Big 12 as there were already 3 other Texas schools in the Big 12 and the travel adjustment would be minor however TCU has struggled just the same as WVU with the greatest coach in school history at the helm.
It is a BIG BIG adjustment going to the Big 12 for everyone in the program and the fans. For WVU it is a major geographic disadvantage, more than any other team except the Iowa State Cyclones.
WVU football has always adapted and came through and they will in the Big 12, it may just take more time that we all expected.