Quantcast

Dana Holgorsen: Nick Saban, Bret Bielema should stop crying about hurry-up offense

Geno-Smith-huddleThe no-huddle offense has become more popular at both the collegiate and professional levels over the past few years. Fans enjoy it because it makes the game more exciting and leads to incredible scores like 56-42 in college games. However, some of the nation’s top coaches like Nick Saban and Bret Bielema have wondered whether the hurry-up offense is fair and safe for the players.

“I just think there’s got to be some sense of fairness in terms of asking, ‘Is this what we want football to be?’” Saban said last year, among many other things.

West Virginia is one school that has enjoyed success using an up-tempo offense over the past few seasons. On Monday at Big 12 Media Days, Mountaineers head coach Dana Holgorsen said Saban and Bielema had better learn to live with it.

“Yeah, I’d tell (them) to get over it because it’s not going to change,” Holgorsen said, via The Tulsa World. “It’s going into the NFL, for crying out loud. There’s people being hired in the NFL that have the background in college football to be able to create a little bit more parity. Don’t see it changing any time soon, so you’d better learn to adapt to it.”

Holgorsen is right. I’m no expert on how the no-huddle offense impacts player safety, but it is certainly becoming more popular. Even prominent NFL teams like the New England Patriots thrive using the hurry-up, so obviously college programs will want to follow suit in order to prepare their players to compete at the next level.

Saban chooses not to run that type of offense, and he obviously doesn’t need it. Two national championships in the past three years say he has done almost everything right, both on offense and defense. Like everyone else, Saban will just have to learn to accept it and continue to adapt. There aren’t going to be any NCAA rules that outlaw the hurry-up offense at any point in the near future.

Dana Holgorsen takes the ultimate shot at Charlie Weis

West Virginia and Kansas are playing on Saturday for the first time since the Mountaineers moved into the Big 12. The game will be between two teams that have disappointed. Kansas is a pathetic 1-10 under first-year head coach Charlie Weis, while West Virginia plummeted to 6-5 after a promising 5-0 start.

Though the game seems like a dud on the sports calendar given all the big conference championship games taking place that day, matters got a lot more interesting after Dana Holgorsen’s teleconference on Monday. The West Virginia coach took the ultimate shot at Weis through some heavily sarcastic praise.

“They’re going to coach them up. We’re going to be at a major schematic disadvantage going against their coaches,” Holgorsen said of Kansas. “They’ve got coaches with a tremendous pedigree that have coached everybody in the world and coached for decades and decades.

“It’ll be challenging. You never know what you’re going to get,” Holgorsen said. “They kind of have a flavor of the week in the fact that schematically, you’re dealing with a group of coaches that understand football as good or better than anybody in the country. What we’ve got to do is we’ve got to figure out what their plan is going to be.”

Can you just feel the sarcasm in those comments? Yes, Holgorsen was saying that about a 1-10 football team.

Holgorsen, of course, chose his phrases carefully.

You may recall that shortly after at Notre Dame, Weis told his players “every game you will have a decided schematic advantage,” according to Sports Illustrated.

Holgorsen took note of that phrase and threw it right back at Weis on Monday. However, it’s not like he was taking an unprompted shot at Weis; that was his response to what he likely felt was disrespect from the Kansas coach.

[Read more...]

Did Bill Stewart’s Wife Leak Dana Holgorsen Alcohol Stories?

Over the past few months, the football coaching situation at West Virginia has quickly transformed into a drama-packed episode of Days of Our Lives.  About two weeks ago we told you about an alleged incident involving head coach-in-waiting Dana Holgorsen, during which Holgorsen had to be removed from a casino due to inappropriate behavior assumed to be fueled by alcohol.  A few days later, Chuck Landon of the Herald Dispatch compiled a piece which highlighted six separate alcohol related incidents that Holgorsen has allegedly been involved in.  Landon’s sources, of course, remained anonymous.

[Read more...]

WVU Coach Dana Holgorsen Had to Be Removed from Casino

There’s an unwritten rule in the college football world that you may or may not have heard of since I just this second made it up: wait until you have coached at least one game to start acting like a jackass in public. Apparently West Virginia football head coach-in-waiting Dana Holgorsen lost his copy of my handbook, otherwise he may have been able to keep himself out of trouble at the Mardi Gras Casino and Resort on May 18.

According to the Charleston Daily Mail, Hologorson had to be removed from the casino shortly after 3 a.m. after his “behavior allegedly reached a point that necessitated involvement from on-site security.”  No arrest was made, but the incident is said to have been captured on surveillance cameras and sources said university representatives who were with Holgorsen had to intervene.  Police records show that a call was made to Metro 911 at 3:13 a.m. about a “white male” who was “refusing to cooperate with the casino’s management.”

Listen Dana, I feel your pain bro.  Foxwoods Resort and Casino — the world’s largest casino — has taken my money on many a long, long evening.  We all have a bad night on the craps table every now and then.  We all want to strangle the blackjack dealer most of the time we sit down at a table.  The difference is I’m not a soon-to-be head coach of a major Division 1 football program.  Oh, and I also don’t act like a drunk (assumption) college kid who needs my buddies to get me out of trouble with security.  Next time, leave the post-3 a.m. incidents to your players.