Earlier this month, West Virginia University football coach Dana Holgorsen took a jump with the U.S. parachute team, the Golden Knights.
This past Sunday, he went to the Kongo.
Or, to be more precise, Holgorsen went to Pittsburgh's Consol Energy Center and watched Ultimate Fighting Championship heavyweight Cheick Kongo earn "knockout of the night" honors over Pat Barry.
"It's the first time I've seen it live," Holgorsen said of the UFC. "I've watched it, but I've never seen it in person. I was right there behind [Pittsburgh Steelers coach] Mike Tomlin."
The new WVU head coach also recently celebrated his 40th birthday in Deep Creek, Md. As for his next significant milestone birthday? "I don't know," he said. "I'll probably turn 60 before I turn 50."
Yet, too, the Mountaineer coach is tying up loose ends. Chief among them is filling an opening on his staff. That opening was formed when former head coach Bill Stewart was forced out earlier this month.
"It should happen in a few days," Holgorsen said of the hiring.
The coach said he's comfortable with the current staff setup. The reason is his faith in graduate assistant Jake Spavital, who has now followed Holgorsen to three stops as a quarterback-coaching specialist.
"I'll still call the plays and work with Geno [Smith], though," Holgorsen said, "then we'll revisit [the setup] in January. And I'm 100 percent confident in the nine full-time coaches we now have."
As for the position of recruiting coordinator, which has been open for a while, Holgorsen said he's "still working through that."