Holgorsen, who was at Oklahoma State in 2010 but has not been implicated in the scandal there, also refused to go into it.
"Oliver Luck has commented on that and I have no further comment,'' Holgorsen said Monday on the Big 12's weekly football coaches' teleconference. "We're moving forward and we're getting ready for Georgia State.''
DeForest was hired prior to the 2012 season as West Virginia's defensive coordinator. He had been an assistant at OSU the previous 11 years and coached the safeties and special teams. He was given by far the largest contract ever awarded to a WVU assistant coach, $500,000 a year, although that figure is now matched by Keith Patterson, who succeeded DeForest as WVU's defensive coordinator.
Patterson was elevated because the defense under DeForest was among the worst in the country last season. Midway through the season, the two switched places during games - Patterson moving to the field and DeForest to the press box - and between the regular season and the bowl game, Patterson was elevated to the coordinator's spot.
DeForest is now just the team's special teams coach, one of only about a dozen assistants in the country who hold that position as a full-time job and almost certainly the highest-paid of that group. He also retained his title as associate head coach.
Until sometime this winter, DeForest was not working under a formal contract. He worked under only a term sheet his first season. But at some point during the offseason, he signed a formal contract, one that is thought to be for three years retroactive to his hiring. This would be the second year of the contract. He still is paid $500,000.
If that contract, which was not immediately available, is like most standard contracts signed by WVU assistant coaches, DeForest could be fired for a variety of reasons, including NCAA violations or "misconduct [that] . . . brings discredit to the university or harms the university's reputation.'' Nowhere in those contracts, however, does it mention prior misdeeds.
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