MORGANTOWN - Dana Holgorsen spent part of a day in Morgantown Wednesday, his first since being named West Virginia's offensive coordinator next season and the school's head coach in 2012.
And it didn't take him long to echo the sentiments of the other principals involved in this rather odd arrangement in regard to how it will all work out.
First, athletic director Oliver Luck went on record as saying he foresees nothing but a professional transition as Holgorsen begins the eventual replacement of Bill Stewart. Then Stewart chimed in that he was on board with it all.
Holgorsen was no different when the question was posed to him Wednesday at his first press conference since the move was made.
"If I thought it was a problem, I wouldn't be here. That's No. 1,'' Holgorsen said. "I've got a lot of respect for coach Stew and what he's done. I know what kind of a person he is. I've got a lot of respect for Oliver as far as what he's accomplished and the kind of person he is. But at the end of the day, it's about surrounding yourself with good people and hiring good people. And if everybody's on the same page, it gives you a chance to win football games.''
Holgorsen's stop in Morgantown was brief Wednesday because he still is involved in his old job. While West Virginia prepares for the Dec. 28 Champs Sports Bowl against North Carolina State, Holgorsen's Oklahoma State team - he is the offensive coordinator there - plays a day later in the Alamo Bowl in San Antonio.
So Holgorsen won't be around as part of WVU's coaching staff goes through bowl preparations either knowing they are out of a job afterward or wondering if they are. He and Stewart will settle the issues of staffing when Holgorsen starts his new job Jan. 1.
His goal, he said, is to get along and do what is best for the program.
"If I come to work January 1st and there's people fighting each other, then you're not going to win games,'' Holgorsen said. "But I think we're all comfortable with each other at this point, and we know that if everybody's on the same page, we've got a chance to win. I'm not concerned about that. I'm excited about being around a bunch of good people.''
Aside from Stewart's eventual departure after next season, there are at least two casualties on the current WVU coaching staff because of the change at the top. Offensive coordinator Jeff Mullen and offensive line coach Dave Johnson won't be back. The entire defensive staff has been invited to return, but the rest of the offensive coaches are at the mercy of Holgorsen, who will have the final say in their futures at WVU.
But until he begins work in a little over a week, staffing decisions are on the back burner.
"We're not too concerned with that right now,'' Holgorsen said. "What we're concerned with is West Virginia winning their bowl game and, on my end, Oklahoma State winning their bowl game. Then once that's over, we can move on to the next chapter.
"In a perfect world, this press conference would have happened about nine days from now. But because you guys like to write stories and stuff, we had to do it a little bit quicker.''
Holgorsen was hired at West Virginia last week after his name had surfaced in connection with the vacant Pitt coaching job. He wouldn't talk about the specifics of the courtship, nor would he discuss the Pitt job.