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West Virginia’s offensive coordinator/coach apparent is, like the man who hired him, into facility upgrades at Milan Puskar Stadium. He believes in the aesthetic and financial value of suites, but that’s just the beginning.
Holgorsen is particularly concerned with keeing his program’s bells and whistles competitive nationally. If you don’t, or if you aren’t, then you’re something of a dinosaur. A slow dinosaur. Time and opponents are going to pass you by, he believes.
This is a man who sees needs and/or ideas for improvements wherever he looks.
“This is a good, functional building,” he said. “The players park, come in, they meet, they eat, they lift, they dress. Very functional. But there are always things you can do better. Like those two pictures right there, right?”
With that, Holgorsen gestures to a wall from across where he sits in his office and at framed action photographs of former WVU quarterbacks Patrick White and Jarrett Brown. Those are the remaining decorative effects of Jeff Mullen, who coached both players when he was on the Mountaineers staff from 2008-10.
“How old are those?” Holgorsen said. “There’s always stuff like that that you can improve. That’s in the whole building. Furniture can always improve. Pictures can always improve. The weight room floor can always improve. Weight room equipment can always improve. The training table can always improve. The study table in the back. The computers get old and you’ve got to replace the computers with new ones.
“That is something that never changes. The stadium, there hasn’t been work to the stadium in a long time.”