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Holgorsen's first act as head coach: go skydiving

Posted on: June 14, 2011 5:42 pm
Edited on: June 15, 2011 10:18 am

Posted by Jerry Hinnen

Like his mentor Mike Leach (still biding his time until next season in Key West), new West Virginia head coach Dana Holgorsen has long since had a reputation -- one he hasn't done much to dispel -- for living life to its fullest.

And apparently, his early promotion to the Mountaineers' full-time head coaching position isn't going to do anything to change that. How did Holgorsen react to the dismissal of Bill Stewart and his sudden ascension to the top job? By capping a "two-day getaway" with a flying leap out of an airplane,of course:

Holgorsen capped a two-day getaway by meeting the West Virginia State Police and allowing them to set up his first sky diving adventure with the U.S. Army parachute team, the Golden Knights ...

Holgorsen was part of a tandem jump with a Golden Knight who pulled the chord.

"We went up about 10,000 feet and then we just jumped out of an airplane," Holgorsen said, still laughing about the experience an hour later. It was an amazing view. You could see for miles and miles just beautiful countryside.

"Then we came in and we were trying to land on a beach, obviously a small, little beach. It was pretty windy and we came up short and had kind of a crash landing. It resembled something like Bruce Irvin tackling a quarterback."

Breathe easy, Mountaineer fans: Holgorsen was fine, as you might expect from a coach whose eviction from a casino at 3 a.m. on a weeknight set off a chain-of-events which resulted in his promotion.

You can watch Holgorsen's jump and subsequent "crash-landing" here; if he shows as much resilience and fearlessness coaching the Mountaineers as he does in the clip, WVU should be in good hands for a long time to come.


Since: Aug 18, 2010
Posted on: June 14, 2011 5:56 pm

Holgorsen's first act as head coach: go skydiving

The guy definitely has a sense of adventure, so good for him.  That being said, he really needs a haircut.  I guess that is just the Marine in me coming out. 

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