Current West Virginia coach Dana Holgorsen addressed media at the Westin Hotel in Dallas, Texas on Tuesday morning.
Of the questions he was asked, a few were about his time at Oklahoma State, and if that concerns him going forward.
“Every game is a concern for me,” he said with a laguh. “But with Oklahoma State, they’ll probably know as much about us as we will about them.”
The coach compared it to 2000, when Mike Leach, who is credited with teaching Holgorsen a lot about his current air-raid offense, left Oklahoma for Texas Tech.
“You have two offenses and two teams that know each other very well,” he said.
He also fielded quite a few questions on his team, who will play their first season in the Big 12, including a question about when he initially found out they’d be competing in the conference.
“When we got the announcement that we were going to the Big 12, I was obviously worried about the season,” Holgorsen said.
He referenced the high-powered offenses that reside in the conference, which is what Holgrsen has become synonymous.
Another issue he was asked about was travel. The closest school to his West Virginia team is Iowa State in Ames, Iowa. I whopping 870 miles away.
“That’s been a big topic of discussion,” he said. “But I don’t think it will affect us. It’s gonna be an airplane ride for away games, no matter where we play.”
He said that the travel will be worth it, and added that he’s been presenting the conference to alumni and boosters as something “that’s exactly like what resides in Morgantown.”
“What they have is what we have at West Virginia. You have a school that’s used to winning, so we know things will be extremely competitive from week one.”
Finally, the coach got to his quarterback, Geno Smith.
Smith was picked as the best offensive player in the Big 12 Preseason Poll, as well as the first-team quarterback. He was also the Orange Bowl MVP last season, as well as first-team All-Big East and set four school records throughout the season and five Orange Bowl records during the game.
“Ultimately, it’s how many games you win,” he said. “That’s what he’ll be remembered for.”