Mountaineers shakeup continues with firing of two more assistants on offense

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Two more West Virginia University football offensive coaches -- Chris Beatty and Dave McMichael -- were informed Thursday that their contracts would not be renewed for next season, as a shake-up facilitated by athletic director Oliver Luck, in office since June, continued.

Beatty, the running backs/slot receivers coach and director of recruiting, and McMichael, the tight ends/special teams coach, became the third and fourth members of the staff -- all offensive assistants -- to be terminated at the end of a season in which the Mountaineers went 9-4, losing Tuesday to North Carolina State in the Champs Sports Bowl in Orlando, Fla.

Wide receivers coach Lonnie Galloway is the lone West Virginia offensive coach who has not been fired.

Offensive coordinator Jeff Mullen and offensive line coach Dave Johnson were fired, but, unlike yesterday's moves, they were notified before the bowl game.

The sweeping changes are part of a succession plan hatched by Luck for head coach Bill Stewart, who is to serve as head coach for one more season. Dana Holgorsen, the current offensive coordinator at Oklahoma State, will serve as the offensive coordinator at West Virginia next season and then be elevated to head coach starting in 2012.

Holgorsen begins work for the Mountaineers on Monday and has the latitude, even during his year as offensive coordinator, to make many, if not all, of the staff decisions in terms of the offensive staff.

All the defensive assistants, to this point, remain on staff.


Colin Dunlap: cdunlap@post-gazette.com or 412-263-1459.


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