Two West Virginia University football coaches --- Chris Beatty and Dave McMichael --- were today informed their contracts would not be renewed for next season, as a shakeup facilitated by athletic director Oliver Luck, in office since June, continued.
Beatty, the running backs/slot receivers coach and director of recruit and McMichael, the tight ends/special teams coach, become the third and fourth member of the staff --- all on the offensive side of the football --- to be terminated at the end of this season in which the Mountaineers went 9-4, losing Tuesday to North Carolina State in the Champs Sports Bowl in Orlando, Fla.
Offensive coordinator Jeff Mullen and offensive line coach Dave Johnson were both also fired, but notified before the bowl game of their job status.
The sweeping changes are part of a succession plan hatched by Luck for head coach Bill Stewart, who is scheduled to serve as head coach for one more season. Dana Holgorsen, the current offensive coordinator at Oklahoma State will serve as the offensive 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.