THEN AND NOW
In hopes of sweeping out of your midseason doldrums, I decided to entertain us all. I emailed a staff member at the alma maters of each of the top four West Virginia assistant coaches -- Dana Holgorsen, Joe DeForest, Shannon Dawson and Keith Patterson.
It seemed like proper blackmail for making us all sit through a three-game losing streak the last month. On Tuesday, I showed these photos to the assistants to get a few thoughts.
Mt. Pleasant (IA) High School Class of 1989
Long before Holgorsen coached at West Virginia or Oklahoma State or Houston or Texas Tech or Wingate or Mississippi College or Valdosta State, he played at Iowa Wesleyan. Before that, he was a 1989 graduate from Mt. Pleasant High School in Mt. Pleasant, Iowa.
The Daily Mail's Mike Casazza had a great profile on Holgorsen and his hometown upbringing earlier this year.
Scot Lamm was the one who was able to find the yearbook for me. Here's his little message: "I was a couple years younger than Dana in school. His younger brother and I were classmates. He was always the third-best athlete in his family. I ran hurdles with him in high school and went to Iowa Wesleyan College with him for a year in football, so it's okay if you throw me under the bus for giving you these pictures. I am sure I owe him a few embarrassing moments. Hope this is what you were looking for."
And it was.
So, I asked the obvious question:
Would you recruit that kid?
DAWSON: [laughs] [pauses] [laughs again] "Probably not."