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Is West Virginia’s Offense About To Explode?
West Virginia QB Geno Smith
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Posted Mar 31, 2011

It’s early, but is the West Virginia coaching situation uncomfortable in any way? Is the fan base expecting Oklahoma State right away for the offense? From the Scout publishers, here's the inside info on the key questions this spring.

Spring 2011 - Key Questions

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What's happening this spring season? Several Scout publishers provide their insider info on the key questions that matter to the real world of college football. Scroll down for the links to all the spring questions.

Q: It’s early, but is the West Virginia coaching situation uncomfortable in any way? Is the fan base expecting Oklahoma State right away for the offense?

From Kevin Kinder, … West Virginia begins spring practice on Wednesday, March 30, but one of the most-watched aspects of the 15 practices will be the interactions between the offensive and defensive staffs, and the relationship between current head coach Bill Stewart and head-coach-in-waiting Dana Holgorsen.

So far, Stewart has handled the situation very professionally, but has also show a bit of fire at times, stating 'I'm not a dead man walking.’ Still, Holgorsen, by contract, has the power to make coaching and personnel decisions, and appears to have the majority of the power in his one year as an understudy before taking the reins in 2011. The biggest question is, how will that play out internally on the team? Will the players still respond and listen to Stewart? Those are legitimate questions, especially since Stewart didn’t step down voluntarily.

Mountaineer fans are indeed expecting an offensive explosion equal to the levels Holgorsen helped produce at Oklahoma State, Houston and Texas Tech. That's the nature of any fan base, of course -- newcomers are always looked at with excitement. Does West Virginia have the personnel that the Cowboys had this past year, where Holgorsen stepped into a situation with NFL talent at key positions? Holgorsen and his staff maintain that his system is very simple, and can be installed in three days, and those statements have further excited a fan base that is expecting 30-40 points per game right off the bat.

There are so many questions surrounding the new offensive coaching staff and the change in systems that picking just one big thing is difficult, but retooling and improving the offensive line has to be at or near the top of the list. WVU will again be making substantial changes in its blocking scheme, and it has to get more consistent production from tackle to tackle in order to make Holgorsen's scheme run. With two potential starters out for the spring, work on the line will also focus on building depth, but this question will likely draw out through the fall pre-season as well.

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