Is Holgorsen the leader for the opening at Pittsburgh?

With Al Golden taking the head-coaching gig at Miami, Oklahoma State offensive coordinator Dana Holgorsen could be the frontrunner to succeed Dave Wannstedt at Pittsburgh.

According to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette’s Paul Zeise, Holgorsen interviewed with Pitt officials over the weekend, and an offer could be on the horizon.

Some of the names that have reportedly come under serious consideration to replace Wannstedt include: San Diego State head coach Brady Hoke, who recently signed a two-year extension with the Aztecs, former Pitt player and current Florida defensive coordinator Teryl Austin, Panthers offensive coordinator Frank Cignetti and Penn State defensive coordinator Tom Bradley.

Holgorsen, who has coached at Texas Tech and Houston, directed an Oklahoma State offense that averaged 538 yards per game in his first season, the best in the FBS. The Cowboys were also second nationally at 355 passing yards per game and third in scoring at 44.9 points per game.

Pitt athletic director Steve Pederson may want to act fast, however, as Holgorsen is also reportedly a leading candidate to join Will Muschamp as offensive coordinator for the Gators.

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