Dana Holgorsen: 85 percent of our team didn't know Bear Bryant
Posted by: Chris Vannini on Monday August 12, 2013
It sounds like Dana Holgorsen needs to give his team a history lesson.
As Holgorsen’s Monday press conference was wrapping up, Kenny Chesney’s “Boys of Fall” began playing from the weight room. Holgorsen was clearly a big fan of the song, and said he played the music video for his team.
“When you play it in the weight room, it just floods in here and we can listen and enjoy it," he said. "I don’t even know why they have speakers (in this room). Just tell the weight room to play this music. We showed this video to our team this morning. It’s a great video. … The very last picture is Bear Bryant. He sends his team out, he puts his hat on, he looks at the chalkboard, final thoughts before he goes out onto the field.
“So I asked our team, ‘How many of you guys know who this last guy was?’ About 10 or 15 percent of our team raiser their hand. I go, ‘You’ve gotta be kidding me.’ Eighty-five percent of our team didn’t know who Bear Bryant was? Just got to educate them.”
Holgorsen was then asked what Bryant would think of his offense.
“It’d probably blow his mind,” Holgorsen said. “It’s quite a bit different.”
As for that offense, Holgorsen is often put under the “air raid” category because of his ties to Mike Leach. He didn’t seem to care how his offense was classified. The Mountaineers are still going through a quarterback battle and other position battles, and Holgorsen made it pretty clear that the offense is going to be tailored to the personnel.
“I get asked all the time what kind of offense you run?” he said. “I don’t really know. Is it the air raid? Is it the spread? Are you running the ball more? Shoot, I don’t know. Whatever works. If it works, do it again. We’re continuing to evaluate our personnel. … We want to run the ball. We want to be able to spread it out with four and five receivers and throw the ball.
“How much we do of each and every one of them kind of depends on what kind of success we’re having. Our offense can look like an old-school, pro-style offense at time, but it can also look like an air raid, spread-it-out play with tempo thing. You’ve got to figure out what you’re good at and focus on that. I haven’t figured that out yet.”
Here is Holgorsen’s press conference, as well as the final scene of Chesney’s music video.