Holgorsen impacted WVU assistant

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. -- West Virginia inside receivers coach Shannon Dawson played under coach Dana Holgorsen at Wingate, an FCS school in North Carolina.

It was just one season, but that was enough to convince Dawson he should get into coaching. Though the two went their separate ways after that year, they remained close and Holgorsen hired him when he came aboard West Virginia, some 12 years after they first met.

"Well, for some reason we hit it off right at the beginning, and I don't know what that is," Dawson said Monday during a Discover Orange Bowl news conference. "Maybe we have similar personalities. I don't really know. But my relationship with him was the reason I got into coaching, and I didn't want to coach in any other offense than the one I played in, because that was fun for me.

"So just when I graduated college, he helped me get on with a coach, coach Hal Mumme, and just stayed in contact, and I went and visited him out at Texas Tech a lot. Like I said, I mean, the only reason I got into coaching was because when I played for him, I had fun, and I had fun in the offense, practice was fun, the way it was structured was fun, it was laid back, and so with that being the case, I chose to do that from that point."