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New W.Va. coach will take over in 2012

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — Oklahoma State offensive coordinator Dana Holgorsen was hired for the same job at West Virginia and will become coach in 2012.

In the deal announced Wednesday, Holgorsen will replace Jeff Mullen as offensive coordinator for next season then replace coach Bill Stewart for 2012. The school said Stewart will take an administrative role.

"I firmly believe that Coach Stewart has built a solid foundation, which will allow us to compete with the very best in the country," Holgorsen said in a statement released by the school.

Holgorsen, 39, will join the Mountaineers after Oklahoma State's bowl game on Dec. 29.

West Virginia is 28-11 in three seasons since Stewart replaced Rich Rodriguez, who left for Michigan. This season, it is 64th among 120 Division I-A teams in offense at 376.6 yards per game.

In Holgorsen's only season at Oklahoma State, it led I-A at 537.6 yards per game. And in 2008 and 2009, his offenses at Houston were among the best.

Pitt reportedly hires Miami (Ohio) coach

Pittsburgh will name Miami (Ohio) coach Mike Haywood its coach today, and the Associated Press reported.

Haywood went 1-11 in 2009, his first season, but 9-4 this season, including beating Northern Illinois in the MAC title game. It hasn't been determined if he will coach against Middle Tennessee in the Jan. 6 Bowl.

Haywood, 46, who played and was an offensive coordinator at Notre Dame and was an assistant at LSU and Texas, succeeds Dave Wannstedt, who resigned after six seasons.

USF gets two: Linebacker Mike Jeune and former Armwood High defensive back Angelo Hadley signed. Jeune of Jacksonville, who committed in October, will enroll for the spring semester. He played this season at Independence (Kan.) Community College and was named first-team All-Jayhawk Conference. He is expected to compete to start at strongside linebacker. Hadley signed with North Carolina. But the offer was revoked when he was arrested in April 2009 for having sex with a 14-year-old while his brother and others robbed her house. In a deal with prosecutors, Hadley pleaded guilty to child abuse, third-degree grand theft, burglary of an occupied dwelling and grand theft of a firearm. He was sentenced to five years' probation and played this season at Butler (Kan.) Community College.

New Miami coach praised: Ex-NFL coach Bill Parcells and ex-NFL and Hurricanes coach Jimmy Johnson were among those who recommended Al Golden become coach. "Howie Long said (his son) Chris played for him at Virginia, and both (Longs) think he's great,'' Johnson said. "Classy, smart, an outstanding recruiter. The job he did at Temple was unbelievable. Plus he has experience as a head coach in a difficult situation to get this thing back where it belongs.''

Louisville sells Beef 'O' Brady's tickets: Louisville has sold its allotment of 10,000 tickets, and athletic director Tom Jurich said he expects to have "at least" 15,000 fans at Tropicana Field for Tuesday's game. Louisville arrived Wednesday. Southern Miss is set to arrive Saturday.

Memphis: Starting quarterback Cannon Smith was arrested on charges of public intoxication and disorderly conduct at about 3:30 a.m. Wednesday. He is the son of the founder and CEO of Memphis-based FedEx. Memphis' WMC-TV reported Smith refused to pay a taxi fare and became combative. Coach Larry Porter said the school is investigating.

LSU: Quarterback Zach Mettenberger, dismissed from Georgia in the spring for undisclosed violations, signed. He spent this season at Butler, which he led to the national junior college title game.

East-West Shrine Game: Former NFL coaches Wade Phillips and Dan Reeves will coach the all-star game set for Jan. 22 at the Florida Citrus Bowl in Orlando.

Times staff writer Greg Auman contributed to this report.

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