Holgorsen has evolved since days in Lubbock

The way that Dana Holgorsen tells the story, he began exploring avenues out of Lubbock, Texas, when he ran out of ways to get Mike Leach to punt.

Holgorsen was the rising young assistant coach starting to stand out as the Texas Tech offensive coordinator. Leach was the head coach swinging his sword his way on offense. The apple was going to fall from the tree one day.

Before that could happen, Kevin Sumlin plucked the low-hanging fruit.

Sumlin was the co-offensive coordinator at Oklahoma in 2007 and coached the Sooners to the Fiesta Bowl, where they ran into a buzzsaw of emotion and execution named West Virginia and suffered a 48-28 defeat.

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