Dana Holgorsen has a connection to Utah football, and it’s current Utes strength and conditioning coach Doug Elisaila. The pair were teammates in college at Iowa Wesleyan under Hal Mumme, and the upcoming bowl game between Utah and West Virginia has reunited them.
According to the Charleston Gazette-Mail’s Mitch Vingle, Holgorsen said, “He was approximately 6-foot-1, 290 pounds and was really a bad dude. I never tested him. He protected me most of the time. I’m not going to test him in pregame and hopefully he can protect me from anything that can go awry in pregame.”
The implication of that quote is that Holgorsen “tests” people in pregame scenarios, which is likely not holistically true, but it’s funny to think about.
The amount of coaches from the Hal Mumme tree is truly staggering, and it’s no surprise that two are meeting in bowl week. It doesn’t bode as well for Holgorsen as it does for Elisaila, Utah will know some West Virginia tendencies but the Mountaineers won’t be able to pull much from the tendencies of a strength coach.
Even though Utah is only 6-6, this win won’t come easy for the Mountaineers. Utah is famously tough in bowl season, and their losses are closer than you might think. The Utes are favored by -7, but that line could change if Will Grier is able to play.
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