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Longtime assistant reportedly dismissed as staff shakeups continue at WVU

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More changes are coming for West Virginia’s coaching staff following a 7-6 season that ended with a disastrous Pinstripe Bowl loss to Syracuse.

Per WVMetroNews.com, Mountaineers outside linebackers coach and special teams coordinator Steve Dunlap was dismissed Saturday by head coach Dana Holgorsen.

The reported decision comes about a month after Holgorsen (pictured) “parted ways” with cornerbacks coach Daron Roberts following the regular season and promoted Keith Patterson to defensive coordinator while demoting of Joe DeForest as part of the other shakeups on the coaching staff. Roberts’ former position has not yet been filled.

Dunlap has been a part of the WVU program as player and coach for a combined 26 years, serving as defensive coordinator for the program under former coach Don Nehlen from 1991-2000. He returned to Morgantown in the post-Rich Rodriguez years as a safeties and assistant head coach and was the final member of Bill Stewart‘s coaching staff to still be employed by Holgorsen.

Seeing as DeForest has special teams experience from his time at Oklahoma State, it is presumed he will pick up that responsibility from Dunlap.

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9 Responses to “Longtime assistant reportedly dismissed as staff shakeups continue at WVU”
  1. gopokes0714 says: Jan 6, 2013 12:06 AM

    DeForest is an excellent special teams coordinator. I wouldnt mind having him back at OSU

  2. noring4youstill says: Jan 6, 2013 7:01 AM

    The disaster is having a bowl named Pinstripe.

  3. acieu says: Jan 6, 2013 7:56 AM

    If WV could have just played Clemson in the bowl game!

  4. chmba says: Jan 6, 2013 9:32 AM

    WVU will eventually figure out that it is never Dana’s fault…of course by then they will have been through the mill performance wise, behavior wise, and be the hillbilly joke of the Big 12

  5. planck16 says: Jan 6, 2013 9:42 AM

    @ acieu

    Wow, going a year back to relive some kind of glory.

    Why don’t you focus on the present and your 7-6 record with 5 straight losses where you gave up 49, 55, 39, 55, and 50 points?

    That one loss refocused and changed Clemson for the best, while it is obvious your Orange Bowl win was a fluke as seen by the beat down you received by Syracuse.

    I really don’t see you having a better year next year with your key players leaving.

  6. charles130 says: Jan 6, 2013 1:55 PM

    @planck….I think you mean beatdowns. Syracuse has beaten WVU three straight years.

  7. 1chilla says: Jan 6, 2013 2:31 PM

    If holgorsen going to fire someone it should be the defensive cordinator they was horrible on defense special teams was least of there problems.Holgorsen will be fired next season no geno smith or austin next year

  8. lfarrell2012 says: Jan 6, 2013 4:16 PM

    Please bring in someone who has ties to WV/OH/PA or this program is going to be ruined. So far Holgorsen’s staff consists of a bunch of guys from Texas and Oklahoma and there are not too many stars on that staff.

  9. lfarrell2012 says: Jan 6, 2013 7:47 PM

    So you guys giving my post a thumbs down like that impressive staff he assembled? Particularly the defensive staff? You must like the fact that we dont even have one assistant who was from east of the Mississippi now…..

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