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Safeties coach no longer with Arizona; WVU in his future?

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Over the weekend, it was reported that longtime West Virginia assistant coach Steve Dunlap was fired by Mountaineers coach Dana Holgorsen. The move was one of two dismissals by Holgorsen over the past month, the other being cornerbacks coach Daron Roberts.

It would appear that Holgo has found Roberts’ replacement. WVMetroNews’ Allan Taylor reported late Tuesday night that Arizona safeties coach Tony Gibson will become the Mountaineers’ new cornerbacks coach. While that move has not been made official, Arizona released a statement Wednesday morning that Gibson has resigned from Rich Rodriguez’s coaching staff.

The projected move is an interesting one to say the least. Gibson is a West Virginia native, but he’s been practically attached to Rodriguez’s hip during his coaching career with stops at Michigan, WVU and Glenville State. Rodriguez, of course, was the coach of the Mountaineers from 2001-07.

Defense was, to put it lightly, a problem for WVU in 2012. For what it’s worth, the Wildcats ranked 117th nationally in pass defense and 118th in total defense this year.

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4 Responses to “Safeties coach no longer with Arizona; WVU in his future?”
  1. fitz66 says: Jan 9, 2013 1:15 PM

    He also targeted WVU recruits after going to Michigan. There was lots of chatter at the time that he did it while still employed at WVU and used their resources to do so (phones, computer, etc).

    Needless to say, he’s not a fan favorite. Hopefully he can upgrade the D and make up for some of that.

  2. footballleprechaun says: Jan 9, 2013 3:35 PM

    Mountaineers would be better off if Hogo FIRED HIMSELF

  3. puckfitt says: Jan 9, 2013 5:49 PM

    Really leprechaun? And who do you suggest we hire to be our HC? Because so many great coaches are knocking Luck’s door down to come here.

  4. cranespy says: Jan 10, 2013 8:19 PM

    It’s all part of the plan…..Ollie learned rather quickly that Holgs is not the man…..he’s giving him one more year to right the ship…and when next season goes up in smoke…Ollie actually believes he can bring WV native son Nick Saban home to the hills to lead the Eers to the Big 12 promised land…….and to top it all off….Nicks first game as Head Coach of the Moun taineers will be against guess who……Alabama! ( Hey….I can dream can’t I?)

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