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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