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West Virginia to stay in-house for new DC

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If West Virginia is to improve its sieve-like defense from the past couple of years, that help will apparently come from within.

While the team has yet to formally announce any move, Bruce Feldman of reported late Wednesday night that Tony Gibson is set to be named as Dana Holgorsen‘s new defensive coordinator.  Gibson spent the 2013 season as WVU’s safeties coach in his second stint stint in Morgantown (2001-07).

Gibson would replace Keith Patterson, who left earlier this month for the coordinator job at Arizona State.  As previously noted, Holgorsen will be hiring his fourth defensive coordinator in as many years since coming to the Mountaineers.

If Gibson does take over at WVU, he’ll have his work cut out for him.

In two years with Patterson as coordinator, the Mountaineers finished 99th (33.3 points per game, 2013) and 114th (38.1 ppg, 2012) in scoring defense.  In total defense, WVU finished 2013 101st (455 yards per game) after ending 2012 114th (472.5 ypg).

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6 Responses to “West Virginia to stay in-house for new DC”
  1. wvuandsteelers says: Feb 13, 2014 12:33 PM

    That’s the best we could do? Our secondary has been horrible, so he gets a promotion?

  2. urfinished says: Feb 13, 2014 12:56 PM

    Geez…take the teams worst position by performance and give the coach a promotion.
    He better be a heck of a recruiter.

  3. mauldawg says: Feb 13, 2014 3:26 PM

    wvuandsteelers & urfinished, Did either of you call DH or OL and tell them of your vast experience as coaches. If you did I feel sure you would have gotten the job. Some WVU fans or pretend fans are never happy.

  4. wvucolumbus says: Feb 13, 2014 6:37 PM


    a. You are sensitive
    b. You are Tony Gibson
    c. You are someone close to Tony Gibson
    d. You are someone close to the football program
    e. You are Dana Holgorsen
    f. a, b and c
    g. b, c and d
    h. all of the above

  5. mauldawg says: Feb 13, 2014 7:16 PM

    wvucolmbus, Cant say what you are.

  6. cranespy says: Feb 13, 2014 11:09 PM

    Doesn’t really matter……nothing will change until the Holgersen experiment comes to an end. He has proven time and again that he is NOT a Head Coach. Perhaps by the Fall of 15 he will return to Texas as an OC and this nightmare will be over.

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