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Duke hires veteran offensive line coach Greg Frey

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Two weeks after losing an assistant, the Duke Blue Devils football program has filled the lone hole on David Cutcliffe‘s coaching staff.

Jan. 8, Jim Bridge abruptly resigned as Duke’s offensive line coach; two days later, it was announced that he had taken the same job at Memphis.  Tuesday, Cutcliffe officially dipped into the veteran coaching ranks, hiring Greg Frey as Bridge’s replacement.

“We’re thrilled to have Coach Frey join our staff,” Cutcliffe said in a statement. “It isn’t often you have the opportunity to add an individual who, within the landscape of college football, played at the highest level, has coached at the highest level and comes with 20-plus years of experience on the sideline. Coach Frey’s coaching and mentoring abilities are inspiring, and he will have an immediate and positive impact on the young men in our program. We look forward to welcoming Greg, his wife Andrea and children into our football family.”

Frey has previously coached offensive lines at:

  • Florida State, line coach (2018)
  • Michigan, tackles/tight ends coach, running-game coordinator (2017)
  • Indiana, line coach (2011-16)
  • Michigan, line coach (2008-10)
  • West Virginia, line coach (2007)
  • USF, line coach (2000-06)

In 2017, Frey was the tackles/tight end coach as well as running-game coordinator at Michigan. Frey comes to Duke after a one-season stint (2019) at Florida as a quality control analyst.

“As you go through life and build your family and your career, who you surround yourself with becomes very important,” Frey said. “What attracted me so much to Duke University was the faith, the family and the football, as well as the way Coach Cutcliffe runs his program. As we move forward, we want to be at the forefront of building the culture and championship level play that Duke expects. I’m excited to get started and can’t wait to go.”

West Virginia RB Martell Pettaway opts for transfer to Middle Tennessee State

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A month after opting to leave the West Virginia Mountaineers football program, Martell Pettaway has found himself a new college home.

On his personal Twitter account Monday, Pettaway announced that he has decided to transfer to Middle Tennessee State. Pettaway’s decision to enter the NCAA transfer database to begin with was confirmed on Dec. 16 of last year.

As the running back left the West Virginia Mountaineers football team as a graduate transfer, he’ll be eligible to play immediately at MTSU in 2020. This coming season will be his final year of eligibility.

During his time in God’s Country, Pettaway ran for 1,104 yards and 11 touchdowns on 217 carries. Most of that production (623 yards, six touchdowns) came in 2018. This past season, he carried the ball 27 times for 72 yards and two touchdowns; both of those scores came in the September win over Kansas.

Pettaway should have the opportunity to help the Blue Raiders immediately. This past season, sophomore quarterback Asher O’Hara was the team’s leading rusher with 1,044 yards. Senior Terelle West led all MTSU backs with 290 yards on the ground.

As a team, MTSU was fourth in Conference USA and 53rd nationally in averaging 171.9 yards rushing per game.

West Virginia adds Louisville transfer WR Keion Wakefield

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Ahead of National Signing Day a couple of weeks from now, the West Virginia football program has brought in a player with Power Five experience. Limited P5 experience, but still.

In early December, Keion Wakefield announced that he would be transferring from Louisville. Monday, it was reported that Wakefield will continue his collegiate playing career for the West Virginia football team.

For what it’s worth, the wide receiver isn’t yet listed on WVU’s online roster.

Wakefield would be coming to the Mountaineers as a graduate transfer, making him immediately eligible to play for WVU in 2020. The upcoming season will serve as the receiver’s final year of eligibility.

A three-star member of the Cardinals’ 2016 recruiting class, Wakefield was rated as the No. 4 player regardless of position in the state of Kentucky.

Wakefield redshirted as a true freshman, then missed all of 2017 because of a serious and significant knee injury. In 2018, he caught one pass for seven yards in 10 games. This past season, the receiver caught seven passes for 80 yards. He also returned a pair of kicks for 44 yards.

Coming to WVU, the 5-10, 175-pound Wakefield will start off, at least initially, as a walk-on.

West Virginia hires Penn State assistant Gerad Parker to be new offensive cooridnator

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West Virginia may have his new offensive coordinator lined up, and it could come from an old regional rival. Penn State wide receivers coach Gerad Parker will reportedly be heading to Morgantown to be named the offensive coordinator of the Mountaineers. FootballScoop.com and Bruce Feldman of The Athletic were among the first to report the news on Friday.

West Virginia has not announced any coaching staff changes regarding Parker at this time (UPDATE: Now they have). Parker currently remains listed on Penn State’s football website.

Naming Parker the offensive coordinator would also suggest some internal coaching staff shuffling for Neal Brown, as two current assistants shared the duties in 2019. Matt Moore and Chad Scott shared co-offensive coordinator titles in addition to coaching the offensive line (Moore) and running backs (Scott). Both assistants remain on the coaching staff at West Virginia and could likely focus all of their energy on those respective position units in 2020. PArker could be sued to call the offense and coach the receivers for West Virginia, but that will have to be confirmed by West Virginia once any deal to add Parker to the staff is finalized.

West Virginia had a spot on the coaching staff open up with the departure of receivers coach Xavier Dye, who left the program to take on a roll at the newly assembled coaching staff at South Florida under new head coach Jeff Scott.

Parker has made previous assistant coaching stops with Kentucky, Tennessee-Martin, Marshall, Purdue, Cincinnati, and Duke prior to his joining the Penn State program in 2019. Parker has never been an offensive coordinator before but he has been a passing game coordinator at Tennessee-Martin and an interim head coach for Purdue for half a season in 2016.

UPDATE (7:01 p.m. ET) – West Virginia has officially announced the addition of Parker as offensive coordinator and wide receivers coach.

“I’m excited to add Gerad to the coaching staff at West Virginia,” West Virginia head coach Neal Brown said in a released statemtn. “I have known him for many years, and we have similar roots in the state of Kentucky. He brings years of successful experience, not only on the field but also as a recruiter who has covered a lot of territory. He will make an immediate impact on our staff. I look forward to him and his wife, Kandi, and their family becoming a part of Mountaineer football.”

Former West Virginia star Pat White named RBs coach at USF

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A star quarterback at West Virginia, Pat White will be tackling a new position in his first Power Five coaching job.

South Florida on Thursday confirmed that White has been added to first-year head coach Jeff Scott‘s coaching staff. White will be responsible for the Bulls’ running backs moving forward.

White spent the 2018 and 2019 seasons as the quarterbacks coach at FCS Alcorn State.

“We are very excited to have Pat join our staff and lead our running backs unit,” Scott said in a statement. “Pat was an electrifying player that I’m sure Bulls fans remember well. He played at a very high level, broke records and won a lot of games as a quarterback at West Virginia and has had tremendous success in two seasons coaching at Alcorn State. He will be a great coach and mentor for our USF players.”

In both of White’s seasons at Alcorn State, Braves quarterbacks were named SWAC Offensive Players of the Year. Those two years marked White’s first coaching job at the collegiate level.

At WVU, White was named Big East Offensive Player of the Year in both 2006 and 2007. He also earned first-team all-conference honors three straight seasons with the Mountaineers.

White was a second-round pick of the Miami Dolphins in the 2009 NFL Draft.

With White’s hiring, Scott now has eight of his 10 on-field assistants on staff. Those are:

  • Glenn Spencer — Defensive Coordinator/Linebackers Coach (HERE)
  • Da’Quan Bowers — Defensive Line (HERE)
  • Charlie Weis Jr. — Offensive Coordinator/Quarterbacks Coach (HERE)
  • Pat White — Running Backs Coach
  • Xavier Dye — Wide Receivers Coach (HERE)
  • Joey King — Tight Ends Coach
  • Allen Mogridge — Offensive Line Coach (HERE)
  • Daniel Da Prato — Special Teams Coordinator (HERE)