Keith Patterson was promoted to defensive coordinator at West Virginia to replace Joe DeForest who will assume the role of co-defensive coordinator, a Post-Gazette source confirmed on Tuesday.
Patterson, a former Pitt defensive coordinator, held the title of co-defensive coordinator during the 2012 season and worked with the linebackers.
West Virginia had the nation’s worst pass defense for most of the season, and finished ranked No. 119.
On Nov. 3 against TCU, DeForest and Patterson switched positions logistically on the field on suggestion by Coach Dana Holgorsen, a move that suggested something might change during the offseason.
Patterson moved to the sideline from the booth and DeForest went upstairs where he said calling the game was easier because of how calm it was.