Bringing Tony Gibson back?

Written by Jenn Menendez on .

Update 12:15 p.m.: Tony Gibson and Brian Mitchell have been offered positions on the West Virginia defensive staff and are currently going through the University vetting process according to a Post-Gazette source.

It is unclear exactly what title each will hold, assuming they are cleared and officially announced within the next few days.

Earlier post: West Virginia has interest in bringing Tony Gibson back to the West Virginia coaching staff, sources confirmed this morning.

West Virginia MetroNews reported early this morning he has accepted the job. That could not be independently confirmed.

Gibson is a West Virginia native and worked with the Mountaineers during Rich Rodriguez’s stint as head coach from 2001-2007. He is still listed as the safeties/defensive special teams coach on the staff of Rodriguez at Arizona.

He is also connected to current defensive coordinator Keith Patterson. Gibson worked with Patterson at Pitt for a season during Todd Graham's brief stint in the Steel City.

Two positions are open on Dana Holgorsen's staff after he fired cornerbacks coach Daron Roberts last month, then let longtime assistant Steve Dunlap go on Saturday. Dunlap handled outside linebackers and special teams.

A second name also in the mix is Brian Mitchell, first reported by the Charleston Daily Mail, who coached defensive backs at ECU.

With signing day less than a month away, it appears Holgorsen is moving quickly on finalizing his staff.


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