Morgantown, W.Va. – Practice rolls on for the West Virginia University football team as Dana Holgorsen and his Mountaineers prepare for the AutoZone Liberty Bowl and the Texas A&M Aggies.
The Liberty Bowl had the Mountaineers on their radar for weeks now, the only question that remained was the SEC opponent.
While the Mountaineers prepare, Dana Holgorsen has decisions to make.
It was reported last Friday night that WVU defensive coordinator Tony Gibson received a three year extension. Other programs had made contact with Gibson, so Holgorsen made the decision to secure his services moving forward.
Holgorsen must now make decisions on Lonnie Galloway, JaJuan Seider, Brian Mitchell, Joe DeForest and Shannon Dawson.
The contracts of Galloway, Seider, Mitchell and DeForest end on January 30th. Dawson is set until June 30, according to Mike Casazza of the Charleston Daily Mail.
DeForest is the highest paid assistant at $500,000 per season.
Current WVU salaries:
Galloway – $300,000
Seider – $200,000
DeForest – $500,000
Mitchell – $225,000
Dawson – $250,000
With Gibson locked up, Holgorsen’s next move should be to secure Galloway and Seider, not only because of offensive need, but due to their work on the recruiting trail. The trio has the Moutaineers setting in the Top 20 according to Rivals.com.
All nine assistants on Holgorsen’s staff will receive a $10,000 bonus for making a bowl game.