Over the past weekend, football head coach Neal Brown took to Twitter to announce the first (and hopefully last) coaching staff departure following the 2019 season. Coach Brown announced that receivers coach Xavier Dye would be leaving the program just ten months after getting to Morgantown.
Dye is taking his talents to South Florida, to reunite with longtime mentor and new University of South Florida head coach Jeff Scott. Scott and Dye have a longstanding relationship from their time at Clemson, stemming from player-coach to coaching together to Scott helping Dye get his job under Brown’s Morgantown regime. Brown spoke highly of Dye and his time at West Virginia and wished him well in the next venture.
As soon as the tweet was sent, Mountaineer fans took to the social media website to quickly shout out their receivers coach ‘hopefuls’ and three names were names fans have cried out and cheered on over the years.
The armchair coaching staff’s suggestions? Quarterback Pat White, quarterback Clint Trickett and receiver Stedman Bailey.
It goes without saying that all three Mountaineers listed had great careers at West Virginia and set records, broke records and made names for themselves. Two of the three named in the numerous tweets (all tweets from people with likely little to no coaching experience) are currently amping up their college football coaching resumes.
Pat White is currently the quarterbacks coach at Alcorn State University, where he has been coaching for just shy of two years now. White truly needs no introduction or recap of his time suiting up for the Mountaineers, as many of us reading this instantly have a highlight reel in mind and know what he did on the field at Milan Puskar.
Clint Trickett is another Mountaineer quarterback who physically left it all on the field for West Virginia. Known for taking some big hits his senior year after transferring from Florida State, Trickett carried on the family connection to West Virginia following in the footsteps of his coaching father Rick and brothers attending West Virginia. Trickett is currently the tight ends coach at Florida Atlantic, where he has been since 2017. Brother of current receivers and tight ends coach, Travis, for the Mountaineers; all three Trickett brothers have followed the footsteps of their seasoned coaching father.
Rounding out the three names touted on twitter is crazy-talented receiver Stedman Bailey. Bailey is the only one of the three alumni suggested that is not currently coaching football. Bailey was arguably one of the most talented receivers to grace West Virginia football, and his highlight reel can still be seen playing often on Saturdays in the fall. After a stint in the NFL, which sadly ended in a well-documented tragedy, Bailey currently splits his time between California and South Florida and has several businesses he owns and works on.
Out of the three armchair suggestions from fans, one can assume Coach Brown is not polling social media for his next receivers coach. A coach who has made it known how important it is to him to foster relationships with former players, it is also not out of the question that Brown will entertain bringing on a former Mountaineer to the coaching staff for this vacancy; he’s done it before.
Whomever Brown brings on will have to quickly step up to the plate and get to work right away. With a set of young, talented receivers on the team, the Mountaineers offense is looking to take big steps forward and gain marked improvement between now and September 5, 2020 when the 2020 season opens in Atlanta, Georgia against the Florida State Seminoles.