With news starting to surface with talk of a new athletic director emerging at West Virginia University, the next line of business will be the contracts of the Mountaineer football staff.
West Virginia University president E. Gordon Gee has the task of filling the void Luck will leave, who starts with the NCAA on January 15th.
In the meantime, interim AD Keli Cunningham is working to lower the contract of West Virginia special teams and secondary coach Joe DeForest.
Deforest is one of the most respected special teams coaches in the country, but also one of the highest paid.
Other coaches on the football staff will need to work with the new AD, while Cunningham has the job of getting DeForest into manageable range with other decisions looming.
DeForest is currently making $500,000 at WVU.
West Virginia University has yet to announce an extension for running backs coach JaJuan Seider, but news of him staying was confirmed last week by several outlets, including Bluegoldsports.com.
Current WVU salaries:
Galloway – $300,000
Seider – $200,000 (unknown extension amount)
DeForest – $500,000
Mitchell – $225,000
Former WVU offensive coordinator Shannon Dawson was making $250,000 before taking the job at the University of Kentucky. The contracts of Galloway, Seider, Mitchell and DeForest are set to end on January 30th.
Mountaineer defensive coordinator Tony Gibson recently signed a 3-year extension.
Both Gibson and Seider had received interest from other programs.
Another decision that will arrive on Gee’s desk on time is the status on head coach Dana Holgorsen. The improvement has secured Holgorsen for the 2015 season, but Gee will be looking for more in the new year.
You can read more about the West Virginia AD search here.