We have uncovered more details regarding WVU defensive coordinator Tony Gibson’s interest in the Georgia Southern head coaching job.
Gibson has proven himself as a viable candidate for a head coaching job over the last two years. That has been made evident by reports that multiple schools have been in contact with Gibson about vacancies, this according to Dan Wolken of USA Today Sports. There is no information to suggest this has anything to do with the current situation surrounding Dana Holgorsen at WVU. Gibson is simply ready to take that next step in his coaching career.
The fact that Gibson has a desire to move to the next level of his career is not a slight toward WVU. There is no doubt that he would love nothing more than to get his chance at West Virginia, and maybe someday that chance will present itself. But for the time being Gibson has been campaigning for open positions, most recently Georgia Southern, this according to those close to the situation in Statesboro, GA.
According to Frank Sulkowski, the sports director for WJCL ABC 22 out of Savannah, GA, Gibson became interested soon after learning Willie Fritz had left for Tulane. “To my knowledge he (Gibson) reached out to Georgia Southern.”
Justin Judy, who is a publisher for Scout.com site covering Georgia Southern agreed with Sulkowski saying, “I’m not sure of the specifics of how he reached out, whether it was his agent or 3rd party, but he wanted to push for the job.”
Judy also states that Gibson went as far as to give specifics about his staff, “I’ve heard Rod Smith’s name thrown around as a potential OC – for Eagle fans the possibility of successful p5 coordinators overseeing O and D is a very nice package.”
Smith is currently the co-OC at Arizona and was quarterbacks coach at WVU in 2007.
Late yesterday evening Georgia Southern athletic director Tom Kleinlein called a meeting, in part, regarding the ongoing coaching search. Per both Judy and Sulkowski, Kleinlein only intends to interview three potential candidates for the vacancy, cutting the list down from five. Those candidates are the current interim coach Dell McGhee, Penn State assistant head coach and co-defensive coordinator Brent Pry, and Charleston Southern head coach Jamey Chadwell.
As news of this surfaced many Georgia Southern fans took to social media to voice their displeasure of Gibson being left off the list.
@TKleinleinAD have you called tony Gibson yet?
— GSU Rushing Attack (@GSUrushing) December 16, 2015
Will the GSU athletic department please contact Tony Gibson about coaching the Eagles. He wants to be here. At least interview the man — Brian Carter (@BrianCarter1012) December 15, 2015
@TKleinleinAD the best candidate that can bring in the best staff is tony gibson. Just look at his resume and what he did to us
— Bobby Seward (@gatanation4life) December 15, 2015
Seeing a lot of people mentioning Tony Gibson. I like all I’ve researched on him so far. And he has a lot of good friends who are P5 OCs. — Sun Belt Bullies (@sunbeltbullies) December 14, 2015
Even though it seems Gibson is now out of the running for the Georgia Southern job his interest in the vacancy was real despite suggestions that the contrary. Gibson has earned enough respect to be considered for head coaching positions. It is only a matter of time before the right school comes calling.