With the current WVU football staff all under contract questions now turn to whether or not they will all be members of the staff by the start of the 2015 season and if any further hires will be made.
Reports have indicated that Bruce Tall has been brought back to Morgantown to coach the defensive line, a position that senior associate head coach Tom Bradley coached in 2014. This has led to speculation as to what Bradley’s future may be with WVU.
Six is definitely a crowd when it comes to a defensive staff. With Brian Mitchell and Joe DeForest just recently signing contract extensions it is doubtful either would be absent from the 2015 staff. The only other assistant that could be in question would be Damon Cogdell. Cogdell is set to begin the second year of his two year contract and has played a large roll in recruiting south Florida.
While questions remain on the defensive staff there are even more questions remaining on the offensive side of the ball. Both JaJuan Seider and Lonnie Galloway have signed contract extensions for multiple years indicating WVU has solidified their employment for the foreseeable future. However, the loss of Shannon Dawson to Kentucky left two openings in the staff.
Dawson was offensive coordinator as well as quarterbacks coach last season. Holgorsen has made it clear that even though Dawson was the OC he had made most of the offensive play calls. It would not be out of the question for Holgorsen to keep that position vacant. However, it may be a bit much for Holgorsen to take on the responsibilities of head coach, offensive coordinator, AND QB coach.
Although multiple reports have verified these contract extensions there is one thing missing from making it official, a response from Holgorsen or WVU. To this point there has been no official announcement regarding any of the extensions which has left all in the dark as to the future assignments of the staff.
Holgorsen stated after the Liberty Bowl that he would take his time in replacing Dawson and had not made a decision as to whether he would promote from within the staff or look outside, presumably at the coaching convention which is January 12-15.
With the staff currently defensive heavy moves are still going to be made. It is very possible no one leaves although Holgorsen did hint that Dawson would not be the only coach to leave this offseason. However, he did also contend that he would like to keep the entire staff together leading many to believe any further defections from the staff would not be at the request of WVU.