Multiple sources have confirmed that WVU defensive coordinator Tony Gibson has received a 3 year contract extension to stay on as the Mountaineers DC. Gibson’s contract was set to expire on January 30, 2015 at midnight. One reason the extension was done now instead of after the season was partially due to the fact that other schools had made contact with Gibson recently. Gibson has also revamped a WVU defense that has been uncharacteristically bad the prior two seasons. This season under the direction of Gibson the defense has made strides not many expected. Going into this weekend the Mountaineers defense was ranked as follows:
• 56th in total defense (388.6 yards per game)
• 61st in scoring defense (26.2 points per game)
• Ninth in third-down defense (30.9 percent)
• 19th in team passing efficiency defense (112.14 rating)
• 64th in passing yards allowed (226 yards per game)
• 67th in rushing defense (162.6 yards per game)
• 46th in tackles for loss (6.3 per game)
• 113th in turnovers gained (13 this season)
• 103rd in sacks (1.5 per game)
Gibson made $350,000 this past season. Sports Illustrated has reported that his new deal will at least double that salary and make him one of the top 10 highest paid assistants in college football. Using the salary figures from this season that would put Gibson’s yearly salary in the $800,000 per year range.
Coach Holgersen has more decisions to make before February 1, 2015 as more assistants contracts expire including WR Coach Lonnie Gibson and RB Coach JaJuan Seider.