The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

Latest Sports

January 9, 2013

Holgorsen bringing back former Rich Rod assistant

BECKLEY — In its search for a new defensive assistant, West Virginia’s football team has apparently turned to a familiar face.

Although nothing has been made official, multiple media outlets have reported that Boone County native Tony Gibson will be hired to fill one of the two open spots on head coach Dana Holgorsen’s defensive staff.

Holgorsen fired cornerbacks coach Daron Roberts at the conclusion of the regular season and then announced last week that Steve Dunlap — who was an assistant under Don Nehlen, Bill Stewart and Holgorsen — would not return, either.

The news of the Gibson hire has not been well received by many Mountaineer fans.

The Van High School graduate played for former Mountaineer head coach Rich Rodriguez at Glenville State before becoming a part of the WVU staff under Rodriguez from 2001 until 2007.

Gibson left for Michigan with Rodriguez before the Fiesta Bowl in 2007, and he spent three years with the Wolverines.

When Rodriguez was fired following the 2010 season, Gibson spent one year as the secondary/pass defense coordinator at Pitt under head coach Todd Graham.

It was there that Gibson worked on the same staff as current WVU assistant Keith Patterson, who was promoted to become the Mountaineers’ defensive coordinator after the regular season.

Gibson spent just one year at Pitt before rejoining Rodriguez in Arizona for the 2012 season.

Despite the fans’ rumblings — partly a result of his loyalty to Rodriguez — Gibson is widely considered a strong recruiter, especially in Western Pennsylvania.

Gibson’s role at WVU is still unknown. Holgorsen will have to fill the other open position before defining the coaches’ specific jobs.

According to reports, WVU’s formal background check is all that stands in the way of making the Gibson hire official.

n n n

It appears as though WVU quarterback Geno Smith has decided to forgo an opportunity to play in the Senior Bowl. Smith posted a message on his Twitter account Tuesday that read, “Thanks to the Senior Bowl for the invite, but for the record I will not be participating. Once again thanks to the Senior Bowl committee.”

Southern California quarterback Matt Barkley also declined an invitation. North Carolina State’s Mike Glennon, Oklahoma’s Landry Jones, Florida State’s E.J. Manuel and Arkansas’ Tyler Wilson are the quarterbacks who have accepted invitations.

Marshall’s Aaron Dobson will participate as a wide receiver.

Most NFL evaluators have listed Barkley, Smith and Glennon as the top quarterbacks in this year’s draft.

n n n

Two of WVU’s social media platforms were recently listed in the top 25 on the list of most popular Twitter and YouTube sites among college sports programs.

Oklahoma director of digital media Jason Matheson compiled the list, which saw WVU’s Twitter site, WVUsportsBuzz, rank 22nd with 27,855 followers and its YouTube site come in 17th with 3,635.

WVU’s Facebook page Proud to Be A Mountaineer, ranked outside the top 25 with 185,333 likes.

The No. 1 college Facebook page belonged to Ohio State with 1.3 million likes. Nebraska was tops on Twitter with 77,234 followers, and Oregon led the YouTube list with 9,869 subscribers.

— E-mail: and follow on Twitter @CamHuffmanRH.

Text Only
Latest Sports
  • 072314 brand Bradshaw or the field?

    If a betting window were set up on the Cobb Course at The Resort at Glade Springs for the 81st West Virginia Open Championship, which begins at 8 a.m. this morning, the most popular wager would probably be David Bradshaw against the field.

    July 23, 2014 1 Photo

  • Holgorsen: WVU getting comfortable in new league

    Dana Holgorsen remembers the glory days of West Virginia University football — the ones that included conference championships and BCS bowl wins. In fact, he was part of one of those, leading the Mountaineers to a Big East championship and an Orange Bowl victory in his first season as head coach in 2011.

    July 23, 2014

  • 072314 justice Home sweet home away from home

    When Greenbrier owner Jim Justice was handed a copy of the Richmond Times-Dispatch Sunday, his eyes lit up like a Rockefeller Center Christmas tree on a cold December night.

    July 23, 2014 1 Photo

  • 072314 miners Miners take series with Paints

    The way the West Virginia Miners see it, they don’t have the luxury of planning for tomorrow.

    July 23, 2014 1 Photo

  • 072314 Legion.jpg Post 32 rips Parkersburg 19-3 in American Legion tournament

    The double play in baseball is said to be a pitcher’s best friend. If that is the case, an 11-run inning by the offense is a very close second.

    July 23, 2014 1 Photo

  • 072314 Gaddis.jpg Former Mountaineer standout Gaddis making career in MLS

    Philadelphia Union defender Ray Gaddis may consider Indianapolis his hometown, but make no mistake about it, the Mountain State will always have a place in his heart.

    July 23, 2014 1 Photo

  • WVU's Fleming signs with Yankees

    Second baseman Billy Fleming of the West Virginia University baseball team has signed a professional contract with the New York Yankees, foregoing his upcoming senior season.

    July 22, 2014

  • WVU to kickoff 2018 season against Tennessee in Charlotte

    The Charlotte Sports Foundation (CSF) announced Tuesday morning that it has secured a regular season college football game for the city of Charlotte pitting the University of Tennessee against West Virginia University.

    July 22, 2014

  • Beamer sees turnaround for Hokies

    Virginia Tech head football coach Frank Beamer painted a rosy picture of the Hokies’ prospects during Monday’s Atlantic Coast Conference Football Kickoff press conference in Greensboro, N.C.

    July 22, 2014

  • saints Picnic with the Saints

    The New Orleans Saints are coming to town, and fans will have the chance to share in the excitement at Picnic with the Saints this Saturday at the AdvoCare Sports Performance Center at The Greenbrier. INCLUDES UPDATED PRACTICE SCHEDULE.

    July 22, 2014 1 Photo

Saints Training Camp