The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

Sports

January 6, 2008

Two more assistants leave WVU

MORGANTOWN — Two more members of West Virginia University’s football coaching staff have decided to leave.

Mike Parsons, deputy athletic director, said Sunday night that Bruce Tall and Tony Dews are rejoining former head coach Rich Rodriguez at the University of Michigan.

Those bring the number of departures to six, leaving only defensive coordinator Jeff Casteel and defensive line coach Bill Kirelawich around whom newly head coach Bill Stewart will build his on-the-field coaching staff.

Tony Gibson had resigned on Dec. 19 as recruiting coordinator/defensive backs coach to follow Rodriguez. Then after the 48-28 victory over favored Oklahoma in the Fiesta Bowl, offensive coordinator/running backs coach Calvin Magee confirmed that he was going to leave.

At the same time Greg Frey (offensive line) and Rod Smith (quarterbacks) turned in their resignations.

Tall, who coached the safeties, came from Western Michigan in February 2003, while Dews came from UNLV in March 2007 to coach the wide receivers.

Stewart was an assistant the past eight years, dating back to legendary head coach Don Nehlen’s last of his record 21 years of distinguished service.

He was associate head coach, special teams coordinator and tight ends coach in 2007 until taking over as interim coach on Dec. 19 to lead bowl preparations.

After guiding the underdog Mountaineers to one of the school’s all-time greatest victories in the Fiesta Bowl, Stewart was appointed full-time head coach less than 12 hours later in Scottsdale, Ariz..

He, Casteel and Kirelawich are expected to sit down today and attempt to maintain program continuity to a degree. They plan to stay in contact with verbally committed recruits.

Of course, Stewart also will be interviewing candidates for the vacancies on the shredded coaching staff of the past year.

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