Coaching Departure

WVU assistant Coach Lonnie Galloway confirmed that he is taking the wide receivers coaching position at Wake Forest, but said there were no problems or issues that caused him to make the move.

"I was not looking for a job. I was content being here [at West Virginia]," Galloway said. "I got a call last Friday from Wake Forest asking if I would be interested in going to Wake Forest. I talked with my family and Coach Stewart about it, and I decided that it was a chance to get back close to home."

Galloway said he had informed his players previously that he might be making a move, but said he did not tell them that he was leaving until Wednesday. However, athletic director Oliver Luck told the Charleston Daily Mail on Wednesday afternoon that Galloway was departing, so apparently he had made the decision at some point earlier in the day. Galloway admitted he had talked to Luck on Wednesday. He told on Wednesday afternoon that he had not yet made a final decision.

WVU offensive coordinator Dana Holgorsen, in attendance at the Big East Conference basketball tournament, also reportedly indicated to others that he was losing an assistant coach.

"The players were disappointed, but in the end sometimes you have to make a decision that will hurt some people. Sometimes you make decisions for everyone else, but sometimes you have to make decisions for you an your family. I told them that even though I am not coaching them any more, they can still call me and talk with me."

Galloway played his college football at Western Carolina, and coached at Appalachian State and East Carolina. His wife, Winslow, is also a native of North Carolina.

West Virginia is expected to hire an assistant with recruiting ties in the Washington D.C., New York and New Jersey areas to fill Galloway's position. Galloway will remain on the job until next week.

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