Change In the Air?

Though no official statement has yet been made, it appears that West Virginia University's football coaching staff will have at least one new member next season.

The latest edition of the NCAA News, in its employment section, contains a classified ad seeking applicants for "Assistant Football Coach – West Virginia University, member of the Big East Conference (full-time 12 month appointment). Qualifications: Bachelor's Degree required. Coaching and recruiting experience, excellent communication skills and strong organizational skills. Responsibilities: Coaching of assigned position(s), recruiting of selected geographic area(s), assistant in the planning and organization of practice, development of student-athletes and other duties assigned by the Head Coach …"

Sources within WVU speculate that the ad placement in this week's issues of the NCAA News is a clerical error and that the advertisement probably should have run next week, because at this point, members of the Mountaineer staff do not know about opening or what assistant coach will apparently be leaving to make room for the new hire.

West Virginia University recently finished the 2004 season with an 8-4 record. It was the fourth season for WVU head coach Rich Rodriguez, and while his staff had a couple shake-ups his first two seasons, the same nine assistants (Rick Trickett, assistant head coach/offensive line coach; Jeff Casteel, defensive coordinator/linebacker coach; Calvin Magee, offensive coordinator/running back coach; Steve Bird, wide receiver coach; Tony Gibson, defensive back coach; Herb Hand, recruiting coordinator/tight ends coach; Bill Kirelawich, defensive line coach; Bill Stewart, quarterbacks and special teams coach; and Bruce Tall, safeties coach) have been part of the Mountaineer staff for the last two seasons.

The circumstances surrounding the apparent departure, as well as who it will be, are not yet apparent, but sources at WVU say Rodriguez has not yet informed the staff of the impending change.

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