National Notice

West Virginia assistant coach Calvin Magee has been largely ignored for his role in helping craft West Virginia's explosive offense, but that deficit was at least slightly rectified today.

The American Football Coaches Association named Magee as its 2007 Assistant Coach of the Year. The Assistant Coach of the Year award was first presented in 1997 and was created to honor assistant coaches who excel in community service, commitment to the student-athlete, onfield coaching success and AFCA professional organization involvement.

Magee, who serves as Assistant Head Coach/Offensive Coordinator & Running Backs Coach, is in his seventh season at West Virginia. He volunteers with the Technology Student Association at his daughter's school, and the African-American Awareness at his son's school. Magee assists in organizing football student-athletes to volunteer for a community outreach program called "Praise Him at the Park," and is responsible for the implementation and organization of the Big Brother Program at West Virginia. He also serves on the Drug Advisory Committee at WVU.

While coaching at the University of South Florida, Magee set up visits to the Shriners Hospital by USF players, and was a member of the Diversity Committee. Since joining the West Virginia staff in 2001, Magee has coached four All-Big East selections and three All-Americans at running back, including the Big East's all-time leading rusher, Avon Cobourne, with 5,164 yards.

Magee also earned one of the five finalist spots for the Broyles Award, which is the most prestigious honor an assistant coach can receive.

All five finalists and their spouses will be flown to Little Rock, Ark., for the December 4th Broyles Award Luncheon presented by the Downtown Rotary Club. All finalists will receive $1000.00 and a set of Callaway golf clubs with the winner receiving $2500.00 along with the 75 pound, $5000.00 Broyles Award Trophy. The winner will then travel to Orlando for the ESPNU College Football Awards Show.

In announcing the five finalists, the Broyles Award committee praised Magee for his involvment in the development of WVU's running game.

Calvin Magee came to West Virginia as the Mountaineers running backs coach in 2001. Beginning with the 2002 season, West Virginia has led the Big East in rushing every season — and it isn't a coincidence. Magee, who is now the assistant head coach/offensive coordinator in Morgantown, has directed one of the nation's most prolific rushing offenses for the past six years, and 2007 is no different. What is different is No. 2 West Virginia (10-1) is on the verge of playing for its first ever national title. The Mountaineers play Pittsburgh on Saturday, and a win would likely pit them against Missouri or Ohio State, and their respective Broyles Award finalists, in the national title game. Regardless of the outcome, one thing is certain — West Virginia's offense will be impressive.

Led by Heisman hopeful and dual-threat quarterback Pat White the Mountaineers have the nation's No. 2 rushing offense and average 310.1 yards per game. After a 66-point explosion against Connecticut a week ago, West Virginia moved up to No. 8 in scoring offense in the country (No. 1 in Big East), and now average 41.6 points per game. The Mountaineers are also No. 11 in total offense (474.8 yards per game). The 66-21 victory over the Huskies is the Mountaineers most prolific scoring outburst, but not their only impressive total. West Virginia also beat Western Carolina 62-24, topped Syracuse 55-14, and scored 48 points against both Marshall and East Carolina.

Spearheading West Virginia's revolutionary running game, which features a zone-read, spread offense that forces defenses to defend as many as four different options from the quarterback on any one play, is White and running back Steve Slaton, who was a Heisman contender in his own right. White and Slaton are Nos. 3 and 4, respectively, in rushing in the Big East. White, who has rushed for at least 140 yards in the past four games, leads all quarterbacks in rushing, averaging 104 yards per game, good enough for 26th among all players in the nation. Slaton, who was a consensus All-American in 2006, is averaging 94.7 yards per game this season, 40th in the nation. Slaton also has 339 receiving yards, and is second in the Big East in total offense with 1,428 total yards.

This season's success is simply following the trend that West Virginia started when Magee was named offensive coordinator in 2004. Since that time the Mountaineers have gone 39-8, won two Big East titles and played in three consecutive New Year's Day bowl games. You can add "one" to all of those numbers with a victory Saturday. Last season West Virginia finished No. 2 in the nation in rushing offense, No. 3 in scoring offense and No. 5 in total offense. In 2005, the Mountaineers were No. 4 in rushing offense, and were in the top 15 in each of three seasons prior to 2005.

Magee was a standout NFL player for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers from 1985-88. He led the Bucs in receptions (45), receiving yards (564) and receiving touchdowns (5) in 1986. He was part of the inaugural South Florida coaching staff in 1996.

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