The change at the top was not the only one made by Holgorsen to his defensive staff. He also fired cornerbacks coach Daron Roberts after a season in which West Virginia's pass defense was ranked No. 119 out of 120 FBS teams. He said graduate assistant Andrew McGee would assume Roberts' responsibilities.
"Andrew's a really, really good, bright young man,'' said Holgorsen, who brought McGee from Oklahoma State, where he was a defensive back and a young coach. "He'll take the lead on that and, obviously, because coach DeForest is in the backfield [coaching the safeties] will spend a lot of time with those guys, too.''
Holgorsen was also asked if he thought the two moves might be the end of any coaching moves or if he had more in mind. He said he did not.
"I feel good about it,'' Holgorsen said.
After practicing only a handful of times since the end of the regular season, the Mountaineers gathered on Monday for a full five days of work. Holgorsen said he would excuse the players after practice Friday to go home for Christmas before convening in New York Christmas night.
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