WVU coach Dana Holgorsen and athletic director Oliver Luck apparently scored in flamboyant fashion on Thursday.
The Mountaineers took what was perceived as a significant hit when offensive line coach Bill Bedenbaugh bolted for Oklahoma.
Holgorsen turned to Vanderbilt and former Mountaineer assistant Herb Hand, who said no, which was not a surprise. Hand, who also has an extensive WVC background and was a Rich Rodriguez assistant, loves WVU and Morgantown, but he also has a deep loyalty to Commodores coach James Franklin. Hand has also turned down offers from Auburn (more than once) to stick with Franklin.
Mountaineer fans, though, seem ecstatic with the selection of Ron Crook of Stanford. As well they should.
Cardinal All-America tight end Zach Ertz said WVU is getting "a hell of a coach," and Crook's results certainly suggest that's the case.
Stanford has basically become Tight End University. The Indianapolis Colts took Stanford's Andrew Luck No. 1 last year then his teammate, tight end Coby Fleener, in the second round. Ertz was a consensus All-America pick this season. Levine Toilolo, another Cardinal tight end, is expected to go high next season.
Obviously, athletic director Oliver Luck's connection to Stanford had much to do with the hire.
Whatever the case, Crook is one popular choice.
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