MORGANTOWN, W.Va. - Tony Gibson is West Virginia's new defensive coordinator.
The school isn't saying so yet, but Gibson's Twitter account is.
Sources on Thursday confirmed that Gibson would be promoted to the position as soon as the rest of the staff was settled. But by Thursday there was little mystery when Gibson's Twitter account began describing him as "Defensive Coordinator for West Virginia Football.''
Gibson had been one of the leading candidates for the job since Keith Patterson left last week for Arizona State. He will be the fourth person to hold the title in the last four years, following Jeff Casteel, Joe DeForest and Patterson.
Gibson has been back at West Virginia as the safeties coach only a year. He was previously on the staff as a defensive backs coach under Rich Rodriguez from 2001 through 2007. With the departure of Patterson, though, he was one of only three remaining coaches assigned to the defense and he was as senior as either of the other two. Damon Cogdell just joined the program from the high school ranks and Brian Mitchell has coached the cornerbacks for a year.
Even with Gibson's promotion, coach Dana Holgorsen still has a defensive staff position to fill. Patterson was the team's linebackers coach. Holgorsen would seem to be in a position of needing to hire someone who can coach linebackers or the defensive line, and what he does with that hire will determine where Cogdell coaches.
Much of Cogdell's experience is with linebackers, but he could also be assigned to the defensive line. He was a standout linebacker at WVU as a player.
Coaches have been interviewing for the position all week. It is expected West Virginia officials won't announce Gibson's promotion until another new coach is in place and assignments have been doled out.
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