MORGANTOWN - Exactly what West Virginia's newest assistant football coach will do on Dana Holgorsen's staff isn't quite clear.
Whatever it is, though, he likely has experience doing it.
Holgorsen on Friday hired Tom Bradley to fill the final position on his coaching staff, the one created when Keith Patterson left to become the defensive coordinator at Arizona State.
But Bradley, who spent his entire coaching career with the late Joe Paterno at Penn State - including a dozen seasons as the Nittany Lions' defensive coordinator - won't be filling a coordinator's role with the Mountaineers. Earlier Friday, Holgorsen made official what had been known for a week, that Tony Gibson was being promoted to that role.
Instead, Bradley was hired with the title of senior associate head football coach. It is presumed that he will have a major role in the defense
"Tom brings numerous years of successful college coaching experience and versatility," Holgorsen said in a statement when the school announced Bradley's hiring. "He is an excellent defensive teacher, has high energy and intensity and gives us a proven recruiter with regional and national ties.
"I look forward to Tom joining the Mountaineer family and I know he will work extremely well with Tony. The two have known each other for quite some time and share many of the same philosophies. We have put together a strong defensive staff under Tony's leadership."
The school announced Bradley's hiring late Friday afternoon, a few hours after Holgorsen met with the media to discuss the team's spring practice, which begins a week from Sunday. When asked about the vacancy on his staff at the time, Holgorsen said he would likely have someone in place by early next week.
He also said that he was not bound to hire anyone to coach a specific position because in reshuffling the defensive staff after Patterson's departure he covered all of those. Gibson moved from coaching safeties to linebackers, new hire Damon Cogdell has the defensive line, Brian Mitchell remains as the cornerbacks coach and former defensive coordinator Joe DeForest, who was only in charge of special teams last season, now has that responsibility along with coaching the safeties.