That Gibson was elevated to the position seems, at least to some, odd. After all, he's been on Dana Holgorsen's staff only a year and the most popular perception of Gibson is as more of a recruiter than a coach. That's probably a silly assumption given that the job of any assistant coach is equal parts both, but still the perception exists.
The perception also exists that Gibson is young and relatively inexperienced in relation to most coordinators. Well, he's 41 years old, which probably doesn't get him past the 50th percentile as far as age, but he grates when people assume that he's some wet-behind-the-ears novice.
"Everybody talks about, wow, it came quick and this and that, but this is my 20th year as a college football coach,'' Gibson said. "Everyone tells me I'm young, but this is my 14th year at the Division I level. How much longer do you have to go and how much do you have to do to get your opportunity?
"Do I have all the answers? Heck no. But I have guys to lean on who have been there and done that.''
Indeed, among WVU's other three defensive assistants are two former coordinators. Cornerback coach Brian Mitchell served in the job at East Carolina and DeForest, now coaching the safeties, did it at WVU. Gibson's not going to get much in the way of experience from defensive line coach Damon Cogdell, fresh from coaching high school ball, but somebody has to be the newbie.
And then there is Tom Bradley.
How Bradley figures into the mix will be interesting to see. When he was hired late last week it was with the title of senior associate head coach, whatever that means. He' been given no position-coaching responsibilities, at least not formally, although it is expected he will spend a chunk of time with the linebackers.
More than anything, though, it gives Gibson somebody else to lean on and it also gives the Mountaineers another viewpoint.
Not that things will change in a big way, though. The idea in promoting Gibson was not to make a lot of changes.
"We're going to do some things a little different to make our scheme better,'' Gibson said. "But for the most part they're things we were trying to get to last year and then we had all those injuries and we had to keep starting over.
"We'll put our own little twist on it, things that we like and things we think we can execute. But not much will change that wasn't already in the works.''
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