As was first reported here on March 31, Downey was seen around town dining - and as a very strong candidate.
The Morgantown native had his Arkansas Tech team ranked No. 1 in the final NABC/Division II Coaches' Top 25 poll after the regular season. He did a remarkable job and had a nice gig going - yet wished to come home to West Virginia.
The hope is Downey will succeed here and begin to fill up Eddie King gym.
And finally . . .
On WVU's practice field, a position to watch Tuesday was the Mountaineers' tailback slot.
Standout Noel Devine was limited in action, wearing a green shirt after a quad bruise. Behind him on the second team was Shawne Alston, a 6-foot sophomore. Daquan Hargrett, a redshirt freshman, was in a red shirt and not practicing because of a turned ankle.
But one also saw glimpses of slot man Jock Sanders in the backfield. As well as of fellow slot man and speed merchant Tavon Austin. And don't forget about power back Ryan Clarke.
"We have Noel, who is very fast,'' Alston, nursing a sore neck, said after practice. "Jock gets in the backfield sometimes and provides quickness and excitement. Tavon can do everything. Ryan Clark has a lot of power. Daquan can put his foot in the ground and go.
"We have a real good team. I just hope to earn myself some reps.''
From this perspective, that looks to be a chore. Ditto putting a true No. 2 tag on any tailback.
"We have so many weapons it's hard to classify a No. 2,'' Alston said. "In different formations with different personnel, we take advantages of different talents.''
Offensive coordinator Jeff Mullen, however, cleared the picture.
"It would be Jock and Tavon,'' Mullen said. "We would fill in their [slot] spots, robbing Peter to pay Paul.
"Alston is more of a short-yardage guy and, in a spread offense, it's difficult for him. Hargrett is probably the next best true running back.''
And here's a twist to go on.
"We are experimenting with a lot more two-back sets, where we can line up Noel and Jock or Noel and Tavon back there,'' Mullen said. "We're trying to add flexibility.''
Much to comprehend on a busy Mountain State sports day.