MORGANTOWN - The purging of West Virginia's offensive staff is nearly complete. All that remains now is to fill in the pieces.
On Thursday, running backs coach and recruiting coordinator Chris Beatty and tight ends/special teams coach Dave McMichael were told their contracts would not be renewed, according to sources. They join offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach Jeff Mullen and offensive line coach Dave Johnson as members of WVU's offensive staff who have been let go.
The moves are part of the transition to a coaching staff that will eventually be headed by Dana Holgorsen. The Oklahoma State offensive coordinator is set to begin work this weekend, first as WVU's new offensive coordinator and then, a year later, as the head coach replacing Bill Stewart.
During the transition, Holgorsen will have control over naming his own offensive assistants. As of now only receivers coach Lonnie Galloway has apparently not been told his services will no longer be needed.
If Holgorsen retains Galloway, he would then have three positions he can fill on the staff (Holgorsen assumes one of the four vacancies). Reports indicate he has already hired Stephen F. Austin offensive coordinator Shannon Dawson as one of his new assistants, so he has two more spots to fill.
Beatty - like Mullen, Johnson and Galloway - has been at West Virginia for three years. Beatty was hired to the initial staff put together by Stewart in January of 2008. Beatty had the title of director of recruiting added a year ago when Doc Holliday left the staff to become the head coach at Marshall.
Beatty was considered a top-notch recruiter and had some success in the Tidewater area of Virginia. But in truth, many of his recruits from that area are no longer with the program for one reason or another.
McMichael was a longtime WVU assistant coach who served during most of Don Nehlen's tenure. He left for Connecticut in 2000 and was asked to return last winter to fill Holliday's spot on the staff.
Although Beatty, McMichael, Mullen and Johnson have all been let go, they apparently still will be paid in 2011. WVU's assistant coaches are now on two-year rolling contracts that renew after each season if they are retained. So the four fired assistants still have a year remaining on their two-year rollover from the end of the 2009 season.
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