MORGANTOWN - If you thought Dana Holgorsen was an intriguing and out-of-the-blue hire for West Virginia's football program, wait until you find out about the school's latest catch.
Daron Roberts reports for duty this week to replace Lonnie Galloway as WVU's assistant coach in charge of the outside wide receivers. He also will have some as-yet-to-be-determined special teams responsibilities.
That Roberts is making the move from a job as an assistant secondary coach with the Detroit Lions is, in and of itself, unusual. Who goes from being an assistant in the NFL to an assistant in the Big East, even if it is from the Lions? (Oh, and even if the NFL isn't guaranteed to be playing this fall.)
That's not even close to what makes Roberts unusual, though. Nor is the fact that he never played football beyond high school ball in Texas. Or that he never spent a day as so much as a graduate assistant while pursuing his education. Shoot, the closest the guy apparently got to football after high school was watching it.
No, it's that educational background that not only sets Roberts apart, but leaves anyone and everyone shaking their heads and saying, "Huh?''
He has an undergraduate degree in liberal arts and government from the University of Texas.
He has a Master of Public Policy degree from Harvard.
He has a law degree from Harvard.
And he worked on Capitol Hill for Sen. Joe Lieberman.
And now he's an assistant football coach at West Virginia.
Once again, "Huh?''
Of course, there's no easy way to explain why Roberts, 32, is coaching football right now rather than practicing law or working in government. There's obviously not a run-of-the-mill answer to why he dropped everything just as he was about to earn his law degree in 2006 and wrote letters to every NFL team and the top-50 college programs in the country begging for a coaching job.