His link to the current coaching staff at WVU, however, is not through Rodriguez, but Patterson. In the year that Rodriguez was out of coaching before taking the job at Arizona - and bringing Gibson with him - he was the secondary coach at Pitt. Patterson was the defensive coordinator that year under head coach Todd Graham.
A graduate of Van High School, Gibson played college football at Glenville under Rodriguez.
One other name has been mentioned in regard to the defensive openings. Brian Mitchell, who was fired last week as the defensive coordinator at East Carolina, also coached the Pirates' secondary. He and Holgorsen crossed paths when both were at Texas Tech.
At least one published report Wednesday night said Mitchell had been hired, but that couldn't be confirmed.
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