MORGANTOWN -- Odds and ends and a few things I think I think while waiting for some sort of official word on West Virginia's three latest football coaching hires:
All three will be hired, but not without going through the requisite background checks and paperwork required by WVU for any hire. And until that happens - one by one in the next few days certainly - they're pretty much in limbo.
They can't go out and recruit and they can't even be issued new cell phones. And given that national signing day is just over three weeks off, that's got to be frustrating.
Well, there aren't a lot of coaching masterminds out there looking for jobs as assistant coaches. But the truth is that, at least in the case of Gibson and Galloway, Dana Holgorsen might have made significant progress.
Let's face it, the first priority for West Virginia is to upgrade the talent level at almost every position save for quarterback and receiver. And at those spots, replacing (as opposed to upgrading) NFL-caliber players is a significant need.
I know very little about Mitchell, but in Gibson and Galloway, Holgorsen may have hit the mark. Galloway famously recruited both Tavon Austin and Bruce Irvin to WVU. Gibson's recruiting acumen has never been in question.
And it's a lot easier to coach when you start with good recruits.
According the WVU records, the following freshmen are enrolled and thus are eligible to work out this winter and join spring drills: linebacker Hodari Christian, safety Malik Greaves, quarterback Chavas Rawlins, running back Wendell Smallwood and receiver Dakiel Shorts. Junior college running back Dreamius Smith is also enrolled, although three others who signed as mid-year transfers were not yet in the system as of Monday afternoon.
Of course, anyone who manages to graduate high school a semester early and begin college can be assumed to be no dummy, but I did find it interesting that Christian's stated major is biology and Greaves' is engineering. Nice to put student in student athlete.
The whole thing is too complicated to get into right now (think Facebook posts combined with some legal trouble involving teammates, not Rawlins; oh, and the ACLU is apparently ready to jump in now), but it's created quite the firestorm. Rawlins says he's disappointed, but he'll be at his Monessen High School graduation whether he's allowed to walk or not.
McEvoy visited Oregon last weekend and had said previously that he had pretty much narrowed his choices to the Ducks and WVU. He was going to enroll at his choice for the spring semester. The deadline for doing so (the end of the NCAA's mid-year junior college transfer signing period) is today.
Well, as it turns out McEvoy won't be eligible to go anywhere until the summer, so he can't sign as a mid-year transfer. He still needs another class.
So McEvoy told me Monday he'll delay his decision.