MORGANTOWN - In less than a week - Sunday, to be exact - West Virginia will begin spring football practice with its fourth defensive coordinator in four years.
That can't be a good thing, right?
I mean, think about it. Two years ago the Mountaineers had arguably the worst defense in the history of defenses. Last year, although the numbers certainly weren't dramatically better, progress was made.
Now a new guy comes along to confuse matters even more.
Well, not exactly.
In fact, Tony Gibson is pretty forthcoming in admitting that he's not one to reinvent the wheel. In fact, he's not even going to try to reinvent West Virginia's 3-4 scheme.
The biggest change?
"The guy we called the Buck linebacker?'' Gibson said. "Now he's the Will linebacker again.''
Really? That's it? Esso has merely changed its name to Exxon?
"Really, that's the only difference,'' Gibson said. "When we line up, people aren't going to say, 'Wow, they're different.' "
Of course, the hope is that the results are different. That goes without saying. And not changing things - again - should go a long way toward accomplishing the goal.
"I guess the biggest thing is continuity and not making our kids learn a whole new defense,'' said Gibson, who follows Jeff Casteel, Joe DeForest and Keith Patterson in the job. "We're not going to have to change any of the terminology, so hopefully nothing we do will be something they have to learn from scratch.''