Could WVU’s new running backs coach be an old one?
Tony Dews left as West Virginia’s running backs coach last week to become the running backs coach with the Tennessee Titans.
In looking for Dews’ replacement, those with connections to Dana Holgorsen seemed logical. At the time, former WVU running backs coach Robert Gillespie (2011-12) didn’t seem to be a candidate. Gillespie, who had spent the past five seasons as the running back coach at the University of Tennessee, was reportedly going to be the only UT assistant retained by new Volunteer head coach Jeremy Pruitt.
But then word came out Monday afternoon that Gillespie was leaving Tennessee. There is still no confirmation that Gillespie, who also worked with Holgorsen at Oklahoma State, is going to re-join Dana’s staff at WVU, but the timing of Gillespie’s departure from UT seems more than coincidental.
Don’t know enough about his recruiting, but we need someone that has strong ties to FL. IMO a heavy hitting recruiter over a position coach.
WVU has been shifting a bit in recruiting grounds, but that’s as much due to where the current coaches come from or have developed relationships as anything. Metro Atlanta and Charlotte have been on the rise in terms of WVU visits and offers.
Agreed that keeping a Florida presence is desirable, though you can’t force it to happen.
Hiring a good coach with ties to FL isn’t forcing it IMO. There are plenty of good coaches with FL ties. Doesn’t have to be a RB coach. We’ve changed coaching positions in the past. Can do it again. If you don’t have the talent coming in, it doesn’t matter how good the coach is. Just ask any Pitt fan.
Another site is naming Blackwell, Toledo running backs coach and former qb at USF as the new coach.
West Virginia offered three WRs from Tampa area Tuesday. I’d say they are not giving up on Florida quite yet.
Looks to be Marquel Blackwell from Toledo.
He has deep ties to Florida. Was a quality control specialist at Florida and four seasons on the staff at South Florida. He is a USF alum.
Another positive for Blackwell is that he was A HS coach for 4 years in Tampa\St. Pete.
Blackwell spent four years coaching at high schools in St. Petersburg and Tampa and figures to help West Virginia re-establish a recruiting emphasis there.
That’s a solid area to mine. Not nearly as crowded as south Florida.
If it is Blackwell, my wish came true. Even double dipped. FL recruiting ties AND a RB coach.
There IS a Santa Claus.