WVU’s Brown Reportedly Adds WR Coach
West Virginia’s football coach Neal Brown appears to have filled another of his 10 assistant spots for his first Mountaineer staff.
The State in Columbia, S.C., reported Tuesday morning that Clemson graduate assistant Xavier Dye had been hired as WVU’s next wide receiver coach.
That revelation comes on the heels of a report this past weekend that Kansas State defensive end coach Blake Seiler, who has been KSU’s defensive coordinator last year, was headed to West Virginia, where he will serve as the Mountaineers’ linebacker coach. Brown had previously announced the hiring of seven other assistants.
WVU has not officially announced the hirings of either Dye or Seiler yet, but it appears a near certainty that both will be members of Brown’s assistant coaching staff this year. An official announcement for each could come later today or probably at the latest Wednesday when Brown holds his Signing Day press conference to discuss his recruiting class.
Dye comes to West Virginia after spending the past two seasons as a G.A. at Clemson. During that time he was part of Tiger program that won the FBS national championship in 2018-19, completing a 15-0 season with a 44-16 wipeout of Alabama in the CFP title game. In Dye’s first season on the staff, Clemson lost to the Crimson Tide, 24-6, in the 2017 CFP semifinals and finished 12-2.
Dye worked with four CU receivers this past season who each caught more than 45 passes, including freshman sensation Justyn Ross, who had 46 catches for a team-leading 1,000 yards.
A native of Greenville, S.C., Dye was a receiver at Clemson as well. In his four-year playing career with the Tigers (2007-10), the 6-foot-5, 210-pound Dye caught 28 passes for 412 yards and four touchdowns. He was the quarterback coach and offensive coordinator Woodmont (S.C.) High School for three years (2014-16) before becoming a G.A. at Clemson for Dabo Swinney, who was Dye’s position coach when he first arrived at CU before Swinney took over as head coach in 2009.
Brown has also not yet announced the hiring of a tight ends coach for his Mountaineer staff, though Dan Gerberry, who coached that position for WVU last year, appears to be a strong candidate for that job. If hired, Gerberry would be the only assistant from West Virginia’s 2018 staff to be retained by Brown.