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CBS Sports Analyst Weighs in on West Virginia Job



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CBS Sports’ Matt Norlander published his coaching changes tracker, which includes some insight on the West Virginia job.


“Josh Eilert won the interim job last summer, but after losing key pieces to the transfer portal, he was relieved of his duties on Wednesday. An interesting job opening in a faraway footprint in the Big 12, but with a passionate fanbase. Athletic director Wren Baker has taken some swings on a few sitting head coaches who have passed, and at least one who is still considering the option, but this search will be a tight one. Fit is paramount.”

Obviously, the biggest takeaway from Norlander’s insight is the mention of WVU AD Wren Baker taking “some swings on a few sitting head coaches.” While it mentions that Baker has received some no’s, there’s at least one still considering the job. The next question then is who has Baker reached out to so far? Is it a group of coaches you call just to hear no and move on? Or is he hearing no’s from the rumored list of potential candidates? There’s a big difference between the two.

West Virginia has been linked with the likes of Mark Byington (JMU), Darian DeVries (Drake), Dusty May (FAU), Niko Medved (Colorado State), Dustin Kerns (App State), among others.

Louisville, Ohio State, Oklahoma State, Stanford, Vanderbilt, Washington and West Virginia are the seven Power-6 jobs currently open as DePaul hired former Buckeye HC Chris Holtmann on Thursday.

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