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Former All-American Wants to be WVU’s Next WR Coach

Cody Nespor

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Xavier Dye’s departure as WVU’s wide receivers coach is already drawing interest from at least one possible replacement. Former Mountaineers receiver Stedman Bailey said via Twitter this morning that may be interested in the position.

Bailey played at WVU from 2010-12 and put up prolific production in his career. In three seasons, Bailey caught 210 passes for 3,128 yards and 41 touchdowns.

Playing with quarterback Geno Smith and receiver Tavon Austin in 2012, Bailey had a historic season. In 13 games Bailey made 114 receptions for 1,622 yards and 25 touchdowns. That year he was named an All-American and broke several WVU records. Bailey still holds the records for single-season receptions, receiving yards and receiving touchdowns. He holds the record for career receiving touchdowns and is second all-time in receptions and yards behind only Austin.

Bailey was drafted in the third round of the 2013 NFL draft by the then-St. Louis Rams. In three years in the NFL Bailey caught 59 passes for 843 yards and two touchdowns. Bailey was involved in a shooting in 2015 that left him in critical condition and he has been out of the league ever since.

Bailey really seems to enjoy the thought of returning to Morgantown.

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Cody is currently a second-year graduate student at West Virginia University studying journalism. His graduate research focuses on the effects newspaper closures have on local communities. He graduated from Slippery Rock University in 2018 with a degree in digital media production. He was born and raised in Mercer, Pennsylvania.

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