On a night a former Mountaineer was playing for a championship, another one was also honored.
for anyone who may have missed it, former West Virginia football assistant coach the late Calvin Magee was recognized at halftime of Super Bowl LVII. Magee, who passed away in May of 2022, was included among those football greats who we lost over the last year on Sunday night.
Most WVU fans likely remember Magee as a key piece of the coaching staff that served under Rich Rodriguez and helped usher in one of the most successful periods in program history, but prior to that, he spent three seasons as a player for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, making him an NFL alum.
Our beloved Coach Calvin Magee was honored at Super Bowl LVII.
A wonderful Husband, Father, Grandfather, Friend, and Coach❤️ pic.twitter.com/nahbIjaNqd
— Jax State Football (@JaxStateFB) February 13, 2023
Magee arrived in Morgantown in 2001 a season after legendary head coach Don Nehlen retired and a new era for the Mountaineers was born, one that was attempting to build the team back up to glory. He started off as a running back coach and then transitioned to offensive coordinator in 2005, a position he held until leaving WVU with Rodriguez in 2007.
“Our hearts are broken with the loss of our beloved friend Calvin Magee,” JSU HC Rich Rodriguez said. “Calvin was a great husband, great father and grandfather, great coach, great friend and great man. He impacted my life and the lives of so many others in such a positive way. Our thoughts and prayers are with his beautiful family – wife Rose, daughters Jade and Jasmine, son Bryson, his grandchildren, and all his friends and relatives. Our world is less, but heaven got better. I miss him dearly already. I love you my brother,” Rodriguez said in a statement at the time of Magee’s passing.
After WVU Magee would follow Rodriguez to Michigan for a couple seasons and then again at Arizona for five years. He did have a brief one-year stint with Pitt in-between his time with Michigan and Arizona, although WVU fans may want to pretend that didn’t happen.
Stops at New Mexico, Ole Miss and Duke would follow before wrapping up his coaching career at Jackson State during the 2022 season.
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