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Report: OLB Coach Al Pogue Leaving WVU to Join Staff at Auburn

Cody Nespor

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West Virginia outside linebackers coach Al Pogue is reportedly leaving WVU to join Guz Malzahn’s staff at Auburn, according to Jay G. Tate of rivals.com.

Pogue came over with Neal Brown from Troy last January. He had worked with Brown as Troy’s cornerbacks coach from 2014-18. Pogue will be reuniting with Malzahn and Auburn, having coached there from 2011-13 prior to his stint at Troy. It is not known what Pogue’s role with the Tigers will be.

West Virginia’s main outside linebackers this season were Quondarius Qualls and Dylan Tonkery. Qualls started the first seven games of the season before suffering a season-ending injury. He collected 33 tackles with 2.5 sacks. Tonkery started the final four games of the season, racking up 35 tackles and 1.5 sacks.

Pogue’s departure is the third coaching vacancy to open on West Virginia’s staff this offseason. First, wide receivers coach Xavier Dye left for the same position at South Florida and then special teams coordinator/inside linebackers coach Blake Seiler left to become the defensive coordinator at Old Dominion.

Brown hired replacements for both Dye and Seiler on Jan. 12 with Gerad Parker being named the new wide receivers coach and offensive coordinator and Jeff Koons taking over as inside linebackers coach and special teams coordinator.

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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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