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Friday, January 04, 2008

ESPN's Joe Schad (via MSC) is reporting that Magee, Barwis, and Tall are coming, even if they're not sure of the former's last name:

Five West Virginia assistant coaches, including assistant head coach/offensive coordinator Calvin McGee, are headed to Michigan to follow former Mountaineers' coach Rich Rodriguez, according to a person briefed on the decision.

The five are McGee, offensive line coach Greg Frey, quarterbacks coach Rod Smith, safeties coach Bruce Tall and defensive backs coach Tony Gibson. Strength and conditioning coach Mike Barwis is also headed to Michigan.

No indication yet from DC Jeff Casteel or WRs coach Tony Dews. If Casteel -- still "weighing his options" according to the article -- decides to stay, the hot name on the internets is Wake Forest DC Dean Hood, who was Rodriguez's DC at NAIA Glenville State way back in the day and the guy Casteel learned the 3-3-5 from. One complication: Hood doubles as Wake's secondary coach. That would make for a crowded situation there with Tall, WVU's safeties coach, apparently on his way and Tony Gibson already at Michigan; there would be a significant void at linebacker.

I kind of hope Dews decides to stay at WVU, as that could (should?) lead to Soup Campbell's rehiring and the only complaints about Michigan wide receivers over the past decade or so have been along the lines of "arrrgh, why doesn't our bionic devastator catch literally everything?"

Update: All kinds of contradictory stuff flying around now; the Michigan AD has confirmed both Magee and Gibson, though.