West Virginia offensive line gets new boss

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West Virginia has hired former Stanford assistant coach Ron Crook to coach the offensive line, sources told the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

Crook will replace Bill Bedenbaugh, who was hired to coach the same group by Big 12 rival Oklahoma last week.

Crook has accepted WVU's job offer, and his hiring will be announced after the university completes its background checks, sources said.

Crook, who coached tight ends and tackles at Stanford, has strong West Virginia ties. He's a native of Parkersburg, W.Va., and has had coaching jobs at West Liberty, Cincinnati, Clarion, Glenville State, West Virginia Tech, Illinois and Harvard.

He is the fourth addition to Dana Holgorsen's staff this offseason. Holgorsen fired cornerbacks coach Daron Roberts and special teams/outside linebacker coach Steve Dunlap this offseason before losing quarterbacks coach Jake Spavital to Texas A&M and Bedenbaugh to Oklahoma.

He has brought in Tony Gibson to coach safeties, Brian Mitchell to coach cornerbacks and Lonnie Galloway to coach the receivers. Shannon Dawson, the offensive coordinator, also will coach the quarterbacks and Joe DeForest will handle special teams following the promotion of Keith Patterson to defensive coordinator.

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Jenn Menendez: jmenendez@post-gazette.com, 412-263-1959 and Twitter @JennMenendez.


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