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WVU football: Offensive line coach Bedenbaugh leaves for Oklahoma

By From staff reports

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- A week and a day after enjoying the look and the results of a complete coaching staff on national signing day, West Virginia football coach Dana Holgorsen is again searching for an assistant coach.

Daily Mail sources confirmed offensive line coach Bill Bedenbaugh accepted an offer to coach the same position at Oklahoma Thursday, capping a few days of speculation that followed Bedenbaugh's noted contributions to the 2013 recruiting class.

Bedenbaugh is the fourth assistant to leave the Mountaineers since the end of the season. Holgorsen fired cornerbacks coach Daron Roberts and special teams coach Steve Dunlap. Quarterbacks coach Jake Spavital accepted the same job at Texas A&M.

Holgorsen hustled to replace them all, hiring former East Carolina defensive coordinator Brian Mitchell to coach cornerbacks and bringing both Tony Gibson and Lonnie Galloway back to WVU.

Gibson left Arizona to coach safeties and Galloway left Wake Forest to coach receivers after Holgorsen moved offensive coordinator Shannon Dawson from receivers to quarterbacks. Joe DeForest, the defensive coordinator last year, was repositioned as associate head coach.

Holgorsen is expected to quickly start a national search for Bedenbaugh's replacement.

Gibson and Mitchell led efforts to recruit three key players in the recruiting class announced Feb. 6, but Bedenbaugh did arguably the best work. He was responsible for perhaps the best player in the class, receiver Shelton Gibson, as well as linebacker/defensive lineman Darrien Howard and offensive linemen Marcel Lazard, Grant Lingafelter and Stone Underwood.

The recruiting website 247sports.com named Bedenbaugh one of its top 50 recruiters last week.  

Bedenbaugh, who was to get a raise to a $300,000 salary this season, played with Holgorsen at Iowa Wesleyan College, from where he graduated in 1995, and worked with him at Texas Tech from 2000-06.

He has ties to Oklahoma, as well. Bedenbaugh worked for Sooners defensive coordinator Mike Stoops when Stoops was the head coach at Arizona. Bedenbaugh was the offensive line coach for the Wildcats from 2007-10 and the offensive coordinator the last season.

Bedenbaugh has family in Oklahoma, including his parents, and his wife attended Oklahoma State.

He also started his coaching career as the offensive line coach at Oklahoma Panhandle State in 1995.


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