Plus, Gibson said Friday that whoever WVU hired could work with linebackers, and given that Gibson and Holgorsen spent weeks working on Bradley, one can believe that Gibson was aware Bradley would be hired hours later.
But Gibson also said that whoever WVU hired could work with the defensive line. Who's WVU's defensive line coach? Damon Cogdell, a college linebacker who has never coached college players before. Bradley coached defensive ends for a time in Happy Valley.
Then again, he spent most of his time with defensive backs, and Gibson said the Mountaineers won't put anyone else back there with DeForest (safeties) and Brian Mitchell (cornerbacks).
But with Bradley, where he'll work doesn't matter as much as what he'll do. Whether with linebackers or the defensive line or with both, Bradley helps. He's a pro on a staff that hasn't had great stability, that has had issues with how to use the clock, timeouts and challenges, that hasn't had many people with anywhere near Bradley's experience.
One exception was in 2011, when Bill Kirelawich was the defensive line coach and when it was pretty well known the defensive coaches who were retained when Holgorsen arrived didn't really get along too well with the offensive assistants Holgorsen hired. That seems unlikely this time. Bradley didn't earn the "Scrap" nickname for infighting.
Gibson and Bradley have known and liked one another for years, and Gibson and Holgorsen pushed hard to pull Bradley back into coaching. The bummer for Holgorsen in replacing two coaches this offseason was that it came at the time when he finally seemed to have everyone rowing in the right direction.
Even before Bradley was hired, WVU stood to be better on defense, even with Gibson being the fourth coordinator in as many years for Holgorsen. The Mountaineers won't be relying on freshmen or first-year players and they have a lot of talent at depth at linebacker, which is where they've lacked both and which is where you have to have both to be able to match up and play effectively in the Big 12.
It would almost be impossible to take another step back, and Bradley can help the Mountaineer take a step forward, a step closer to a title ... the type that matters on the field and not in the media guide.