MORGANTOWN, W.Va. -- On one hand, you'd have a hard time finding someone better for the assistant director of football operations position at West Virginia than the person the Mountaineers just hired.
Quincy Wilson is, by seemingly every metric available, who and what WVU had in mind when penning the job description.
He is, after all, the former football hero here with the glorious career and the memorable play his vast pack of fans will never let him forget. He's from the state, was born into a football family and made it to the NFL on his own, so who better than him to understand the significance of football in any of these 55 counties?
So, yes, hire that guy and show him to his office. For someone who wanted to be involved in football and in shaping the lives of the next generation of players, but never really wanted to get into coaching, this is better than the next best thing. It is the best thing.
"I feel like with this position, if something would come up for the guys, whether it's getting in trouble downtown or feeling homesick, I want them to be able to come to me and say, 'Hey, Q, here's what's going on,' " Wilson said.
"I want them to trust me and I want them to know I'm going to shoot them straight. So that aspect of dealing with the kids that way is awesome because I feel like I experienced a lot of different things and unique things that will come up once you get here on campus. I want to be that guy they can lean on."
Yet there is also the other hand to consider, the one that holds some valuable information about Wilson that would make you think he's not the guy the Mountaineers want. You see, Wilson was never in trouble downtown. Home was just a car ride away in Weirton, so homesickness was never a problem.
He made good grades and greater impressions in the classroom. Compliance wasn't an issue either, except, maybe, that he complied just too much with the ideals of the modern student-athlete.
He concedes the point, but informs you while he didn't experience many of the struggles he'll deal with on a regular basis at WVU, but he did witness them and even tried to fix them when he was a player.
"I know a bunch of guys who had problems of their own," he said. "I had a roommate who transferred.
One day he said, 'Hey, I'm going home. I've got a girlfriend.' That was one of those things where I could say, 'Hey, it's going to be all right,' and you just try to help him through it.