MORGANTOWN, W.Va. -- West Virginia has hired Brian Mitchell as cornerbacks coach.
In announcing Mitchell's hiring Tuesday, WVU Coach Dana Holgorsen says Mitchell brings a lot of energy, is an aggressive recruiter and helps develop young talent into great players.
The Daily Mail reported Jan. 8 that Mitchell and former WVU assistant Tony Gibson were joining the coaching staff. Standard background checks must be completed and approved before a hiring can be announced.
Mitchell replaces Daron Roberts, who was fired after two seasons. West Virginia was among three defenses in the Football Bowl Subdivision to allow more than 4,000 passing yards in the 2012 season.
Mitchell spent the past three seasons as East Carolina's defensive coordinator before being fired.
He also had assistant coaching stints at Texas Tech and Brigham Young, where he played from 1987-90. Mitchell spent three seasons in the NFL.