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WVU Coaching Staff Set For Pinstripe Bowl

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The West Virginia University football program will head to the Pinstripe Bowl with one less coach on its staff.

Defensive Backs coach Daron Roberts was removed from the staff following the win over Kansas to close out the regular season.

"He is a great friend, a great person and a great football coach," Holgorsen said about Roberts. "We appreciate his time here and his effort and energy with everything he was doing, and we wish him luck in his future endeavors."

Roberts wasted no time in alerting his cornerbacks to the move. He wanted to keep their attention focused on closing out the season with a win.

"He called us as soon as it happened," Cornerback Brodrick Jenkins said about Roberts. "He told us before we knew from the coaches. He told us he really has faith in us and that everything happens in our favor."

Graduate Assistant Andrew McGee worked with Roberts all season and will assume the role as Cornerbacks Coach for the Pinstripe Bowl.

"Andrew (McGee) is a really good, bright, young man," Holgorsen said. "When I was at Oklahoma State, I watched him and he is the leader of the FCA guys and is a tremendous kid. He has a bright future and has been working closely with them since he got here. He'll take the lead, and obviously Coach (Joe) DeForest, because he is in the back end, will spend a lot of time with those guys as well."

Holgorsen is looking for Roberts replacement and hopes to find one early in 2013.

"We'll hire someone coming up after the bowl game," Holgorsen stated. "That's something coach Patterson and I are talking about, and coach DeForest is giving his input. We'll get the right guy in here."

One other move to the coaching staff involves a change in title for Joe DeForest and Keith Patterson. Patterson assumes the role of defensive coordinator, while the previous co-defensive coordinator position has been done away with. DeForest will remain in his duties as the associate head coach and safeties coach.

"Keith Patterson has been doing a fantastic job," Holgorsen said. "He is a great defensive coordinator and has been for some time. Instead of having two guys sharing that responsibility, I think it is important for one guy to take the lead, so he will be doing that."

Holgorsen expressed how important DeForest has been in wearing many hats for the program through his first year at WVU.

"He brings a bunch of experience from a recruiting standpoint, from a special team's standpoint, from an associate head coach standpoint and from a next guy in charge standpoint and that will continue," Holgorsen stated about DeForest.

The move involving Patterson and DeForest will hardly be any different for the players. Patterson appeared to assume control of the defense when he moved from the press box down to the sideline during games and DeForest moved upstairs.

Cornerbacks are the players most affected by the coaching moves.

"We've been through adversity all year," Jenkins said. "So it's something else we have to overcome."

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