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Report: WVU to Hire Ron Crook as OL Coach


Multiple reports suggest West Virginia has found its replacement for the position that Bill Bedenbaugh left open a week ago.

According to Mitch Vingle of the Charleston Gazette, Stanford tight ends and offensive tackles coach Ron Crook has been hired as WVU's new offensive line coach.

Crook coached the past two seasons at Stanford, including one year with WVU Athletic Director Oliver Luck's son, quarterback Andrew Luck. He coached Indianapolis Colts second round pick Coby Feener as well as Zach Ertz, a tight end expected to be taken in the first round of the 2013 NFL Draft.

"If he gets the job at West Virginia, they're going to have a hell of an offensive line coach," Ertz said Thursday at the NFL Combine. "Coach Crook is very smart. He's been under Coach [Mike] Bloomgren, who's now the OC at Stanford. He learned from him and he's a very good tackles coach. We had an All-American tackle last year [David Yankey], we had an All-American tackle the year before [Miami Dolphins' Jonathan Martin] and I think that just kind of speaks volumes about Coach Crook."

Aside from Yankey and Martin, Crook also worked with Levine Toilolo, a tight end who chose to forgo his senior season to the enter the NFL Draft along with Ertz.

"Ron Crook's a great coach. I can't say enough good things about Coach Crook," said Ertz. "He demands the most out of his players, he demands respect and I think that goes a long way in the game."

Toilolo also lauded his former coach as a quality hire for the Mountaineers.

"I've been able to be coached by him the past two years sand I think the way he approaches the game on and off the field, just as the person he is and the knowledge he has, he'll be very successful and they'll be lucky to have him," Toilolo said.

A Parkersburg, W.Va. native, Crook went to Parkersburg South before playing and coaching offensive line at West Liberty University. He then served as a graduate assistant at Cincinnati and moved on to stints at Clarion College, Glenville State, West Virginia Tech, Illinois and Harvard before landing at Stanford.

Bedenbaugh left WVU after two seasons to take the same position at Oklahoma, prompting head coach Dana Holgorsen to begin his fourth coaching search of the offseason.

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