Earlier today, wvumetronews.com broke the story that Mountaineers offensive line coach Bill Bedenbaugh has accepted an offer to become the offensive line coach at Oklahoma.
The loss of Bedenbaugh will surely have an impact on the success of West Virginia recruiting going forward. He was instrumental in putting together one of the top recruiting classes in the country and a big factor in the signing of center Tyler Tezeno.
Bedenbaugh’s departure marks the fourth West Virginia assistant to leave the football team since the season ended. Of those, two were fired (corners coach Daron Roberts and special teams coach Steve Dunlap), while quarterbacks coach Jake Spavital left for Texas A&M.
The high turnover in assistants is not a big shocker for high profile programs, but it is something that coach Holgorsen will need to keep his eye on. Some of the early verbal commitments to WVU left the 2013 class due to coaching turnover and it would not be at all surprising if a couple of the players who signed with the Mountaineers were to strongly consider transferring.
Given the tweet quoted by wvumetronews from Tyler Tezeno, it seems as though transfer could be a real possibility for some of the 2013 class:
“I swear this better not be true about coach B leaving…” and
“Don’t know what to do now” – @Big_manTezzy