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WVU football: Gibson gets extension, raise

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — West Virginia’s new defensive coordinator is now the third-highest paid assistant coach on Dana Holgorsen’s staff.

Van native Tony Gibson was named defensive coordinator in February and in the fall will be the fourth in as many seasons for Holgorsen. On April 8, Gibson signed a new contract that raised his salary from $250,000 to $350,000, according to information the Daily Mail obtained through a Freedom of Information Act request.

Gibson was also given a one-year extension on the original two-year contract that was to expire Jan. 30, 2015. Gibson and newly hired linebackers coach Damon Cogdell and defensive line coach Tom Bradley are the only ones among the nine assistants to have a contract for the 2015 season. The contracts for all three are set to terminate on Jan. 30, 2016.

Offensive coordinator/quarterbacks coach Shannon Dawson, offensive line coach Ron Crook, running backs coach JaJuan Seider, receivers coach Lonnie Galloway, cornerbacks coach Brian Mitchell and safeties coach Joe DeForest are on contracts that expire after next season.

(WVU’s FOIA office Thursday amended its submission to the Daily Mail and clarified that Crook’s contract was extended in February and runs through the 2015 season. Gibson, Dawson and Crook are the only returning coaches with new contracts; all other assistants are on an existing or first-time contracts.)

Dawson’s contract has been amended, though, and again as a one-year pact. He previously signed a one-season contract that covered him through Jan. 30, 2014. A new one-year deal was signed that day and covers Dawson through June 30, 2015. The contracts for Crook, Seider, Galloway, Mitchell and DeForest expire Jan. 30, 2015.

The collective salary for the assistant coaches is $2,925,000. During the 2013 season, WVU paid its nine assistants $2,575,000. When Holgorsen signed a six-year contract extension in August 2012, he pushed for larger salaries for his assistants. A provision was included guaranteeing a salary pool of $2.6 million and increases between 3 and 5 percent every year. WVU has increased the salary pool by 12.5 percent.

On top of Gibson’s raise, Bradley makes $400,000 more than his predecessor, Erik Slaughter, whose contract was not renewed. Cogdell, though, makes $150,000 less than his predecessor, Keith Patterson, who left WVU to be the defensive coordinator at Arizona State.

Bradley has the top salary at $600,000 and DeForest is next at $500,000. His is the only contract with a liquidated damages clause, or a buyout. The associate head coach must pay WVU $100,000 within 30 days if he leaves WVU for a job “with any entity in any capacity relating to football.”

Gibson’s salary tops Dawson and Galloway, who both make $300,000. Crook makes $250,000, Mitchell makes $225,000 and Seider and Cogdell both make $200,000.

If all the assistant coaches return for the 2015 season under the same terms they carry into the upcoming season, the total compensation will be $200,000 lower. Bradley’s salary dips to $400,000 for the 2015 season, and Holgorsen is only eligible for a $100,000 raise after $200,000 raises the previous two years.

Holgorsen salary is $2.7 million this season. He previously received a $300,000 retention bonus in March and will receive a $75,000 retention bonus if he’s the head coach December 8.

Contact sportswriter Mike Casazza at or 304-319-1142. His blog is at Follow him on Twitter at @mikecasazza.

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