Report: Arizona co-offensive coordinator headed to West Virginiaby Anthony Gimino on Jan. 02, 2011, under Sports
(7:25 p.m. UPDATE: I talked to Arizona coach Mike Stoops, who said he wouldn’t comment tonight on the possibility of Bill Bedenbaugh’s departure.)
According to a Twitter post from Tom Deinhart, the national college football writer for Rivals.com, Arizona co-offensive coordinator Bill Bedenbaugh will join the coaching staff of his old pal, Dana Holgorsen at West Virginia.
Holgorsen, who was the offensive coordinator at Oklahoma State this season, will be the offensive coordinator at West Virginia in 2011 before taking over head coaching duties.
Bedenbaugh and Holgorsen were teammates at Iowa Wesleyan in the early 1990s and coached together at Texas Tech under Mike Leach.
Bedenbaugh has been at Arizona since 2007, coaching the offensive line. He was promoted to co-offensive coordinator with running backs coach Seth Littrell after last season, with Littrell being the primary play-caller.
Bedenbaugh has been key to Arizona’s recruiting efforts in Illinois, bringing in tight end Jack Baucus, as well as offensive tackles Mickey Baucus and Fabbians Ebbele, among others. Bedenbaugh talked recently about the potential of Mickey Baucus and Ebbele — who each redshirted this season — as part of a rebuilt offensive line for next season.
That leaves two openings on Arizona’s coaching staff. Coach Mike Stoops also has to hire a secondary coach to replace Greg Brown. Stoops already has replaced defensive tackles coach Mike Tuiasosopo with Joe Salave’a.
I wrote about Bedenbaugh’s relationship with Holgorsen on Dec. 15 for this story: How the West Virginia coaching job could affect the Arizona Wildcats