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By Tony Dobies
Friday, Dec. 31, 2010
 

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — Two more West Virginia assistants — running backs/slot receivers coach Chris Beatty and tight ends/special teams coach David McMichael — were told Thursday they will not be back next season.

West Virginia will be without four assistants when new offensive coordinator and coach-in-waiting Dana Holgorsen takes over Monday. Former offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach Jeff Mullen and offensive line coach Dave Johnson knew they would not return before this week's Champs Sports Bowl.

Beatty, who doubled as West Virginia's recruiting director, was hired by coach Bill Stewart and has guided record-setting players such as running back Noel Devine and receiver Jock Sanders. McMichael joined the program before this season after leaving Connecticut; his recruiting region included Western Pennsylvania.

"I know so much more about the game of football because of Coach Beatty. He recruited me, and he has worked with me and teaches me a lot," sophomore running back Shawne Alston said after Tuesday's 23-7 loss to N.C. State. "Hopefully he gets to stay."

Holgorsen said last week that he wasn't concerned with hiring assistants before Oklahoma State's bowl game. He led the Cowboys to a 36-10 victory against Arizona in Wednesday night's Alamo Bowl. Only wide receivers coach Lonnie Galloway remains from this season's offensive staff, but it is uncertain whether he will be asked to return.

Holgorsen is expected to hire Stephen F. Austin offensive coordinator/quarterbacks coach Shannon Dawson to his offensive staff. The Daily Sentinel of Nacogdoches, Texas, reported last week that Dawson resigned to take a job at West Virginia. Dawson played quarterback under Holgorsen at Wingate University in the 1990s.

"I will talk to coaches and evaluate what we have and we need," Holgorsen said last week. "On my side, I want to talk to some people. You can't just hire your best friends. You have to take into account recruiting, geography — all of that."

Holgorsen, who is slated to become head coach for the 2012 season, has complete control over the makeup of the offensive staff.

"At the end of the day, it will be Coach Holgorsen's decision about what assistants are retained and what new assistant coaches on the offensive side he will bring in," athletic director Oliver Luck said earlier this month.

Under Holgorsen, Oklahoma State had the nation's best offense this season.

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