West Virginia offensive line coach Ron Crook, who has been with the Mountaineers since 2013, has accepted the same role with the Cincinnati Bearcats, as first reported by FootballScoop on Saturday.
Crook is one of six West Virginia assistant coaches who have contracts set to expire after National Signing Day on February 1st, and it was unlikely that his contract would be renewed because of last season’s addition of offensive coordinator Joe Wickline. Crook joined the Mountaineer staff from the Stanford Cardinal in 2013 following Bill Bedenbaugh’s departure for the Oklahoma Sooners. In his time with the Mountaineers, Crook helped place three players in the NFL, with center Tyler Orlosky likely to be the fourth, and coached five players to All-Big 12 status.
West Virginia is now left with eight assistant coaches on staff, and could potentially have two spots to fill if the proposal to allow a tenth assistant at FBS schools is passed by the NCAA later this year.