Charlotte defensive coordinator Bruce Tall will return to West Virginia as defensive line coach, according to a source.
It’s a reuniting of Tall and Mountaineers defensive coordinator Tony Gibson who previously worked together for nine years, including six in Morgantown under then-coach Rich Rodriguez. The 55-year-old Tall has been Charlotte’s defensive coordinator the past four seasons.
The arrival of Tall signifies an uncertain future for West Virginia assistants Tom Bradley and Damon Cogdell. Bradley coached nose tackles and Cogdell handled defensive ends this season.
Before his arrival at Charlotte, Tall coached the defensive line at Michigan, when Gibson was the Wolverines’ secondary coach and assistant head coach. While at West Virginia from 2002-07, Tall was the safeties coach and served as assistant head coach his first season.
Tall was the defensive coordinator and linebackers coach at Harvard (1998-01) and Northeastern (1993-97). Prior to those jobs, he worked at Ohio Wesleyan for six years, first as the defensive line coach before becoming defensive coordinator.
The Shaker Heights, Ohio, native also played at Ohio Wesleyan. He joins a West Virginia defense that was much improved this past season in Gibson’s first as defensive coordinator.
West Virginia (7-6) was 66th in the FBS in total defense (399.4 yards per game) and 72nd in scoring defense (27.6 points per game) this season. Last year, the Mountaineers were 101st (455 yards per game) and 99th (33.3 points per game) in those respective categories during a disappointing 4-8 campaign.