West Virginia Mountaineers Name Keith Patterson Defensive Coordinator

By Mike Atkinson
Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

The West Virginia Mountaineers have reportedly named Keith Patterson defensive coordinator for the 2013 season.

Patterson will be replacing Joe Deforest as defensive coordinator for the school. Deforest will still be on staff, but will be moved to co-defensive coordinator for the Mountaineers.

Patterson was co-defensive coordinator last season and rumors had it that he was assuming some of Deforest’s coaching duties towards the end of the season. Now, it appears as though those rumors were true.

Deforest led a defense ranked worst in the country in passing defense and near the bottom in total defense, which earned him the nickname of “Joe _eforest”, as many believed he did not deserve to have the letter “D” in his name.

Many Mountaineer fans were pushing to have Deforest fired mid-season last year for his lack of production he was getting from his defensive players.

I wrote an article early last year detailing the problems with Deforest, which can be found here.

This is a great move for the Mountaineers. It shows me that head coach Dana Holgorsen will not be putting up with anymore bad coaching.

He recognized the problem with the defense and made a coaching change to fix it. The move was foreshadowed by a move from Holgorsen to place Deforest in the press box to coach, after seven games of the regular season last year. Patterson remained on the sidelines for the rest of the season.

I have to say I am a bit surprised Holgorsen actually made the change. I love it, but I’m surprised. I expected Holgorsen to give Deforest more time, as it’s only his first year with the team.

Clearly, Holgorsen was not buying the excuse of the players having to learn a new system. He realized, just like everyone realized, that Deforest was not getting the job done.

Patterson was named interim head coach of the Pittsburgh Panthers in 2011 after Todd Graham took a job with the Arizona State Sun Devils, and was the defensive coordinator for the Tulsa Golden Hurricane.

This is a big move for the Mountaineers, and one that was needed. Look to see a much stronger defense in 2013 for WVU.

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