A few weeks ago, the New York Jets made a minor coaching move when they hired former coaching intern Mike Smith to a full-time job as outside linebackers coach for the 2012 season.
Smith, who was credited by many as a being a big part of the resurgence of linebacker Aaron Maybin this season, had originally accepted a job on the Washington State university coaching staff before returning to the Jets.
However, Smith has changed his mind and will now take a position on the coaching staff at West Virginia University, an opportunity that will likely give him more responsibilities than he would’ve had in New York.
The 30-year-0ld Smith will stay on with the Jets for the next few days as he helps the team grade free agent outside linebackers, and he will depart for his new gig in a week or two, most likely.
It’ll be interesting to see what the Jets do with their vacant outside linebackers coaching job. It’s not a priority at this time, but I imagine they’ll fill the spot some time relatively soon.