Smith's Offer Non-Descript

Mike Smith

Unlike his new colleague Joe DeForest, Mike Smith did not have a title specified in the job offer he received from West Virginia University athletic director Oliver Luck on Jan. 20.

Like DeForest, Smith received his job offer via email. But while DeForest's offer referred to his position as "Associate Head Coach/co-Defensive Coordinator" on multiple occasions, Smith was offered "the position of Assistant Football Coach" by Luck.

BlueGoldNews.com obtained the email on Monday through a Freedom of Information request filed last week. Once it was signed by Smith on Jan. 20, it began to function as his working contract.

West Virginia officials have stated that official titles for the football program's new defensive coaches would not be announced until head coach Dana Holgorsen finishes the staff.

Holgorsen lost defensive coordinator Jeff Casteel, defensive line coach Bill Kirelawich and cornerbacks coach David Lockwood from his 2011-12 staff. All three will work in similar roles at Arizona under former Mountaineer coach Rich Rodriguez.

Smith, who had accepted a position as the New York Jets outside linebackers coach only weeks before deciding to move to Morgantown instead, will make more than his predecessors. His base salary will be $250,000. The contract has a one-year term, expiring on Jan. 30, 2013.

In his WVU contract that started in 2010, Kirelawich made a base salary of $200,000 per year. Lockwood and safeties coach Steve Dunlap -- who is expected to continue to work as part of the rebuilt defensive staff -- earned $214,740 in base compensation.

The ambiguity in Smith's job offer leaves open the possibility that Holgorsen's last hire could serve as DeForest's co-coordinator, though in an interview with BlueGoldNews.com on Jan. 18, Smith acknowledged he and Holgorsen had discussed the possibility of Smith having such duties.

"Dana told me some things, but that's something I want to get clear," Smith said then. "We still have to know who's coaching what positions with some guys that are coming, some guys we're going to bring in and interview. That's something we've still got to work on, but I just know that I'm going to be at West Virginia."

Document: Mike Smith's WVU Contract

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