Former Red Raider Mike Smith joins W. Virginia coaching staff - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

Former Red Raider Mike Smith joins W. Virginia coaching staff

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MORGANTOWN, WV (KCBD) -

Former Red Raider and Coronado Mustang Mike Smith inked a deal Thursday morning to become the Co-Defensive Coordinator at West Virginia.

The 30-year-old Smith will also coach the Mountaineers' linebackers.

Smith leaves the New York Jets, where he was just promoted to outside linebackers coach.

KCBD Sports Director Pete Christy talked to Mike Smith Thursday. Smith expressed his desire to be a college football head coach in the future, but said Rex Ryan and the Jets hated to see him go.

"They were upset for me to leave," Smith said, "but Rex said the other day, 'Selfishly I want you to stay, but for where you want to be, it's a no brainer. You gotta go.'"

Smith says he's excited to work with Dana. Another plus is the possibility of West Virginia moving into the Big 12.

"I'm loyal and I work hard. They know how much I love football and how much it means to me. Growing up in Lubbock and West Texas, you know football is there. I live for it and I'm excited for this opportunity."

West Virginia coach Dana Holgerson was the Red Raiders offensive coordinator when Smith played at Texas Tech.

Prior to being elevated to Outside LB coach with the Jets, Smith was offered the LB coaching position by Mike Leach at Washington State, but he ended up turning it down.

Smith has also gained coaching experience being on Greg McMackin's staff at the University of Hawaii.

He's passionate and intense, so no question Mike Smith will motivate the Mountaineers as Co-Defensive Coordinator.

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