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West Virginia poaches UConn assistant

West Virginia has a new assistant coach today. And Connecticut needs a new one.

David McMichael, who has spent the past nine years on the Huskies staff, was hired Friday to coach tight ends and serve as co-coordinator of special teams for Bill Stewart.

It's a homecoming of sorts for McMichael, who spent 18 years on the Mountaineers' staff before going to UConn. He coached offensive tackles and tight ends under Don Nehlen, for whom he played as an offensive lineman at Bowling Green.

He coached tackles, tight ends and special teams his first four years (2001 to 2004) at UConn, tackles and tight ends in 2005 and tight ends his last four years (2006 to 2009).

Stewart described McMichael as extremely knowledgeable and a top-flight recruiter.