MORGANTOWN-The weekend announcement that former star running back Quincy Wilson is returning to West Virginia University's football program, certainly is good news for Mountaineer fans.
The Weirton native has been appointed by head coach Dana Holgorsen to fill a variety of roles-none of which is actual coaching, though. He will be working mainly as the assistant to director of football operations Alex Hammond.
In other duties, Wilson will serve as liaison with compliance, academic support, and resident's life offices. He also will help organize preseason football training camp and assist with community relations programs, and be involved in on-campus recruiting.
Wilson was one of the greatest running backs in the school's history. He ranked eighth all-time on the career rushing list with 2,688 yards. He remains one of the most popular players.
Wilson, who has remained close to WVU and athletics since leaving in 2004, is expected to sign a one-year contract with WVU for an annual salary of $47,000. It could be renewed on a yearly basis, depending on job performance.
After having an all-state career at Weir High School, the 5-foot-10, 215-pound tailback played 44 games for WVU in 1999-2001-02-03. Wilson rushed 494 times for his 2,608 yards and scored 20 touchdowns.
Wilson tore his ACL in the spring of his second year and had to sit out the 2,000 season.
Fans loved to see Wilson gallop.
He has confirmed that he's going to be doing a little bit of everything in his new job. Besides the director of football operations, he is to be working with strength and conditioning Coach Mike Joseph, the academic staff and Holgorsen's staff.
"This job really is a perfect fit for me," Wilson said. "I had a great interview with Coach Holgorsen. He's a great coach. When he offered me the job, I did not hesitate in accepting.
"It's a unique opportunity for me. I want to find out what the players like to do and what they don't like to do.
"It's a lot to learn, so I'm looking forward to starting the job. I'll probably be in Morgantown on Tuesday or Wednesday."
As a former NFL player, Wilson also will help student-athletes interested in turning pro.
Wilson played for three years in the NFL with the Atlanta Falcons as a draft selection.
"I am thrilled to welcome back Quincy Wilson to the mountaineers," Holgorsen said in a statement. "As a native West Virginian, a former student-athlete and leader in his community, "There is no better person to serve in our player development position.
Quincy's return will be pivotal in helping mentor and develop our players off the field."