Kelby Wickline remains a Mountaineer
When West Virginia changed coaches after last season – Dana Holgorsen went to the University of Houston, Neal Brown was hired to replace him – Joe Wickline was out of a job.
But Kelby Wickline remains a Mountaineer in good standing.
Joe Wickline was a nine-year offensive line coach at OSU, and his son played at Stillwater High School. But Joe Wickline spent two years at Texas, then joined Holgorsen’s staff at WVU in 2016. Kelby Wickline spent a year at Texas-San Antonio and another at Jones County College in Mississippi, before joining his father in Morgantown.
Kelby Wickline has been a contributor to his father’s lines the previous two seasons, but this year came into the season as the likely starter at right tackle and has become a Mountaineer mainstay.
“From last year to this year, one of the most improved players on our roster,” Brown said. “He’s been very solid. He played really well against Kanas, played well against North Carolina State.”
Joe Wickline is sitting out this season so he can watch his son play his senior year. And Kelby Wickline said he never considered leaving with his father.
“This is my last year,” Kelby told wvmetronews. “I’m a fifth-year senior. I know all the guys here. Just the relationships. I wanted to stay put. This was the best decision for me. The grass isn’t always greener on the other side.”