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West Virginia Hires Graham Harrell as Offensive Coordinator

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Lincoln Riley continues to change the landscape of College Football in unprecedented ways, as former USC offensive coordinator Graham Harrell is now headed to Morgantown to call plays for the Mountaineers.

The former standout Texas Tech quarterback has been the offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach at USC since 2019, but with the hire of Riley, who does both of those things as a head coach, Harrell had to look elsewhere for play-calling duties.


This is a knockout hire for the administration in Morgantown and should help shore up WVU’s offensive woes quickly. Plus, with Harrell working with 2022 signee Nicco Marchiol, the Mountaineers could see fireworks on offense again soon.

Here is the official announcement from West Virginia football’s Twitter page at noon on Monday.

While at USC, Harrell led a Trojans offense that set several school records in 2019 and also lead the Pac-12 in yards per game in 2021. Harrell is a direct product of the Mike Leach Air Raid and loves to sling the ball all over the field.

West Virginia’s offense is going to look completely different in 2022, but that isn’t a bad thing. The Mountaineers were 8th in the Big 12 and 87th in the nation in total offense in 2021 with 371.1 yards per game. Expect a major increase in that number come next fall.

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