Originally written on Pitt Blather  |  Last updated 10/30/14

OAKLAND, CA - AUGUST 25: Detroit Lions wide receiver Mike Furrey #87 tries to get around Oakland Raiders safety Stuart Schweigert #30 as the Oakland Raiders host the Detroit Lions at McAfee Stadium on August 25, 2006 in Oakland, California. (Photo by David Paul Morris /Getty Images)
I’m not saying he isn’t happy to be back in Pittsburgh. For god’s sake he was living in Grayson, Kentucky — which is spitting distance of West Virginia. I’m just saying he may have known that the time at KCU was drawing to a close. Former NFL wide receiver and Kentucky Christian University football head coach Mike Furrey resigned to become the wide receivers coach at Marshall University, according to a Wednesday press release from KCU. The release announced the naming of former assistant coach Gene Peterson to succeed Furrey. Although Marshall officials said Furrey has not been officially hired, family sources confirmed Wednesday afternoon Furrey would be making the move to join the Thundering Herd. Poteat met Furrey when they played together on the Browns in 2009. Furrey made him cornerbacks coach in 2010. Obviously coaching kids in NAIA is not the same, but at least he already has a foundation. The version Poteat tells does not quite include that he was going to have to look for work. He said he contacted Pitt after running into former Panthers quarterback Rod Rutherford at the 2013 American Football Coaches Association convention. “I wanted to continue to move forward in my coaching career,” Poteat said. “So when I went out to the coaches convention, I got a lot of information from a lot of different people. Rod said, ‘Hey, why don’t you contact someone up at Pitt.’ ” Poteat sent his resume to Chryst, who responded a few days later with a text message asking to talk. The two spoke on the phone and organized a visit to Pittsburgh for Poteat. It didn’t take long for Chryst to realize that he wanted Poteat on his staff. “It was impressive and it was energizing hearing him speak,” Chryst said. “We had a day with him and that was enough to validate the things you’ve heard. He is impressive and I’m excited for him to get here.” If you were wondering, Rod Rutherford is the WR Coach/Recruiting Coordinator at IUP (oh, hi Luke Getsy). Don’t think Poteat doesn’t know where he is expected to make the big contribution: helping on recruiting. As a graduate assistant, Poteat is not allowed to participate in off-campus visits with recruits. He can, however, engage with prospects in on-campus visits and make phone calls to potential recruits. “That’s something that I enjoyed doing even when I was in Kentucky,” Poteat said. “[You] get a chance to develop relationships with the young guys. I give it to them straight. I give them stories of my background and what made me a better player, how I will treat them the same way.” Welcome back, Hank.
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