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West Virginia hires Stedman Bailey as student assistant

West Virginia's Stedman Bailey is tackled by Texas Tech's Cody Davis during an NCAA college football game in Lubbock, Texas, on Oct. 13, 2012. Bailey was hired as a student assistant at WVU as Bailey recovers from being shot twice last November. (Stephen Spillman / Associated Press)
West Virginia's Stedman Bailey is tackled by Texas Tech's Cody Davis during an NCAA college football game in Lubbock, Texas, on Oct. 13, 2012. Bailey was hired as a student assistant at WVU as Bailey recovers from being shot twice last November. (Stephen Spillman / Associated Press)
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MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – Stedman Bailey will join West Virginia’s staff as a student assistant coach.

WVU coach Dana Holgorsen announced Sunday that Bailey will join the coaching staff. He’ll also enroll as a full-time student to complete his bachelor’s degree in multidisciplinary studies.

Bailey was shot twice in the head while sitting in a car with family in November back home in Miami. Last month the Los Angeles Rams placed him on the reserve non-football injury list.

Bailey says while his playing career isn’t over, the opportunity to return to WVU gives him more time to heal.

Bailey played at West Virginia from 2010-12, compiling 3,218 receiving yards and 41 touchdowns.

In a statement released by WVU, Rams coach Jeff Fisher says the Rams “couldn’t be happier” for Bailey and “wish him and his family the best as they step into the next chapter of their lives.”

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