Earlier this summer, wide receiver Stedman Bailey was waived by the Los Angeles Rams just months after his recovery from being shot in the head had wrapped up. Now, he has returned to his alma mater as he will become a member of the West Virginia Mountaineers’ coaching staff.
The team released a statement on Sunday that said Bailey, who played with the Mountaineers from 2010-2012, will join the staff as a student coaching assistant and will likely help with the wide receivers.
“I know Stedman is very disappointed that he isn’t able to play football at this time. However, I am glad that he is going to turn an unfortunate situation into a positive one by coming back to WVU as a student assistant coach and more importantly finishing his degree,” head coach Dana Holgorsen said.
Bailey, who left school after his junior year to head to the NFL, will enroll at West Virginia to obtain his degree in multidisciplinary studies. He thanked the Rams for the opportunity they gave him in the NFL.
“First of all, I would like to thank the Los Angeles Rams organization, my teammates, coach Jeff Fisher, general manager Les Snead and the ownership for the way they have taken care of me and my family since they drafted me. They’re a first-class organization and made me feel like part of the family, especially during the past few months, which have been a tough time,” Bailey said.
During his career with the Mountaineers, Stedman Bailey recorded over 3,200 yards and 41 touchdowns, including a nation-leading 25 during his junior season in 2012. I think he will help out the young receivers at West Virginia this year.