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Reacting to West Virginia-Colorado

Posted on: September 19, 2008 3:33 pm
Edited on: September 19, 2008 3:52 pm
 

How do you like things now, West Virginia?

You got your money ($4 million from Rich Rod) and you got your loyal coach. I'll repeat: How do you like things now?

Three games into the Bill Stewart administration; you're three losses away from the total ol' Rich lost (five) in his last 37 at Morgantown. The West  Virginia message boards were a hoot on Friday. I purposefully waited until now to file this blog in order to properly absorb Thursday's loss at Colorado.

 
Conclusion: There's something missing. It's more than Owen Schmitt, the blocking back Stewart could have used against Colorado's stubborn defense. It's more than those timeouts that Stewart kept in his holster in the final minute. It's the mojo, the utter confidence the Mountaineers used to have under Rodriguez.  At the end, they felt like they could walk into any stadium in the country and win.

Now they are the Grateful Dead after Jerry Garcia died. Soldiering on but just not the same. I don't blame Stewart so much. He is such a nice guy and so  authentic. All he did was accept a "Who, me?" promotion after the Fiesta Bowl. His enthusiasm rubs off on everyone.

I blame the West Virginia administration. This is what they wanted, twice. The guy signed his contract a week ago. Now the typical poster to terrybowden.com wants him canned.

"I had a brief moment of hope back in December that you might become our coach," one post to Bowden read, "Now all of the WVU fans are living a nightmare. Wish we could go back in time ..."

The offense has been tweaked just enough so that Patrick White has been shackled. Forty-three yards passing doesn't get it. Yeah, I know White had two  touchdown runs Thursday night. But the NCAA's all-time No. 2 quarterback rushing leader carried twice after his second touchdown run with 4:49 left in the third quarter. Twice.

Check out this column from the Charleston Daily Mail, which portrays the mood after the game.

This is going to make for a strange West Virginia season. A team playing for championships might be playing for a low-level bowl in late November.

"It feels like the worst thing in the world right now," said defensive back Quinton Andrews.

 

 

 

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Since: Aug 13, 2008
Posted on: September 21, 2008 5:50 pm
 

Reacting to West Virginia-Colorado

      
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bsp; "You don't blame,  it gets you no where , instead you work to  find solutions to opportunity's"

 

You're very wise and a REAL SPORTS FAN who appreicated talent and good coaching.  Plus you give GREAT ADVICE.  Wouldn't this world be a lot better place if we all lived and acted that way




Since: Aug 13, 2008
Posted on: September 21, 2008 5:45 pm
 

Reacting to West Virginia-Colorado

      
;   "You don't blame,  it gets you no where , instead you work to  find solutions to opportunity's"

You're very wise.  I'm impressed.

 




Since: Sep 21, 2008
Posted on: September 21, 2008 12:18 am
 

Reacting to West Virginia-Colorado

How did CBS get stuck with Auburn-Tennessee next week? I thought CBS had first choice.  So, CBS chose the losers and ESPN got Alabama-Georgia?



Since: Sep 20, 2008
Posted on: September 20, 2008 7:25 pm
 

Reacting to West Virginia-Colorado

I was at the game(wearing all-black I might add), and speed is not  a problem on the WV offense. There were two things that held up that offense: 1) not calling designed runs for White, and 2) the CU Buffs defense. Don't forget, the Buffaloes are an up & coming team in the REAL best conference in the nation, the BIG XII. CU may have had a LITTLE to do with keeping WV out of the endzone more than twice.



Since: Feb 25, 2008
Posted on: September 19, 2008 7:56 pm
 

Reacting to West Virginia-Colorado

Right now West Virginia looks very slow on offense.Pat White is an outstanding runner,but is that what you want at quarterback?



Since: Oct 14, 2006
Posted on: September 19, 2008 5:28 pm
 

Reacting to West Virginia-Colorado

How do you like things now, West Virginia?

You got your money ($4 million from Rich Rod) and you got your loyal coach. I'll repeat: How do you like things now?

Thank you Dennis for piling on...I knew something was missing today...AHH...now its perfect!!!..LOL!!

 

  

Now they are the Grateful Dead after Jerry Garcia died. Soldiering on but just not the same.

Whoa look out !!!...thats a good one!!!  Is there some website you go to to get this material?..I pray its not a pay site..

Why would you go to some Wv HOMER site for feedback..You have several solid Wv posters here that will give it to you straight with no chaser...

The offense has been tweaked just enough so that Patrick White has been shackled. Forty-three yards passing doesn't get it. Yeah, I know White had two  touchdown runs Thursday night. But the NCAA's all-time No. 2 quarterback rushing leader carried twice after his second touchdown run with 4:49 left in the third quarter. Twice.

You are spot on...

"I had a brief moment of hope back in December that you might become our coach," one post to Bowden read, "Now all of the WVU fans are living a nightmare. Wish we could go back in time

Bowden?.Oh boy!!..We have enough issues...no thanks!...I will take what we have..

This is going to make for a strange West Virginia season. A team playing for championships might be playing for a low-level bowl in late NovemberYou Maybe right...it is without a doubt a distinct possibility....but many of us that watched the game last night saw some positives. The special teams looked solid. The return game has not looked that good since the Pac Man day's.. A defense that has 7 1/2 new starters if you count the amount of time Reed Williams has played took a huge step forward last night. Example: Hawkins passed for 179 yards for the game. 88 yards was on the first drive.  But the Offense is in an identity crisis. The team needs to do exactly what it did last night but now sprinkle in the fear of the deep ball to get the  opposing defenses to play honest.  IMHO if you have ever read my posts I said from the beginning of the year that with change comes pain, but once there is time for cohesion to set in then they will move forward. I beleive the  Coaching Staff in place has too much experience not to come together and move forward. As a staff they need to gel just like the players. Remember, it just wasn't Rich that left ,he took everyone except three coaches, and I think they will. Is it too late for this year...well ..stay tuned..BTW it hasn't been a bed of roses either for other teams who have gone through this type of turnover in Coaches. Most recently Notre Dame , Louisville and Michigan...and No I do not point that out to imply misery loves company.only to infer that  they will be more than fine as they move forward as well..

I blame the West Virginia administration.

Hmm... blame..That is a below the line way of thinking. You don't blame,  it gets you no where , instead you work to  find solutions to opportunity's...I beleive Stewart will do everything he is capable of to do just that , will it be enough? More than he can handle?...again stay tuned...



Since: Sep 12, 2006
Posted on: September 19, 2008 3:59 pm
 

Reacting to West Virginia-Colorado

Well Dennis did I miss something or did Rodriguez leave?  The administration did not fire him.  You remember how upset people were when he left.  No one gets that upset about someone they wish would leave.  Hopefully Stewart will just go ahead and lay it down after this season and Skip Holtz can come in. 


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