I agree with you Roy.
But in researching the game against the Tar Heels I stumbled upon some potentially terrifying similarities between UNC and WVU.
Following a 10-1 season in 1997, the school’s 2nd consecutive 10 win season, UNC head football coach, Mack Brown, left Carolina to take the head coaching job at Texas, a move which still irks Carolina fans to this day.
UNC promoted career assistant Carl Torbush to be the new head coach (at least he was the defensive coordinator). Torbush immediately won the Gator Bowl, and UNC finished 11-1, only the third 11 win season in school history.
However, the next year his team opened with a loss to Miami of Ohio, and never really recovered, going 7-5. In 1999 and 2000, Torbush went 3-8 and 6-5, respectively, and was fired.
John Bunting was then hired, but was unable to achieve any sustained success and was fired after 2006. Having only won 8 games once since Mack Brown’s departure, Carolina hired Butch Davis. After a 4-8 season last year, Davis finally has the Tar Heels headed in the right direction.
It’s taken UNC 11 years and a big time coach to get back to the brink of national respectibility again.
I hope that this just remains a nice story and UNC history lesson for WVU fans rather than history repeating itself.