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.
He knows when I’m awake.
He knows when Coach Stew’s been bad or worse,
So fire him for goodness sake.
Mitch Vingle today writes what will most likely be the definitive piece on Billy’s first year as head coach guy on the sideline. It really is a fantastic article, hitting on a lot of the same points extolled by WBGV (or at least myself and The 25314) over the past few weeks. And, of course, it mentions the USF press conference, which will be emblazoned on Billy’s tombstone and serve as his legacy once he’s actually fired next season.
Maybe WVU will defeat North Carolina in the Meineke Car Care Bowl. Would be a nice ending to the season for the Mountaineers.
But it will not erase the disappointment of this season. WVU lost a third of its games. Perhaps only the 1989 Mountaineer team with Major Harris was close to being as disappointing. But, really, that isn’t so close.
You can point to WVU offensive coordinator Jeff Mullen and line coach Dave Johnson for falling down as well. But the buck stops at Stewart.
He simply did not get the job done.
Talk about transition nonsense all you want, Billy didn’t get the job done. You can’t argue that. You can’t, you can’t, you can’t. Don’t even try.
“Just because I make some positive remarks from time to time and try to keep this ship afloat, that doesn’t mean Bill Stewart’s a happy camper,” Stewart said. “I’m not pleased at 8-4. I’m a hell of a lot tougher than that. I’m pleased when it’s 12-0 and I still won’t like things I see.”
If you were watching the game on TV Saturday night you saw a new side of HCBS. He was running up and down the sideline yelling, screaming, and about ready to beat the shit out of Sammy Morrone. It took him a while but he now realizes he can’t be Smilin’ Bill all the time.
However, the new fire we saw from HCBS paled in comparison to the frustration shown by Patrick White toward OC Jeff Mullen. It says a lot when one of the most classy players in Mountaineer history shows up his offensive coordinator.
After a loss that showed little to no positive movement, there are those that want to give up. You can call me whatever the hell you want (a homer, lover of mediocrity, or sexy), but I am standing by HCBS. I am not supporting him because he is a good man. Rather, I see the positives of this season and think to throw that away would be silly.
Like many of you, Charley and 25314 have been on the fire HCBS bandwagon since our tough loss to Colorado. This season, after defeats, this site and other crappy message boards blow up. People come out of the wood work wanting heads to roll. However, after victories you can hear a pin drop because nobody wants to give credit where credit was do.
Just like our new President-elect, we’re going to focus on the “hope” part.
During this, the last of the seven stages in this grief model, you learn to accept and deal with the reality of your situation. Acceptance does not necessarily mean instant happiness. Given the pain and turmoil you have experienced, you can never return to the carefree, untroubled YOU that existed before this tragedy. But you will find a way forward.
You will start to look forward and actually plan things for the future. Eventually, you will be able to think about your lost loved one without pain; sadness, yes, but the wrenching pain will be gone. You will once again anticipate some good times to come, and yes, even find joy again in the experience of living.
So who is going to help us find our way forward? Glad you asked. Here are my top candidates for the (proposed) coaching position at West Virginia University: