Jack of All Trades, Masters of None


Sometimes we’re Texas Tech with 5 wideouts, sometimes we’re channeling 1970 in a single receiver, double tight end, I set, sometimes, we run fully loaded shotgun, sometimes we run half the team in motion.  But everytime, we suck. 

Offensive identity?  “Bread and butter” plays?  Who needs that when you can just randomly pick plays from nearly every offensive philosophy ever invented.

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New Strength Coach

Except for Comcast sucking, this would have been posted Monday.

Assistant University of Notre Dame strength and conditioning coach, Mike Joseph, is WVU’s new strength and conditioning coach.

He comes to WVU having spent 4 years at ND.  He was a graduate assistant at WVU for 2 years (1999-2001), and is a graduate of Fairmont State.

Personally, I never trust a man with two first names.  But we’ll wait and see.

Cue Up The Nick Saban Hype Machine

When you throw around the Nick Saban name, it brings a whole lot of attention. We know this, as we have some experience in this area. But Mike Casazza is making the leap. We wish him well…

GLENDALE, Ariz. – The pause in West Virginia’s search for a new football coach continues, but it will resume with a new direction. Sources confirmed the university will utilize a consulting firm to assist in hiring a new football coach.

A WVU team source also said Gov. Joe Manchin is intent on putting a big-name coach in place and has interest in Alabama coach and Marion County native Nick Saban. The Crimson Tide just finished Saban’s first season with a 7-6 record after beating Colorado 30-24 in the Independence Bowl.

We have been hearing for the last week that Saban was in play, at least from our end. The money is certainly there. It wouldn’t be available for any other coach, but Saban? It would be there tomorrow. A Brinks armored car would back up to the front door of the Puskar Center and drop off millions of dollars.

In the end, does this happen? Who knows. Conventional wisdom says no. But at this point, the fact that Manchin is involved in the search process is the ONLY reason Nick Saban’s name is even in the conversation.

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Even Though I Can’t Pronounce His Last Name…

…I still agree with the point Jack Bogaczyk makes in his latest article.  Or he agrees with me.  Either way, we are simpatico in thought.

Let’s see if we have this right:

A BCS conference program, one that has ranked in the top 15 nationally for three years running, one that sells out every game and brings in about $23-25 million in revenue annually, has or has had leading candidates named Butch, Jimbo and Doc – who combined have one year of major college head coaching experience?

No one has interviewed the interim head coach. I’m not sure the search party knows who is interviewing whom at this point. What’s next? A consultant to tell the searchers that they should be able to land better candidates?

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No News Is Newsworthy

For the past two weeks or so, we have seen pretty much non-stop speculation, announcements, and false-announcements. Then, since the news of Locksley and Petersen denying being interviewed, things have finally slowed down. Barring a miracle, we are sure to enter 2008 without a head football coach. That’s a far cry from being oh-so-close to having a coach a few different times these past two weeks.

That said, we’ll finally begin to look at the Fiesta Bowl starting tomorrow. That will give us exactly 3 days to look forward to WVU’s 2nd-ever BCS bowl. As you can see, our priorities are a tad out of whack.

Either way, we’ll be here tomorrow…at least before we begin our New Year’s Eve festivities.

The Coaching Search Circus, Part Infinity

Yes, that’s right, the circus continues.

Chris Petersen, head coach of Boise State, is denying that he has had any contact with WVU. He’s quite emphatic about it, too.

Petersen said during an interview on KTIK radio that West Virginia has not made any contact with him or his representatives.

“Not at all,” Petersen said on Idaho Sports Talk. “It’s totally not true.”

Petersen said he finds it “kind of comical” that his name has been connected to nearly every vacancy this offseason.

This, of course, on the heels of Mike Locksley also denying he’s had any contact with WVU.

Do we have herpes and no one told me? Why else would coaches across the country be running from this job?

[Idaho Statesman]

Locksley Denies Being Interviewed

All week, I had heard from a few sources that Mike Locksley refused to be interviewed until after the Rose Bowl. Of course, when most every media outlet reports that he already interviewed, you start to get confused.

Well: Sources 1, Media 0.

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