By Jude
2012/06/18 9:36 am

**YOU HAVE ENTERED THE West Virginia Legends Classic football camp CHAT ROOM**

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quincy_wilsombodygetthatdeadhurricaneplz: I want to welcome everybody to the 2nd annual West Virginia Legends Classic football camp. I think this year, we're really going to make a difference with these kids.

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fight4urwhite2party: Hey, great to be here.

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morttyfied: I HAVE TAKEN TIME FROM HUNTING QUARTERBACK FOR FOOTBALL PHILANTHROPY

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majorpayne: Yeah, can someone get this guy away from me? He was gnawing on my leg earlier.

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WileyCoyote: Morty, no!

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morttyfied: :'(

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quincy_wilsombodygetthatdeadhurricaneplz: How has everyone been doing? We never get to meet like this.

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wes_lyonsandtigersandbears: Well, I'm still really tall.

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mullen_it_over: Saaaaaay, you ARE really tall. Has anyone ever thought to just throw a ball really high in the end zone for you to catch?

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wes_lyonsandtigersandbears: Nope. No one ever thought of that.

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majorpayne: I have a lot of fun at these events. Makes all these young punks remember that I was the man once upon a time.

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fight4urwhite2party: Wait, you're that guy they always compared me to?

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majorpayne: Yeah, but I'm sure you had a lot more success in the NFL.

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fight4urwhite2party:

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quincy_wilsombodygetthatdeadhurricaneplz: Yeah, Pat, what exactly ARE you doing these days?

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fight4urwhite2party: Well, I put my mind to it, and I think I'm going to pursue an acting career.

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morttyfied: SAY WHAT?

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fight4urwhite2party: Yeah, I'm going to try acting for a while. Get some head shots and stuff like that.

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WileyCoyote: Well, I certainly approve of that career path. Check this out:

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morttyfied: WHAT THE EFF WORD IS THAT?

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WileyCoyote: Action shot, bro. Already scored me a role as Cowboy #3 on this summer's hottest drama, "Franklin and Bash"

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morttyfied: AH, WITH ZACK MORRIS.

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WileyCoyote: /sighs

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WileyCoyote: Yes, with Zack Morris.

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quincy_wilsombodygetthatdeadhurricaneplz: So are you gonna do all that stuff, Pat?

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fight4urwhite2party: Yeah, I've already got an agent with WVU football connections working out all the details as we speak.

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puntazgetsl8d: dem hollywood bitches gonna muss they drawls when leading man fatty pat white rolls up in dem clubs with tha kozman makin it rain with head shots and magnum xxls

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WileyCoyote: Oh lord, Pat. Did you really hire him as your agent?

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fight4urwhite2party: He said he had connections to all the biggest stars. Clooney, Spielberg, Scorsese.

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puntazgetsl8d: yeah all them honkeys is my boys. me and clooney fly out to milan on the regular with a bar fulla 40's and a cabin fulla shawtys yafeelme

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puntazgetsl8d: hey i thought there were supposed to be kids here. i feel like educating the youth

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majorpayne: Yeah right, like we're gonna let you talk to kids.

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puntazgetsl8d: hey who asked you grandpa? go get me some peanut brittle and stfu before i start bustin caps up in this domicile

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majorpayne: /knocks out puntazgetsl8d

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fight4urwhite2party: Hey, that's my agent!

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majorpayne: Let me introduce you to some folks at Milan, son.
By Jude
2012/05/23 10:45 am

[Note- Segments of this post appeared in the 2011 post entitled "The Bill Stewart Era- 2008-2011". I've updated it for obvious reasons.]

On Monday afternoon, just about every Mountaineer fan around the nation either sent or received a text message conveying a message that seemed hard to believe- Former WVU Head Coach Bill Stewart passed away after collapsing suddenly while golfing at Stonewall Jackson Resort.

In this era of instant communication and social media, reactions came pouring out from seemingly every corner of the country, from former players to fellow coaches to journalists to United States Senators. Most sentiments were eerily similar. "Really, really nice guy. Molded men. Thoughts and prayers to his wife and son."

Mountaineer fans flocked to message boards like the one on this site to express their own sentiments and remembrances, and Stewart's legendary "Leave No Doubt" speech before WVU's 2007-2008 Fiesta Bowl win over #3 Oklahoma was posted and reposted again by folks who simply couldn't believe that the guy who represented the State of West Virginia like no other university coach ever before was gone so suddenly.




Bill Stewart's finest moment as WVU Head Coach made its rounds following the stunning announcement that he was gone.


And as is only human, many writers, bloggers, and message board posters wanted to find a way to put into context what Bill Stewart's legacy would be now that his own time on Earth had been cut entirely too short.

Adding to the difficulty of summarizing his time at West Virginia was the circumstances that led to his departure from the program, which, truth be told, feels like it happened a lot longer ago than it did. It feels unseemly to analyze wins and losses by a football team playing a game, or to talk the events that led to his dismissal. A man has died, and it's only human nature to want to focus on all the positive aspects of his time with us rather than dwelling on the unpleasant times.

In recent days I've read just about every piece that's come out trying to capture the essence of both Bill Stewart as a man and Bill Stewart as a football coach at West Virginia University. From articles like this one from wvillustrated.com warmly remembering time spent with Coach Stewart to this one at scout.com referring the Bill Stewart era as the bridge to the Big 12, to this one from wvmetronews.com arguing that Stew deserved better than he got from WVU when it was over, to this bizarre article from msnsportsnet.com comparing Stewart to Harry Truman.

I think it's possible to acknowledge that Bill Stewart was a really nice guy and a really good representative of both the State of West Virginia and West Virginia University without the need to lionize his time as WVU head coach and the successes and failures both on and off the field.

He wasn't perfect (and wouldn't claim to be) and wasn't the modern incarnation of Bear Bryant. He was a uniquely cheerful and kind-hearted coach in an era that seems to produce neither. He obviously had a tremendous impact on hundreds if not thousands of young men who he molded to be better citizens, scholars, husbands, fathers, friends, Christians, and Americans. His success in that regard can be found in the warm remembrances and well-wishes of his players following the news of his passing.


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Stewart will be remembered more for his role in shaping lives than in molding wins and losses.


As far as on-the-field accomplishments, the Bill Stewart Era will be remembered as a period of transition for the West Virginia Mountaineer football program. Stewart possessed none of the dynamism of either his predecessor or his successor, and largely stewarded the program in an adequate, if not always satisfactory manner for WVU fans who'd grown accustomed to BCS Bowl trips during the Rich Rodriguez era. But one thing was certain- Stewart sure did love West Virginia University, the Mountaineers, and the State of West Virginia.

At the time Stewart was hired, even though everyone involved understood that he wasn't necessarily going to revolutionize any aspect of Mountaineer football, a steady hand on the tiller seemed like the right direction for the program. Some complained at the time of the hiring and even more complained after seasons that seemed lackluster compared to other recent successes. Ultimately, Stewart's 28-12 career mark included a .700 winning percentage that ranks fifth among all WVU head coaches. The desire for more success than that seemed vindicated this past January when Stewart's replacement, Dana Holgorsen, guided Stewart's players to a Big East Championship and BCS Bowl win over Clemson in the Orange Bowl. (Stewart hadn't won a bowl since the 2008-2009 season.)

Off the field, Stewart graduated his players at a rate of 90%, which is exceptional in modern major college football, and was a major step up from where Rich Rodriguez left the program. Stewart understood that his "lads" were in Morgantown for more than just football, and prepared a great number of them for the life they would ultimately lead after they wore their Mountaineer jerseys for the last time.

In his 3 years as Head Coach, Stewart was a fine representative of the State of West Virginia, even while sometimes going on rants in press conferences that no one really understood. Stewart understood the importance of the program to the state in general, and also understood the pride that West Virginians have in their One True Team.

Say what you will about how he went out (we'll get to that in a bit), but we knew that being Head Coach of the West Virginia Mountaineers was just about as good of a gig as 'Ol Billy Stew could possibly imagine. WVU fans don't know yet if Dana Holgorsen has the same love of Old Gold 'N Blue deep in his heart or if his eyes start to wander at the first coaching vacancy at a Name School, but we knew with certainty where Bill Stewart's heart would always remain. When he said in his initial press conference that being Head Coach of WVU was his last job, we believed him.


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Being the Head Coach of West Virginia University was Bill Stewart's dream job, and it seemed like he appreciated that fact every second of his time there.


Ultimately it was this passion for his job that led to his resignation a year before originally anticipated. While Dana Holgorsen was brought in to steer the Mountaineers in a different direction on the field after a third disappointing season, the Coach-In-Waiting succession plan was expected to work expressly BECAUSE Bill Stewart had a reputation as a high-character individual that would never put his own interests before the interests of the University.

The particulars of the events leading to Bill Stewart's eventual resignation can be found in this article from last year, but suffice it to say that in his own misguided way, it's very possible that Stewart believed he was acting in the best interest of his team, University, and state by providing information to the press that would prevent Dana Holgorsen from embarrassing the program after he eventually took over as head coach.

Maybe Stewart thought it was worth it even if he had to fall on the sword.

After news broke of his involvement in leaking damaging information about his successor to the press (and the subsequent public reaction clamoring for his head), Stewart agreed to a sizable buyout that ended his tenure as Mountaineer Head Coach. He did so in a respectable manner befitting a man who took so much pride in being a Mountaineer. While a press conference was held to anoint his successor, Stewart spoke only through a statement provided to the WVU Athletic Department:

"As I said on the day I was appointed head coach, what is best for WVU is my first priority. Today, I am doing what I believe to be in the best interest of the Mountaineer Nation."

Ultimately, Bill Stewart himself knew that his time at WVU was going to be analyzed mostly for what happened between the lines, but he judged his value by a far higher standard. As this quote from his obituary notes:

“I’m going to be judged on the wins. I know that. However, what I do with these young men’s lives, I’m being judged by the MASTER COACH. And that’s why I lay down every night and sleep very well.”

So it's possible to remember a man fondly without reconstructing history. Sure, many of us wanted more wins from our head football coach, but we also know that we can't forget that Bill Stewart set the standard for how damn proud the Head Coach of the West Virginia Mountaineers should be to hold that position.

He will be remembered for changing the lives of countless young men who, to a man, say that he made them better people.

He will be remembered as being as fine an ambassador for the State of West Virginia and West Virginia University as we will ever see.

He will be remembered for being a genuinely nice, caring, thoughtful, and gracious person and a devoted father, husband, and Christian.

And if you can say all those things about me when I shuffle off this mortal plane, I'll consider my life a success.

God bless Bill Stewart and his family. A grateful Mountaineer nation sends out its thoughts and prayers to you all.
By Jude
2012/05/09 9:30 am

**YOU HAVE ENTERED THE BIG EAST PRESS CONFERENCE CHAT**

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thatsaspicymeat-a-ball: So I said, "RECTUM? SHE DAMN NEAR KILLED HIM!" ahahahaha

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thatsaspicymeat-a-ball: Oh, hell. Is this thing starting?

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thatsaspicymeat-a-ball: OK then, umm... I'd like to thank members of the Big East media for joining us for this press conference today.

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thatsaspicymeat-a-ball: Obviously, the Big East is in fantastic shape after my 3 years at the helm. While those assholes at Pitt, Syracuse, TCU, and WVU CAN ALL BURN IN HELL, we've got an exciting new future with 13 (COUNT EM!) 13 football playing members in fantastic locations like SUNNY SAN DIEGO and EXOTIC HOUSTON!!!

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thatsaspicymeat-a-ball: /waits for applause

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tumbleweed: /rolls

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thatsaspicymeat-a-ball: Sure, under my watch, the Big East lost Pitt, Syracuse (a charter member of the conference), the only respectable football team we had (WVU) who was also a year off from making the Final 4, and a TCU team that hadn't even started playing in the Big East before they fled like a rat on a sinking ship.

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thatsaspicymeat-a-ball: And yes, UConn, Louisville, and Cincinnati have all openly yearned to join another conference as soon as they even have a glimmer of opportunity.

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thatsaspicymeat-a-ball: And yes, under my watch, the Big East turned down a lucrative offer for TV Rights from ESPN in an apparent attempt to play high-stakes poker even though we were holding the entertainment equivalent of a pair of 4's.

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thatsaspicymeat-a-ball: But hey, did I mention that Navy and SMU are joining?!?!

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reporter: Excuse me, but we knew all this. Why is there a press conference today?

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thatsaspicymeat-a-ball: Oh. I'm resigning.

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thatsaspicymeat-a-ball: All the assets are in place right now in the Big East. It's probably time for a commercialized kind of perspective. Clearly the collegiate model is dead.

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thatsaspicymeat-a-ball: By the way, I actually said that last one.

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reporter: Well, what are you going to do now?

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thatsaspicymeat-a-ball: I plan to follow a long, proud family tradition of stepping away from a stressful situation following a period of strong leadership.


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**YOU HAVE ENTERED THE GETTYSBURG CIVIL WAR CHAT**


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robert_E_lee: Nice of you to join us, General Marinatto.

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general_augustus_marinatto: No problem, hoss. Where do you need me and my boys?

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robert_E_lee: Wait, where is your regiment?

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general_augustus_marinatto: Weeeeeell....

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general_augustus_marinatto: We had a few desertions. But it's cool. I grabbed a couple of mules and a box of cigars to replace them.

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robert_E_lee: DEAR GOD, MAN. YOU ARE SUPPOSED TO CHARGE WITH PICKETT TOMORROW AND YOU DON'T HAVE ANY MEN!!

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general_augustus_marinatto: I'm starting to sense some pressure here that you aren't happy with my leadership.

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robert_E_lee: ...

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general_augustus_marinatto: Okeedokee then, I see my work here is done.


**YOU HAVE ENTERED THE CHAT OF THE NORTH ATLANTIC**

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uss_titanic_crew_members: CAPTAIN! THERE'S AN ICEBERG STRAIGHT AHEAD!

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captainmeatball: Uhhhh, I guess steer... left?

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uss_titanic: /strikes iceberg

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uss_titanic_crew_members: SHE'S GOING DOWN, CAPTAIN! WE'VE GOT TO ABANDON SHIP!

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captainmeatball: Nah, it's cool. Just get on the horn and get some guys to patch it up. It'll be good as new.

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uss_titanic: /sinks

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captainmeatball: Yeah, they need to bring on someone that knows how to avoid icebergs. Clearly, the maritime model is dead.


**YOU HAVE ENTERED THE 1980s UKRAINE CHAT**

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comrade_marinatto: I tell you what, there is nothing like a good nap from 1-3 in the afternoon.

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chernobyl_reactor: /explodes

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comrade_marinatto: Ok. That's probably bad.

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comrade_marinatto: Well, folks, I'm going to be resigning from my position here, as this job has suddenly gotten too stressful for me.

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comrade_marinatto: Since it's 1986, fortunately the collegiate model isn't dead. But everyone within 100 square miles of this place probably will be.

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comrade_marinatto: Do svidaniya!
By Jude
2012/03/05 6:43 pm

I am biased.

Make no mistake- Kevin Jones is my favorite WVU basketball player of all time. I love his game, the way he carries himself on the court, the way he interacts with his teammates and WVU fans, his humility, and his tenacity.

Tonight, word leaked out that my favorite player will not win the Big East Player of the Year Award, finishing second to Jae Crowder of Marquette, and as you may imagine, I have a few things to say about that.

First, lest you write off this rant as the baseless complaints of a wronged fanboy, let me give you some numbers:


- 3

That's the number of players in the history of the Big East conference to lead the league in both scoring and rebounding, after Kevin Jones did it this season. The other two were Notre Dame's Troy Murphy (2000 and 2001) and Luke Harangody (2008)

Both Murphy and Harangody won Big East Player of the Year.


- 1

That's the number of players in the nation that averaged a 20/10 this year- Kevin Jones.


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WVU couldn't have asked more of him, and he couldn't have given more in return.


- 20 vs. 17.6

That's the scoring averages of Kevin Jones and Jae Crowder, respectively.

Fun fact- the closer comparison is to Crowder's teammate, Darius Johnson-Odom who averages 18.3 ppg.

That's right, boys and girls. Jae Crowder DOESN'T EVEN LEAD HIS OWN TEAM IN SCORING. Well, he's dominant in other categories then, right?


- 11.2 vs. 7.9

That's their rebounding averages. Jones is 3rd in the nation in offensive rebounds and is almost exclusively responsible for the fact that WVU's most effective offense is usually a missed shot. (I covered that extensively in this article from last week.)

To his credit, Crowder averaged more steals (and finished 7th in the nation in that statistic), but he also averaged more fouls. Nearly every other statistical comparison of the two is insignificant. Crowder averaged a little over half of an assist more per game than KJ, and KJ shot 3% better from the field and had a few more blocks.


- 28% vs. 23%

Kevin Jones scores 20 ppg for a team that scores 72 ppg. (28%) Crowder scores 17.6 ppg for a team that scores 76 ppg. (23%)

So with a team that averages fewer possessions per 40 minutes (66.7 to 70.1), Kevin Jones scores more by over 2 full points.


- 18th and 5th
- 53rd and 79th


That's the national ranking of points per game and rebounds per game of Kevin Jones and Jae Crowder, respectively.

One could conceivably be a NATIONAL player of the year candidate. The other would be laughable.

In fact, one player is a finalist for the Wooden Award, given to the nation's best player, and the other hasn't been considered for it all season.

Keep in mind that these votes come from national media members and not that of anyone in the Big East.


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"I'M JUST GETTIN' WARMED UP!"


- Intangibles

Obviously, basketball is not a game that can be entirely analyzed by statistics and there is a need to take into account concepts like attitude, leadership, work ethic, etc.

And I'm not going to pretend to be an expert on these intangibles with Jae Crowder. I haven't watched enough Marquette games to have an opinion one way or the other.

But I can tell you that it's not remotely possible that any player in the NATION brought more to the table from an intangibles standpoint than Kevin Jones did this year. The Mountaineers' best player doubled as Big East Babysitter of the Year as WVU shepherded a whopping SEVEN true freshman through a season that saw them finish 8th in the conference.

Every freshman mistake was met with a pat on the back and an encouraging word from the senior who led by example, both in practice and in games.

Bob Huggins noted in several recent interviews that he believes WVU would've had a hard time winning even one game this season without Kevin Jones' efforts both on and off the court.

Work ethic? How about this anecdote from Bob Huggins in an AP article:

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A few weeks after arriving on campus in 2008, Jones’ ride to a summer conditioning session didn’t show up. The scrawny freshman ran nearly a mile from a residence hall and reached the basketball team’s weight room soaking in sweat.

“He said, ‘I had to run over here. I didn’t want to be late,’ Huggins recalled recently. “That’s been K.J. for four years.”


You think that's the sort of thing that rubs off on teammates?

No team asked more of a player than WVU asked of Jones this season, either. Jones was 7th in the nation in minutes per game for several reasons:

1) He had no real backups available after Pat Forsythe and Kevin Noreen went down with season-ending injuries,
2) Without his rebounding and interior defense, WVU would be eaten alive inside, and
3) Coach Huggins couldn't trust the freshmen on the team to make any in-game adjustments without Jones and Truck Bryant on the floor.

And on top of all this, Kevin Jones carries himself with more class and exhibits more sportsmanship than any basketball player I've ever seen at ANY level. (Seriously- do a Google Images search of "Kevin Jones WVU" and count how many pictures feature him smiling.)


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Just one of many images you'll find of Kevin Jones playing basketball the way it's meant to be played.


He never has a moment where his emotions get the better of him on the court. Never gets a technical foul. Never makes an embarrassing statement to the press after a game. Never had a single off-court incident worth any mention.

He's the model student-athlete in all of collegiate athletics, and West Virginia Mountaineer fans should be and are extraordinarily proud that he's represented our university for four years.

Which leads us again to the question...

How in the hell is he not Player of the Year in a conference he dominated?


Argument- Marquette finished 2nd in the Big East and won 13 of its last 15 games, while WVU finished 8th and lost seven of its final 11, so Crowder deserves the award.

This is a team award now? I thought they gave out a different trophy for that. If the award is for best teammates, I would say that this year, Crowder probably wins in a walk.

Obviously team success has some component of being a player of the year, as you wouldn't want to award some guy that was just grabbing stats on a bad team. (A guy who Kenny Smith on TNT refers to as a "looter in a riot.")

But WVU is an NCAA Tournament Team with SEVEN FRESHMEN (six true freshmen) playing significant minutes this season. The leading scorer in that bunch gets less than 8 points per game, and the leading rebounder among them is a point guard.

Kevin Jones' second-best teammate is a shoot-first, turnover-challenged point guard that shot a ghastly 37% from the field for the season.

And just to refresh your memory if you're wondering who Crowder's second banana is, please remember that Jae Crowder DOESN'T EVEN LEAD HIS OWN TEAM IN SCORING. Darius Johnson-Odom does at 18.3 ppg.

And his team's success is more attributable to him than Jones' is to his? Get the eff-word out of here. Let's boil this down to what it's REALLY about...


Political vengeance

I suppose Mountaineer fans never should have believed that Kevin Jones ever even had a realistic chance of winning this award, no matter how superior his measurable statistics were to any other player. (In a way, I'm a little ashamed that I allowed myself to believe that I didn't see the inevitability of the shaft he was going to receive.)

WVU fans recieved an indication that Jones was probably going to get screwed as early as late Saturday, as word leaked that Jones was not a unanimous All-Big East First Team selection, meaning that some coach left him off the ballot entirely.

(Put another way- there's a coach in the Big East that either thinks that Kevin Jones wasn't one of the best TWO forwards in the Big East this year, or has a Paul Bunyon-sized axe to grind against Huggins/WVU.)

Just ask WVU quarterback Geno Smith about fair play in Big East postseason awards this year. Smith lost the Big East Offensive Player of the Year award despite having 1,700 (!) more yards passing than any other QB in the Big East, 9 more touchdowns, the fewest interceptions of any full-season starter, all while leading the conference's BCS representative.

(The winner of that award, Cincinnati's Isaiah Pead had a solid season, rushing for 1259 yards and 12 TD's, but only led the league in rushing by 100 yards. Statistically speaking, he wasn't that much more valuable than Lyle McCombs of UConn. Who? Exactly.)

So with two measurably superior seasons by West Virginia University athletes being passed by their own in-conference voting mechanisms, whatever outside influence could there be that might be weighing on these decisions???

Do you think that it could be possible that Big East members are holding a grudge because West Virginia University and the Big East have been involved in a nasty divorce over the last 8 months that led to WVU paying a 20 million dollar buyout to leave the Big East to join the Big 12 next season?






Until I hear an intelligent reason why anyone in the Big East would give the Player of the Year Award to Crowder over Jones, I don't see any other rational explanation.

The butt-hurt Big East rewards a guy who didn't score, rebound, or defend as much and was less important to his team, just like they did in football with Geno Smith. But hey, it's good to see that the Big East is rewarding loyal, storied programs like Cincinnati football and Marquette basketball with trophies that belong to WVU players.

For four years, Kevin Jones has worn a patch on his jersey bearing the Big East's logo, and for four years, he's poured his heart out and represented the league with nothing less than the utmost in ability, effort, class, and dignity. And in this, his crowning season, a season that is statistically historic in the annals of the storied Big East, the Big East is settling a political vendetta by passing him over for recognition.

As Bob Huggins noted on his Twitter page, it's tough to accept that some things you can't control:

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The older I get the more I realize the only thing you can control is your attitude. Our team is really disappointed for KJ but we plan on controlling our attitude and having a great attitude towards this Big East Tournament.


A very diplomatic response by Huggs, demonstrating that he and Kevin Jones are classier than the league they're associated with these days.

Ultimately, I realize that this award isn't THAT big of a deal to most of the American sports-loving public. (Do you know who won last year? If you said Ben Hansbrough, you have a better memory than I do. It's worth noting that many at the time argued that UConn's Kemba Walker deserved the award- also having a statistically superior season to the ultimate winner- while it was given to Hansbrough, presumably because he, like Crowder, was a member of a team that finished higher in the Big East standings than Walker's Huskies. So maybe it really is only about the team.)

But when you've got a guy that does EVERYTHING for his team both in terms of on-court production, leadership, intangibles, etc., and he gets passed over for a guy that didn't have nearly the measurable impact on his team (in fact, not even leading that team in the most important statistic in basketball), something is horribly, horribly wrong with the process.

As I said at the outset, I know I'm biased.

But that doesn't mean I'm wrong.


[NEXT DAY EDIT: Coach Huggins weighs in:]

By Jude
2012/02/25 6:12 am

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It's been almost 3 years to the day since the last time this site gave out a Chris Henry Asshole of the Week award. Plenty of deserving candidates have come and gone since then, but we've been hesitant to hand it out since this award's original namesake tragically passed away after falling out of a truck.

But if ever there was a moment that someone needed to be squarely identified as the asshole of all assholes, it is Marquette Coach Buzz Williams, who committed one of the single most classless acts ever seen by an NCAA Basketball Coach following Marquette's 1-point win over the slumping Mountaineers last night.

Behold stupidity:


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That's right. He's dancing on the WV logo, to "Take Me Home Country Roads", in front of the student section, nearly inciting a riot in the process.

When asked the general question of "Why in God's name would you do that?" (or as close as Bill Raftery was able to come to that on air, as you could sense he and his partner's unease that Buzz Williams was now in their proximity and therefore in striking distance of various projectiles), he responded, "They're mad at me. I danced on the floor. They got mad. I was two-steppin' to this song. They got mad. That's my fault."

He offered a bit more of a not-really-apology in the post-game press conference, admitting that his dance was unprofessional. “I was just really excited,” he said. “I grew up in the country and ‘Country Roads’ was one of my favorite songs.” Despite his claim that this was one of his favorite songs, Williams also indicated that he didn't know the song was about West Virginia.

(On a separate note, can someone explain to me why WVU plays "Country Roads" after a loss anyway? No one wants to celebrate.)

Sure, it's one thing for a 20-year old college kid to celebrate a win by doing something that he's too stupid to know will necessitate a dozen state troopers to hold back a riot, but this is a coach. A grown-ass man.

And therefore, it is with great pleasure that I bestow the first CHAW Award in 3 years to Buzz Williams for his lack of class, his bevy of stupidity, and the outright assholishness on display following last night's game.

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