By EerRadJohnny
2006/07/27 5:35 pm

Just when you thought it couldn't get any better, the Friends Of Coal Bowl went all mad as hell and showed the world that we wouldn't take a back seat to anyone and got marquee spokesman and Bass Master Jeremy Starks, not that Jeremy Starks, this one....

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Tell me this face doesn't just scream "I'm here to promote some football"!

I swear, I don't know if I'm bitching, or showing the rest of the world how far inside the box we can really get. No offense, I like to spend the day out on the lake fishing, but come on!

Hypothetical list of others that were considered:

Little Jimmy Dickens
Joyce DeWitt
The Black Diamond I've seen him a couple times, not too shabby.
Bob Denver
Morgan Spurlock

You know, I kind of like Morgan, so no hard feelings buddy. But, you see where I'm going with this. All I'm saying is why can't we just settle for no spokesman? Spokesman=money going out insted of in. Jeremy Starks as spokesman=money going out with no return on investment!

Love ya Old Gold and Blue, but this sucks!
By EerRadJohnny
2006/07/22 1:56 pm

Going over the statistics from last year, a few things jump out at me that will need improvement for this to be a successful year. Our sacks, and tackles for loss need to come up. We ranked 5th and 6th respectively in those categories in the Big East last year. This is directly linked to our inability to penetrate the line of scrimage. And let's face it, the current Big East isn't known for outstanding offensive lines, present company excluded. Many times, we had to gamble with bringing a safety to get pressure on the QB. Against some teams, this is not a concern, but against the Louisville's of the world, it can be feast or famine.

Which leads to us to being 4th in defensive passing efficiency. Some of that could be because we were up early on a lot of teams, and they had to pass to get back in the game, but we can get better.

As with our basketball team, some things are more important than others for our defense. As rebounds are not as important as turnover margin in basketball, sacks and tackles for loss are not as important as turnovers, and forcing the other team to be patient. The 3-3-5 stack is designed to force teams into making mistakes, rather than a smothering defense. A team that can make few mistakes, and can be satisfied with token runs, and short pass plays can be successful.

As is though, we have a defensive backfield that is long on talent, but short on experience. The front 7 will need to be dominating in every game until the d-backs get settled. That means less gambling, and more straight up beating your man.

This is where the early games of 2006 will be decided.
By EerRadJohnny
2006/07/15 3:10 am

Willie Williams to WV! From Yahoo Sports:

Former University of Miami linebacker Willie Williams, one of the school's biggest and most controversial football recruits in recent memory, will transfer to West Virginia after requesting and receiving his release last Tuesday from the Hurricanes, Yahoo! Sports has learned.

Now, I think I would give just about anything to be part of the conversation between Williams and Coach Rod! Here is timeline of Williams over the last 7 years:

Williams timeline

November 1999 - July 2002: Willie Williams is arrested 10 times on various charges, including five arrests (two felony charges) in 2000.

Jan. 30-31, 2004: Williams visits the University of Florida on a recruiting stop. Eventually he's accused of numerous offenses, including two counts of battery and one count of preventing or obstructing a fire extingusher.

Feb. 10, 2004: Williams turns himself in at a Broward County jail on an arrest warrant that states he violated his probation during the recruiting trip to Florida. Three days later, he's released on $2,500 bond and placed on house arrest.

March 23, 2004: Williams turns himself into the Alachua County Jail on Gainesville. He is released on $5,000 bond.

June 22 and July 6, 2004: Williams escapes jail time for Gainesville arrest and probation violation and placed on four years' combined probation.

July 6, 2004: Williams avoids jail time and is placed on three years probation for violating the initial probation.

July 27, 2004: Miami Athletic Director Paul Dee announces he will permit Williams to attend Miami under strict academic conditions. He was eventually admitted by president Donna Shalala.

Aug. 25, 2004: Williams undergoes surgery to repair a torn ligament in his right knee, missing the season.

2005 Season: Williams records 17 tackles in a limited role.

July 11, 2006: Williams seeks a transfer.

Now I'm all for second chances, but this one leaves me scratching my head. Something tells me Williams has a great future in sales, because it would seem he could sell a popsicle to an eskimo for all the times he has been in trouble and has been able to convince someone he's going to change his ways.

Coach Rod has shown over the last couple years that he isn't going to take anyone's crap. You either do it his way, or you don't play. You've got a great chance at WVU Willie, don't blow it.
By EerRadJohnny
2006/07/06 2:14 am

Somehow, ESPN managed to put together a poll of the best things in college sports, and left WVU off every list. Here is a sample of some of the questions, and why WVU should be on that list, either because of our sheer badassedness, or because of schools that have no business being on that list before us. (This means you Va. Tech.)

1) What is the best school song? Now if Tennessee can be on there for Rocky Top, surely we can be on there for Country Roads. And "Iowa fight song"? What an incredible name, I guess.

2) What is the best college tradition? Is there a better tradition in college sports than burning couches? I think not! No one seems to be copying dotting the I, but everyone and their brother is burning couches these days.

4) Which school has the best fans? Duke? Would anyone really show up if Dick Vitale wasn't slobbing their knob the whole game? Why don't those incredible fans show up for football games? Va. Tech? There's a rumor going around that Va. Tech fans were used for the fans in the movie "The Longest Yard", because they were comfortable cheering for criminals. The nation got to see what great, dedicated fans we have at last years Pitt game when the temps were around zero!

5) Which school has the best live mascot? The Mountaineer has a gun. Nuff said!

8) What is the best college town? Is there another town in America as closely tied to its university as Morgantown? I think not! If you're looking for a good time, remember that Playboy quit listing WVU in their top party school lists, because "we don't rank professionals"!

9) What is the best college rivalry? The Backyard Brawl may not be the best, but if the voice of your school does this,
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then it is a rivalry worth this list!
By EerRadJohnny
2006/06/30 7:08 am

Bad news abound today. The lack of a Mountaineer being drafted in the NBA. Shocking news from Northwestern that Head Football Coach Randy Walker died of an apparent heart attack. As a side note, I want to give a hat tip to ESPN for showing their total lack of class and keeping this story on the side bar and not making it front page news. Nice Job! My thoughts and prayers go out to Randy Walker's family.

In other news that has to be considered somewhat shocking, prized tOSU recruit Raymond Small has met NCAA standards for competing in college athletics, but is still waiting on tOSU to clear his eligibility. My only question is what happened to tOSU's standards when they let Maurice Clarette in? Did Cheatypants McSweatervest lose some measure of power in the admissions department?

And finally Marshall website Herd Country has changed their logo to better reflect the attitude toward the football team.

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