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Thursday, June 30, 2011
I am of a mind that the European trip is vital in bringing this team to be on the same page. There simply aren't any easy nights in Big East play. To again make the Dance WVU is going to have to hold serve at home, win all four games on the road against likes of Rutgers, Setan Hall, USF and Providence. I am not saying that even that will be easy to do with a youthful team.
Bob Huggins has much work to do this season. Thank all that is right and holy that we have him steering this ship through that gauntlet.
Anyway, it might be a little early to obsess about the upcoming round-ball season but hard not to be impressed with this in-conference schedule. RPI-SOS shall like us again.
Wednesday, June 29, 2011
Welcome home Deontay
Saturday, June 25, 2011
Always an important position to fill, the CB becomes a man on an island. Da'Quan will have high expectations placed upon him in the 3 3 5 to produce. This position is usually a thin one at WVU so I am excited that he has decided to come ball at WVU. He had an offer from Marshall as well. It looked like he was about to get offered from South Carolina, Maryland, and Virginia. WVU was the first to make an offer and it appears that that was the clincher. Def Coordinator Jeff Casteele was primary recruiter.
This momentum is something to talk about now. Both Offense and Defense is being addressed in the 2012 class.
Welcome to Eer family Da'Quan.
Friday, June 24, 2011
WVU nets yet another RB/Athlete its third for the class. This position which, should be noted transfers into slot receivers as well, is becoming a theme of the 2012 class. The momentum of this June is very encouraging. After what appeared to be a rough month for then HCIW, Dana Holgorsen, he has amped up the verbals, and with it some good will.
Holgorsen could throw his hat in the upcoming US Presidential race with the commits he is receiving. Recruits are committing from Texas, Florida, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and New Jersey I challenge you to find a candidate wouldn't want to have those states in the 2012 election. Of course he is running (or passing) on the Eer Nation ticket.
Welcome to WVU family Albert.
Thursday, June 23, 2011
Wednesday, June 22, 2011
The many posts you have read this summer have been researched formed and written at one of this writer’s favorite watering holes. I want to commend the same to all of my readers. You may find them at 737 William Ave. Davis, WV. If your pleasure is Coffee and its derivatives, Beer, Cider or Ale this place is the place for you. Oh and did I tell you that it is equipped with free Wi-Fi. The owner, Kade Archuleta is an energetic entrepreneur who is making this place into a must visit for all who travel to beautiful Tucker County, WV.
Tuesday, June 21, 2011
Monday, June 20, 2011
He joins the five other commits to the 2012 class: Running Back from Florida, J.T. Washington Imarjaye Albury Defensive Tackle from Miami, Florida; Pro Style QB Ford Childress from Houston, TX; Safety Jarrod Harper from
Frostburg Maryland; and Outside Linbacker Joseph Jackson from Jacksonville, Fl.
Welcome home Brandon
The Sunshine State blessed WVU with 2 very special players in 2007. Noel Devine was already a legend on You Tube and a 5 star talent who was expected to take Morgantown by storm. Jock Sanders was a lesser known talent to the media at large but not so much to the then WVU coaching staff. They realized that Jock was going to be an impact player for years to come. Noel made impact runs throughout that first season’s campaign with huge runs against Maryland and Marshall. Noel saved his best performance from that season for the 2008 version of the Fiesta Bowl where he set the WVU single rush yardage record.
While both would continue to astound WVU faithful for the following 2 years, expectations for the 201o campaign were through the roof. Heisman campaigns were implemented for Noel pre-season. And then 2010 happened, Noel went from Heisman Hopeful to target for every defender he faced. He was not put in a position to succeed like he was in hi inaugural season. He went from being in space to running straight up the gut. Though no one can question his strength, Noel’s diminutive size would suggest that he would be better utilized in space. Jock was used as Noel’s back up in the running back position for most of his early career moving to the slot later on in his Career. Both were utilized in the return game.
Admittedly, I think the slot was a good spot for Jock, I however, think throwing the ball to him in the flat or bubble screen repeatedly with no medium or deep rout mixed in cost him dearly in terms of yardage. Jock caught 10 balls in a game that netted 30 yards, this from a guy that was exceptional after the catch. I have stated in the past that scheme is a much bigger part of a team’s success than athleticism. This is my case in point.
Steve Slaton and Darius Reynaud were the predecessors at their relative positions. Both players are on NFL rosters. I am hopeful that Noel and Jock will too see success at the next level but I have to question whether they both could have or should have found their way onto the draft board. While looking backwards isn’t the focus of this blog, I feel that this is an issue that could be honestly and critically debated. I am hopeful to hear all of your thoughts.
Good luck to both of these athletes in their future endeavors.
Saturday, June 18, 2011
Coach Holgorsen much like his boss Oliver Luck have made it abundantly clear that the singular goal of this football program is championships, both of the Big East and of course National variety. The above goals require some up-grading in the WVU athletic budget. I think that some measures taken by Oliver and the WVU BOG has moved us in that direction. While, I am not so fond of paying more for football tickets, I am willing to do my part. I also think I would rather pay 10 dollars for a beer at MP Stadium if I can toast the Eers come the New Year when they hoist the BCS Championship Trophy. As I understand it. Another way that WVU is going to attempt to increase revenue is to further capitalize MP Stadium with banner advertisement. And the big rumor is that WVU shall add additional high dollar seating on Press box side of stadium. So Coach Holgorsen, it looks like a commitment is being made toward the excellence you desire.
Coach Holgorsen made an interesting comment in an interview yesterday regarding "being prepared for future conference expansion." I think he and Mr. Luck understand that standing still is going backwards, that type of progressive thought can reap some wonderful benefits. If you want to compete with the elite you need to think like them. WVU is moving in that direction. We have new leadership and it appears we have new commitment to excellence. Eer Nation get ready for some fun.
Friday, June 17, 2011
Thursday, June 16, 2011
Anyway, you can pick up copies at Dairy Marts, Go Marts, Arrow Head in Deep Creek Maryland, as well as Siriannis Pizzeria in Davis WV among other wonderful places in four States. Of course you can opt to order a copy off of his website linked to the right. Bruce Irvin is featured on the cover. What are you waiting for go get your copy now.
Friday, June 10, 2011
Some things to ponder:
- Just how many sacks will the tandum of Bruce Irvin and Julian Miller tally this year?
- With the Air Raid Offense in full effect will the receiving records be shattered this season?
- Will our QB be getting an invite to the Touchdown Club in NYC this December?
- Could Tavon Austin be the most explosive player to don the Old Gold and Blue?
- Which Running Back will be the starter after fall camp? (Depth appears to be great.)
Welcome aboard to our new Head Coach!!!
Let's Go Eers!!!
Tuesday, June 7, 2011
We've heard much over the last three and a half years about Bill Stewart's loyalty to the State of West Virginia and to WVU. The events that have been disclosed over the last week, specifically that Stewart contacted multiple reporters in an attempt to generate negative publicity about Dana Holgorsen, give us reason to question that notion. While I don't doubt Stewart's loyalty the the state for a second, I believe that he subsumed his loyalty to WVU to the previous, now-departed cronies that ensconced him as Head Coach. Now that Pastilong, Garrison, Manchin, etc, are gone, Stewart has acted repeatedly to undermine both his colleagues and his boss. Such behavior is not the sign of loyalty. It is the sign of a man motivated by naked self-interest.
Not surprisingly, many football coaches are motivated by naked self-interest. Saban, Petrino, and Kiffen all come to mind as especially potent examples of this character trait. So does another familiar name from around these parts: Rich Rodriguez. How devastatingly ironic that Bill Stewart has engaged in a sort of disloyalty more atrocious than that of his predecessor. It's one thing to leave West Virginia and go to Michigan, even if you lie and deceive in the process. Quite another to try to defame Dana Holgorsen, sabotage Oliver Luck and sully the program in the hopes of eking out.... what? a tenuous chance of remaining head coach? At the expense of how much humiliation and setback for the program he claims to love?
Holgorsen and Luck, of course, have erred as well. Holgorsen by choosing to disagree with the determination of a bartender that he was too drunk to serve. And Luck, by failing to fire Stewart for cause for the NCAA violations under Stew's watch.
I feel like the most appalling thing about this whole charade is that Bill Stewart hasn't grasped the reality of the situation. Most AD's in Luck's position, if they want to install a new coach, will dispense with the incumbent in as unceremonious and inexpensive a manner as possible. But Luck, placing value on the "loyalty" Bill Stewart has shown, gave him a golden parachute- another year in his dream job, and a cushy financial package in a post-coaching role with the Athletic Department. In reality, there is a strong argument to be made that Luck could have gotten the university out of its contractual obligations to Stewart because of the NCAA violations Stewart oversaw. He could have been cashiered, tossed to the curb, and disgraced. But Luck treated Stew better by an immense long-shot than he had to. And this is the thanks he gets.
I am of the opinion that Stewart's sense of judgment in these events is many times worse than Holgorsen's or Luck's, and that Stewart should be severed from the program as soon as it's feasible.
Friday, June 3, 2011
He joins the four other commits to the 2012 class: Imarjaye Albury Defensive Tackle from Miami, Florida; Pro Style QB Ford Childress from Houston, TX; Safety Jarrod Harper from
Frostburg Maryland; and Outside Linbacker Joseph Jackson from Jacksonville, Fl.
Looks like this class is going to be a talented and fast one. Future looks bright indeed. Cautious note of author these are verbals only.
On a serious note, I am of the belief that this isn't going to drastically change the "behavior issues" continually being debated regarding this issue. I do believe that the revenue generated from beer sales will be significant. I am looking forward to another excellent season of Mountaineer football and now I am going to get to drink my first MP Stadium beer on a Sunday. Let us hope that the selection of beers will be a good one.
Oliver luck said,"the beer will be sold in plastic containers, it will not be sold near the student section and only two beers will be sold per visit to the beer stand. The vendors will not be selling beer in the stands. The fans will have to get up and walk to a stand to buy it. Those fans who have had enough will not be served."
Thursday, June 2, 2011
Vindication. WVU disputes claims in Chuck Landon's Article as being blatant inaccuracies and outright lies.
While WVU is not taking any legal action against those newspapers it is clear that they have responded regarding these matters. "A WVU source said Wednesday the university will not take any action, but "knows the Herald-Dispatch story had blatant inaccuracies.""... "The column also cited a source that said Clements told Luck "that if he read one more article about the coach-in-waiting, it would cost Luck his job."One WVU representative close to Luck and Clements called that an "outright lie.""- Charleston Daily Mail
So where does this story go from here? I am hopeful that it shall be dead. One thing I know for sure Chuck Landon's credibility is now called completely into question. He frankly should lose his job over this activity. I fear however, that the Huntington Herald Dispatch has received so much attention regarding his column that he will get a raise. I can't wait till September 3. At that time Coach Holgorsen will be afforded an opportunity to hit ole Chucky right where it hurts the most, on the scoreboard.
Air Raid sirens from Morgantown will be sounding so loudly that even those in Huntington shall hear them.
Wednesday, June 1, 2011
Charleston Daily Mail questioning the use of a sports column. Mike Casazza makes excelant points about the ethics of the press. One such point, " I just think, well, I think it was wrong on a few levels, none greater than using a column to deliver news because you can tiptoe around providing facts in an opinion-based format … and very few people will realize the distinction." I think it is a must read in reaction to the article written by Chuck Landon.
Scott Grayson of West Virginia Illustrated does a nice expo on the newest members of the WVU HOOPS team. Will this class rival the one that lead us to the final four? I don't know but this batch of youth looks pretty impressive. I know Da Geek is excited to see the newcomers this November. I would love to see some of their play in Europe this summer but I have my doubts about seeing anything on the TV. One this is for sure these new-comers shall get thrown into the deep end of the practice pool in short order for Coach Huggs.
Garrett Cullen of Metro-News comments on the need for Tyler Bitancurt to return to his first year form this up-coming season. "“(More) consistency,” Bitancurt said of his summer goals."
Phil Steele did his all Big East Team. It was echoed on ESPN's Big East Blog. Notable Mountaineers making first team honors are: Quarterback Geno Smith; Receiver Tavon Austin;Center Joe Madsen; Offensive Guard Josh Jenkins; Offensive Tackle Don Barclay; Defensive End Bruce Irvin; Defensive Tackle Julian Miller; Linebacker NAjee Goode; Corner back Keith Tandy; Safety Terence Garvin all made the mark. I am of the opinion that there are a few members of the WVU receiving corps which shall make the post season mark: Tyler Urban and Stedman Bailey.
Off of Smoking Musket a little insight into Chris Neild as a Red Skin. What does Coach Shanahan think of him? "Everything," Shanahan blurted at a press conference following the Draft when asked what he liked about Chris Neild. "I love the way he competes. I love how important football is to him, because you can tell. He's got a mindset when he plays, and you can tell he really enjoys football. He lines up right over that center and competes on every down. I'll be surprised if doesn't come in here and do everything possible to make this football team. Just talking to him, I could tell he's excited and wants to get here right away and do what he can do to make this football team. He's a great competitor." Well Chris if you are going to impress someone that is the guy to impress. Good luck as a Skin.
I hope you have enjoyed these excerpts as well as the full articles linked from here.
It is a hot day to be a Mountaineer at least where I am. :)