Spring practice is almost over and before we all know it, we'll be in the depths of the offseason. So to cheer us all up a bit, we'll post some random great moments in WVU football history.
We get it started today with the game that put Don Nehlen and Jeff Hostetler on the map. On Sept. 11, 1982, WVU traveled to Norman, Okla., and dispatched of Barry Switzer and the ninth-ranked Sooners 41-27.
The Mountaineers finished the season 9-3 and ranked No. 19 nationally.
Georgia Southern knows how to make an announcement.
The above video is part of a comprehensive way in which the Stateboro, Ga., university announced it would make the jump from FCS to FBS in 2014. That's when the storied program will become a member of the Sun Belt Conference.
I know programs like Marshall and Western Kentucky have made the transition with varied levels of success, but I've never been a huge proponent of doing this. Marshall used to win national championships, now the Herd is a mid-level member of Conference USA.
The Eagles have won 10 Southern Conference titles and a record six FCS national championships since 1985. It won't surprise anyone if Georgia Southern is competitive in its new conference, but playing for NCAA hardware will officially end in 2014.
Georgia Southern is not alone in the move either. Appalachian State, another successful FCS program, is also making the leap. Of course, most college football fans remember the Mountaineers well as they pulled off possibly the biggest upset in history.
On Monday, West Virginia Illustrated reported that WVU receiver Tavon Austin has been invited by the NFL to attend the opening night of the draft on April 25.
It would seem this is great news as WVU quarterback Geno Smith is almost guaranteed to go in the first round, and by inviting Austin, someone feels he will be a first rounder also. That would mean for the first time in school history that two Mountaineers are selected in the first round.
But if you have ever watched the first round of the draft there is always a player who sits around all day (or night) waiting for their name to be called. There was Aaron Rodgers. There was Thurman Thomas. Could it be the NFL is looking for another dramatic story on the first night?
Not every NFL team is looking to draft a franchise quarterback in the 2013 draft, but those that are had to be impressed with what the saw from West Virginia's Geno Smith at Thursday's Pro Day in Morgantown.
He completed 60-of-64 passes and displayed the zip, accuracy and footwork that is needed to succeed at the highest level.
With 29 of 39 NFL teams represented, including Steelers coach Mike Tomlin, Smith rose to the occasion. He also impressed ESPN's Ron Jaworski and the NFL Network's Mike Mayock.
The draft begins on Thursday, April 25 and will run until Saturday, April 27. While Smith looks like a lock to go to either the Arizona Cardinals or Minnesota Vikings, WVU teammate Tavon Austin is also expected to go in the first round. Receiver Stedman Bailey is likely a second- or third-round pick and the rest of the Mountaineers eligible for the draft are late rounders or free-agent signings.
Pat White, West Virginia's former superstar quarterback, was very humble while speaking with the media Thursday. He was given a chance to show he can still play football for the NFL scouts who wanted to watch him after WVU's Pro Day in Morgantown.
He says he'll be back in a uniform this season. We wish him luck.