WVU coach Dana Holgorsen feels fortunate to escape with a 24-17 win against William & Mary in the opener and he promises the team will get better. Next up is a road trip to Norman, Okla., to take on the Sooners.
Take the time to ponder this for a moment: the next time WVU plays Virginia Tech the guys taking the field in that game are currently in elementary school and junior high.
The two nationally relevant programs announced today that they will square off again in 2021 (Morgantown, W.Va.) and 2022 (Blacksburg, Va.). The fact these two rivals could put any differences aside and find a way to get back on the field is great for both programs and college football.
It seems highly unlikely that either coach will still be with the respective programs, but the Black Diamond Trophy is on the line again. Of course, we have to play eight more college football seasons before we get this game, but you can bet I'll be getting my tickets.
You see, I miss this regional match ups. I want Pitt and Penn State back on the schedule. I actually wish the college presidents would come to their senses and remake the conferences based on regions and not TV markets. But I digress.
Today is a time to praise the ADs for these two programs for making it happen. It also ratchets up my disgust for that overrated program from the ACC.no comments
West Virginia coach Dana Holgorsen was hoping to find a starting quarterback during Saturday’s spring game.
Paul Millard and Ford Childress each had their moments during the game and tried to make a case to be the No. 1 guy. Millard threw touchdown passes of 10, 46 and 24 yards, while Childress connected with Jordan Thompson for a 65-yard scoring strike.
If you’re scoring at home and think you know who the starter will be in August, well, the spring game didn’t make matters any clearer.
But Holgorsen’s best option may have been on the sidelines. On Saturday, former Florida State quarterback Clint Trickett was in Morgantown as he looks for a new program.no comments
It's a new day and of course there's a college football team unveiling new uniforms.
Today, it was West Virginia and I almost hate to admit it, but I like the new options.
The gold matte helmet is sweet and will be the first time since the 1970s since the Mountaineers haven't worn a blue or white helmet.
For those of you who don't like them, well, it's not about you. This is about 18 year old high school kids who Dana Holgorsen is trying to recruit.
Most of them love it.no comments
West Virginia has been here before.
Now you can add Geno Smith to the list.
Typically there is a one- or two-year transition with someone like Greg Jones, Chad Johnston or Jarrett Brown.no comments
The 1994 season was a bit of a disappointment, especially coming off a 11-1 campaign the year before. But the Mountaineers didn't have Jake Kelchner or Darren Studstill at quarterback any longer and there were some growing pains with Chad Johnston.
But the West Virginia native had one of his best moments against the Mountaineers' biggest rival (Pitt).
This game included three blocked field goals (two returned for touchdowns), a blocked punt, an interception returned for a score and a fumble returned for a TD.
The Panthers actually ralled from a 31-6 deficit to take a 41-40 lead with less than 50 seconds to play. But Johnston connected with Zach Abraham on a 60-yard score to pull out a 47-41 win.
WVU went on to finish 7-6 after facing five ranked teams that fall, including wins over Boston College (21-20) and Syracuse (13-0).
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.
Look what we have here ... WVU's 2013 spring media guide.no comments
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?no comments
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.