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FedEx Field to Host WVU JMU in 2012

4 Sep

The West Virginia Mountaineers will take on the James Madison Dukes at FedEx Field September 15, 2012. The Washington Redskins announced that their stadium will host the second ever meeting of the two programs. Due to the short distance and tons of alumni in the Washington DC region this should be an great environment for the fans.

Big Loss For WVU

14 Jul

When the Mountaineers take the field this fall they will be without their starting veteran lineman Josh Jenkins. Jenkins suffered a season ending injury during West Virginia’s spring game.

The school said in a press release that Jenkins will miss the entire 2011 season.

“After waiting and rehabbing Jenkins’ left knee injury from the spring game, April 29, it became apparent that the patellar stability – kneecap – was not enough to play football at his level of ability effectively.

The MCL – Medial Collateral Ligament injury healed nicely, but there still remained concern. Therefore, Jenkins underwent successful surgery, Tuesday, July 5, by Dr Bal at Ruby Hospital, to tighten the medial (big toe side) patellar retinaculum to help better track the patella for its normal function. Jenkins remains in a leg brace for six weeks, then will regain strength and slowly regain any residual lost motion due to the immobilization period.

At the appropriate time, he will begin the back-to-run/play-progression, which all totaled will be 6 months from surgery until fully healed and strong enough to play FB. He should be fully participatory for winter training and then spring FB. He is entitled to Medical Hardship the 2011 season and return for senior year 2012.”

Best Pre-Game Speeches Of All TIme

19 Jun

Below is a collection of some of the best pre-game speeches ever delivered.

Coach Bill Stewart prior to the Fiesta Bowl against Oklahoma

Georgia Tech football chaplain Derrick Moore before playing Notre Dame

Collection of Phillip Fulmer speeches

University of Alabama great Paul “Bear” Bryant

Al Pacino – Any Given Sunday – “Inch By Inch”

Lee Corso Pregame Speech

Vince Lombardi’s Super Bowl Pregame Speech

WVU Adds Two Offensive Lineman

24 Jan

West Virginia gets two offensive linemen commits. In the attempt to rebuild the stock pile of talent that was routinely evident under the control of Rich Rodriquez, this is good news to Mountaineer Nation. One staple in Rich Rod’s recruiting war chest was getting players from the state of Florida. Well one of the two commits is a 6`5 280 pound lineman from American Heritage-Plantation in Florida. Russell Haughton-James was previously committed to the University of Minnesota but decommitted after they fired their coach.

The other lineman is Brandon Jackson a huge 6`5 330 pound tackle from powerhouse Lakewood St. Edwards in Cleveland, Ohio.

That makes three lineman for WVU, the other being Parkersburg’s Justin Johnson.

WVU’s Stewart Must Pack His Bags NOW

30 Oct

January 2, 2008 the West Virginia Mountaineers took the field with an interim head coach by the name of Bill Stewart. At the completion of the game the Mountaineers earned themselves the Fiesta Bowl win. Bill Stewart was named head football coach of WVU the following day.

However, his hire didn’t sit well with all in Mountaineer Nation, most notably Ken Kendrick. Kendrick who is a WVU booster and co-owner of the Arizona Diamondbacks said at the time that he was “very concerned” with the future of West Virginia University football.

Kendrick also said he felt that Stewart was “overmatched”. Well as I sit and reflect on Stewart’s tenure as head coach I would have to agree with Mr. Kendrick.

The people of the great state of West Virginia worship Mountaineer football. Thus, the dramatic decline in the production of the program has to lie in the arms of its leader. Bill Stewart had plenty of time to continue to build on the production of Rich Rodriquez; however, he decided he would move the program into a new pass happy, balanced attack. This lapse in judgment reflects the failed philosophy of him and his staff to utilize the talent in place. Having small shifty players that are all undersized for their positions fits into a spread attack NOT a power running game and passing offense.

As an alumnus of West Virginia I was reluctant to call for Bill’s firing because he is such a great person. However, after watching the games over the past few years, I am uncomfortable with the direction of the program’s future.

I would suggest bringing in a coach that can quickly revitalize the Mountaineers. So I plead with Athletic Director Oliver Luck and President James Clement to relieve Bill Stewart of his duties at the completion of this season.

A suitable replacement would be Mike Leach former Texas Tech head coach, WVU alum Tommy Bowden, Oregon’s offensive coordinator Mark Helfrich, or former Tulsa offensive coordinator and current Auburn coordinator Gus Malzahn.

USA Today Coaches’ Poll

11 Oct

After this weekend lost to South Carolina, we all expected to see Alabama fall in the polls. However, falling to #8 wasn’t what I had in mind. But I guess it makes a little sense. Alabama is ranked first among one loss teams. Another shocker for me is seeing that the impressive Oregon Ducks wasn’t the #1 team.

Miami the then # 14 team and Northwestern the then # 25 both didn’t make the poll this week. They were replaced by the Air Force Falcons and the Mountaineers of West Virginia.

Breaking Down The College Football Polls

28 Sep

This past weekend of college football has had a profound effect on the polls. Of course the biggest team that had the biggest dive is Texas. However, their slide was much deserved because they played a horrible game against UCLA. The Mountaineers of West Virginia was kicked out the polls after losing to LSU. The good folks over at CBSSports.com break it all down for us. Really entertaining for all you poll geeks

Video: WVU vs. LSU Breakdown

24 Sep

The West Virginia Mountaineers will travel to SEC country to play the LSU Tigers. The Mountaineers looks to go to Baton Rouge and punish the hurting Tigers. LSU is hoping the offense will finally produce this weekend. Spencer Tillman breaks down the matchup. Video courtesy of CBSSports.com