There’s a lot to cover today and most if it has nothing at all to do with WVU football. We’ll get there eventually, for certain, but today begins as all Thursdays during a game week begin: We chat at 11 a.m. It’s open now, so get your questions in if you want.
Omitted from the above: Kansas has a pretty good tight end!
It’s really that time. Pardon my interruption early on in this. I was checking up on the Kansas Fieldhouse Apartments and wanted to ask a question on that topic, though that video montage is now gone and I never asked the question. You’ll just have to trust me on that one. It wasn’t my ringtone or “Dana, probably.”
(Whoops. Not sure why the video wasn’t in the original post.)
Lo, and there was the Good and the Bad of WVU v. Kansas 2013 and, welp, this was not pretty.
Whirlwind today with the regularly scheduled football obligations with a side of Bob Huggins at 2:30 p.m. There should be video of both, if you’ll allow me the time to get it taken and posted.
More from the vault? More from the vault! Here’s the Good and the Bad of WVU v. Kansas 2012, in which Geno Smith was damn near perfect and I was damn near unbearable if would have it happened. That edition also gave birth to a Thing we see here quite often.
Just about that time, gang. The schedule is locked down, save one to-be-dictated-by-TV game on Jan. 17. Impression? Not conducive for me! Five deadline-killers in Big 12 play alone and two of them are road games. Neat! No early starts on the road in conference play, though.
Give the WVU punter an off week and he’ll give you this.
How about last year’s Texts From Kansas Game Day to get you through this spot on the blog? Is that something you’d be interested in reading?
Also, Darly Worley might be back sooner rather than later. I’ve heard there could be movement toward a conclusion soon and perhaps today.
This is not a surprise. In addition to the losses and the clear lack of progress and the way he was demeaning his team, there was mounting evidence he was asleep at the wheel.
Charlie Weis will be the first head coach from a Power 5 conference to be fired this year. After going 1-17 in Big 12 play in his first two years at Kansas, the 58-year-old comes into this season already on thin ice. Won’t help that his team lost its top two running backs to season-ending injuries or that word is he’s falling asleep in team meetings.
Bruce Feldman, if you need him. But worse than that — imagine that, for a moment — is this gem from Saturday.
Listening to Kansas radio pregame show: Charlie Weis on UT RB’s: “They can give it to Bergeron too…” Nope, think he’s gone Charlie.
— Ricky Doyle (@RickyDoyle) September 27, 2014
Bergeron is one of many players dismissed during the Charlie Strong Takeover and is now the leading rusher at Texas A&M-Commerce.
So Weis, outscored 64-3 by two high visibility teams this season, had to go, and it happens at an odd time for West Virginia. The Mountaineers play host to the Jayhawks at 4 p.m. Saturday and today is the day coaches spend like 15 hours watching film and putting game plans together. A coaching change on the other side of the schedule is not welcome news.
But then again, what can WVU do? The coaches can only prepare for what they see on film. They can’t chase ghosts or prepare for things they have not seen. If something new pops up in the game, you adjust on the fly, though perhaps you spend some time thinking about conditionals this week.
Similarly, defensive coordinator Clint Bowen, who is now the interim coach, and offensive coordinator John Reagan, is his first season after a successful run at Rice, only have today and tomorrow to make whatever changes they deem necessary and then three days to practice them.
The wheel will still be round. It may spin a little faster or have some more air in it or, who knows, blow out in the middle of the action. But it’s still a wheel and it hasn’t taken the Jayhawks very far lately.