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.”
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Big ups to the Kansas defense!
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.
The world is talking about TFGD this week, and deservedly so, but I’d like to point or redirect you to the one that had my attention for an altogether different reason.
We’re all jumping in our section and then they play 7NA and everyone stops and shudders. “[Ferocious] Claiborne…” Then that happens!
I actually saw this one in real time. I usually don’t see the texts until Sunday night, which makes for odd interactions when people I do or do not know see me after a game and go, “Yo, my text, right?” Then I tell them I’m not who they think I am, but that this happens all the time.
But this one was different. Alex Ross housed it and I, having been to many a rodeo through the years, grabbed my phone to see what time it hit the fan and what time the idea for this particular post came to me.
This is a Thing® now and it is exterminable: 7NA has to go, right? I’m a fan of the song and of the bang, and there’s no denying it gets a stadium going, but there are two problems:
1) It gets every stadium going. It’s a fact. I’ve been to every stadium in every sport and it works everywhere. Don’t argue.
2) WVU fans are now legitimately and understandably conditioned to be fearful when they hear the strings. Post-score touchdowns follow. Call it PSTD.
The first isn’t that big of a problem for me. It’s too hard to be original today, and it’s too shortsighted to keep some songs out of the rotation. The chorus of “Ohs” makes for a loud and lively scene and it’s really not different than “Shout” or “Rock n Roll Part 2″ or other songs you hear at different places.
The second one, that’s a problem, right? It’s Pavlovian for pessimism and that’s not a good vibe. I mean, everyone knows “Jump Around” at Camp Randall means the fourth quarter is about to begin. And everyone at Mountaineer Field knows 7NA is about to debilitate the Mountaineers. If you were in the stadium Saturday or watching on television at a place where it wasn’t so loud that you couldn’t hear the song and then the fans, you can’t tell me you didn’t think, if only for a moment, “…this is bad. This is bad.”
And what happened when you were right? Did you blame DeForest and Rumph and Molinari and also Matt Wells? Probably!
I don’t know what to do. Drop it completely? Ban it between a WVU score and kickoff? Don’t play any music there? Replace it with another song there? What song? But we need to make an adjustment. Open weeks are about self-evaluation and this seems like as good a place as any to make a needed improvement.
Reopening my recruitment . pic.twitter.com/M7Mbyc2yHM
— Levi Cook (@Lcoook44) September 25, 2014
That’d be Levi Cook of Huntington Prep by way of Liberty High. The big news is he’s apparently hooked on WVU-Parkersburg!
You never know how these things work. He’s always been a WVU fan, and those allegiances don’t go away so simply. There are things like, I don’t know, grades that might be a factor. He could be getting attention now that he hasn’t gotten or bee able to enjoy before. Myriad factors are in play, and they are in motion now as his recruitment is open again six weeks from signing day.
As for me, I’m off the rest of the weekend. I’ll prop up a placeholder open post a little later today.