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Kevin – Starting in 1958 I grew up listening to Jack, crying when we lost and cheering when we won. Never wanted to miss a scene setter. Always put me in the mood. He was engrained in the DNA of every kid from Weirton to Welch and all points in between when there was no or very little television. Kids could tell you who Jack was but couldn’t name the governor. Fortunate that he has been followed by another great one who is building his own legacy.April 14, 2020 at 8:39 am in reply to: Leland Byrd: Impacting Mountaineer Athletics For Three-Quarters Of A Century #115874
Great job Greg. The Hammer led during some tough times. I have always believed that had he not hired Bucky Waters and Joedy Gardner his tenure would have been viewed in a much more favorable light.
Thanks guns up. As with most bureaucracies, when executives hide under their desks, issue edicts, hand out punishment and threaten others who dissent you have a bad culture. Far be it from those in leadership to look at preventive measures to improve the people, the processes and the transparency. They prefer flying around the country making cameo appearances and pontificating about the ” GOOD JOB” they are doing. That being said, the B12 presidents are responsible for hiring, evaluating, compensating and if necessary replacing the people in the B12 office. They must be happy with these people. As long as they are happy, more reactionary tyrannical decisions will be made without consequence and common sense will be relegated to the back row. The message is clear. Don’t question those in the club.
The one thing I learned in 45 years of business. Never worry about the ones who leave. Worry about the ones who stay.
I had us beating ST John’s and losing this. Same record just different teams.
Two stats stand out. 21 assists on 34 field goals and 63% from the line. A lot of those were front ends. Have to get that over 70% to compete for a spot in the upper end of the league
Greg – The past three years have really misaligned the distribution of classes on our roster due to transfers in/out etc, and the 25 scholarship limit. How long will it take to “normalize” the roster, if there is such a thing in this day and age?August 27, 2019 at 7:41 am in reply to: WVU Depth Chart, Personnel Notes For Week One Vs. JMU #96373
You have to be committed to the run game to be effective in short yardage situations. If you watch Oklahoma, you see that. They obviously have talent, but they also run the power game, run the pin and pull game and run the inside and outside zone. They even run some unbalanced stuff. In the second half of our game last year they wore us out putting the formation to the field and running back to the boundary. You can’t be that versatile in the run game without commitment.August 24, 2019 at 3:55 pm in reply to: JMU’s Curt Cignetti, Part 1: Back Where It All Began #96191
I kept trying and they went away at about noon. I had a link from Twitter shortly before midnight so maybe I’m special after all. Thanks for responding . I am investigating the pop up blocker. By the way, good job on the story.August 24, 2019 at 10:32 am in reply to: JMU’s Curt Cignetti, Part 1: Back Where It All Began #96175
Greg I hate these ads that pop up. Been trying to get to CC interview for two days and can’t get past the ad loop. Why do I pay a premium for this aggravation?
Huggs needs to concentrate on the culture. In any organization, culture can overcome a lot. Lesser talent with good culture will usually beat superior talent with bad culture. That being said, good players win games.
Hats off to Mike and WVU for how they handled this.July 8, 2019 at 8:45 pm in reply to: Jerry West: All-Time Great On Court And In Front Office #93671
Having watched the man since junior year at WVU, one thing makes him different. He HATES to lose, whether it be basketball, golf or cards. That fear has driven him to greatness . Very few people have that drive. The best ever.
So Happy for all of them. Pete, Thunder, and the most charismatic Bulger. I still remember the BS charging call on Prue in the Duke game. Great class and great job by selection committee
Once again Greg you have crafted a nice article based on fact and your keen insight into the business . Having recruited WVU and Marshall as well as other state college kids for our business for over forty years, I often competed against firms in Charlotte, DC, Lexington, Columbus, Pittsburgh and Richmond. Along the way I learned some valuable lessons. First, some kids are predisposed to leaving the state. That didn’t mean that we didn’t recruit them hard enough, it just meant that they wanted to go to different area. In fact, we got many of those folks on the rebound. Second, I would rather have a kid who wants to be here rather than one who is second guessing his decision very day and not performing at the highest level. Many of the out of state kids we recruited became embedded in the community and remained in West Virginia for most of their lives. Finally I learned that when you produce outstanding results, no one asks where your team is from, they just compliment them for their achievement .
We have hired our composer, let’s allow him to write the script, select the orchestra and see if we like how it sounds. The proof is always the butts in the seats, the eyeballs on the screen, and the cash in the bank.
Nice work Greg. Everyone who has been on any sort of team knows that culture and chemistry play a big part in success. The inspiration for a group of individuals to move in the same direction is predicated upon one’s ability to adapt to change, and I don’t just mean a change in leadership . Many times any change in people, process or culture causes one to reassess his own position, opportunity, security and comfort and change provides a vehicle to exit whether voluntarily or otherwise. It is then incumbent on those who remain to buy into the vision, create small short term wins, celebrate those wins, and translate them into bigger and bigger wins. Usually a good leader can make that happen. Stand by.
Happy Fathers Day
Kevin- You May want to look into Jones situation a bit further. There may be other things outside of football leading to this decision. Not sure but perhaps.