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  • in reply to: Texas Coaching Carousel #133846

    Greg – Much like the corporate world, the tone with respect to governance gets set at the top and that begins with financial responsibility to all constituents. Many of these ADs have little to no background in making difficult financial decisions in tough times. And when they do they are poor communicators of the reasons why the decisions are critical to the long term success of the program. Couple that with presidents who are insecure in their own right and just biding time until the next job becomes available and you have Texas and Auburn. And much like dissident shareholders, these boosters run around proclaiming that the demands they are making will make the program better when in reality they only further divide the base. Finally, if I hear one more time that “this is not institutional money it is booster money” and they can do as they please with it I am going to scream. When a gift is made to an institution, whether it be athletic or academic, there are certain responsibilities that accompany that gift for both parties. First, the institution is responsible for overseeing the use of those funds in a responsible manner consistent with the intent of the gift. And likewise the gift does not give the donor free reign to manage the institution. Until we see ADs and presidents willing to return gifts to donors who want to influence the outcome to stroke their egos, it will be the wild Wild West out there.  You should consider doing a piece on this. I’m sure you would find the interworking of the under belly quite intriguing.

    in reply to: Adrian Making The Most of His Professional Opportunity #132831

    Greg -Nice article. Those of us who grew up reading Mickey and Tony Constantine call this real journalism. Today people think that grabbing a gotcha moment and ranting about it on social media is journalism. Hang on my friend. You are one of a dying breed in a dying profession.

    in reply to: Kaden Prather #130982

    Except for the Super Egos, most recruiting boils down to fit and perceived ability to make an impact. Kids have a sixth sense about those. That is why coaching changes are quite devastating to some and not so much to others. Parents are even more susceptible to emotional decision making than the prospect.

    Neil Bucklew came up with the idea of filling a budget hole at the University by charging the athletic department for athletic scholarships. Much like any tax in government it never went away.

    The pride of Cross Lanes 🏈😎

    Kevin. Our inability to get to the perimeter with the run game really hurts us. It allows teams to load or shade the box, allows corners to play bail coverage, and allows backers to help in the underneath passing game. (Note our lack of success in short underneath crossing routes) inexperience at tackle hurts us but we can’t get the edge with a TE in the game. Until we fix it we will struggle offensively.

    in reply to: Jack Flemings greatest calls #116201

    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.

    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.

    in reply to: Big XII Fines #108694

    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.

    in reply to: Staff Departures Continue At WVU Football #107816

    The one thing I learned in 45 years of business. Never worry about the ones who leave. Worry about the ones who stay.

    in reply to: How many of us had this game as a W? #107711

    I had us beating ST John’s and losing this. Same record just different teams.

    in reply to: Mountaineers Have Few Problems With Austin Peay #106381

    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

    in reply to: Brown Prepares For Senior Day Sendoff #104363

    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?

    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.

    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.

    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?

    in reply to: Swing and a Miss ….. #94301

    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.

    in reply to: Back With the Women's Basketball Team #94200

    Hats off to Mike and WVU for how they handled this.

    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.

    in reply to: WVU Sports Hall of Fame Class Announced #93170

    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

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