Monday, November 28, 2005


In case you live in a rock or vagina or something, West Virginia captured its second-ever outright Big East Championship, as well as the accompanying BCS berth. The Mountaineers improved to 6-0 in conference play with a 45-13 thumping of Pittsburgh in the Backyard Brawl. Steve Slaton and Pat White rushed for something like 9,272 yards in the game.

A few points. First, I truly believe Coach Rodriguez deserves some consideration for Coach of the Year honors. Regardless of the team chemistry aspect, he still lost several highly-talented players. But a year without egos and expectations, Rodriguez harnessed the leftover and incoming talent and truly outdid himself.

Just for the record, I predicted this team to go 7-4, plus a bowl game. I like when I'm wrong, sometimes.

*Louisville has accepted an invitation to participate in this year's Toyota Gator Bowl. They will compete, however, sans Brian Brohm. Uh oh.

*The WVU men's basketball team is under .500, and they are more than 1 game into the season. As Rich Rodriguez learned last season (and Jason Gwaltney this season), competing with high expectations and a target isn't always a pleasure.

I'm also not surprised by some of the fallout. Most people are quick to forget the trials and tribulations the team endured last season prior to vaulting into America's hearts with their performances in the Big East and NCAA Tournaments.

Do not doubt Coach Beilein. His team - which is understandably missing the precense of D'or Fischer and Tyrone Sally - is learning on the fly against teams that will likely be 1, 2 and 3 seeds come March.

*Two weeks left of student teaching. If anyone has a job opportunity for me, hit me up.


At 4:15 PM, Anonymous Ryan said...

Chuck, the Mets aren't going to win the NL East. Braves are going to make it 15 in a row.

The Mets can buy all the high-priced veterans they want. Atlanta Braves - We don't rebuild, We reload.


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