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#6688 Jeremy's Article This Morning

Posted by 681jim on 06 December 2016 - 11:56 AM



It has generated a ton of buzz for sure.


People are "fine" with being ranked 16th under some 3-loss teams.


People say, "Well, the Big12 was down this year... Oklahoma got killed by Ohio State and Houston and Oklahoma State lost to Central Michigan." And, these same people are saying, "We got killed by Oklahoma and Oklahoma State!"


All those points are true.


But, I contend with this:


WVU had NOTHING to do with Oklahoma losing to Houston & Ohio State, and had nothing to do with Oklahoma State getting screwed by the MAC officiating crew against CMU.


But, WVU had everything to do with the losses to the Oklahoma schools.


WVU, for the most part, was able to control the things they were supposed to control. WVU swept all 4 Texas schools. (Granted, the Baylor game looked uglier than a co-ed on that same campus). WVU beat an SEC East school Mizzou... not our fault that Mizzou completely crapped itself on the field this season. WVU beat BYU. Not our fault BYU isn't ranked. WVU beat Youngstown State. Beat Kansas. First time ever, beat Kansas State in a comeback... at HOMECOMING!


They say, "Win and the rest will take care of itself."




Not when you have a horribly biased playoff committee that wants only the best teams to rack up Nielsen ratings and generate the most dollars for eSECpn. Not when they contradicted their stance from 2 years ago: You have to win your conference championship game to get in. That's why TCU and/or Baylor got left out. The Big12 didn't have a conference title game. The Big12 is reviving the CCG at JerryWorld. Now, it seems to be a cash-grab by the conference so bottom feeders like Kansas and CRYowa State can stuff their accounts while not finishing better than 8th in the conference year in and year out.


Sorry for the rant, everyone, but I had to get it off my chest. It appears I may have looked like I bounced around in this post, but so be it.


All WVU can do is worry about the things they can control... even in a conference as dysfunctional and disrespected as the Big12 is.



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#8763 Watching & Learning

Posted by 1olewvufan on 01 August 2017 - 07:55 PM

I spend my off time listening to interviews of coaches & players, and searching for practice video. Recently, watched Greir & Chugs throw passes. What caught my attention was they didn't miss, the ball came out quick, and when they threw it deep they didn't have to lean back to launch it. These 2 can throw it deep and I do mean deep with effort. I know Grier is the starter, but if Chugs can get some quality game experience under his belt then all is well. If Grier goes pro after this season, Chugs has a good short being the starter next season, for he is learning from Grier.

Then i was watching RB drills, and there with Trevon Bush, Crawford, Kennedy & Petteway was Brady Watson. Watson may not be a top RB, but look for him to see the field this season.

What gives me the biggest smile is seeing that WV will be well represented on the field this season. Kickers/Punters, LS, FB, TE, and even a few such as Tonkery, Pitts and others on defense. It looks a WV Fr WR may get on the field as well.

I had to chuckle when I heard Dravon Henry-Askew say he and Kazir White were better Safeties than K.J. Dillon & Karl Joseph. He did say it with a chuckle.

I have to tell you, while there may be some question marks, I like this team! I can easily see 10 or more wins, and I'll go out on a limb and say WVU beats Oklahoma this season, and WVU beats VT.

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#8300 New Video Board At Puskar Stadium

Posted by The Sane Hatter on 25 April 2017 - 03:05 PM

Actually there will be some LED sinage on the backside as well with a smaller video board visible from the the Blue Lot.  This is part of the agreement with IMG as they are the ones actually paying for the board as part of their contract with WVU.  It's really nice. 

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#8073 Wvu Ncaa Run

Posted by The Sane Hatter on 19 March 2017 - 10:13 AM

Many underrate the ability and talent on this team.  Charles Barkley and Clark Kellogg repeatedly stated that Notre Dame, which finished 2nd in the ACC, could not guard WVU's players one on one.  When Dax Miles is playing as well as he is and everyone contributes, this team is one of the 4 best in the country.  Had they played to their ability all year, I don't know that they would have lost 2 games but it is a process.  Unlike many schools, this is a true team and the future is certainly bright.  I thought before the season started that the one team that could really beat this group was Villanova but that is no longer a worry.  It will interesting to see if they can maintain and move on over the next two weekends. 


What has me so excited is that I think next years team will be even better than this one. 

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#6779 Jeremy's Article This Morning

Posted by 1olewvufan on 18 December 2016 - 05:42 PM

The Bowl rankings are a joke. Clemson nearly lost 3 other games and should have. Penn State beat Ohio State and won the Big 10 out-right, and yet, they are missing the big dance. WVU being out ranked by teams with 3 and 4 losses is a joke.

This whole scheduling thing proves it is all about the money. This whole thing could backfire should Clemson beat Ohio State. This thing was set up so Ohio State and Alabama would play in the Championship game. Every expects Washington and Clemson to lose. Penn State playing Alabama is probably the better match up, but it won't sell the tickets that an Ohio State vs Alabama game will.

Clemson & Washington State were picked for these are easier wins than having them play a Penn State and an Oklahoma.

I hope this years ranking comes back to bite the committee in the a__ __.

The Big 12, Penn State and WVU have a valid gripe and the committee needs to provide a better response, and establish a set of rules the conferences have to approve. No more of this BS.
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#4906 Holg's Presser

Posted by 681jim on 11 February 2016 - 09:07 AM


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#8399 Athletic Success And The Future

Posted by The Sane Hatter on 03 June 2017 - 08:22 AM

West Virginia University is the only school with teams to  compete a bowl game in football and in the post season in women's soccer, men's basketball, women's basketball, and baseball.  And while each team lost key contributors, each have returning impact players as well.  Add to that the fact that gymnastics, swimming and track and field all have individual success and men's soccer, wrestling and volleyball are on the rise, WVU's athletic department is a tremendous asset that will lead the way when conference realignment comes around. 

That is crucial as if the University had to rely solely on football, a program that is rated average nationally, it would likely be back to the American Athletic Conference for WV.  With the overall success of the entire athletic department and the fact WVU would immediately become upper echelon teams in men's basketball, women's soccer and highly competitive in women's basketball, men's soccer and baseball, then it is easy to see why the SEC will take WVU should the ACC pass on the Mountaineers.



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#8310 Next Year

Posted by The Sane Hatter on 27 April 2017 - 04:09 PM

Again, I'm not sure who the odd man out is but if everyone comes back next year, this team will be very special.  It is the best pre-season team since the days of Zeke and there is not doubt in my mind that behind the leadership of Carter, and company, I fully expect this group to end the KU streak, win the NCAA tournament as a #1 seed and make a strong run at the title.  They are THAT good.

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#8085 Wvu Tourney Run

Posted by Jeremy Simon on 20 March 2017 - 08:37 PM

At the risk of jinxing it, the game against Notre Dame was the most complete game I've seen the Mountaineers play in some time. 

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#7909 Where Is Beetle Bolden?

Posted by The Sane Hatter on 26 February 2017 - 10:09 PM

Bolden't defense against TT was atrocious at that is being kind.  He is a defensive liability and as such, will not figure prominently on a Huggins team until that facet of his game improves.  He's more Johnny West and not enough Jevon Carter to contribute here and will likely see similar minutes next year unless he improves drastically.  Perhaps his will be the 5th scholarship made available. 

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#7732 Will He Be Eligible

Posted by The Sane Hatter on 13 February 2017 - 03:25 PM

The NCAA, which is nothing more than an association of over 1200 affiliated institutions bring in an estimated $1 Billion a year in revenue.  When you add the revenue the athletic departments of those 1200+ schools bring in, the total is ~$15 billion.  The point of the NCAA is to divy up that loot while maintaining a proper public image.  They do it under the false pretense that they are doing what is best for the student athletes when nothing could be further from the truth.  While it may be simplistic, if you don't watch South Park, find a way to watch "Crack Baby League."  That says about as much about 'student ath-o-letes' as anything I've seen.  

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#7704 Bill Snyder

Posted by Wvu6901 on 13 February 2017 - 09:53 AM

I know not wvu related but it is Big 12 related. Bspn is reporting "CFB: Kansas State's Bill Snyder diagnosed with throat cancer; ongoing treatment won't impact coaching duties for 2017 seasonvia @ESPN App"

Hate to hear that. He seems like a really good guy. Thought and prayers to his recovery.
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#7578 Why Are You Not

Posted by antonym on 10 February 2017 - 10:20 AM

a member of Blue and Gold Sports?  They have some of the best, most up-to-date info on all things WVU and the staff here personally interact on forums and the twitters...glad we found each other

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#7264 Pat Mcafee Goes After Skip Bayless

Posted by antonym on 02 February 2017 - 10:40 AM

well...it looks like the "Pat MacAfee Show" is headed to barstool sports...i dont have time to listen to their podcast or whatever they do...i enjoy their stuff they put out on twitter...and if you ever get the privilege to go to an Army/navy game, they help sponsor one one of the best tailgates ever, TailgateForTroops... 

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#5693 Bgs Pick'em Is Back For 2016, Week 1 Games Are Up

Posted by Wvufan1988 on 05 August 2016 - 08:04 AM






  • Jeremy Simon, wvurocky22 and Wvufan1988 like this

#5032 If The Big 12 Adds New Teams, Who Will It Be And Why?

Posted by TheRealDudeofWV on 15 February 2016 - 10:51 AM

Aaron is wrong on many issues regarding the Big 12. I don't know where to start.

The issue with the Big 12 not having a conference network had everything to do with Texas having LHN with ESPN. ESPN loses $60M each and every year on LHN because of the lack of content. Only 4 schools in the Big 12 make any money from the 1 football game & 3 hoops games they receive as part of their T3 package: Texas, OU, KU and WVU. Everybody in the Big 12 is now interested in a network including Texas as long as the Longhorns receive their $15M per year.

Fox and ESPN are currently in talks over partnering with the B12N. Their ability to reach an agreement is the only remaining barrier.

Why add a Florida school? The same reason why the B1G added football powerhouse Rutgers - cable households with a specific DMA. USF adds 1.8M and UCF adds 1.4M. Add UC and UCONN to that mix and the Big 12 footprint goes from 13M to 25M overnight. A simple caluculstion that doesn't include carriage fees outside the footprint or expenses has B12N at about $35M per school per year.

Why add a Florida school? Why is Michigan holding spring practice there? Exposure. A national reputation is important but so is daily exposure in the local
Markets - TV, newspapers, and Radio. It creates brand awareness.

The B1G is separating itself to some extent because of their network - one reason it's important for the Big 12 to add one - but if you look deeper you see some problems.

The last time I did the calculations was 2014 and the B1G only had 200K more viewers than the Big 12 but had 4 more schools. The B1G also has the population drain and a special admissions problems. Also if you want to have some fun take the B1G's TV ratings and viewership and exclude OSU.
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#4454 Do You Guys See Any Freshmen Starting This Year?

Posted by Michael Walker on 25 January 2016 - 01:51 PM

Chris Chugunov will get a shot at unseating Howard in the spring and fall. He understands the offense, is very intelligent, and has a strong, accurate arm. However, he has no game experience and Howard is not the type that will just sit pat with what he has and expect to retain the job. He knows his deficits and will do all he can to eliminate them. He is the heir apparent as the returning starter so it is his to lose.

The possibility always exists that Chugunov could pull off what another r-freshman did at FSU when Jameis Winston blew everyone away in the spring game. He unseated returning Clint Trickett by completing 12 of 15 passes for 205 yds and two TDs. The odds are against that happening, but you never know.

On the other hand, since Chugs is not a true freshman I'm not sure he qualifies for this debate. Assuming Howard retains the starting role, Chugs will see playing time. BTW, should he excel his nickname is a natural for beer sales at the stadium, is it not? He throws a TD, the crowd chants Chugs! Well, you get the idea.
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#4206 Just One More Reason To Love Teyvon Myers

Posted by Jeremy Simon on 13 January 2016 - 10:17 AM

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#4198 #1 Kansas

Posted by Aaron Staats on 12 January 2016 - 09:55 PM

Happy to say I was wrong.  It's a great day to be a Mountaineer. 

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#3600 Is This The Defination Of Improving

Posted by BushwhackerCSA on 25 November 2015 - 10:16 AM

Aaron would argue with him self. Remember he knows everyone's situation.
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