West Virginia’s 72-70 loss to No. 4 Texas at the Coliseum in Morgantown on Saturday, complete with a game-winning 3-pointer from Longhorns guard Andrew Jones with 1.8 seconds left, was enough to leave even the most rabid Mountaineer fan feeling hollow and empty.
If the now-viral video of a New Year’s Eve party at The Greenbrier Resort was a gut punch to sidelined high school winter athletes around the state, Gov. Jim Justice’s Friday news briefing was a slap in the face.
ESPN’s Fran Fraschilla called West Virginia’s 87-84 win at Oklahoma State on Monday, a game in which the 14th-ranked Mountaineers rallied from a 19-point second-half deficit, a “comeback for the ages.”
The more I’ve thought about Thursday’s Liberty Bowl, the more I’ve realized just how much WVU coach Neal Brown and his coaching staff is up against.
With WVU’s football program shut down until Thursday, it’s been mostly quiet out of the team as it prepares to finalize its early signing class on Wednesday.
There’s no bye week this Saturday for West Virginia University’s football team, no discernible dividing line in the schedule to indicate a week out of the ordinary.
For the past couple of weeks, when asked about the topic multiple times, West Virginia coach Neal Brown and his Big 12 coaching brethren have insisted that their conference is changing.
Jarret Doege’s final numbers in WVU’s 27-13 loss to Oklahoma State on Saturday weren’t great, nor were they awful.
To call Saturday’s game at Oklahoma State the biggest game of Neal Brown’s tenure as West Virginia University’s football coach may be true, but is also probably a bit unfair.
Trying to predict anything in 2020 borders on insanity, and when it comes to college football, perhaps the more poignant prognostication would be guessing how many games will be played.
Both Marshall and West Virginia have chances to kick off their seasons in style over the next two weeks, with the same opponent — Eastern Kentucky of the Football Championship Subdivision — traveling in for home games.