The Kinder Garden - 12/14/01

Recruiting is a year-round topic. Mountaineer targets past and present highlight the latest edition of notes from my garden.

Mountaineer basketball recruiting diehards may remember the name of Tony Parker. He was a star point guard who grew up in Europe and dazzled many onlookers with his ballhandling ability.

At one point, Parker was being recruited by WVU and Kentucky, among others, but opted for the NBA. He's currently the starting point guard for the San Antonio Spurs, and has a gaudy 4:1 assist to turnover ratio.

Just think what a backcourt of Parker, Hargett, Armstead and Schifino would be doing! There might not be enough basketballs to go around.

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On the current scene, there may be no football visits this weekend at WVU. The majority of the staff is out on the road this week, and that factor along with the proximity to Christmas has combined to make this a light weekend.

WVU will make up for it with a vengeance in January, as a number of visits have already been scheduled for the weekends of January 11 and 18.

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WVU's walkon program paid a number of dividends this year, and one of those was rewarded in kind recently as walkon Scott Gyorko was placed on scholarship. Gyorko was a special teams monster this year, and hopes to make an impact on defense next season. With WVU expected to move to a different style of defense involving more linebackers, Gyorko might have a better chance of earning more playing time in 2002.

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I've gotten some questions about WVU's RPI rankings and the fact that the Arkansas-Monticello game seems to be "missing". Remember that games against non-Division 1 opponents don't count in the RPI, so for the purpose of that rating WVU is 4-1, not 5-1.

The Mountaineers are currently at 99 in the RPIs, and need to move up to about 50th (accompanied by 20 wins) to have a good shot at the NCAAs.

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I'm getting a little tired of writers and broadcasters whining about how "difficult" and "complex" the BCS formula is. It's not. It's a simple mathematical formula that involves averages, addition, subtraction and percentages. Some advice: if you think that it's difficult to figure out, then drop your keyboards and get back to school for some remedial mathematics work.

Not agreeing with the formula or the process is one thing, but advertising your ignorance is another.

Now, if we can just get WVU involved in the mix we can have some real fun debating it!

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