If watching the Mountaineers only brings about feelings of disgust and hate, then why make that your hobby? Why not go to a movie or take a quilting class? If you can't take pride in the positives that are happening, then why put yourself through the torture each week? If you can't think back to the not so distant 3-8 past and realize how good it feels to be 6-2 and still have a shot at a conference championship, then you are going to spend most of your life feeling disappointed.
But the most glaring thing that makes my blood boil when visiting the board is seeing all of the inaccuracies. It seems as though the posters never let the facts get in the way of a good argument. So with that in mind, I decided it was time for a little fact check. I pulled off some comments from the message boards and compared them to reality. Below are those comparisons.
"Trying to show he isn't RR has pretty much killed the offense. We left the run way too early and never really tried any zone plays. Which was successful in the past against their fast defense."
Really? When was it successful in the past? Rich Rodriguez lost his last two games to South Florida by trying to run the zone over and over and running continuously into a brick wall. Even in the win over the Bulls last year, the Mountaineers managed just 181 yards on the ground. USF has continually stopped the run against WVU, and it was time to try something different, especially after the Mountaineers fell behind by two scores.
As for changing the offense, I have seen comment after comment saying that the Mountaineer coaching staff should not settle for mediocrity. If that is what you believe, then you can't claim that WVU should have stuck with the same plan of attack as it used under Rodriguez. As Pitt proved in spoiling the Mountaineers' shot at a national title, WVU could have won a lot of games with that attack, but it never would have won the big one. There was always going to be a team (USF, Pitt) that was going to sell out to stop it, and the offense had to have an answer.
"I have better bowl expectations than St. Pete, Birmingham, Charlotte, or Toronto. Two years ago we were kicking arse and taking names. Now, these guys act like they are going through the motions and the reward for that is a trip to the Dairy Queen for ice cream."
Right now, this Mountaineer team is 6-2. Guess how many losses WVU had the year it won the Fiesta Bowl? If you answered two, you win the award. Who were those two losses? If you said South Florida and a 4-7 Pitt team, give yourself the bonus points. The two losses this year are to a South Florida squad pretty much equal to the 2007 USF team, if not better, and an Auburn team that is much better than Pitt was in 2007. Both of those 2007 losses came in the Big East, and only one has been in conference play this year. Could it get a lot worse before the season comes to an end? Sure it could. But claiming that the Mountaineers have taken a step backward is way premature. Let the season play out before those comments are made.
As for the bowl games, there was certainly plenty of excitement in 2002 when Rich Rodriguez took his team to Charlotte. It seems as though many have forgotten that WVU did not win ANY bowl game from 1985 until 2000. A win over a strong North Carolina team in the Meineke Car Care Bowl is nothing for which any Mountaineer should be ashamed. There are certainly a lot of teams out there, many with many more resources that WVU, that would have taken that result.
"It's a shame, says a poster on this thread, that Bill Stewart is turning WVU into another Louisville despite the fact that the Mountaineers have so much talent. He is among those saying the Big East needs WVU to remain strong in football."
A Louisville team that won the Big East in 2006 didn't even make a bowl appearance in 2007, its first year under Steve Kragthorpe. Stewart hasn't come close to matching those failures.
> A few more facts before I close out.
And my final fact ...