There's definitely regional interest from the Tri-State area, UK would probably be more receptive than WVU because UK is looking for a team to beat that gets them to three automatic wins out of conference. With the distance between Lexington and Huntington, a two for one series would work and it could be a decent rivalry for the two schools.
Kentucky already has Louisville in both football and basketball. WVU has schools that I don't think really care if they exist. (Pitt, Maryland, Virginia Tech)
Could have sworn this was called the 2011 WVU Football Thread .
Didn't get to watch the game live, but caught the replay. It went pretty much exactly like I expected it. O-line (and the WR blocking) has to be a huge concern at this point. If we can't run the ball on Marshall, we sure as heck aren't going to run it on LSU.
I thought the passing game was not very sharp. Geno made some nice scrambling plays on 3rd down, but against a team with a better pass rush, it's not going to be that easy for him to get away.
I'll repeat that Stedman Bailey and Tavon Austin are going to have huge years. Tavon was a bit off on offense, but it's easy to see that he is going to be a focal point in the offense. I'd love to see more plays with him lined up in the backfield.
Defense is still a bit hard to judge after one game, and remains one of my bigger concerns for the year. I have to confess that I've never even heard of some of these defensive players before.
Despite it being not the most impressive offensive display, my man crush on Holgorsen has increased. For years I have screamed that the WVU offense lacks purpose. No one ever seemed confident in the play call, their assignments. Always seemed like the whole offense was back on its heels and reactionary vs. being the aggresor. I saw plenty of assertiveness with the skill players, and with Geno as well. I'm ecstatic for the potential of this offense.
I love Holgorsen's demeanor on the sideline as well. May sound like a silly thing to say, but it was painful to look at Bill Stewart walk the sidelines and seriously wonder if he had any idea what he was doing. Dana is confident, and actually looks like a coach. Not really sure what I'm exactly trying to say, just that I'm so relieved to have him as a head coach.
Bring on Norfolk State!!!!!!!
Also, this WVU/Missouri to the SEC stuff I'm hearing is starting to gain some traction. I never follow any of the realignment crap because it's all speculation, and no way of separating the fiction from the truth, but I'm seeing a lot... a LOT of interesting stuff come across my twitter feed tonight from pretty reliable sources.
I would love for WVU to come to the SEC for obvious reasons (going to Morgantown once a year for basketball), but outside of fan support, I don't see what WVU brings to the table, especially from a media market standpoint. There is already a SEC presence in-state (UK) and Morgantown is a solid eight hours from Lexington, making it the northernmost SEC school.
Missouri (KC, St Louis) and Virginia Tech (Richmond, DC) make sense, but WVU is in the same boat as F$U, Georgia Tech, and Clemson. Actually, I'd put WVU and Free Shoes University by themselves. Both have the fan support and tradition, but don't offer anything of substance that the SEC doesn't already have.
I always thought the ideal situation for WVU would be to replace Virginia Tech in the ACC if the Hokies came to the SEC. They would still be dominant in football and could hold their own against the NC schools in basketball.
I don't think anyone from the ACC will be switching, they each come with in state baggage.
I like WVU for balance, Missouri also brings another freaking tiger mascot
I was/am really hoping that Mizzou ends up in the Big East. Adding TCU and Mizzou puts the Big East in position to then add Kansas/K-State, Houston or UCF. Big Schools in Big Markets is the Big East way. While the Big Minus schools don't fit the Big City aspect they are large schools, and Houston and UCF fit perfectly. It is time for the Big East to act like a Big Boy and do something proactive. While the $EC may be good for WVU it is terrible for the Big East.
What if this is as good as it gets?
The Big East is going to cease to exist as a major BCS conference when all is said and done, and the fault can be laid at the head office. There has never been strong leadership at the top of the conference, whether it be Marinatto or Tranghese. All that has been seen by the Big East is smoke and mirrors, such as the Big East Network that was rumored about a year ago but never brought to fruition.
I don't know that the conference will dissolve like I think the Big 12 will, but it won't look the same.
The school I would really like to see the SEC add is Oklahoma, but I kinda wonder if it would be a package deal with Oklahoma State in which the deal would be off. Oklahoma adds a top football program in a new and expanding media market in Oklahoma City. I'm guessing they head west with Texas though.
I think I wanna hear Jesco White's opinion on a move to the SEC. I couldn't find it, so here's this:
Wvu fans drunk and dancing - YouTube
I too heard the rumor that the Big 12-3 is trying the "vows of unity" one more time and that they will all wave their rights to sue the SEC if the SEC doesn't poach another team. This is meant to put pressure on Oklahoma to stay and not go to west. Or thats what I have heard.