WVU Sports with Mike Casazza

Defense/special teams assistant Mark Scott

 

Do you remember when Mark Scott was hired? It was the start of spring practice in 2015, and West Virginia had been linked to a couple of coaches you’ve probably heard of before. I’m certain someone mentioned Chip West at some point. But at the end of the first news conference before the first spring practice, Dana Holgorsen said he’d hired Scott.

Except, like, nobody heard him say it.

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Friday Feedback

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Welcome to the Friday Feedback, which sees just one last hurdle between us and it. We’ve placed all these obstacles along the way to the regular season — media days, the start of camp, the big scrimmage, the end of camp, the mock game week, things like that — but this is the beginning of the end of the offseason.

Today, West Virginia does that seemingly trivial/seemingly priceless mock Friday night, in which the team gets on a bus and goes to the hotel and simulates a Friday before a home game. Tomorrow will be treated much like a game day, and the Mountaineers will do some important physical and mental reps and finish it off by singing “Country Roads” at the end.

And then that’s it. Sunday is an ordinary Sunday. Meetings. Film. A light workout. Monday is an off day for school. Tuesday is prep for a real, live opponent. We really need it, too. I wrote a story about Marvin Gross. I’m concerned about who the backup place kicker is. I know what happens if Hodari Christian gets hurt. I need to know who’s on the front line in kickoff returns. It’s bad.

Onto the Feedback. As always, comments  appear as posted. In other words, you’re always on the clock.

Sammy said:

I don’t understand the stuff about him having a safety body. Did Daryl Worley have a safety body? (He is going to probably start for the Panthers.)

It just seemed weird. I just want the two best corners to play.

He’s big? Bigger than a cornerback typically is? He’s stout and he can run, and you kind of need that at safety if you’re going to be used in coverage but also asked to come up and cover tight ends and stop the run. WVU uses a nickel similarly.

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CHRISTIAN TYLER RANDOLPH | Gazette-Mail Photos WVU Head Coach Dana Holgorsen during open practice at the Steve Antoline Family Football Practice Field in Morgantown, W.Va. on Tuesday Aug. 02, 2016.

 

This man has said a lot of things during the under card for the main event. But from way back on July 19 at Big 12 media day up to and including Tuesday’s news conference, he’s done two things — two separate things — that have stuck with me. I wonder if you caught them and/or agree.

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About that depth chart…

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… didn’t happen Tuesday. I know one was being put together, and perhaps that was just so we’d have one in the game notes we receive five days from now.

It’s been 15 days since the last depth chart, and many things have changed. Let’s hazard a guess at what might be when we see the next two-deep.

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Experiment tomorrow (unless it’s already today)

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FBH caught me in the act. I was working on something the other night that’s going to, I hope, jump into our weekly rotation. That’s the good news. The bad news? No more chats. The other good news? Facebook Live!

Here’s our tentative plan. At 12:15 p.m. EST every Thursday, we’ll have the Four-Minute Offensive. (Get it?!?!) It’s a condensed version of the chat. Extraordinarily condensed. The questions and the answers will happen live, and I’ll hustle through as many (that won’t get me fired) as I can before time expires. I’ll send out the reminder, as well as the link you need, here and a few other places before it begins. You can re-live the magic afterward.

What FBH caught me in was a YouTube live stream, which I don’t like quite as much. That’s upsetting, because YouTube has been good to us and because you can monetize it, but it’s wonky and requires you to jump through some sign-up hoops. For the F-MO, all you need is the link.

Tomorrow — or if you’re reading this Thursday, today — will be our maiden voyage. It’s entirely possible this blows up in our faces and we go to YouTube. Either way, it’s not an occasion to miss.

Ooh! Defensive lineman film! Watch the quarterback wig out at the 0:42 mark.

You could get used to that, and maybe Mr. McDougle will make it so. He’s currently committed to Washington State, but he’s planning a visit to WVU soon.

Perhaps mammoth junior college defensive lineman Walter Palmore will follow suit. WVU extended him a scholarship offer just recently, and Palmore and WVU running back Justin Crawford were high school teammates.

The Mountaineers need defensive linemen in the 2017 class, and the condition was made to feel a bit more pressing when one player de-committed last week.

Yet WVU might make good on a player changing his mind if a former Pitt commit decides to choose the Mountaineers when he announces his decision Friday.