West Virginia went to Coffeyville, Ks., of all places, to grab a junior college defensive endÂ (scroll down) to immediately help the defensive line next season. Larry Ford (6-3 3/4, 250) is playing his second season at Coffeyville Community College and should graduate in December. He could then enroll in January and participate in spring practice.
One interesting note about his recruitment, which went to WVU over schools like Oklahoma, Nebraska, Louisville and others. Ford and his defensive line coach, Sean Cherico, were comforted by the coaching stability in Morgantown.
“We know Coach Rodriguez is going to be there. There are some other schools, like Ole Miss and North Carolina and some other schools that had been recruiting him, where we just don’t know what the longevity is as far as the head coach is concerned. I expressed to Larry that Coach Rodriguez turned down a boatload of money to stay at West Virginia. I can’t foresee him going anywhere. The defensive line coach (Bill Kirelawich), who Larry liked, has been there for 30 years. He’s not going anywhere. No one wants to go in in the middle of a coaching change or have a coaching change in the middle of their career. At Ole Miss with Coach (Ed) Orgeron, we know the pressure he’s under and you hear it on the outside. It’s no different at Clemson. Coaches are always on the hot seat. Everyone likes Ws and not what you’ve done in the past. That’s evident with Coach (Larry) Coker at Miami. He has one of the highest winning percentages and he’s fired after going 6-6, even though there were some things happening off the field. Players want to play for their coach, especially if they’re only going to be there two or three years.”