WVU Sports with Tom Bragg

Chippewas off the old block

You’ll remember when West Virginia Coach Rich Rodriguez was asked following the Rutgers game whether or not the Scarlet Knights had somehow acquired some knowledge about the how the Mountaineers signal in their plays on offense. Rodriguez said a sideline report during the game was inaccurate, but that Rutgers had done a little homework.

“They obviously talked to maybe a former coach or (did) something back in the summer, which they’re allowed to do,” Rodriguez said. “We weren’t overly concerned. We were prepared for all scenarios.”

One name you can remove from the list of conspirators is Butch Jones. Jones coached WVU’s receivers from 2005-06 before returning to Central Michigan as the head coach this season. Jones, who was with the Chippewas from 1998-2004, has CMU rolling along and on Tuesday they won the Mid-American Conference’s West Division title.

Besides it being an exciting rivalry win, the victory gives the Chippewas their second consecutive Mid-American Conference West Division title and stamps a ticket to the MAC championship game at Ford Field on Dec. 1.

“I though it was a great college football game,” CMU coach Butch Jones said. “It was a great game between rivals. I can’t say enough about Western Michigan, but I also can’t say enough about our kids. They played with a lot of heart tonight.”

True, Jones coached at Rutgers from 1990-92, but he overlapped with no one on the current staff, and on Monday Rodriguez was a little excited about the Tuesday night game on ESPN2. Of more concern, perhaps, is that Jones coached a season at Central Michigan under Cincinati’s current head coach, Brian Kelly, and the Nov. 17 game between WVU and Cincinnati could have significant implications.

Just sayin’…