WVU Sports with Mike Casazza

Day One, Part II

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The most exciting part of practice was leaving the field at Scottsdale Community college and dodging the footballs kicked over the fence as WVU worked on field goals. What was supposed to start at 1:30 p.m. began closer to 2 o’clock and interim coach Bill Stewart was able to squeeze in a quick workout as he walked brisk laps around the sports complex with safeties coach Bruce Tall.

* For a bit, the talk of Butch Jones withdrawing his name from the coaching search worked its way around the field, but by the time we left we learned it was a bogus report. He’s still in play.

* Freshman running back Noel Devine was not at practice. He had flight trouble in Fort Myers, Fla., and was expected to join the team tonight. Stewart said the Mountaineers are otherwise healthy and whatever players have new or previous dings should be fine.

*Finally, the media received Oakley sunglasses upon arrival at the obscenely ornate JW Marriot Camelback Inn. 

Day One, Part I

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West Virginia practices at 1:30 p.m. today at Scottsdale Community College and for 20 minutes we are allowed to watch the practice, which is to say we’ll get an idea of how well the Mountaineers stretch.

I’m here to tell you, there is no need to worry about Ryan Mundy’s hamstrings. He really got them loose this afternoon.

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So what do I get?

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Leaving Dulles Airport in a few hours for Phoenix and the Fiesta Bowl prep — you do remember there’s a bowl, right? Anyhow, I columnized today about the bowl packages players receive and thought it might interest you to see what everyone else gets.

Bowl blog ought to be lively, particularly Saturday and Sunday when the newspaper does not print, but I do not rest.  As for the obligatory coaching news, there is none. Everyone went silent for the holiday and it’s unlikely many candidates would remove themselves from 24 hours of “A Christmas Story” for the sole purpose of an interview. Seems to me WVU will use the opportunity of being out west to conduct some business there.

Season’s Greetings from Rich…

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Dear assistant coaches:

Merry Christmas!

I am,
Rich Rodriguez

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A.D. for a day

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Ed Pastilong is out sick today (not really) and you’re put in charge (again, not really) and to make the most of the opportunity, you actually make the hire to replace Rich Rodriguez. So when you step up to the podium tonight at the Puskar Center, who is it that you introduce to the world as your new football coach?

A few rules:
1) Let’s be real (Pete Carroll isn’t walking through that door).
2) Money matters (Marion County native Nick Saban isn’t leaving Alabama and $4 million a year).
3) Be practical (Paul Johnson just took the Georgia Tech job; other coaches/coordinators might listen).

…what are you waiting for? Get to work! I’ll be playing the part of President Mike Garrison and will address your suggestions.

Terry talks…SIRIUSly

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SIRIUS sent forth a transcript today of Terry Bowden’s radio show today and the comments he made regarding his interview at WVU. Bowden and Doc Holiday appear to be the favorites for the job opening created by Rich Rodriguez’s resignation(s).

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Got an interesting e-mail Tuesday night …

I went to the St. Albans Festival of Lights this evening and on the way saw a replica of Coach Rod being hung from a tree in someone’s front yard.  It was really neat.  I don’t know the address, but it is directly on the route leading to the Lights on the right side of the street in plain view with a spotlight on it.  It would make an interesting story.

Indeed it does. (Best part of the e-mail: It was really neat.)

Moving on, it appears WVU will make a move soon, likely before the end of the week and perhaps even today. There are aparently five serious candidates, whatever that means, and that in some semblence or order it is Doc Holliday, Terry Bowden, Butch Jones, Tom Bradley and Rick Trickett. Holiday is the leader and maybe soon enough your leader.

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Rodriguez resigns (officially this time)

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Statement from West Virginia University: 

RODRIGUEZ CHANGES RESIGNATION DATE

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (December 18, 2007) — WVU Director of Athletics Ed Pastilong
informed the University administration late Tuesday that Head Football Coach
Rich Rodriguez has advised him in writing that his resignation from WVU is now
effective at 12 a.m. (midnight) Dec. 19, 2007.

Pastilong has also received a letter of resignation from Assistant Football
Coach Tony Gibson, effective at the same time.

Pastilong has named Bill Stewart as Interim Head Coach, and Stewart will
conduct all bowl preparations for the Tostito’s Fiesta Bowl on Jan. 2 against
Oklahoma.

WVU firing back

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So the picture became a little more clear today as to what may have led to Rich Rodriguez’s resignation Sunday with revelations you’ll find here and especially here, a piece filled with, shall we say, very informed statements.

These things did not go over well with WVU and word is that a rather direct rebuttal will come shortly.

UPDATE: It’s out and it’s what you’d expect.

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Rounduprodriguez

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The first collection of readings following an early review of the web.

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