As I sit here and wonder what happens next — and I doubt it’s anything much more “major” than what we’ve already witnessed — it occurs to me that we’re beginning to become desensitized to all of this.
For example, we learned this week that WVU was basically feeding football players with money from the 1100 ClubÂ and it hardly resonated with people. Look, I wasn’t expecting an invitation to speak with Hoppy Kercheval and, please, do not misconstrue this as sour grapes, but I happen to think the reaction was rather tepid. There is nothing criminal or bombshellish in nature to the admitted actions, but to me, at least, it’s a little weird that a multi-million dollar institution often needs to secretly dip into a football recruiting account to pay some bills. It’s not Watergate, but isn’t it more than water under the bridge?
Now, have people clearly chosen sides in this battle? Absolutely. And is this an indication that WVU’s soldiers are willing to accept some flaws as a way to disarm Rich Rodriguez? Absofreakinglutely. TheÂ concern, though,Â is that we cannot be shocked anymore. Face it, we’ve been hit so many times and from so many angles now that there’s a likelihod it will take something major for us to be surprised or appalled in the future. And I think that’s dangerous because the vigilance of the people is often the most significant factor in revealing and deciding issues that matter. If nothing else, that’s what’s been established the past few weeks and we cannot lose that.
As I step off the soapbox, let’s jump into the Friday Feedback. As always, comments appear as posted. In other words, I still haven’t figured out how to install a spell-check tool for your use.
Wow, this has gotten Venus Williams ugly hasnâ€™t it! I guess I can buy the voicemail explanation, although I find it strange that the Universityâ€™s voicemail system wasnâ€™t adequate enough for old Rich. Secondly, just when I thought I couldnâ€™t despise this guy anymore, he started referring to himself in the third person! Are you kidding me? Roy Jones Jr. finds that ridiculous. Muhammad Ali & Terrell Owens think this guyâ€™s ego is out of control. Who does this guy think he is? Well X-Rayted has one thing to say about this jerk that up until now, was reserved only for Brad Lewisâ€¦Boo this man, & boo him often!!
Well, we finally found someone who benefited from this, and it only took the exit of the coach who turned a bowl game hero into a villain, but Brad Lewis is off theÂ hook! Let me ask this question: Since Rich clearly holds the title now, what West Virginia figure had beenÂ as widely and passionately hated prior to all of this? I’m going with Arch Moore.