The Mountaineer Retweet: Been Too Long Edition

by: Brandon Priddy



Howdy y’all. Sorry it’s been so long. I could bore you with excuses but it doesn’t matter. My work and family…not your concerns. You want tweets and you want wins…well now we have both! Let’s do it!

There’s really no other way we could have started this thing off. With Veterans day on the Wednesday leading to game week I’d be remiss and ungrateful if I didn’t drop a hearty “thank you” to all who serve. The Retweet salutes you and we all owe you a debt of gratitude. You service and commitment allow us all to live freely in the greatest country on earth – thank you.

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The Mountaineer Retweet: Baylor (Sigh)

by: Brandon Priddy


We all knew going in this was going to be a brutal month, we did. It’s one thing to hear it and expect it, but wholly another thing to experience it. It’s been trying, testing, frustrating and just plain demoralizing. You want to step back and say “hey, these are really good teams on the road, just because we lose doesn’t mean we’re bad,” but man it’s tough to take all those shots in a row. They have an exponential effect – the first stomach punch is bad, the second one 4 times worse, the 3rd one 16 times worse…..and on it goes. A month can be a really long time in the desert.

And if I’m being honest I almost threw in the towel on this week’s Retweet. I’ve been swamped at work and it’s tough to find the time and honestly – what do you say after watching your team give up 62 in a game they may well have given up 80 if Baylor had been so motivated? Frankly it’s tough to write after games like that. I like to be a positive guy and there’s just not much of that to be had in the wake of that kind of game.

But I’m no front running Pitt fan waiting for the Notre Dame game to make my one appearance for the year. I’m a Mountaineer Man and I’ve certainly seen worse than this. So let’s strap on our helmets, turn on those lights, jump onto the mantrip and journey into the darkess….

The week started out with such promise. One of the bright spots of this season has been Shelton Gibson making The Leap to bona fide #1 WR. The sophomore still has plenty of room to grow, but he’s done enough to warrant some national attention. Good times!

And they are due to get caught. Hell they’ve been due to get caught for about 2 weeks now. I’ve had that one circled since this entire stretch started and think that the Mountaineers might be well-positioned to give TCU all they want. For 3 years the two teams have battled in a pair of overtimes and a pair of single-point wins with the total score of 98-97. TCU is at that point in the year where you inevitably lay a stinker. TCU is giving up boatloads of points and if you look down their score sheet just tell me that it doesn’t bear a striking resemblance to 2012 WVU. I just think they are ripe to get caught and WVU will be the one to do the catching. October won’t be a total loss – you heard it hear first.

You know what I remember most about the “Bush Push?” Not a damn thing. Because I was doing something better with my time….

First a quick personal note – I’m insanely jealous of Craig Meyer. About a year ago I had the idea to do this exact thing and even talked to a guy who had done one (actually Aaron Torres from the previous tweet) about how to lay it all out. But about that time I started a new job (which I love) and between wife and kids and life it was just one of those things I never got to completely follow through on. I was fortunate enough to write about the game for one of my pieces in TheSignalCaller print magazine and through that talked to Pat White, Tony Caridi and Dwight Wallace about the game (which was amazing) and for the first time understood how close Pat was to packing it in. If you would like to read that piece, we ran it on the game’s 10th anniversary last week – here’s a link.

But my jealousy aside, it was great to see Craig give this game the full treatment that it deserved. He executed this thing flawlessly and I’m so glad that someone was able to do it. For my money this was the most influential WVU game of the last quarter century – it changed the entire program and in many ways planted the seeds for the future Big 12 move. Heck, I liked it so much I’ll link it again here. You learn little tidbits that you never knew and get insights from all the key players. In the midst of a tough stretch, it was a nice break to go back to one of the most magical nights in Mountaineer lore and one day I hope to send my kids back to read this themselves.

Quick non-sequiter before we get to the game, because Chuck Friggin’ Yeager is a bad, bad man and his Twitter feed is great. I think I saw dog-fighting (the airplane kind) tips on there one time. Seriously. Dude is an old school boss and he’s West Virginia’s.

Oh did I mention it was BRIDGE DAY!!!

(OK, I’ve clearly stalling…let’s just do this.)

That was clearly the recipe for success. No better way to keep Baylor from scoring than to keep that offense off the field. And while the WVU ground game put up some numbers, they just weren’t successful enough in 2nd and 4, 3rd and 2 situations to keep drives alive – especially in the red zone at the end of the first half where Dana Holgorsen called 5 runs in 6 plays over 2 drives from inside the Baylor 10 and got 3 points for his trouble.

I have this vision of Pollack coming up with that on like Wednesday night, giggling to himself, preening in the mirror, giggling some more and then grabbing the notepad from his back pocket that he carries around for such occasions. That’s absolutely how that went down and I have zero doubt that he was nudging people after the show asking “hey did you hear my 501(c)(3) joke?!”

The Mountaineer Fashion Corner approves. Probably my favorite road look. Sorry Storm Trooper aficionados, I’ve never been much of a Star Wars guy. Didn’t something Star Warsy happen this week?…….

A surprising development. The Mountaineers continue to be deep and talented at wide receiver and honestly the addition of Sills felt like handing Kate Upton a push-up bra. I mean I’m not complaining…..just saying……..you know what I’m not saying anything. That’s a fabulous look. Carry on.

Still cool. Very, very, very, very cool.

Didn’t really start out great. At all.

And then WVU punched right back. I wanted this so bad for Skyler Howard, I really did. And he was better on Saturday, he was. Not perfect by any means and not quite where we need him to be, but better.

Lost in the frustration with WVU’s third straight loss was how off the charts surgical the Baylor offense is. We saw it two years ago and we saw it again on Saturday. The unfortunate truth is when the Baylor machine is firing on all cylinders, there’s just not a lot you can do. Your best bet is to rattle their QB early like last year, but when they get off to a fast start there’s just no catching them from behind. WVU wasn’t great, but that 62 spot had a lot more to do with the home team than the visitors.

I need more Cody Clay in my life. You need more Cody Clay in your life. Skyler Howard needs more Cody Clay in his life. We all need more Cody Clay in our lives.

And then there was the unexpected emergence of David Sills. It didn’t seem like a place WVU had a lot of need, but it’s hard to argue with the production. It will be interesting to see, given the results (2 catches, 64 yards and a score), if Sills converts full-time. If nothing else he’s getting a crash course in the offense and will be used to the speed of game if he’s ever called upon.

When the story of this game was written, this play was really the beginning of the end. WVU had a chance to pull within 3 points and soften up the Baylor defense even more (not to mention back them off to make room for the running game) but once again Skyler Howard’s timing was off. For a guy who set his early reputation as someone very careful with the ball, these last 3 losses have all been characterized by turnovers from the QB position – some Howard’s fault and some not. The question is which one is the real Skyler Howard? We may find out at TCU.

And this did it. Because the Mountaineer defense managed to stand firm the math wasn’t terrible – down 10 and getting the ball to start the half – but you feel like they came away so dispirited because they knew they’d missed their chance.

Bye Groza Award campaign. You were fun while you lasted.

#1 was something else, man. Poor Rasul Douglas. Never had a chance.

Those are obscenely stupid numbers. Like video game numbers. And not new hard video games, but like Tecmo Super Bowl “Jerry Rice has 58 touchdown catches in a season” stupid numbers. As the incredulous gunslinger put so well in the movie Tombstone after one of Wyatt Earp’s heroic displays – “seen anything like that? Hell I’ve never even HEARD of anything like that.”

Mountaineers on tilt.

On. Tilt.

I’ll allow it. Also I’d love a 3 hour drive to a WVU game every couple years.

Honestly, look at those numbers. How do you compete with that? Just no margin for error. None. Nothing. Nada.

On the one hand it was great to see Shelton Gibson break that kick return we’d all been waiting for. But on the other that was an alltime slam-that-barn-door-with-style-WAAAAY-after-those-horses-took-off play.

They really do. Of all the teams in the Big 12, I like Baylor the least. They just reek of that new money vibe, going out to buy a new car with every bonus and obnoxiously parking that boat in front of their house just because. They’re just kinda punks. I don’t care for you Baylor. Not at all.

Honestly, just not a good week at all.

But hey, at least we’re not Michigan!

As someone who sat in the bleachers and watched Tremain Mack rip out our collective hearts back in 1996, I realize that I should have had more sympathy for what the Wolverine fans were going through, but I just found it wildly entertaining. I guess it’s just human nature to, when we’re at our most miserable, find comfort that there’s someone out there more miserable than we are. Not the best component of human nature, but it’s there. I will not apologize for being human. Suck it, Michigan.

Well that’s all I’ve got for this week. If I can manage it, I might try to throw a quick bye week Retweet together but no promises, work is a bear. A nice bear that pays for all my food and stuff, but a bear all the same. I’ll just leave you with the same sentiment I expressed last week and where I started this week – we’ve got something for TCU. I’m convinced of it. So relax, enjoy the bye week where nothing can really go wrong and get ready for Thursday night in Fort Worth.

Let’s keep the faith, let’s get through this stretch and LET’S GOOOOOO!!!!!!!




West Virginia Louisville 2005 : Turning Point

By Brandon Priddy


This article appeared originally in this year’s print edition of The SignalCaller magazine, but we thought we’d make it available online in celebration of October 15th or as WVU fans know it Steve and Pat Day.



“I’d rather be lucky than good.”

It’s a saying we hear thrown around a lot, something meant to quantify the value of an unexpected break or a surprise quirk of fortune. Being good certainly comes with its own rewards, but being lucky….that can open the door to greatness.

Ask any Mountaineer fan and they’ll tell you their team is plenty of the latter but hardly ever former. From untimely injuries to bad bounces and the always expected blown call, foul luck has become ingrained in the Mountaineer ethos. As one well-known author put it, we’re all simply “waiting for the fall.” It’s a part of our identity. When the chips are down and the stakes are highest, WVU can be expected to draw the worst card; roll snake eyes.

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The Mountaineer Retweet : Oklahoma State

by: Brandon Priddy


There’s a lot to cover so I’m just going to jump into it. I’ve frankly been surprised and borderline shocked at the level of angst among WVU fans the last 2 days. Clearly things are not in a great place, but I’ll remind you that going into 2014 people were hoping to just get 6 wins. Well they got 7 and doggone near more. But now because the Big 12 schedule makers decided to drop a meteor on WVU’s October, we lose 2 games to a pair of pretty decent teams and it’s time to scuttle the ship.

That is silliness, and it’s silliness I’ll address later. For now let’s get tweeting.

Y’all need to lighten up, so let’s start things out with this week’s Fashion Report. I like this combo. While anyone who’s read me knows I’m a blue hats, blue shirts yella britches guy to the bone, this is a pretty strong set. Probably my #2 (not counting anything involving the throwback helmet).

I included this for the folks who seem so nostalgic for the days of 8 or 9 wins over Rutgers and South Florida. Well, at least Rutgers. It’s a page for The Octonian, which was a hilarious series NunesMagician did that was a spoof roundtable of the old Big East mascots. They’re hilarious, with my favorite running gag the Mountaineer consistently forgetting that Cincinnati was even in the conference.

And then I included this tweet to remind you that instead of city boys from New Jersey or Connecticut lamenting how few Starbucks there are in the Mountain State (not as much of a problem now) we get nice fans from rural areas who appreciate scenic beauty and are actually fun to have a conversation and a beer with.

That’s a nice thing.

Maryland was feeling froggy early and I had dreams of an insane boost to strength of schedule. The day was off to a great start!

And speaking of froggy, how about little upstart Texas! Man what an inspirational story about the underdog rising up and overcoming the odds!

So sad. I can’t even discuss this…..

But on the other side of the coin, how about that defense stepping it up, specifically Jared Barber. I can’t think of one time I thoughts “damn, we really miss Karl Joseph.” And given that we’re talking about one of the 5 best WVU defenders of the last quarter-century, that’s a helluva feat. Tony Gibson is special man. I know Baylor has their firepower and gawdy stats and good for them, but I’ll ride or die with Tony Gibson and this defense all day.

Beautiful. What more can you say.

Very cool.

They did not look great early. But sidenote, did ‘on tilt’ just become a thing here on the Retweet? I like it! I encourage it!

Things did not start out well. And that tweet above, led to these tweets below:

So let’s talk about this. First off I get the sentiment, I do. Skyler is by all accounts a great kid, but he’s not setting the world on fire right now. Having said that, I would ask you to step back and objectively think about this. Behind Skyler is William Crest, a by all accounts freakish talent who’s now played about 3 snaps of football with real bullets flying. He basically missed all of last season with an injury. If Clint Trickett taught us anything, it’s that this is not a simple offense to run. Yes it only takes a few days to install, but I installed Windows 10 in like an hour but two months later I still don’t know what the hell it does. Same thing here. The offense is a system predicated on the quarterback making a variety of choices on multiple levels. First he gets his play, but often has a run/pass option, so he scouts out what he sees and draws on his knowledge to determine what to do there. Now the play starts and maybe there’s even a run/pass option within that play. So having made a pair of determinations, he’ll now drop back and decide where to put the ball based on his split-second determination of the defense and where he knows his receivers will be.

I go through all that to hammer home how complex a task this is. It would be freakish if someone could wrap their head around it in a few days, or even a few months, or maybe a year. Case in point Clint Trickett. When he came to town in 2013 he was unsure of what he was doing and consistently uncomfortable. He was never able to settle in and the offense obviously suffered for it. Flash forward a year and he was a field general completing his coach’s sentences, running private practice sessions, dropping a 500 spot on Maryland and buying his O line dinner.

It takes time, man. And if you think the answer to what ails the WVU offense is untested freshman, I think you’re being a bit intellectually dishonest. They’re not ready. And furthermore Skyler Howard has it within him to play really, really well. We’ve seen it. He’s both run and thrown for touchdowns in each of his last two games. Unfortunately he’s faced two of the better defensive fronts in the league with more in the offing and some key mistakes in bad moments have overshadowed some pretty great moments.

But he’s got it in him to play very well. And he’s by far the best option this team has. That is a fact.

And there’s lots of blame to spread around. Howard has taken the brunt of fan frustration, but 7 of those 17 OSU points off turnovers were made possible by Shell’s fumble. On top of that Wendell Smallwood coughing one up as WVU was driving for another score very well may have taken 7 off the board. This was my biggest complaint with the WVU offense the last two weeks – ball security. But given how much of a premium Dana Holgorsen has historically put on it, I’ve got to think that’s a problem that can and will be addressed.

The part of Eric Striker will be played tonight by Emmanuel Ogbah.

Actually he has TWO little brothers. And you can guess where the next one’s going….

No, it was not going to sputter all night. Not by a longshot.

I wasn’t sure if it was a safety till The Man said it was a safety. And just like that we had a ballgame.

I hardly ever drop my own tweets in here and that’s by design. This is y’all’s time to shine. But I did want to throw this out there. Note the timestamp – here in the central time zone that’s right around halftime. It’s a commentary on this squad that even down 17-2 halfway through the game, I felt confident we’d get back in it. Heck, I was sending “we win this in overtime” texts to my buddies with a few minutes left down 7. This team fights. This team scratches. This team claws. That matters.

I’ll be honest I have no idea what’s going on with the William Crest experiment. Best I could come up with is Holgo wanted to get him some time under the lights just to get him used to the speed of the game and that coupled with his elite athleticism made it something worth exploring. Casazza made a similar point in his Taboo Tuesday segment so that makes me think I’m not out to lunch. In fact, the more I think the more I like this theory. I was a bit critical of how Crest was being used before, but I think I’m on board now.

No. Never ever no not ever no. Never ever.

See, I knew those OSU guys would have a reasonable explanation.

Bill Snyder is coaching McGuyver. I feel confident in saying that if we gave Bill 3 night shift security guards, 6 construction workers, 7 stock boys, a toll booth operator and a librarian, he’d finish 3rd in the Big 12. Maybe that can become a reality show on the Big 12 Network that Texas won’t ever let happen, watching Snyder coach people up in everyday situations. “This Wednesday, watch Bill Snyder talk a call center operator through open heart surgery right before helping an insurance salesman run air traffic control!”

I would totally watch that and so would you.

I’m excited about the Jovon Durante era. And I’m convinced he’s gonna pop one of these kick returns before it’s all said and done. How in the world is this kid a true freshman. Blazing speed, great ball skills and an emerging route runner. Just one of the many bright spots on a squad with an emergent roster.


Great throw here by Howard. People consistently knock his arm strength, but I was talking with Jed after the game and he made the point that “these deep balls aren’t about arm strength, they’re all about timing.” You can’t do much about arms, they are what they are. But you can work on timing. You can develop timing. You can refine timing. With weapons like Gibson and Durante on the outside, I feel good about WVU’s chances of hitting some more home runs in the near future.

And hey, at least we’re not Oregon. Gotta feel a little bad for WVU grad Rob Mullens right now. After a great few years, that’s a hard fall back to earth.

And once again this WVU D signs their name as a ball-hawking unit. We’re about halfway through the season and I think it’s safe to say the turnover demons from last year can be put to bed. Now time to get to work on the turnover gremlins on the other side of the ball.

Depth. It matters. WVU lost a starting corner and hardly missed a step. Does that happen 2 years ago?

This was neat, and at this point I was completely convinced WVU was going to win this game. They had all the momentum and now they had a rabid crowd that was doing odd things. But odd things are distinctive things and those are the things that can often carry a team. That’s what this Mountaineer crowd was going to do – carry this team. Cause that’s what great crowds can do. I’ve seen it and there’s nothing like it. The tying score was inevitable. In fact I texted my buddies “we win this in overtime” and was greeted with…..shall we say….skepticism. But I felt it.

Then my man Skyler Howard was feeling it. Milan Puskar Stadium was rocking and I was convinced that Dana Holgorsen was poised to snag his first home OT win and first home conference night win. This was going to be the turning point.

Tell me about it.

WVU wins the toss and it’s all falling into place. OSU drives a bit and gets close, but if we can just hold them to 3 then this O is 25 yards away from the W.

First huge tip of the cap to Gundy. You hear it often said “go for the win on the road” but I’ve seen plenty of coaches look that moment in the face and blink. Gundy met the moment and fortune favors the bold.

(and this isn’t sour grapes, the better team won, but the better team also had some help when Christian Brown got basically tackled to the ground to open that hole for J.W. Walsh. This is the part where I remind you how obscenely unlucky WVU has been in overtime since 2012).

I honestly don’t have the heart to get into the rest of it and I’m sure you don’t care to read about it. WVU couldn’t score and Oklahoma State won. For the second straight week the Mountaineers fought their way out of a hole but for a second straight week they couldn’t finish the job. It’s frustrating. It’s heartbreaking. It’s also just the 5th game of the season and this team is 3-2.

Looooot of football left to play. TCU looks vulnerable doing a WVU 2012 “give up 44 but score 45” impression and Baylor is the bully that’s feasted on cupcakes but we’re all waiting to see what happens when they get punched in the nose. I remember how that ended last year.

Even when the night is darkest, my man Eugene Napoleon has some positivity. For you youngsters out there he toted the rock on the greatest WVU squad of all time and he’s seen a few football games. And I’m with him…..lot of ball left to play.

And now I’ll leave you with this. When I was younger I hated Steve Spurrier. I found him arrogant, prideful and generally just a jerk. However as both I and the Head Ball Coach got older, I gained an appreciation for what he truly was – perhaps the last bigtime coach (aside from Les Miles) to understand that he’s coaching a bunch of young men playing a game. Games are supposed to be fun, and you can’t deny that Spurrier always had fun. He could throw his verbal jabs because he knew he wasn’t curing cancer or leading troops into battle – he was teaching college kids how to play a game.

I know it’s frustrating and I know you’re mad. Heck, I’m mad. But it’s a game, and things have a way of working their way back around. WVU still has more than half of their season left and a lot can happen. I look at the effort we saw last season and the noon start time and I feel good about their ability to make a game of it in Waco this week. I look down the road at TCU and see a team WVU has played in 3 games to a combined 98-97 score; a 3 point WVU win and a pair of single point Horned Frog victories. And after that the road gets much more manageable. I’m just not quite ready to throw the towel in just yet and I’d encourage you to hold onto your rag as well.

So let’s shake off a tough loss to a very good team, let’s jump back off the mat and set our sights for the highest octane offense in America.



Thanks for reading and please check back in with us. We’re going to try to take some questions this week, so please shoot me an email at abpriddy@gmail.com and Jed and I will do our best to answer whatever you send. And I’m always on Twitter : @abpriddy and you all know you can find Jed at @TheSignalCaller





The Mountaineer Retweet : Better Late Than Never

Sorry for the late delivery, but first it was a long couple days at work, then I got sick. I know, excuses, excuses. Next blogger up. So I’m up and ready to roll. Better late than never, right?

The trip to Norman didn’t exactly go as planned. A WVU team that had largely looked sharp and well put together got messy and quickly fell apart, but then they pulled it back together……only to fall apart again. We saw some good things and we certainly saw some bad things and #WVUtwitter was fertile ground for all sorts of discussion. So by all means, let’s discuss.

We were in some heady places by Saturday morning. I mean, look at that chart. It’s jarring, right? Continue reading

Presnap Read : Oklahoma Sooners

by Brandon Priddy


Welcome to the Presnap Read, where I try to drop some knowledge on the WVU game to come, and more importantly Jed drops some knowledge at the end. And yes, it’s at the end for a reason – I know that’s what y’all are wanting to read. Momma Priddy didn’t raise no dummy.

So here we are. The conference season is finally upon us and excitement is at a fever pitch. The importance of this game for WVU can’t really be overstated. Win and you make The Leap into the National Conversation About Big Things. That’s fun because we haven’t been in the National Conversation About Big Things since 2012. We spent about a week on the fringe last year, but that’s been about it. Well, leave Norman with a scalp and that changes really quick. I’ve spent the evening texting and tweeting friends about this game and I’ll just say regardless of the outcome it’s fun to have that buzz again.

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The Mountaineer Retweet: Turtle Soup

by: Brandon Priddy


My wife told me a story about being out in her parent’s Land Cruiser one time and seeing some people in the road looking at something. As she got closer, she noticed that there was a turtle in the road and these people had stopped and, as soon as she passed, they were going to pick it up and get it safely to the shoulder. Being a decent human being but also being too close to stop in time so they could get to the stranded animal, she decided to straddle the animal and leave it safely behind. Unfortunately my wife is a much better person than she is a driver, and being in her late teens and driving a car that was too big for her to begin with, she miscalculated.


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Rapid Reaction : West Virginia 45 Maryland 6

by: Brandon Priddy


Today’s rapid reaction isn’t as rapid as normal because I spent a rainy postgame afternoon building a horse shed. But there is still plenty to talk about so I’ll throw out what I’ve got:

  • Credit Dana Holgorsen for recognizing the limitation of the air raid being lack of ground game and tweaking it accordingly. Today we saw perhaps the best embodiment of what he wants to do every week: near-perfect balance with 304 rushing yards and 297 through the air. And those air yards were amazingly efficient – Skyler Howard finished 21/33 for 294 yards and 4 scores. That’s an average of 14 yards per completion and nearly 1 score per 5 completions. They ran consistently as Wendell Smallwood and Rushel Shell led the charge with 147 and 77 yards respectively and used the passing game to take big shots down the field. In short, it was a well-oiled machine.
  • Between the red zone success of WVU and Holgo’s propensity to get swaggy when things are going well, there’s roughly a 3 million percent chance he drops one of his trademark dry comments in his weekly presser. I’m guessing something along the lines of “(cough) yeah we did pretty well in the red zone but I’m sure some of you want to see us get 9 points out of those trips so we’re working on that.”
  • And while Swaggy Holgo is always fun, what could REALLY be a good time is Swaggy Jed. The SignalCaller himself was banging the drum against banging the drum on red zone problems, taking a few paragraps in his weekly Hot Reads column to tackle that very subject and all but predicting Saturday’s success (5 red zone trips, 5 TDs) with this paragraph: What I haven’t seen is a lack of effort. For a West Virginia offense that’s been led this year by a quarterback making just his third and fourth career starts and has featured three redshirt-sophomores, a redshirt-freshman and a true freshman, I’m confident that the best of what we’ll see from this crew – in the red zone and otherwise – is still ahead.
  • A near perfect performance from WVU’s punt and kick coverage teams against quite possibly the most dangerous return man in America. Maryland’s Will Likely entered the game as the nation’s #2 punt returner, averaging 28.08 yards on 12 returns with a pair of TDs. Against WVU he didn’t log a single punt return, and averaged a modest 16.2 yards on 4 kickoff returns. For a program that has a….uhh….spotty history of punt coverage, that was a very telling stat.
  • I’ve used the word perfect a few times here and that gives me the willies. My general sense with most teams and certainly WVU is that it’s hard to follow up one perfect performance with another, and with a trip to Norman to face OU next on the slate, it’s going to take a great performance from WVU to get to 4-0. Now having said that they did follow up the virtuoso performance against Baylor last year with a great win at Oklahoma State, so maybe I’m worried about nothing. It’s a nice problem to have.

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Presnap Reads

by Brandon Priddy


Hello beautiful. I’m ready to roll. Are you ready to roll? Let’s roll.


When a store or restaurant is opening for the first time, the owners will often do what’s called a “soft opening.” Basically they’ll open their doors to a limited number of customers – family and friends, neighbors, that sort of thing – with the aim of working out the kinks before a grand opening celebration that gets things rolling in earnest.

For a West Virginia football season that has begun 2015 with home games against Georgia Southern and Liberty, the concept seems appropriate. See a soft opening is still an opening. You’re selling your wares or making food, but you’re doing it a little out of the public eye and you’ve got a little margin for error. West Virginia has so far taken on a pair of foes that don’t necessarily have the brand to match the level of football they play and as such have remained largely off the national radar.

And honestly, given that they’re breaking in a new starting quarterback as well as new starting receivers on the outside (one of whom is a true freshman) the concept was probably necessary. Last year’s veteran squad acquitted themselves very well when they opened last season against #2 Alabama in Atlanta, but I don’t know that this year’s offense could have survived in similar conditions. The performance against Georgia Southern was impressive, but there were enough miscues in the Liberty game that it’s clear this is still a unit coming together.

But come Saturday afternoon around 3 Eastern (2 if you’re hanging with me here in the Lord’s time zone) the soft open is over and it’s time to see what this 2015 edition of the Mountaineers is really made of. And stuff is gonna get real real fast. Continue reading

The Mountaineer Retweet: The Great Bye and Bye

by: Brandon Priddy



Just when you thought a Mountaineer season that led off with home tilts against Georgia Southern and Liberty couldn’t get off to a slower start, we didn’t play ANYONE this week. But just because WVU is on a bye doesn’t mean we’re taking the week off here at the Retweet – they people need their tweets! Let’s get things rolling as we prepare for the biggest test of an early season.

Flattery will get you everywhere, including a shoutout in the Retweet.

This gets the award for “most creative use of a meme.” I’d feel sorry for that UVa student, but a) this is probably the most significant adversity he’s faced in life and b) I’m still pissed off about the 2002 Tire Bowl and their jackass marching band. Continue reading