Monday, January 14, 2008

Round of Cubans

Since I was in South Florida all last week and they are that areas version of a reuben.

Former Terp and Panther coach Charlie Taaffe has decided he will stay with the CFL and not run the WVU offense next year.

Despite untruthful reports that surfaced Thursday of this week that I had accepted a job at West Virginia University, I thought it was important to let all the Tiger-Cats fans know the only place I want to coach is in Hamilton.
Taaffe reinforced this point be then claiming he will no longer coach on road trips. As for coaches that WVU did hire the names are as follows:

Steve Dunlap left Marshall as Defensive Coordinator to return to WVU.

David Lockwood has left Kentucky as defensive backs coach to return to WVU as well although his previous stint was far less than the 19 years Dunlap spent in Morgantown with Nehlen.

Chris Beatty had no WVU ties before his hire as he was the running backs coach with NIU last year. Unfortunately the staff though Beatty did coach with Nehlen and they had just forgotten so he will probably be fired immediately.

The final hire for now is Doc Holliday. Doc was the front-runner for head coach, in fact a presser was called for his announcement, but he'll settle as the recruiting coordinator and associate head coach. Holliday was on Nehlen's staff for 20 years and may give some of those to Beatty to keep him on staff. His first job priority is visiting Josh Jenkins.
We're going to hit the ground running [tomorrow]," added Stewart, who sounded as if he and Holliday planned to start that trail with a home visit to acclaimed line prospect Josh Jenkins of Parkersburg, W.Va.

SMQ waives goodbye to Steve Slaton. Another football player is expanding his horizons as well. Jarrett Brown has taken his 6'4" frame and 220 pounds to the hardwood and will begin playing for the men's basketball team this week.
Brown will probably play guard, his natural spot, and forward, a fit because of his physique. He's a healthy body and a physical presence and the Mountaineers (12-4, 2-2 Big East) need both. Coach Bob Huggins typically uses eight players, but in truth, it's often just seven. Starting center Jamie Smalligan is frequently removed early in the game because of matchup problems.
Ouch Jamie.

Finally some update on the "other" issue at WVU. UPI has a review of the ongoing review of Manchin's daughter getting a degree without the work 10 years later. The story reviews the early excuses from the school. #1 she forgot to pay the graduation fee. #2 electronic records didn't get transferred. These have both proven ineffective so get ready for #3, she did real life work. Of course the only paper in West Virginia that has run with the story is the DA. Hooray for Ry Rivard and boo to everyone that is involved in this mess.

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