Cooper carries as WVU wins

Cooper carries as WVU wins

There are 5 comments on the Herald Star Online story from Oct 4, 2008, titled Cooper carries as WVU wins. In it, Herald Star Online reports that:

On a day West Virginia coach Bill Stewart announced star linebacker Reed Williams was finished for the year, the Mountaineers defense limited Rutgers to 270 yards and came up with the big play when it mattered ...

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Since: Jan 07

United States

#1 Oct 5, 2008
Keep it up eers. The conference is up for grabs.
Zac

AOL

#2 Oct 7, 2008
There's still a LOT of room for improvement. This team can't sit back on its heels. It must continually strive to get better, and more players need to step up and get involved.

As for Stewart, the man is over-thinking and out-coaching himself. Squib kick with about a minute to play in the 1st half? What were the Mountaineers doing on special teams following the opening kick-off and kicks following each of their 1st 2 scores? It's called execution. Let that stud-of-a-soon-to-be-playing-o n-Sundays-leg, otherwise known as McAfee kick that ball as far as he can send it, and let the coverage execute. If the other team runs it back, Stewart didn't allow it, the special teams unit did. If he's going to get so da-gum worried over the possibility of a run-back, kick the thing out of bounds. At least then, the other team gets it on the 40, which is 4 fewer yards than where Rutgers wound up on the Squib.

Then there's this quote.(I just love this one!) "I will always play to win the football game," Stewart said. "I will never, never not play to lose." I think what he meant to say was, "I will never play,*not to lose*." The point is, when it's 4th and inches, if a team can't make those inches, it's debatable as to whether or not they deserve to win. I know; I sound critical. Well, 3rd & 2, 3rd & 1, 3rd & a half, 3rd and some chain links, 4th & inches, with WVU's veteran line, with their back-field, I'm sorry; you make those far more often than not, IF you're really serious about winning the Big East Championship.

There-in lies the point of the exercise. One game was lost to due to lack of preparation. Another was lost due to lack of execution, and that game was winnable. This game, which should have been in the bag, was almost lost for the same reason. It's a good thing the defense is improving, because the offense is really sputtering. It's time to focus; it's time to concentrate; it's time to get serious. It's time our beloved Mountaineers play "Mountaineer Football"!!! Let's GO MOUNTAINEERS!!!!

Since: Jan 07

United States

#3 Oct 8, 2008
Zac wrote:
There's still a LOT of room for improvement. This team can't sit back on its heels. It must continually strive to get better, and more players need to step up and get involved.
As for Stewart, the man is over-thinking and out-coaching himself. Squib kick with about a minute to play in the 1st half? What were the Mountaineers doing on special teams following the opening kick-off and kicks following each of their 1st 2 scores? It's called execution. Let that stud-of-a-soon-to-be-playing-o n-Sundays-leg, otherwise known as McAfee kick that ball as far as he can send it, and let the coverage execute. If the other team runs it back, Stewart didn't allow it, the special teams unit did. If he's going to get so da-gum worried over the possibility of a run-back, kick the thing out of bounds. At least then, the other team gets it on the 40, which is 4 fewer yards than where Rutgers wound up on the Squib.
Then there's this quote.(I just love this one!) "I will always play to win the football game," Stewart said. "I will never, never not play to lose." I think what he meant to say was, "I will never play,*not to lose*." The point is, when it's 4th and inches, if a team can't make those inches, it's debatable as to whether or not they deserve to win. I know; I sound critical. Well, 3rd & 2, 3rd & 1, 3rd & a half, 3rd and some chain links, 4th & inches, with WVU's veteran line, with their back-field, I'm sorry; you make those far more often than not, IF you're really serious about winning the Big East Championship.
There-in lies the point of the exercise. One game was lost to due to lack of preparation. Another was lost due to lack of execution, and that game was winnable. This game, which should have been in the bag, was almost lost for the same reason. It's a good thing the defense is improving, because the offense is really sputtering. It's time to focus; it's time to concentrate; it's time to get serious. It's time our beloved Mountaineers play "Mountaineer Football"!!! Let's GO MOUNTAINEERS!!!!
I totally agree Zac. Stewart has been in the game a long time he should follow his first instinct and stop over thinking.
touchdowndog

Grove City, OH

#4 Oct 13, 2008
WVU DAve wrote:
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I totally agree Zac. Stewart has been in the game a long time he should follow his first instinct and stop over thinking.
billy stewart has made a few quirky mistakes,but i attribute those as to shaking the rust off the old man. but.imo,a win by 1pt is a win;a win by 2pts is ok with me,forfeits are fine also..take the no-shows also,there are no asterisks at the end of the season stating that you played poor or great teams. more winning games allowed the mountaineers to have a positive attitude and gain very valuable experience...go mountaineeeeers
Zac

AOL

#5 Oct 14, 2008
TD-Dog, it's a fundimental fact. The best way to silence critisism is to keep on winning. You're right that in the end, nobody cares too much about who you played, so long as you won. The year FL won the NC is as good an example as it gets. Three times (twice in front of their home crowd) FL won by a total of 5 points. Only one of those teams (TN) had a winning record at the end of the regular season.

Our boyz will be just fine. The coaching staff will grow; the recruits will get better (I'm not talking more 4 & 5 star guys, just guys who are better.), and the wins will come.

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