The Times West Virginian

Bob Herzel

January 15, 2008

COLUMN: Pryor gets some food for thought

MORGANTOWN — Perhaps you know about the law of unintended consequences, which is anything but scientific in its application. Nonetheless, it is very much a reality.

For example, on a cold morning, you turn your car on before you are ready to leave so it is warm when you climb behind the wheel. Suppose someone comes along, sees your car running, and steals it.

Having to walk to work is the unintended consequence of trying to warm it up before you left.

Another example of this may just be playing out before your eyes at present on the West Virginia University sports scene. Simply put, Bob Huggins needs some bench help for his basketball team. Jarrett Brown, the backup quarterback on the football team, is an accomplished basketball player with a desire to play the game again and the kind of physical strength Huggins could use.

So Huggins got in contact with WVU’s new head football coach Bill Stewart and asked if Brown would be allowed to play basketball.

“If he can help Bob Huggins and that great West Virginia basketball team, I’m behind it 100 percent,” Stewart said. “I had a very nice conversation with his father (Sunday) and anything he can do to help this great university, I’m very much in favor of it.”

And so Jarrett Brown is now a two-sport athlete with the intended consequence helping WVU be a better basketball team.

Ah, but we’re not talking about intended consequences. We’re talking about unintended consequences, so sit down, because this may be a big one.

What if the move could prove to be better for the WVU football team than for the basketball team?

Do I have your interest now?

Think about this one for a moment. There’s a fellow up north of here at Jeannette High outside Pittsburgh who is the No. 2 football recruit in America.

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