The Times West Virginian

Mickey Furfari

September 27, 2013

FURFARI COLUMN: Holgorsen tells why Trickett has taken only six snaps

MORGANTOWN — I asked a couple questions at Dana Holgorsen’s weekly press conference on Tuesday in the Milan Puskar Center.

West Virginia University’s young third-year head football coach had a ready reply for a guy who’s been reporting on Mountaineer sports events for 68 years.

My first question was why has Clint Trickett, the Florida State transfer with the most actual previous game experience, had been given just six snaps in a game (the season opener) with a third of the 2013 campaign already behind us?

Holgorsen’s reply was: “Because I evaluate our quarterbacks every day and you don’t!”

I then asked Holgorsen, who’s paid $2.3 million plus incentives annually, why he recruited Trickett, a Morgantown area native with a college degree?

His response was: “I have 120 players on the team. You never know what the finished product is going to be.”

But he hastened to add that “I’ve got complete confidence in our guys, offensively, and we will work hard in preparation for Saturday’s noon game against Oklahoma State (3-0, ranked No. 11 in the polls).”

I asked those two questions (which I thought were certainly fair) because a growing number feel it was a mistake not to change quarterbacks at halftime in both of the then-still-winnable 16-7 Big 12 loss at Oklahoma and last Saturday’s totally unacceptable 37-0 embarrassing blowout by Maryland (a 6-point favorite) in Baltimore.

After the defeat at Oklahoma, Holgorsen and offensive coordinator Shannon Dawson told the media they talked about replacing junior Paul Millard, the game’s starting QB, but decided against that.

Holgorsen continues to be quoted as saying the miserable ineptness against Maryland was 100 percent his fault.

However, there are people that suspect that it goes back to bad recruiting as well as coaching.

Incidentally, you may recall that Coach Holgorsen opened his fall training camp to the media representatives for just the first 30 minutes on only five of the Mountaineers’ 15 days of practice. And I’m told there was only brief scrimmaging open to them one day.

How can anyone gain any idea of how that team would fare in the upcoming season?

His predecessors always allowed reporters to see fall preseason and spring scrimmages. That way, each observer could leave with his own feeling of how good – or bad – he or she thought it might be.

This is a much different era in college football, though. And this old guy blames those presidents of the best known, biggest football powers for allowing it to get out of control financially.

Million dollar annual contracts and 10-man coaching staffs (plus graduate assistants) were mere dreams back there in the 1940s, ’50s, ’60s and as recently as the ’70s and early ’80s.

If memory serves, the late Gentleman Gene Corum’s meager salary was about $15,000 a year when he gave up the head football coach’s position in 1965. And he also taught a class in physical education.

What’s more, you could count the number of his assistants on the fingers of one hand.

Times have changed greatly, and in my opinion, not nearly all for the better.

1
Text Only
Mickey Furfari
  • FURFARI COLUMN: Five major sports topics of interest to area fans

    Tom Hart, a widely known retired Morgantown High School administrator and coach, continues to excel as one of the nation’s top bowlers.
    However, he told me he faces knee-replacement surgery. So he’s going to find it necessary to give up bowling during a period of rehab. Hart has competed in an amazing total of 45 U.S. Bowling Congress tournaments during his outstanding career.

    July 25, 2014

  • FURFARI COLUMN: Ex-Mountaineer track star dies; WVU athlete arrests may be concern

    I’ve learned belatedly that James Gordon “Jim” Dial, an outstanding men’s track and field sprinter at West Virginia University during the late 1940s, has died.
    He was a native of Huntington who earned All-State first team status. The Huntington High star led all scorers in the state Track Championship meets in both 1946 and ’47.

    July 18, 2014

  • FURFARI COLUMN: Jedd Gyorko running and taking batting practice now

    A report on the internet at this week’s start indicated that Morgantown’s Jedd Gyorko might be ready finally to rejoin the San Diego Padre’s starting lineup.
    He has been on the Major League’s disabled list since June 3. Problems with his feet was given as the reason Gyorko was unable to keep playing.

    July 16, 2014

  • FURFARI COLUMN: WVU hopes to boost season-ticket sales

    West Virginia University’s season-ticket sales for football are the lowest in nine years just two months before this season’s first home game.
    That will be on Saturday, Sept. 6, against Towson State. The Big 12 portion of the schedule follows.

    July 10, 2014

  • FURFARI COLUMN: San Diego Padres’ Gyorko remains on disabled list

    Stringing together some odds and ends that may interest you:
    • Jedd Gyorko still is not active with the San Diego Padres. The former West Virginia University standout has been on the baseball’s disabled list for just over a month and hopes to return soon.

    July 9, 2014

  • FURFARI COLUMN: It had to feel like ‘Ol’ Home Week’ for the Tricketts

    It might have felt like a bit of “Ol’ Home Week’ to West Virginia University starting quarterback Clint Trickett.
    His parents, Rick and Tara Trickett, were in the Morgantown area and stopped by to spend some time with Clint. They still live in Tallahassee, Florida.

    July 3, 2014

  • FURFARI COLUMN: WVU football season-ticket sales approximately 26,000

    Stringing together some odds and ends about sports that may be of interest to you:
    • West Virginia University season-ticket sales for the 2014 football campaign have reached approximately 26,000. That’s some 2,000 since the count of 24,000 when the renewal deadline was reached.

    June 27, 2014

  • FURFARI COLUMN: USA Today has WVU 78th in football countdown from No. 128 to No. 1

    Like Las Vegas oddsmakers, USA Today’s sports writer Paul Myerberg doesn’t rank West Virginia highly in that newspaper’s early college football predictions in a copyrighted piece.
    In one of its thorough pieces, USA Today analyzed West Virginia in its No. 78 ranking among 128 college teams. That’s what is called a countdown from No. 128 to No. 1.

    June 24, 2014

  • FURFARI COLUMN: Las Vegas oddsmakers not kind to WVU in early listings

    Not long ago, I guessed that the West Virginia University football team will go 6-6 during the 2014 football season.
    That was based strictly on a hunch. It would show at least some improvement over last year’s pitiful 4-8 finish.

    June 22, 2014

  • FURFARI COLUMN: Five different items about a variety of sports

    Stringing together some odds and ends which may be of interest to you:
    • In a continuing federal court case out West, an economist recently testified that student athletes could receive as much as $1 million were he or she given a half share of a major college’s revenue from network game broadcasts over a four year period.

    June 18, 2014

House Ads
Featured Ads