The Times West Virginian


November 13, 2012

HERTZEL COLUMN-WVU fans air anger on Twitter



Then there was this from Cheri Callaghan, also sent in three tweets:

• Coaches and team want the explosive play, the easy fix, not the steady grind. Dana’s age and status make him vulnerable and players have more interaction with fans than ever before and probably hard to hear fair-weather, venting fans. It’s all mental. It’s like this whole generation, team distracted by social media, personal issues, coaches can’t get attention, not supportive in right way.


Kevin Mace’s observation:

• We are not the most talented team on the field this year so we must play great every week — get turnovers, play smart, make plays.


@SydneyCarton1 offered this:

• What’s right? Honestly, nothing. All three sides show flashes but they’re all extremely inconsistent.


Richard Clay sees a lot of issues:

• New coaches learning to be leaders, RBs are average, recruits over past two years generally weak; Geno missing something.


Karen Fitzpatrick doesn’t waste words:

• Lack of discipline.


Jay Miller is a straight shooter:

• Lack of depth and talent, especially on D. Lack of experience on the staff. Unrealistic expectations. Adds up to a mediocre team.


Jared takes the traditional view of what has gone wrong:

• The problem is at QB. Geno is not the same. No clue the reason; there are people open — he has missed them. Defense is young and new.


WV Sports Nation lays it out this way:

• 1. Geno Smith lost his mojo. 2. Lack of depth all around. 3. Holgorsen growing pains as H.C. 4. Not unique enough in Big 12.


Bill G. stuck simply with the Oklahoma State loss but fingered the right villain:

• I put most of that loss on special teams ... can’t make those mistakes against a good team like that.


And finally there’s Eric Hayhurst, who sees the biggest problem as the one that I find most troubling:

• Coaching. There is talent on team, but no improvement from week to week. That’s coaching.

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