The Times West Virginian


April 18, 2013

FURFARI COLUMN: About 200 gridders at WVU reunion

MORGANTOWN — Slightly more than 200 former West Virginia University football players will be assembling in Morgantown this weekend.

Dale Wolfley, director of the WVU Varsity Club, said they will arrive in time to play golf at the Lakeview County Club course on Friday afternoon.

WVU head coach Dana Holgorsen and members of his staff also will participate in the golf event, which is being billed as a memorial to former quarterback Chris Gray.

He was killed in the 9/11 terrorist attack in New York City. His father and two brothers have been invited to take part in the golf event.

The golf outing will be followed by a reception on Friday night at Keglers (near Suburban Lanes).

The players of past years will be guests of the university athletic department at Mountaineer Field/Milan Puskar Stadium on Saturday afternoon for the annual WVU intrasquad scrimmage winding up spring drills.

The kickoff is scheduled for 2 p.m. Tickets are available for $10 each.

A portion of the proceeds will go to WVU Children’s Hospital.

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Steve Dunlap, who was dismissed from Holgorsen’s staff after last season, is still around town.

Mike Montoro, director of football communications, explained that the Hurricane native remains on the coaches’ payroll under his original contract which expires June 30, 2013. So he’s still getting paid, though no longer in a coaching role.

Ironically, Dunlap received from Holgorsen praise for his efforts at WVU’s recent coaches’ clinic.

“Coach Dunlap had done a great job of cultivating a lot of coaches (for the clinic),” the third-year head coach was quoted. WVU expected close to 300 high school and college mentors to attend.

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With record-setting quarterback Geno Smith graduating, it should be interesting to see who eventually emerges as the successor to Smith.

Paul Millard and Ford Childress have been altering with the first team this spring, in that order. They are expected to continue to share repetitions in that manner.

Holgorsen noted that the receivers also have been taking turns and likewise the linemen will go back and forth except for the center.

“There will be a lot of moving parts during the spring game,” he said, “and I hope we win.

“Spring games are tough. You want to look good for the fans that come. It’s going to be a festive day, and we want it to resemble football.”

Don’t expect to see any secrets, though. The Mountaineers are expected to be playing under wraps and not ready to be sharing any of the new stuff they’ve been working on behind locked gates.

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