Stringing together some odds and ends that may be of interest:
• Did you know that the total annual pay of each of the coaches with teams in the NCAA Basketball Tournament averages $1.47 million? One wag suggested that perhaps we should start referring to a head football or basketball coach simply as “Mr. Millionaire.” He thought that would be appropriate — I didn’t.
• All four of the head coaches whose team made it to this weekend’s Final Four at Atlanta certainly are being paid well. Rick Pitino of Louisville is receiving $5 million, Jim Boeheim of Syracuse $1.9 million, John Beilein of Michigan $1.9 million and George Marshall of Wichita State $1.2 million.
• Like a lot of West Virginia basketball fans, if not all, I’ve been pulling for Coach Beilein and his Wolverines. He’s not only a great coach but a fine gentleman. He certainly did an excellent job as WVU’s head coach as Gale Catlett’s successor from 2002-03 through 2006-07. He was here five seasons and posted a record of 104-60.
Taking over the men’s program after an 8-20 season, Beilein performed absolute wonders. His teams enjoyed records of 14-15, 17-14, 24-11, 22-11 and 27-9. WVU won the National Invitation Tournament championship for only the second time since 1942, the school’s first-ever NIT title. It also reached the NCAA Tournament Sweet 16 and Elite Eight under Beilein’s guidance in two NCAA appearances.
• If you’re interested in purchasing a season ticket for WVU’s six home football games, the cost could be $365 — even without a donation to the Mountaineer Athletic Club. But the ticket probably would be in the end zone. If you wanted to buy only one ticket to the most popular home game — if available — I’m told it would cost you $80. Season ticket orders are now being accepted at WVU for the 2013 campaign.
• Some of the college/pro football “experts” continue to degrade West Virginia University’s great, graduating quarterback, Geno Smith, on radio and TV. I contend it’s a really sad, unfair attack on his ability and, most certainly, his character, But I did hear one analyst on ESPN say during a three-man discussion that he thinks Geno Smith would be the only QB picked in the first round of the upcoming NFL draft.
• I have resorted to a Freedom of Information Act request just once in my lengthy career as a sports writer and columnist. I was under the belief that the person or organization receiving such a legitimate request has only five days to respond.
And if there’s no response in five days, a possible penalty could be imposed. But the last time I looked, WVU has yet to settle 33 FOIA requests from a local newspaper.
Why? I don’t know. I’m just asking.
Stringing together some odds and ends that may be of interest:
Fairmont Senior closes out East Fairmont for Section 1 title: PHOTOS
When they cut down the nets Friday night at the Woody Williams Armory, the Fairmont Senior Polar Bears were the ones holding the scissors.
Each player took home a piece of the twine, a small memento from a 59-51 victory over East Fairmont in the Section 1 championship game.
Cooper leads FSU past Bobcats, 70-62
Brendan Cooper played liked a first-team all-league selection even though he strangely wasn't, and Chase Morgan did what he does best in the game's final 1:18 – hit shots.
The result was a 70-62 Fairmont State victory over fifth-seeded West Virginia Wesleyan Friday evening in the quarterfinals of the Mountain East Conference Men's Basketball Tournament at the Charleston Civic Center.
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WVU looks to back up Huggins’ prediction
It was after Kansas defeated West Virginia University, 83-69, a month ago in Lawrence, Bob Huggins reached into his deep library of inspirational sayings and came out with one from Abe Lemons, of all people, the one-time Texas coach who never was at a loss for words.
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West Liberty, Glenville, Charleston advance to MEC semi-final
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Fairmont Senior bullies Ritchie County to claim regional title: PHOTOS
While remnants of a winter storm remained outside of the Woody Williams Armory, No. 1 Fairmont Senior was on fire inside, beating Ritchie County, 69-31, for the Region I title.
It was business as usual for Fairmont Senior, which will advance to the state tournament beginning next Wednesday in Charleston.
North Marion tops Webster, 76-48
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The Lady Huskies, which had four of their five starters in double figures, used a team effort to get the win.
HERTZEL COLUMN: Huggins just wants WVU to compete
In the end, with Bob Huggins, they count victories and losses, and he has always been one to pile up the victories while keeping the losses to a minimum, at least until the last two seasons at West Virginia University.
And, in the end, when he tries to analyze why the losses have come rather than the victories, he comes to understand that he just doesn’t have the manpower to compete.
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