The Times West Virginian


October 9, 2012

WVU’s Smith draws comparison to Weeden



Head coach Charlie Weis is trying to turn things around in Lawrence, Kan., with the Jayhawks, and he took an unusual approach this past week.

After being blown out by instate rival Kansas State, he kept his seniors out of Sunday’s practice.

“When you are developing a team down at the bottom of the league, developing for the future, there’s only so much developing you can do with the seniors. They are five games into their last year. It is what it is,” Weis said.

He noted that they didn’t have the day off, they just didn’t practice.

“If you think I gave them a day off after losing to our instate rival by 40, you’re crazy. They just weren’t involved in that part of the day. I wanted to let the younger guys know that we’re going to be coaching them hard all week, not just one Sunday. We’re looking for development.”

It remains to be seen how much team unity will come out of that.


Dana Holgorsen spent almost a decade as an assistant coach in Lubbock, which is this week’s stop for the Mountaineers as they face Texas Tech, and it is where he really put together the pieces on what has become his offense.

But Holgorsen doesn’t sound too emotional about his return this week.

“I’m not going to think twice about it. I’m over it,” he said. “I had eight great years there. I played there when I was an assistant at Houston and at Oklahoma State. I’m five years removed and over the emotions.”


The Monday after beating Texas in Austin the rankings came out and WVU was No. 1 — but not in football.

The football team was ranked No. 4 and 5 in the two polls, but the WVU rifle team, the only team to bring the school a national championship, was the top-ranked team in the first Collegiate Rifle Coaches Association poll.

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