Did you ever wonder who originated the often used word “Mountaineer”?

Thanks to good friend Dr. Mike Hogan, I can tell you. It was none other than William Shakespeare!

No joke.

An interesting story headlined “great shakes” appeared in the Sunday, May 8, 2011 edition of the New York Post. The bard was featured in the “Books” section.

Dr. Hogan, a well- known Morgantown radiologist, noticed “Mountaineer” in that piece and thoughtfully passed it on to me. He knew West Virginia University fans might be interested.

In all, Shakespeare is credited with having originated a grand total of approximately 1,700 words. He’s acclaimed in that article as the greatest inventor of words in English or any other language.

His vast collection included such everyday-used words as “jaded” and “bandit.” Shakespeare invented words so common you would not have imagined they came from him.

Steven Marche, who wrote the story, mentioned these other words as “advertising,” “skim milk” and “sanctimonious.”

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There appears to be a question as to whether Mike Kerin will remain as director of football operations at WVU.

When asked about that position, new head coach Dana Holgorsen explained at a recent press conference:

“Coach Kerin has been here for a long time and he’s going to be here this week I haven’t had a chance to sit down and talk to him. I am going to sit down and talk to him (to find out) what his plans are for the future.

“We’ll discuss that and see what’s the best thing. We’ll see what’s best for him and the future of our program.”

Kerin, who played football at Colorado, came to WVU in 1980 as football equipment manager when Hall of Famer Don Nehlen became head coach.

In 1988 he was named an administrative assistant to Nehlen. Then he became director of football operations in 1998.

He was promoted to assistant athletic director in 2008 as director of football operations.

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