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Philosophy - In light of all of the drama surrounding the West Virginia football program right now, our good friend Aaron Torres engages in one of our favorite things - counterfactuals! Yes, Aaron goes back to the one night that brought relative ruin to three football programs: December 1, 2007. That night, West Virginia needed a win against rival Pitt to secure a place in the BCS championship game. Dave Wannstedt needed a win to stay alive as the coach of the Panthers' program. Michigan needed a coach in just a few weeks. What happened? Pitt shocked West Virginia 13-9, saving Wannstedt, making Rodriguez free to look around and ultimately become an attractive candidate for Michigan. It's a good read.
Ok. Ok. One note on the situation in West Virginia. Athletic Director Oliver Luck released the following statement today concerning the on-going drama in the coaching staff.
"There have been various reports, much speculation, and rumor around our football program and coaches. But I want to make it clear that I consider these to be personnel matters and while I take them very seriously, I am dealing with them internally and privately – and I will not discuss them publically.
"What I will say is that our athletic department coaches and staff are clear that their focus is on the program, the team and a successful season.
"My expectations of all our coaches and staff have not wavered; that is to run a clean and honest program with the upmost integrity and professionalism. Anything less is unacceptable and will not be tolerated."