After a thriller in Austin, Texas on Saturday afternoon, I have to say I am very impressed with the coaching from Dana Holgorsen. That man pulled out his big swinging anaconda and slapped it right on the face of Tom Herman and Longhorn nation.
When Herman made the decision to kick a field goal to make it a 7 point game, I knew he just tossed Dana the W. Herman, who I thought would be the savior for Texas football, tucked his tail and coached not to lose. In that game, in that situation, you go for it on 4th & 1 and score a touchdown to put that puppy to sleep. He didn’t do that.
But this guy did.
You know, I kind of have a love-hate relationship with WVU fans. I don’t care much for the school or the athletic programs at WVU, but I do love fans of college athletics. One thing has bothered me for years about WVU fans. You all hate Dana Holgorsen.
As a coach who has gone 60-38 in 6 years at a program who can not recruit elite talent to compete with the competition they play, you’re a total and complete idiot to even call for Holgy’s precious head. Just a total fool.
In the impossible eventuality that Dana Holgorsen is fired at WVU, my sole question is this:
Who are you going to replace him with?
There isn’t a coach in the country that is better than Dana that would accept the job for the amount of money WVU is willing to pay. This is WVU. It’s not Oklahoma or Texas. Just because you play in the same conference doesn’t mean you have the same amount of brand awareness or money to afford a big dick hire.
Quit bitching about Dana and take what you can get. To have a team full of 2 and 3 star football players and to be in this situation, you better just be thankful. That’s a damn good football coach and if you know anything about college football, you know that I am telling the truth. He is taking a football team that is logistically and geographically screwed on the road, loaded with 2-3 star talent, and winning at Texas. A top 10 all-time winningest program. A BLUE BLOOD! Just a superb job Dana Holgorsen has done in his tenure at WVU. Just fantastic.
Although WVU survived a thriller at Texas, they are going to have to play Oklahoma in back-to-back weeks in the event the Mountaineers win out in the regular season. With tough games against TCU, Oklahoma State, Oklahoma remaining on the schedule, nothing is guaranteed. It’s no secret that the Big 12 conference is a basket case this season. Just so up and down. No real top dog.
TWO THINGS HAUNT WVU IF THEY WIN OUT (considering CFP hopes)
1.) BEATDOWN IN AMES, IA
Even though the Cyclones continue to improve their resume and climb the College Football Playoff rankings, the Mountaineers performance against ISU was embarrassing. It would be hard to put a one loss WVU team in over a one loss Michigan team. A one loss UGA team. A one loss Bama team. A one loss Clemson team. A one loss Notre Dame team.
2.) CANCELLATION AT NORTH CAROLINA STATE
At Hurricane Florences demand, the Eers had to cancel their road trip to ACC’s NC State. A huge, out of conference road game that would’ve been an eye pleaser to the College Football Playoff committee.
THE BEST COACHING HIRES OF 2017-18 CAROUSEL
1.) Herm Edwards – Arizona State (5-4 record)
Herm Edwards lands at number one. After three signature wins against #15 ranked Michigan State, #15 Utah and @ USC, I believe this team is only going to get better. I also forget that they lost by a touchdown @ #10 Washington. All of their losses are close except one.
2.) Mario Cristobal – Oregon (6-3 record)
Mario is doing way better than I expected. When he was hired at Oregon, I kind of shook my head. Silly me. Signature wins against @ #24 California and #7 Washington. Next Saturday will be a showdown out in Eugene, as Herm Edwards and the Sun Devils travel to Autzen Stadium. Should be epic.
3.) Dan Mullen – Florida (6-3 record)
Cousin Eddie got his ass kicked yesterday, but he’s still one of the top 3 hires of the 2018 carousel. He’s done a lot with McElwain’s mess that he left behind. They will win 8-9 games. Not bad whatsoever. Oh, by the way, what ever happened to Jim McElwain? He still humping sharks?
3a.) Josh Heupel – UCF (8-0 record)
The Knights have picked right back up where they left off. Undefeated and ranked #12 in the country. Expect another undefeated season from UCF, but do not dare mention them in the playoff talk.
4.) Joe Moorehead – Mississippi State (6-3 record)
Gotta tell ya, I shook my head at this one too. Didn’t really jump off the page when I saw the Bulldogs were hiring Moorehead from Penn State, but he has the Bulldogs ranked #18th in the country and are looking at 8-9 wins as well.
5.) Jimbo Fisher – Texas A&M (5-4 record)
The most glamorous of hires in the 2018 carousel is struggling but needs to get his players into his system. Fisher has the Aggies ranked #20th in the country, but that will change this week due to the close loss @ Auburn. 7-5 would be just fine for a first year Fisher.
6.) Kevin Sumlin – Arizona (5-5 record)
Started out rocky for Sumlin, but he has the Wildcats 1st in the PAC 12 South. Pretty damn impressive considering the slow start to the season. Big game on the road @ Washington State on Saturday.
7. Jeremy Pruitt – Tennessee – (4-5 record)
Wasn’t a fan of this hire and still aren’t a fan of it. Pruitt has one signature win @ #21 Auburn and blowouts on the rest of the schedule. Should he finish 6-6 and get to a bowl game, that would be a step in the right direction for him and the Vols. Going to be tough to do as they finish with Kentucky, Missouri and @ Vanderbilt.
8.) Scott Frost – Nebraska – (2-7 record)
Lost to Troy at home. Played the Buckeyes really well yesterday though. Very surprising. The Huskers appear to be getting better week after week. Going to take some time in Lincoln, Nebraska.
9.) Willie Taggart – Florida State – (4-5 record)
I don’t know how long Taggart lasts in Tallahassee. I had no idea this Seminole team would be this bad. They’re awful. I think they finish 4-8 as they have Notre Dame, Boston College and Florida left on the schedule. Pretty bad hire.