| By John Antonik for MSNsportsNET.com|
January 6, 2006
MORGANTOWN, W.VA. -- How would you like to be Pitt’s Dave Wannstedt right now. To the West he’s looking at Fiesta Bowl champion Ohio State. To his immediate East he’s staring at Orange Bowl champion Penn State. And of course to his South he’s got to contend with Sugar Bowl champion West Virginia.
We Kennedy assassination buffs would refer to that as a recruiting triangulation of fire.
Interestingly enough, that’s exactly what Frank Cignetti had to deal with at West Virginia in the late 1970s when things at Pitt, Ohio State and Penn State were going so well.
It will be interesting to see how much better Slaton becomes during his WVU career.
If you were to evaluate the 1988 and 2005 teams, I’d say the major differences are the overall depth and experience of the 1988 team compared to the great athleticism and speed of the 2005 squad. For argument’s sake let’s cancel out quarterbacks Major Harris and Pat White, safeties Bo Orlando and Mike Lorello, linebackers Jay Henry and Chris Haering, the secondary, and special teams.
The real difference comes at wide receiver, outside linebacker and defensive tackle where the 1988 team had Reggie Rembert, Renaldo Turnbull and Mike Fox. Of course, the 2005 team has a big advantage at tailback with Slaton. And as good as 1988’s offensive line was it would be hard to pick that group over this year’s unit that features a pair of All-Americans in Dan Mozes and Garin Justice.
If the two teams were to play I’d say it would be a 41-41 tie with the game being called in the 10th overtime due to darkness.
And his West Virginia teams have scored 40 points or more 14 times since 2002.
It’s also ironic that Rich Rodriguez was involved in both of them.
My guess is all of that Continental Tire and Gator Bowl gear has already been tossed deep into the closet by now.
Now that’s innovation!
Remember, this is the same guy that gave WVU assistant coach Tony Gibson an elbow to the back of the head while running back out onto the field.
Some Mountaineer fans are upset that his actions in Morgantown have been forgotten among all of his transgressions. But keep this in mind: when you’ve got a rap sheet as long as Vick’s it’s really hard to remember them all.
As of Friday morning, the Washington Post reported that Vick will be suspended for at least the team’s season opener if he chooses to return to school, according to Virginia Tech sources. So who is Virginia Tech’s 2006 season-opening opponent?
And now you know the rest of the story.
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Friday, January 06, 2006