Monday, October 15, 2012

Bringing the Mountaineers Back Down to Earth


     Shock and awe! Well that's how everybody outside of the locker room felt.  We on the other hand had confidence in our ability and were excited for this game.  A top 5 team, new to the Big 12, and a player who is a Heisman hopeful... we were ready to play.  West Virginia maybe came in a little over confident.  I usually don't say anything bad about opponents, but this was by far the most cocky and arrogant team (ON THE FIELD) I have ever faced both watching film and in person.  I'm not talking about off the field or their character, but how they play the game.  I have played a lot of football too, so I think that says something.  I might be wrong, but that's how I saw it.  Everyone has an attitude playing football, but it seemed to be more than that.  From Eugene Smith not shaking hands at the coin toss and waving us off to Tavon Austin doing his strut after every single catch he made, they were all about Me, Myself, and I... but the best TEAM won the game.  We came in with a great game plan and executed well on all sides of the ball.  Offense, defense, special teams, and sideline were all into the game and contributed to the victory.  The media has informed me of some accomplishments and they love these kind of the stats, but the reason behind these are nothing special and credit goes to many people other than me.  I have surpassed 300 tackles, but I think that's because I have been here too long!  The coaches have also made a big emphasis on tackling in practice.  I also have received the Big 12 Player of the Week, and I have to give all the credit to God, the coaching staff, and the rest of the Chain Gang.  Overall, this was a much needed great win at home.

     I was personally not surprised at the outcome.  I know what this team is made of and the potential that we have.  I'm more confident in my team than I have been since I have been here.  However, potential is a big word and never has anything to do with results.  We have a long way to go and a lot of improvement still to make.  We have to learn from last year (OU win) and not let this big win be our last.  The Big 12 is tougher than ever, and we must take it week by week. Just another day on the job... On to the next game.

-Student of the Game
#TTUChainGang

59 comments :

Anonymous said...

You really haven't played that much football if you think Tavon is cocky because of that little strut he does. I've lost track the number of times he has used that to find an opening and burn a defender.

Cody Davis said...

Anonymous, I was talking about the strut after he has been tackled. Not running a route. Sorry for the confusion.

Anonymous said...

Well said!!! I'm with your assesment 100%. I'm a lifelong WVU fan and hate arrogance. There is no place for it in team sports nor in life. I was at the WVU/ Texas game the week prior...even from my seats far above the field I saw our players arrogance to the Texas fans,...I realize they were being chastised...but hey turn to the field and do your job. I told all my friends back home...we are overconfident and are setting ourselves for a fall.Last week we overlooked a formidable foe, even pregame interviews leading to game showed a lack of respect for Tech...thinking we had already beat the 2 best teams in Texas... and many of our fans were just as ignorant. STAY HUMBLE and STAY HUNGRY!!! That's the way to live your life...pride is before a fall...we all need a certain amount of pride in what we do...but the arrogant pride will ALWAYS lead to eventual failure. I told many local fans here after the Texas game, someone needs to get in our guys heads and teach them some etiquette and respect....I see this garbage on Sundays ALL TOO MUCH!!Teams need to employ life coaches on their staffs just as much as offensive and defensive coaches. Coach them to be respectful MEN...and the rest will take care of itself,,,win OR lose.

Anonymous said...

You, as well as the whole team played one hell of a game.
I'm proud to be a Red Raider!

Wreck Em!

Anonymous said...

This is Chaz...the anonymous WVU fan above (the anti arrogant guy!!lol)Wanted to congratulate you on the win! as well as congratulate you on your engagement!!! It's was nice to read a lil about you and best wishes for the rest of the season as well as your future...the only character issue I see with you is your friend Snoop Dog!!! lol...kidding! Take care and I'll probably stop back during the course of the season! Again, great job and best wishes

Cody Davis said...

Thanks Chaz! Thanks for your comment and your view. I like to hear how different people see it. Best wishes to WV on the rest of the season too!

Anonymous said...

I agree with you completely. WVU players and fans are the most cocky fools ever. Not one person on the team or staff has a shred of class. It started in the Orange bowl when they ran up the score after Clemson put in their 2nd string knowing the game was out of hand. For 8 months they trolled every board sayin wvu just scored again. Payback is a b*tch. Thanks for dropping the Texas hammer on these big headed hillbillies.

Texas Tech just scored again! And again and again!

Mcbagpipes said...

When did Clemson put their second string in? That didn't happen. That's why Holgs put Geno back in. The game was out of hand at 63-20 and Dabo kept his starters in.

Why even bring that up? It's not WVU's job to stop WVU's offense just like it wasn't TT's job to let up in the second half of last Saturday's game. Take your participation ribbon attitude and get out of here.

Great win TT. Hope to see a more focused mountaineer squad this weekend. Heard nothing but great stuff about how our fans were treated down there and can't wait to see you guys in Morgantown next year.

Tommy G said...

Hey Cody,

Your a little old school, you play smart, hard and fast! Keep it up.

Tommy G.

Thomas G Lee said...

Cody,

Congrats on everything. Your attitude is levelheaded, your faith is strong and your play is bone crushingly diligent!

You appear to be a fine young man setting a positive example for young football players all over the Texas and the country. Keep up the great work!

I grew up in Granbury and remember playing Stephenville back in the 80's (showing my age ain't I?).

Lord bless and all the best in your pursuits!

Thomas G Lee said...

Oh, and last, but surely not least....

Go FROGS! ;)

Anonymous said...

Clemson definitely did not pull their starters. We had a comfortable lead, then Clemson scored and Millard threw a bad pick and Dana put Geno back in.

Congrats on the win Tech. Hopefully we can regroup and beat K-State this week.

Anonymous said...

Cody, youre an inspirational player and easily our favorite Texas Tech defender in a long time...not because you have bone jarring hits (which are fun to watch) but because of your character and your drive. The chain gang is a great thing this year and it feels like everyone buying in, but even if they werent....youre still a class act. Guns up and ONE GAME AT A TIME!

Blake

Anonymous said...

Cody Davis...wish you were a Mountaineer!!!

JT said...

A well deserved honor for playing a great game against WVU, was a tech fan as a kid and a student there and now an alum. Red and Black forever and for always, but I do hope we keep building on this win. See you in Ft. Worth!

courtney harris said...

This team was arrogant!! Did anybody else see geno smith walk damn near to the Texas tech sideline and talk mad shit to everyone wearing red at the beginning of the game! On the student side TAVON and company talked mad noise even when they were down.I was sitting front row in front of their bench and lost my voice yelling at his ass & he turned around and said “fuck you” ( I promise!)

courtney harris said...

Cody, I really hope that you stick around lubbock for a little while after this season, it would be an honor to learn from you how to be a complete defensive back player. I going to tryout for the team this spring & it would be nice to learn from one of the best !!

Jonathan Gaona said...

Defense looked great, your leadership is paying off.

Anonymous said...

Cody, I grew up a die hard mountaineer fan and was closer to this program then any fan out there. As the football team went through coach after coach recently, each coach had something in common and that was a passion for mountaineer football. When luck took over he wanted to upgrade the coaches and fans, making us something we are not. WVU teams of the past would have made West Virginia fans proud but now we are dating a supermodel that's a bitch at heart who does not care whats best for the program. She only cares about herself and that selfish bitch is dana holgorsen. You can tell how much he cares by the amount of time he drinks at the varsity club during the day and how drunk he shows up to work. The problem starts with this man and he needs to leave!

Anonymous said...

I find it very disheartening as a Mountaineer Fan that our players came out with the attitude as described in the article. I even mentioned to a buddy of mine that we better not get cocky or it was gonna cost us before the game. Texas Tech played as a "team" and we looked like someone who got too big for their "britches". When I was a kid and I got to big for my "britches" my dad made sure that I came back down to earth(very quickly.....). Hopefully the kick in the pants we got from Texas Tech will have the same effect that as those "lessons" I received as a kid.

Anonymous said...

Good game! I am a K-State fan, I can't wait to see the Wildcats dominate WVU like TT did. WVU is arrogant after beating Baylor by 7 and Texas by 3.
Baylor's and Texas' defense are 109th and 118th or something like that. Defensive teams like TT and K-State can beat WVU. Defense wins championships.

Anonymous said...

WV was a victim of the Big 12 officials. Hate to blame anyone or take credit away from TTU but the game was lopsided due to the calls that were made. Officials have most of the power when it comes to changing field position as well as momentum. No one wants to be defined by a little Big East team from the discriminated state of West Virginia. Which is a state of it's own by the way. We'll see where TTU is at the end of the season. You will be a victim of the same circumstance. Wait and see, then come talk to me.

Dan said...

Ok, to the supposed WVU fan talking about Holgorsen being the problem and showing up to work drunk, just stop it. Show me proof that he shows up to work drunk, and then we'll talk.

As far as the WVU players being cocky, let's realize that we're talking about 18-22 year old kids getting national attention. I'm sure everyone older than 22 had some arrogant moments when they were around that age.

To the Tech team, congrats on a well deserved win. You all played hard and, as difficult as it was to watch as a WVU fan, I respect your team.

RaiderPatt said...

Cody, you are killing it.. keep it up. Lets keep this D momentum going. Our secondary is better than I have ever seen it.. you guys are literally defending the endzone and going after balls. Lets get some turnovers though, and tell Seth to start running the ball instead of throwing interceptionS!

GUNS UP!

Anonymous said...

For you to claim our players are cocky that is ridiculous. Our team has a chip on their shoulder and it starts with having to sit there and hear the media constantly bash and discredit our team week in and week out. You are lucky we just came back from Austin because if we had a home game the week before I think it would of been a different story in that piss poor town you call Lubbock where even cactus doesn't want to grow. People can talk all they want about the Big East but I never heard any crying from the players in the Big East and fans like I hear from the Big 12 conference so far and this is the first year. You got the win why come on here and cry on your journal about how arrogant we are and for the dumb so called die hard WV fans on here bashing your own coach get off Dana's nuts we had the second longest winning streak in the nation, Dana is 15-4, best start by any coach in the history of the program including the BCS in his first year???? Yeah he probably drinks, I am sure you drink just as much if not more before you take your second cousin out on a date at APPLEBEES. Stop with the hate, we had a horrible game and Tech was on their game. Last..I do want to give a hats off to Texas Tech for playing a great game..but leave your Kleenex in your dorm room homie.

Anonymous said...

A fervent belief in one’s ability has a tendency for being misinterpreted (i.e. “cocky,” “arrogant”) and the Red Raider faithful are no geniuses so I’m not surprised by their level of interpretation. The day you win as many BCS bowl games as the Mountaineers have then that will be the day we will recognize your view/opinion regarding arrogance/cockiness as having any relevance. As for right now, your comments are cocky for the simple fact that you HAVEN’T played a lot of football—as in no championship—so your comments are MEANINGLESS. You don’t have a body of work similar to WV so pay some respect, because they have played plenty of football, more than you will ever know…Look here, “climb the mountain” for the ENTIRE season, ok, then come back and lecture us on arrogance…

Anonymous said...

A fervent belief in one’s ability has a tendency for being misinterpreted (i.e. “cocky,” “arrogant”) and the Red Raider faithful are no geniuses so I’m not surprised by their level of interpretation. The day you win as many BCS bowl games as the Mountaineers have then that will be the day we will recognize your view/opinion regarding arrogance/cockiness as having any relevance. As for right now, your comments are cocky for the simple fact that you HAVEN’T played a lot of football—as in no championship—so your comments are MEANINGLESS. You don’t have a body of work similar to WV so pay some respect, because they have played plenty of football, more than you will ever know…Look here, “climb the mountain” for the ENTIRE season, ok, then come back and lecture us on arrogance…

Unknown said...

Thank you Cody for your time at Tech. We are grateful to have you and the Chain Gang. Such a breath of fresh air to see you guys converge on the ball carrier and they go down quickly.

You probably don't get to see many other games on Saturdays, but you guys are putting on a clinic for sound tackling while other programs try to get the highlight reel hit, or try to strip the ball first and tackle second.

We appreciate it and it is evident on TV and from the stands. Enjoy the NFL! - Kris

Anonymous said...

This breaks my heart. As a long time Mountaineer fan, I hate to hear that they were rude and arrogant, and I apologize! You guys played an absolutely fantastic game and hopefully taught the Mountaineers some humility. You are a fantastic athlete and you seem to be very humble. I wish you the best as you finish out your last season, hope you go out with a bang!

Will Smith said...

Nicely written. Thanks for the gold standard defense for WV. I am sure the rest of the B12 will be watching the film intensely. Hopefully you guys humbled WV a bit.

Remember, this is the same team that put over 500 yards on that great SEC "defense" in LSU. Very impressive defensive game plan.

Boomer Sooner!!!

Jason Arguello said...

You have had an awesome career at Texas Tech and have been a class act since the beginning. Don't know if you have NFL asperations, but you have the talent to go to the next level. I love seeing my Tech guys make it to the next level, but even if you don't, I'm sure Cody Davis will be a household name in whatever you persue. Good luck young man,

Jeremy D said...

Cody, I know you guys took a lot of heat last year and I saw it on your face every time last year a receiver caught a ball on 3rd and 10 for the first down. You guys are really turning on the jets this year and have already surpassed what David Ubben expected of you guys this year. Geno Smith was better off throwing at a concrete wall the way you guys were all over and hawking Tavon Austin. I wish you the best of luck in your remaining games and definitely will be looking for you to play on Sundays.

GhostsofWV said...

I think that they came in over confident yes, with all the hype talk that they have been hearing. I dont think they are cocky at all. They dances, the stare downs, its how they keep motivated each game. Now Im not taking anything away from TTU, they played a great game, and they really did bring WVU back down to earth, but this one experience could be the driving force that turns things around at wvu and gets their defense in order.

jonnathan said...

mountainneer fan here i feel a lot of the wvu fans are just diehard and get over excited.i realize even in the big east wvu has averaged 4 losses so why would it be any different in the big 12. texas tech is a great team and class act from the students what i saw on television. so im glad we got a reality check it was well needed, good luck this year but not too much luck though i do want us to win the big 12 . i think im gonna sport a texas tech cap sometime soon i collect caps and you guys got a cool logo and uniforms.

Anonymous said...

As a Mountaineer fan that was at the game, I give credit to TT as the team that was ready to play the game! I do hate to hear that the Mountaineer team was cocky but perhaps a dose of reality has brought them back to earth for the remainder of the season. The TT fans outside the stadium were indeed very gracious hosts but the arrangement inside the stadium (student section right next to the visitors bench and fan section) caused some unnecessary banter between fans and students. WV is known for a rowdy student section but it is kept away from the other team's fans. TT students were vulgar with their chants at WV adults seated in the sections near them. Good luck to the Red Raiders for the remainder of the year. Go Mountaineers!

Anonymous said...

As someone who was born a stones throw from Mountaineer Field, and grew up a die hard WVU fan, I want to apologize on behalf of my Mountaineers that acted in such a manner that DOES NOT represent the fans or other/past players. I am surprised to hear about Geno acting as you say. Everything I have heard about Geno from friends back home is that he is a real stand up guy who is about the team and doing what he can to get the W. To everyone out there that wants to call us hillbillies, rednecks or any other insult directed to the state I was born in and grew up in: Grow up. The attitude that I have received from the majority of our country is why we have an attitude. You can only talk crap on someone so much before they snap back. We have had a long history of hopeful times ending in disappointment both on and off the field. Before you judge us, you should really look at our history. This in NO WAY justifies any bad behaviors that our players showed this past Saturday. I watched the game from a wooden, dirty box I call my room here in Afghanistan. I can honestly say that we went in too confident. I know better. A great lesson we should have taken from the Big East was that ANY team can pull an upset. Texas Tech honestly outplayed us and my congratulations go out to all the players and fans for a terrifically won game. To bring up the Clemson game (by the way, I just checked the dvd of the game and Clemson DID NOT put in their second string) is foolish. It was a big win for our team. The reason we bring it up is because 90% of the country still doesn’t believe that we will ever amount to something. We continue to prove that we are a good team but still do not get the respect that it deserves. As a fan, I can honestly say that I hold the trash talk to a minimum. But it still fires me up when people do not respect talent. You can have your closed-minded opinions of us, but don’t go online and cry when we retaliate with insults or even when we bring up that we HAVE proven to be a good team. Our problem right now is overconfidence. And after Texas Tech played like a top 10 team against us and showed that we have problems still, I hope we get our crap together and show up to play next Saturday. For the most part I want to thank the BIG 12 and all of its fans. The majority of fans have been very awesome and have created a non-hostile but very competitive atmosphere. Once again, I want to apologize to Texas Tech fans, players, and the rest of the nation for any negative attitudes our boys showed. Davis, you played an amazing game and truly deserved the win. I genuinely hope for a great year for you guys and hope that you don’t hold our sometimes rowdy fans or the other players in negative regard based on the actions of a few. I fully respect an opinion of a player over any fan. As someone said before.. STAY HUMBLE AND STAY HUNGRY!

Anonymous said...

I'm glad ESPN linked this. Congrats on the Win against WVU. Coming from a WV alum, this was a tough way to watch our NC hopes (what little we may have had with our defense playing the way it is) go up in flames, but you absolutely deserve the credit. Not sure why the players didn't respond, but seemingly all of the WVU fans knew just how tough leaving Lubbock with a win was going to be last week. I hate to see this written about our guys, but glad you did. Hopefully with such an embarrassing loss the team can get back up and finish this season the way it started. Thanks for the beating and Good Luck to you and your teammates the rest of the way.

Anonymous said...

Cody I want to congratulate you on the win. It was well deserved. I was honestly surprised at how WVU responded to the win in Austin. I thought this was a different team that would play one game at a time.

It's hard to imagine Geno and Tavon being as cocky as you describe them. I think they maybe got a little ahead of themselves or maybe let the media hype swell their egos just a bit, but us Mountaineers have historically been disrespected not only as a football program, but as a school, state and people.

Maybe if you ever get a chance to cross paths with our players again you'll see that they are a good group of guys that wrongly channeled the high emotions from the game against UT into cockiness and not confidence.

Anonymous said...

The last fool who posted some of the dumbest things I have ever heard needs to shut up and I hope to God Dana doesn't read this. Because of short sighted morons like you, the best offensive mind in the country will probably bolt for greener pastures with a more loyal fan base. Who do you want as coach, Rodriguez? STFU.

Anonymous said...

I first want to tell Texas Tech and there fans congrats on the whipping they handed us. You guys were better..... You gave wvu its worse conference loss since, the beating we took against miami in 2000. Not suprised, that wvu dropped one, and expect that more could follow if they dont get there act together. best of luck rest of the season Texas tech.

Anonymous said...

Before you make harsh generalities about the mountaineers, try reading these quotes from Gino and Steadman. Judge not lest ye be judged.
Let Your will be done.” – Smith’s last words before going on a field prior to the game.
•“One thing that I know, win or lose, I still have a lot to live for. It’s only a game.” - Smith
•“We talked about everyday life, and that’s how we started our bond, just sitting in church.” said Bailey on meeting Smith back in middle school.
•“I’d see him on TV, but that’s really how we met, in church. We figured out we probably should play together” adds Smith.
•“I believe God has the answers. The Lord has always been a part of my life, he’s always leading me, guiding me in the right direction.” – Smith
•“It’s not an act. It’s actually who they are. It’s not about football. I think that stability has kept them grounded. Knowing they have to be accountable.” – Smith’s mother Tracey Sellers
•“Stedman truly loves the Lord. That’s first and foremost. What I really respect about Stedman is that with all of his success his humility amazes me the most. It doesn’t matter how well he does in a game, how many yards he has, he’s so humble. He’s really rooted and grounded because the success hasn’t gone to his head.” - Smith and Bailey’s pastor Harry T. McCain
•“My pastor is a really great guy. He always calls me, wishes us well, says a prayer for us. I think it really helps us out, makes us comfortable.” – Smith
•“When I think of those two, it makes me a little teary-eyed sometimes. They play two different positions but they have a lot of things in common. They’re like brothers more so than friends. They went to the same school, fellowship at the same church. That’s what you call a friendship.” – Sellers
•“Once I get to the sideline, I look up in the sky and say to myself that was for you God.” – Bailey
•“I can do all things through Christ. He strengthens me. That’s something I repeat to myself just about every day. There’s times I may be feeling down about something or may be facing something I may think I can’t get through, I lean on this. If God is with me, then nothing can come against me.” – Bailey

Thomas wv said...

Cody, diehard WV fan and first off congrats on a great game, you guys have a great defense, you had a plan to shut us down and it worked spectacular. But what may seem like "cocky" and "arrogance" is confused with confidence my good sir. Its kinda hard NOT to be confident coming off big wins and putting up big numbers and being in consideration for great after season accolades, but lordy you guys humbled us, tremendously. Hopefully we'll learn from this expierience and not come into ANY game as headstrong. Once again Cody congrats on the win and here's to a good season with good health to you guys, thanks.

Cody Davis said...

Appreciate all the comments! Like I said, this is how I viewed it and I may be wrong. I don't know them and don't know how they are off the field. I was commenting on how they played... not what kind of people they are. Best of luck to WV the rest of the year!

-Cody Davis

wyatt said...

Great game man, I'm really impressed in how big a difference tommy has made in techs rushing and defensive game, y'all deserved a win like this, hope the rest of the year is just as successful as that game was, and maybe next time we rush the field I can get the pic I wanted to get w you....again great job

Coach Alvarado said...

THE STUDENT OF THE GAME!!!! THIS IS BIG TIME!!! lol 43 comments on one post!

NolanRegnier said...

Hey Cody! Die-hard K-State fan and student here! I've gained the up-most respect for Tech over the years for reasons such as this! You're full of class and are a poster child of what a Big 12 student athlete should look like! Looking forward to seeing you in The Hat in a couple weeks! Gotta take care of those cocky 'Eers first! Good luck the remainder of the season, kid!

Dean said...

Hahaha this comment makes absolutely no sense. You are childish in your accusations. Take a deep breath and stop behaving like a tainted lover. You're mad at your team's underwhelming performance, not Cody Davis. You need to take your teams 49 to 14 "bludgeoning" and like it.

Tyler Chapman said...

As a WVU fan and Alum, I don't think this opinion is necessarily reflective of Geno. He is known as a team player, and somebody who goes straight to the film room after every day, and then comments afterward about how he could've played better for the team. Furthermore, if you actually listen to the players, they are very passionate about the fans and the state of WV, who is very invested in WVU sports.

With that said, I'm sorry to hear that Geno didn't shake hands at the coin toss, actions certainly speak louder than words and that is unacceptable. As for tavon, he seems like a jackass, but not geno. Please don't judge the entire team and school by just a few actions in the heat of the game.

Also, congrats on the win. TT wanted it more, was better prepared, and is the better all around team. Good luck in Morgantown next year by the way, it's a hostile environment like nobody in the big12 has seen before

Anonymous said...

Genos body language needs to change. Its been poor since last years syracuse game. he was humble as a freshman but not anymore. Hes a great college player but nobody will follow him as a leader in the nfl...thats pattycake bs.

Trevor said...

I had written out a long, eloquent response but firefox crashed and I lost it, so I'm giving the short version that may or may not properly convey my message...


1) I'm a WVU fan

2) Cody....Respect. Congrats on the win and good luck moving forward. I'm diggin the blog...definitely provides some interesting perspective.

3) Tavon is one of the cockiest players I can remember at WVU. I think he uses it to get himself pumped up as much as anything else.

4) I'd never noticed Geno not shaking hands or things like that. He's definitely not shy about running his mouth a bit during the game, but most of the time I'd noticed it...it seemed in response to somebody talking to him as opposed to him instigating it. (ie: Texas DB jawing at Geno when his helmet came off....Geno talking back, then throwing a spite TD to stedman right in front of him in tight coverage and talking crap)

5) lol @ the guy blaming the refs in a 35 point pounding.

6) to the girl that said tavon cussed at her: If you are right behind the bench, losing your voice yelling at a player...I don't know how you can be shocked if he says something back. He's a college student, and I think most college kids would react similarly.

Brent Davis said...

Well said brotha, bring that same style of play on both sides of the ball this Saturday!

Wreck TCU SON!

Anonymous said...

Tailgate besides your parents every week Cody...great people and cant wait for the UT game. Wreck Em!

Anonymous said...

Like a culture developed at Penn State, one also exists at WVU...except it's not derived from winning. You saw it first hand from the players, but you haven't seen anything until you see the sad behavior that goes on at WVU. Fires, riots, even beating pregnant women at games (yes literally)- it's all good at WVU. IF this country could shed itself of one state, WV would be it- hands down. What's worse- this is a university that REWARDS bad behavior, thus it rolls down hill. When you hire Dana H and Bobby "I'll have another" Huggins as your top head coaches, well, you get the point. Keep on setting examples WVU, and stay classy!

Donnie Bartlett said...

I'm from Morgantown and of course have gold and blue in my veins because of that fact and I want to apologize on behalf of all the well intentioned Mountaineer fans who abhore cockiness and any other unhumbling demeanor you and your teammates experienced while playing us. It's unbecoming of a Mountaineer and it's an embarrasment to my hometown.

Sincerely,
Donald Bartlett - ashamed and dissapointed Mountaineer fan

wvu fan said...

I only got to watch about a 3rd of the game(my son had a football game), and I was a little surprised that everyone didn't shake hands at the coin toss. That's a lack of sportsmanship. I love my Eer's, but they do seem a little cocky @ times when the game isn't even close to being over yet. However, a little bit of confidence/cockiness is not a bad thing, but acting overly cocky is bad sportsmanship as far as I'm concerned.

Anonymous said...

See ya next year in Morgantown, you think they are cocky wait to you see our fans, we will give ya all a warm welcoming

Anonymous said...

GENERAL OBSERVATION – WVU / TEXAS and WVU / TEXAS TECH

VENUES – Both facilities were excellent – was particularly impressed with the shuttle service from the Holiday Inn to the stadium in LUBBOCK and the ability to move in traffic after the game. Chose to leave the LUBBOCK facility at half-time, as WVU was obviously not going to play like in the Orange Bowl.
References to the CLEMSON Orange Bowl game was the first time that I have heard anything about “second string” players. WVU could have put 100 points on CLEMSON that day, if Holgerson wanted to.

FANS – Was moved by the TEXAS fans (90,000 of them) showing concern for an injured WVU player.
The “hook em horns” symbol is simply classy when done in a passive manner. There was simply no incidence of bad fan behavior in AUSTIN or LUBBOCK. I am now a fan of both programs, but favor TEXAS TECH over TEXAS, because of JIM CARLIN, who coached at WVU in 1967, when WVU had a 3-5-2 record, my freshman year. WVU’s biggest game that year was a tie with KENTUCKY, of the SEC.

TEAM PERSONNEL – On the return from Austin, met a friend of DAVID ASH, in a WHATABURGER, near WACO, who was respectful of the WVU team and as a real student of the sport. Met the parents of a TEXAS TECH sophomore, in Arlington who gave me their tailgate slot number. They were about as helpful as you can imagine.

PERFORMANCE – My personal opinion, as to why WVU played so poorly in LUBBOCK is simple – Geno Smith is simply not used to throwing precise passes in 40 mph wind gusts. If you want to beat WVU, simply have 30-40 mile wind enter your stadium at random times. I watched Geno in warm ups and knew that he would have problems. I sensed no arrogance in the WVU team and stayed at the same motel that the team did. The pregame calisthenics were not as precise, but who can be precise after making the trip to the State of Texas twice in seven days.

SUGGESTION – The TEXAS TECH FANS would be well served by recording the sounds from the TEXAS game, for use against visiting teams. The fan noise at the stadium in Austin was about as loud as you can get. Just play it over the PA system in Lubbock and let your TEXAS TECH fans enjoy the game, with cheering optional. No matter how hard you tried you were never even close to the noise level of the 90,000 TEXAS fans at the WVU game..

CONCLUSION – My return trip from TEXAS to COLORADO was sad, but I realized that the State really does take their football seriously – treats it like a religion. Thinking positively, the BIG 12 presence should open up more recruiting opportunities for WVU. Perhaps some Texas D-E-F-E-N-C-E would be possible ?
You Texas people are great – I was honored to see both games.

Anonymous said...

Like a culture developed at Penn State, one also exists at WVU...except it's not derived from winning. You saw it first hand from the players, but you haven't seen anything until you see the sad behavior that goes on at WVU. Fires, riots, even beating pregnant women at games (yes literally)- it's all good at WVU. IF this country could shed itself of one state, WV would be it- hands down. What's worse- this is a university that REWARDS bad behavior, thus it rolls down hill. When you hire Dana H and Bobby "I'll have another" Huggins as your top head coaches, well, you get the point. Keep on setting examples WVU, and stay classy!

HaHa--Super Classy.
What a jackoff.

Good Luck TTU, well except that guy because he's a dick.

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