August 17, 2017

Hey, Is That The Big 12 I Hear?

So West Virginia University is finally headed to the Big 12….a move sure to cause upheaval in the Big East and in turn in the smaller conferences as well. A move that surely will have WVU fans taking some lumps as the Mountaineers struggle to get acclimated to the much more talented Big 12!

First with the Big East. They will almost certainly have to invite some schools that may have not been on their main list–example Temple. Temple currently plays in the MAC for football and the Atlantic 10 for basketball. The Owls along with Memphis from C-USA , according to Louisville head basketball coach Rick Pitino, would make a great fit for an all-sports conference membership to replace departing Syracuse and Pittsburgh to the ACC. The other schools that will be left in the Big East would have the invites sent to the likes of Boise State, Navy and Air Force for football only membership and Houston, SMU and Central Florida for all sports.

As for the smaller conferences, they would struggle to find replacements for these departures to the Big East and may not have any quality teams left out there to replace them, leaving them with less revenue and trying to survive on.

As for WVU’s entry into the Big 12, they may look forward to some tough goings in the beginning as they must get up to the talent level of the other league teams. Yes, WVU has talent in other sports and they have talent on the football team–for the Big East, but not the type of talent on the football team to hang with Big 12 schools week in and week out. Yes, they can go and win face to face matchups in bowl games and in-season games, but to match that talent every week on the field…they are just not there yet!

Now don’t get me wrong, this will be a good move for them as it will open up some recruiting areas that they are not current players in–like Texas and Oklahoma. However, it will take a few years to get those recruits that do flow through to Morgantown to reach the same talent level as the other Big 12 teams. Until then the WVU faithful, that like that win now feeling that the school has them used to, are going to have to get used to a few more losses here and there. They will have to refrain from calling for coach Dana Holgorsen’s job as he has a big job ahead of him in getting them prepared for Big 12 play.

Look forward to some exciting times in Morgantown and get ready for the fury of the Big 12!

West Virginia Conference Looking for a Great 2011

2011 WVIAC Football Kickoff     

As we await the start of the 2011 college football season, we can all smell the grass and fall air upon us. We can’t help but envy those boys who are going through the August camps and are competing for a starting spot on the teams. We look back and think about when we were in college and how much it meant to be a part of a school tradition!

The 2011 West Virginia Intercollegiate Athletic Conference football season is upon us and will kickoff on Thursday, September 1st, with games between Carson-Newman vs. Glenville State and Clarion vs. Fairmont State.

This season is much anticipated as the conference has three teams in the Top 8 Pre-Season Super Regional 1 in Division II. Out of these three teams, it looks like the favorite heading into the season is Shepherd (12-2, 7-1 last year), as they are ranked 7th nationally in the DII preseason overall poll.  The Rams welcome back star running back Tommy Addison, who rushed for 1,670 yards and 19 touchdowns last year to solidify their run at a repeat conference title and potential national title.

Tommy Addison

The other two teams in the regional rankings, West Virginia Wesleyan (9-2, 6-2) and West Liberty (7-3, 6-2) look to knock off the defending champion Rams and put some distance between them and the rest of the conference. Wesleyan returns with senior quarterback Adam Neugebauer to lead a balanced offense. West Liberty must replace star quarterback Zach Amedro, who ended his career as the WVIAC all-time total offense leader with 14,598 yards. I see them struggling to do so.

I think the surprise of the conference once again will be the Concord Mountain Lions. In the little town of Athens, West Virginia there is something brewing as there is a buzz around campus over the upcoming season. There is a feeling of excitement as just last week there were over 300 students that came out for an inter-squad scrimmage. The students were treated to some offensive explosions. Last year, the Mountain Lions were 8-3, 5-3 after 6-5, 4-4 in 2009. First year head coach Garin Justice takes over an up and coming squad and is the 18th head coach in the school’s history. With Justice as an assistant coach, Concord has went from 11.2 points per game in 2008 to 36.4 in 2010. Look for the scoreboard to be lighting up again this year with Junior Zack Grossi at quarterback after a 2010 season of 3,216 yards, 28 touchdowns and 14 interceptions. Senior running back Brian Kennedy also returns, looking to follow up a 1,092 yard 12 touchdown 2010 season!

Check back throughout the season to get coverage of weekly WVIAC games, as well as stories and statistics about individual schools. The first Game of the Week will be Lenoir-Rhyne University vs. Concord University on September 3, 2011.