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October 11, 2013

Luck should ask for help from Va. Tech

— — The West Virginia University Athletic department has problems. It is time to ask why the problem has not been resolved.

Great head coaches use every aspect of the game to take advantage of the opponent’s weakness and hide the weaknesses on their own team. Former WVU head coaches like Rich Rod, Don Nehlan (17th most wins in NCAA) and Bobby Bowden (most wins in NCAA) have all done so. Each of these coaches were forced out when their winning percentage took a dive. 

Dana Holgorsen has not taken this approach. 

Last year, WVU had one of the worse defenses in college football. The simple way to prevent the defense from losing a game is to slow down your offense. This reduces the amount of time the other team has the ball for scoring opportunities, in which to score. This simple technique was not used by Holgorsen.  

Things were not changed at WVU during the summer.  

This season, during the game with Oklahoma State, even the game commentators on television were asking why WVU was hurrying up to score without draining the game clock. And the TV commentators made this comment many times. 

If WVU had taken this approach last week against Baylor, would Baylor have had enough time to score so many touchdowns?

During the bye week, Oliver Luck should contact the Virginia Tech athletic director and ask for help. For years, VT, with Frank Beamer, has produced what many consider a consistently good football program.  But it didn’t start like that. During Beamer’s first few years (while Coach Nehlan was at WVU), Beamer was losing while doing things his way. The VT athletic director called him in and said, “If you are not winning by the time your contract expires, you’re out.” Beamer said he realized that since what he wanted to do wasn’t working, it was time to change things.

Beamer changed, and VT started winning and winning.

David Elswick



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