Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

Sports column

November 5, 2012

There’s something wrong in Holgorsen’s kitchen


— Coaching

Holgorsen has been extremely defensive about the abilities of his staff in recent weeks. More than once, he’s fired back in response to a question with, “We didn’t forget how to coach.”

Diner: “This meal wasn’t nearly as good as the one we had last time.”

Waiter: “Well, our chefs didn’t suddenly forget how to cook.”

No, Holgorsen and his staff probably didn’t lose everything they’ve learned throughout long careers in the coaching profession in the span of a month, but something is clearly wrong.

The competition, I admit, has been better, but that doesn’t explain why Geno Smith went from looking like a Heisman Trophy runaway to what Holgorsen said was “worst he’s been since he’s been here.” It doesn’t explain why first downs are more difficult to find than a Pitt hat in the Morgantown Mall and it certainly doesn’t provide an explanation for why a team that was considered a legitimate national championship contender when it knocked off Texas on Oct. 6 is now wondering if it can even find enough wins to be bowl eligible.

The customer is always supposed to be right, and they all seem to agree that something is wrong in the kitchen. It’s now up to the head chef to figure out what’s causing the problem, and fast. If he doesn’t, his program may appear on “Restaurant Impossible,” a show to help save failing restaurants, much sooner than he ever expected.

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