I am not currently a member of the “get rid of Holgorsen” camp as of yet largely because I simply do not want to bring in another coach and start rebuilding for the next three or four seasons because I believe it would be virtually impossible to get a new coach to come in and win immediately, particularly in the Big 12 Conference. Thus I want to be sure coach Holgorsen is not the answer before making such a move.
Having said that I am very disturbed with the amount of lopsided losses under coach Holgorsen. If you look back to his first season in 2011 it started midway through the season when they were 5-1 and ranked #15 they cruised into Syracuse for a game at the Carrier Dome that I thought they would win easily and they got throttled by the Orange 49-23 in a game that they were clearly not prepared to play. This was the first of many blowout losses we have seen in the past 2 ˝ seasons.
In 2012 we saw WVU open the season 5-0 with record offense until October 13th when they rolled into Lubbock Texas ranked #5 and were embarrassed by the Texas Tech Red Raiders 49-14 in a game that was over before halftime. They followed that up the next week at home with an equally embarrassing 55-14 loss to the eventual Big 12 Champion Kansas State Wildcats. This game was an even worse performance that the previous weeks debacle against Tech.
Two weeks later they went to Stillwater Oklahoma and again got torched by the Cowboys 55-34 then after they rallied to finish 7-5 and earn a Pinstripe Bowl berth against old Big East rival Syracuse they again didn’t show up and were embarrassed 38-14. Of course this season we have seen a brutal 37-0 rout by a very ordinary Maryland team that lost 63-0 to Florida State three weeks later.
And of course we just enjoyed the 2nd worse ass whipping in Mountaineer Football history 73-42 in a game that was not nearly as close as the score indicated. You have to go all the way back to 1904 and a 130-0 beating by Michigan to trump that embarrassing debacle in Waco last week.
That’s 7 lopsided, embarrassing routs under coach Holgorsen in his 2 ˝ seasons at the helm of the Mountaineer program. I have followed West Virginia football for nearly 50 years and have never seen so many lopsided losses in such a short span. Now granted we know the competition is much stiffer in the Big 12 but it is still disturbing to see so many ugly football games. Is this what we have to look forward to??
I am hopeful that will not be the case and that this program will make gradual progress and eventually at least compete in all these Big 12 contests. After last week however it is clear we have a ways to go.
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