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Mountaineers lacking grit under Holgorsen

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08:23 AM ET 10.25 | Teams may have found the key to beating Dana Holgorsen's Mountaineers. The template on how to beat WVU is out there, and expect the remainder of the Mountaineer schedule -- starting at Rutgers (5-2, 2-1 Big East) on Saturday -- to try and mimic what LSU and Syracuse did in pounding WVU. In those defeats, both by more than four-touchdown margins -- West Virginia was roundhoused but didn't punch back much. Toughness is lacking, and to be honest, grit has been waning since former Coach Rich Rodriguez bolted Morgantown in December 2007. Holgorsen knows it, and to his credit, he has no fear in bringing it up regularly with the media, albeit in ways that are as airy as his offense. But I wonder whether that wide-openness -- on the field, not in his interviews -- contributes to WVU's seeming shortcomings in tug-of-war.

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October 25, 2011  08:35 AM ET

Syracuse Football actually got mentioned in a good way. Today will be a great day. Go Orangeman

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October 25, 2011  08:54 AM ET

Well Coach, taken 'em to the casino, get 'em drunk, argue with the cops, etc....they'll learn grit that way.

October 25, 2011  09:09 AM ET
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Well Coach, taken 'em to the casino, get 'em drunk, argue with the cops, etc....they'll learn grit that way.

Yep....coupla bar fights and a night or two in jail will get them some grit.

October 25, 2011  09:25 AM ET

Today's selection of T&R is pretty damn boring...

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October 25, 2011  09:43 AM ET
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Halgorson pointing into the stands "see that really hot chick with no teeth? That's my sister."

No, he is pointing to the stands "those crazy hillbillies are burning a couch in the stadium"

October 25, 2011  09:47 AM ET
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Today's selection of T&R is pretty damn boring...

Well hell, let's spice it up a little.

But I don't know how to post pics so I'll just do it with words.

The SEC sucks, LSU and BAMA are overrated, the 12 PAC plays powder puff football, UTx is an economic bully (they damn sure ain't a football bully), the B1G is the only conference that has academic standards and Scratch is the smartest poster on FN. Will that do?

October 25, 2011  09:57 AM ET
QUOTE(#12):

Well hell, let's spice it up a little. But I don't know how to post pics so I'll just do it with words. The SEC sucks, LSU and BAMA are overrated, the 12 PAC plays powder puff football, UTx is an economic bully (they damn sure ain't a football bully), the B1G is the only conference that has academic standards and Scratch is the smartest poster on FN. Will that do?

You left out the Cards "genius" skipper will outcoach the Rangers

October 25, 2011  10:05 AM ET
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Just think about all those couches that are safe.

Maybe that is the problem, more couches needed for Hillbilly sacrifices.

October 25, 2011  10:09 AM ET
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You left out the Cards "genius" skipper will outcoach the Rangers

My bad.

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October 25, 2011  10:22 AM ET
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My bad.

and, Scratch may actually be the smartest poster

October 25, 2011  10:33 AM ET
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and, Scratch may actually be the smartest poster

I thought about that after I wrote it. He probably is. Definitely the best at getting under some homer's skin.

 
October 25, 2011  10:34 AM ET

Hard to be all that tough when you keep leaving the casino at 3am...

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