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07:22 AM ET 08.12 | A little less than a year ago, Geno Smith, Tavon Austin and Stedman Bailey were setting records by the dozen at West Virginia. But it's what the Mountaineers lacked, several players say, that had them sputtering to a 7-6 finish. "Last year we didn't have, you know, a lot of leadership," junior running back Dustin Garrison said. That's a sentiment echoed by more than a handful of players. ... [Said running back Andrew Buie:] "I honestly feel like as a whole team offensively, defensively and with special teams, we're more of a unit as a team." ... [While] last season's team was built around stars, the strength of this season's Mountaineers might be their depth. That indirectly might aid in building chemistry, intangibles and leadership.

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August 12, 2013  07:27 AM ET

Gotta have leaders...ask B1G...

Just kidding. Actually no team, in sports or any other endeavor in life, goes anywhere without good leadership

August 12, 2013  08:09 AM ET

A good defense helps too. They develop leaders as well.

August 12, 2013  08:11 AM ET
QUOTE(#2):

A good defense helps too. They develop leaders as well.

"What's defense?" - Dana Holgorsen.

August 12, 2013  10:42 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

Gotta have leaders...ask B1G...Just kidding...

Thank heavens Delany came to his senses and is dropping those pompous labels after this year. The truth? Even B1G fans like me can't remember which teams comprise which division. I'm constantly having to Go-ogle it.

August 12, 2013  10:54 AM ET
QUOTE(#4):

Thank heavens Delany came to his senses and is dropping those pompous labels after this year. The truth? Even B1G fans like me can't remember which teams comprise which division. I'm constantly having to Go-ogle it.

National scorn had nothing to do with the name change.

August 12, 2013  11:20 AM ET
QUOTE(#5):

National scorn had nothing to do with the name change.

To be sure, expansion to include Rutgers and Maryland in '14 was one reason for dropping the Legends/Leaders tags. But Delany alluded to B1G fans' loathing of the names as well:

(Wall Street Journal 4/28/13: "Big Ten Loses Legends and Leaders")---

(Delany): "The directors of athletics also relied on a fan survey commissioned by BTN last December to arrive a their recommendation, which is consistent with the public sentiment expressed in the poll."

August 12, 2013  12:12 PM ET
QUOTE(#4):

Thank heavens Delany came to his senses and is dropping those pompous labels after this year. The truth? Even B1G fans like me can't remember which teams comprise which division. I'm constantly having to Go-ogle it.

Here's an easy trick: All the schools that start with M or N plus Iowa are in the Legends. Everyone else is in the eLeaders.

August 12, 2013  01:12 PM ET
QUOTE(#7):

Here's an easy trick: All the schools that start with M or N plus Iowa are in the Legends. Everyone else is in the eLeaders.

To paraphrase
"I don't want to learn any of your tricks!
I don't have any friends named Delany!"

August 12, 2013  01:45 PM ET
QUOTE(#8):

To paraphrase "I don't want to learn any of your tricks! I don't have any friends named Delany!"

Just trying to save the man from having to go ogle it.

 
August 12, 2013  01:53 PM ET
QUOTE(#9):

Just trying to save the man from having to go ogle it.

And I'm just finding excuses to paraphrase movies, especially 'Lawrence of Arabia.' ;-)

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