There's been a lot of gnashing of teeth at everyone associated with West Virginia football as a result of the past two games. It hasn't been pretty. Even for the most level headed fans, it's been tough not to fire off a few choice words. Because of expectations resulting from the Orange Bowl beat down of Clemson, it's hard to process what we've seen recently from the team.
At least towards the end of this week, I've noticed several folks that have reasoned out how this happened and why we shouldn't be surprised that it happened. The calling for coaches' heads has at least calmed down a bit. I try to balance out every Mountaineer low with the fact that I started following West Virginia in the Frank Cignetti years. Because since then, nothing has ever been as bad as that. In fact, nothing has even been close.
The reason? Because a program has been built and history has been made. There's been ups and downs. But way more often than not, we win. We each have our own line that we imagine we'll give up on a team or a coach if it's crossed. But come one, man. This can't be it.
It wasn't over when Louisville was up 24-7 in the fourth quarter. Pat, Steve, and Owen made sure of that. It wasn't over when the Germans bombed Pearl Harbor, and it's not over now. Enjoy the off week and cheer for the team playing Pitt and whoever else you want to lose.