While hiding in the bushes around Mountaineer Field over the last two nights, I have seen some very interesting events and people. A few events were news worthy but most of the people I saw were just players and coaches.
There was one VIP last night that caught my eye and literally made me jump out of the bushes to get a closer look. I cannot be 100% sure but if it was this guy, it is potentially huge news for the Athletic Department and HCBS.
Who was it...The man appeared to be none other than, managing partner of the Arizona Diamondback and WVU Alum, Ken Kendrick. It looked exactly like him and when he drove away in a brand new Acura SUV, the car had Arizona tags.
His appearance could signal a change in his attitude toward HCBS. If you don't remember this is what he felt immediately after the hiring of HCBS,
West Virginia booster Ken Kendrick, who was outspoken in his support of Rodriguez following his departure, called it a "sad morning."
"He is so overmatched it's not even funny," said Kendrick, managing partner of Major League Baseball's Arizona Diamondbacks. "He's a nice guy and a father figure. But they had a wonderful architecht and they hired the painter to build the next house. I want Bill Stewart to win and I want our program to be successful. But I feel bad for our future. I'm very concerned."
That is not what I would call a glowing endorsement from an influential donor. Hopefully, he has opened up to the idea that giving HCBS a chance to succeed before calling him a failure is best for the University. Lord knows we need his influence and money.
- Enough with the bigs wig donors lets talk about the people that will actually be competing on the field.
On Wednesday night the team practiced riding and unloading from the bus. I love this idea because it gives the freshman a feel for what occurs on gamedays. It removes some trepidation and will likely make it easier for our super freshmen to get their minds right before games.
- One thing that impressed me was just how late our coaches work. Their cars were there until the wee hours. No matter what you think about their coaching ability, they work extremely hard.
- One last note. There is a new sign at the entrance of the Silver Lot. The sign is gold and blue with white lettering. Blame my girlfriend for the lack of pictures because she broke my camera.