Yesterday we dug deep into West Virginia's collapse on the road at Kansas State and its origins with the refusal to rely on a pair of productive running backs. I'll pick up where we left off:
All this pretty quickly leads to the question of why would a coach make the decisions that Dana Holgorsen did for his team in the second half? Pride? Stubborness? I don't know, but the answer to that question very likely informs how you think WVU should handle the position of head coach moving forward.
...that WVU loss had nothing to do with (Bill Snyder's) special brand of wizarding magic. Nor did it have anything to do with blown special teams assignments or kick coverage demons. It had to do with a coach stubbornly refusing to adhere to a plan that had yielded victory in 4 previous games and all but certainly would have done so again. It had to do with the failure to follow through with a plan of attack that was painfully obvious to anyone who had watched this team at any point in the last month.
That's about as critical as I've ever been with coach Dana Holgorsen in writing and I know a lot of people who think I'm way too forgiving. After a month of good feelings, the Mountaineer fanbase is as angry about its coaching situation as it's ever been. For the record I'm still against making a change (I'll get into the reasons later) but the questions are very valid.
With all that, I figured it would be a good idea to focus on just this with a separate Retweet from the Kansas State postgame. I've got a lot of thoughts on a complex topic and 180 characters wasn't cutting it.
"You can say that on your couch or at your computer but it's not that simple. You just don't understand." https://t.co/Tv6XsAYzXl— Chris Anderson (@CMAnderson247) December 6, 2015
If William Crest can't play over one legged Skyler in an offense that doesn't want to pass, he's probably never going to be the guy.— Smoking Musket (@SmokingMusket) December 5, 2015
If he's not calling in plays, theoretically he should have more time for clock management/situational decisions. https://t.co/q5OAl1TBce— Randy Gyorko (@GooseGyorko) December 6, 2015
I'm in favor of the Head Coach being involved in game planning all week, getting my the team ready to play, and in game decisions.— Randy Gyorko (@GooseGyorko) December 6, 2015
Having someone you trust to call plays (with input if needed from Head Coach) isn't a negative. Should free him up to think big picture.— Randy Gyorko (@GooseGyorko) December 6, 2015
This was a disaster. Unmitigated disaster. Holgo isn't getting fired. But it may be more because all the best candidates have been hired.— Smoking Musket (@SmokingMusket) December 6, 2015
We can disagree on many things but if you are satisfied with the mediocre product then I have to question your expectations.— Sports Dude™ (@ImTheSportsDude) December 6, 2015
I'm confused. Dana says Howard had hurt ankle, so he couldn't get the edge on the 4th down. If so, why call the play?— Jonathan Martin (@JonathanKMartin) December 6, 2015
The good news in an ASU match up is if there's one thing Holgo hates more than giving the ball to Wendell, it's losing to Todd Graham.— Smoking Musket (@SmokingMusket) December 6, 2015