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Tony Caridi Catches Up with Former West Virginia Head Coach Rich Rodriguez

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On this week’s episode of Three Guys Before The Game, former West Virginia football coach Rich Rodriguez calls in to talk to Tony Caridi and Brad Howe. Despite the ugly exit that has become the first thing that Mountaineer fans think of when they hear Rodriguez’s name, fans of Three Guys Before The Game responded to Tony Caridi on social media saying that coach Rod was the person that they wanted to see on the show.

During the conversation the guys discussed Rodriguez’s new position as the offensive coordinator at Ole Miss and the adjustments that a coach has to make when going from a head coaching position to a coordinator job. The dialogue then focused in on his tenure at WVU. Rodriguez spoke about the success that he and his teams had when he was head coach of the Mountaineers. He also discussed the regrets he has regarding the sudden collapse of his reign at WVU and the way that his departure played out.

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West Virginia head coach Neal Brown made his Big 12 Media Days debut this week at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas. Check out what the Mountaineers’ new leader had to say at his press conference:

While “Horns Down” may not have originated with WVU’s mocking of the Texas Longhorns, the Mountaineers played a key part in helping make the sarcastic hand sign iconic in the modern college football world. There has been a noticeable increase in the frequency of the gesture on the field and on social media. Is the “Horns Down” frenzy just getting started or will penalties help slow its rapid growth in popularity?

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Bob Huggins doesn’t just produce great players, he also has a knack for creating players-turned-coaches. Former West Virginia guard James Long has been named the head coach at WVU Tech. Long spent time as both a player and a coach under Huggins. The young coach will now take the reigns of a WVU Tech team that had a great 30-5 season in 2018-19.

The Big 12 is known for high powered offenses and talented quarterbacks. While that may still be the case this season, there are some teams that are still uncertain about who will be leading their offenses under center. West Virginia is one of those teams and Neal Brown spoke about the uncertainty and inexperience that the team is facing this year.

The fans have spoken, and the WVU soccer programs now have their scarves for the 2019 season. Mountaineer fans voted and the winning scarf was the “Almost Heaven” design.

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