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The Shotgun/Throwdown: Wren Baker says WVU football is not meeting expectations

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NCAA Basketball: Buffalo at West Virginia Ben Queen-USA TODAY Sports

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Two weeks ago, West Virginia University President Gordon Gee shared that he was proud of the Mountaineers’ 5-7 record because “we really did put our football coach in a very challenging position.” Many fans were not happy to hear Gee providing excuses for head coach Neal Brown and his lack of wins this season. WVU’s new Director of Athletics, Wren Baker, is now saying that Gee is “not happy with 5-7,” based on discussions they’ve had since Baker arrived.

It is slightly concerning that Baker is having to clarify or correct things that Gee is saying about the WVU football program. But it is understandable that he chose to spin Gee’s statements to fit a reasonable perspective, rather than outright disagree. It is also encouraging that Baker knows that a losing record is unacceptable, especially at this point in Brown’s tenure. WVU’s athletic director recently elaborated on this by saying, “We all know that 5-7 is not where our expectations are and it’s not a record that anybody is satisfied with.” That is exactly how WVU fans feel about the situation, and they hope to see improvement or changes that will get the program back where it should be.


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Around the Big 12

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George has 19 points, No. 11 Baylor beats Washington State

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Around the NCAA

QB Green and Boise State beat North Texas in Frisco Bowl

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