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There Could Be More to Garrett Greene Not Playing Today

Morgantown, West Virginia - To be clear, the last thing anyone wants is for Garrett Greene to leave West Virginia University and decide to transfer, but could anyone really blame him if he does? Greene didn't travel with the team for today's game at Kansas Sate and although rumors of him suffering a "slight concussion" surfaced earlier this week, there also could be much more to this story. Greene, a redshirt freshman who has played only sparingly behind starter Jarret Doege for two seasons, has not been given a real opportunity to prove himself and he may never get that shot at West Virginia. What's become very evident this season is that Neal Brown doesn't trust Garrett Greene to throw the ball down field and with Will "Goose" Crowder - who Brown gushes over every opportunity he gets - and sensational freshman Nicco Marchiol joining the team next season, what kind of future does Greene really have in Morgantown? Brown has relegated Greene to a one-dimensional player who he simply does not want to throw the ball downfield.  Let's remember that Greene was a former four star Elite 11 quarterback out of high school who is extremely capable of passing the ball downfield with accuracy. The Elite 11 competition is reserved for the very best quarterbacks in the nation and Greene shined at the event.  For Brown to argue that he's not capable of throwing passes downfield better that Jarret Doege is absolutely ludicrous. Garrett Greene is a bright, fiery, competitive young man who wants to compete and wants to compete now, not sit patiently on the sidelines behind someone he knows that he's better than. When student athletes are involved, it's important to consider what's best for the young men.  Obviously Neal Brown and Mountaineer fans would like for Garrett Greene to remain with the team for the next four years, but can anyone honestly say that this is what is best for this young man's future? Let's hope that Greene is truly only suffering from a very minor injury and will be back next week against Texas, but would anyone really blame him if he does what's best for himself by leaving West Virginia?

WVU Unveils Special Uniform for Oklahoma Game

(Photo by WVU Athletics)    Moments ago, the WVU Football team unveiled their uniforms for Saturday’s matchup against Oklahoma. In honor of Veteran’s Day, the Mountaineers will be wearing their special blue helmets with the West Virginia state outline, and the American Flag filled in the outline. https://twitter.com/wvufootball/status/1590849284768874498?s=46&t=XF5E27WJx4FsSydJ1qCZHA Along with that, West Virginia will be wearing blue helmets and blue pants. The Mountaineers and Sooners kickoff at noon on Saturday. The game is set to broadcast on Fox Sports 1.

Jordan Lesley’s Wife Tells It How It Is

Now THIS is the kind of energy we need in Mountaineer Nation.   The wife of WVU defensive coordinator Jordan Lesley, Ann, took to Twitter last night to tell a skeptical fan just exactly how it is.   Earlier in the evening, Ann Lesley tweeted a photo of the "chill bumps" she experienced when it was announced that Saturday's WVU-Oklahoma game will be under the lights. However, one fan would attempt to make a joke that those bumps were due to the thought of how "cold" it would be during the game. Lesley did not take the comment lightly.   https://twitter.com/AKRLesley/status/1330667209711095808?s=20   "Any fan with thought of 'how cold is it going to be?' is not a true fan. You can mark that until the day I die."   Needless to say, Lesley let her thoughts be known on just who she considers a real fan, and who she doesn't.   Don't complain about the weather on game day, folks. Get your ass out there and support the team.

More Bowl Projections Heavily Favoring WVU Returning to Liberty Bowl

West Virginia's bowl projections have been all over the place in 2020. With every week, the Mountaineers seem to find themselves with a different bowl destination in their future. Yesterday, Jerry Palm of CBS Sports projected West Virginia to the SERVPRO First Responder Bowl to play the UTSA Roadrunners for the second week in a row. However, more projections have began to flood in, and it appears as if the Mountaineers are heavily favored to make a return to the Autozone Liberty Bowl.   ESPN Kyle Bonagura: West Virginia to the Liberty Bowl to face Kentucky Mark Schlabach: West Virginia to the Liberty Bowl to face Tennessee College Football News  Staff writer: West Virginia to the Liberty Bowl to face Arkansas   Kyle Bonagura of ESPN has West Virginia pinned up against Kentucky. The Mountaineers have played the Wildcats twenty times before, with Kentucky holding an 11-8-1 edge. This matchup would be most intriguing for WVU Head Coach Neal Brown. Brown served as Kentucky's offensive coordinator from 2013-2014, and spent the majority of his playing career there.   Mark Schlabach of ESPN has West Virginia going up against Tennessee. The two teams have met once before in the 2018 season opener. The Mountaineers were able to cruise to a 40-14 win behind a five touchdown performance from Will Grier.   College Football News is projecting West Virginia to draw Arkansas. The Razorbacks have never played the Mountaineers on the gridiron.   West Virginia last played in the Liberty Bowl in 2014, losing to Texas A&M, 45-37.

West Virginia Loses Another Player to the Transfer Portal

Morgantown, West Virginia - Redshirt sophomore offensive lineman Parker Moorer has decided to leave the West Virginia football program and enter the transfer portal. Moorer, a 6'3 330 pound former 3 star recruit out of Charlotte, North Carolina, has played in ten games this season and was expected to take on a larger role for the Mountaineers for next season. https://twitter.com/rivalsportal/status/1465679931040579587?s=21  

WVU Would Have Worn Gray Uniforms Today Against Oklahoma

(Photo by Icon Sportwire) Moments ago, the WVU Football social media pages shared the uniform video that would have been released this week had the Oklahoma game been played as scheduled. https://twitter.com/wvufootball/status/1337778159866048516?s=21 The video is a tribute to the seniors, who would have been playing their final game at Milan Puskar Stadium. The Mountaineers would have worn blue helmets, gray jerseys, and blue pants - the first time ever this combination would have been worn. Watch the touching video in the link above.

Neal Brown Slammed For Poor Performance

Morgantown, West Virginia - National college football analyst Josh Pate has a YouTube show called "The Late Kick" and on this show, he has a segment called "Head Coach Approval Ratings." West Virginia's Neal Brown was his subject for the segment yesterday and Pate absolutely lit the Mountaineers' head coach up and expressed precisely what a large portion of the fanbase feels about Brown. Here's what Pate had to say about Neal Brown: "West Virginia is in a bad, bad place. Neal Brown, I hate to do it. But this is a D- performance. This is as bad of a current Power 5 performance as we're seeing out there. We always want to set a baseline and set the expectations should be at a program. And sometimes fans are getting mad and the reality is that their expectation level is too high. That is not the case at West Virginia. If you are a West Virginia fan, you should be mad. Neal Brown arrives in 2018-2019, the previous 17 years, West Virginia appeared in the Top 25 in 16 of those 17 years. They have not appeared there a week since then. Not once. That's nowhere near good enough. They were next to last in scoring offense and defense last year. They were last in the Big 12 in turnover margin. They're 3-12 against Top 25 teams. They have one winning season under Brown and that was the COVID year. That's D- level performance. Frankly, I thought he was going to be gone after last year. Most people in the industry did. Honestly, there were a lot of people in the building here telling me that D- was too high and that Brown's performance has really been an F." And...that about sums it up! Neal Brown has been an absolute failure during his time at West Virginia and he should be held accountable. https://twitter.com/voicemorgantown/status/1616092370541355008?s=20&t=Kl3Upv_wlQ7GE_53B95g2g

West Virginia’s Next Big Move

Morgantown, West Virginia - The landscape of college athletics is rapidly changing and conferences are scrambling to stay relevant and/or alive. Although West Virginia has a relatively comfortable, secure spot in the new Big 12 Conference, other options will likely open up for the Mountaineers in the very near future. The ACC needs West Virginia more than West Virginia needs the ACC The SEC and Big Ten Conferences have already shown that they are willing and able to poach top schools from major conferences. The SEC took Texas and Oklahoma from the Big 12 and the Big Ten stole USC and UCLA from the PAC-12. Having said that, other conferences would be naive to believe that the SEC and Big Ten will stop there. The ACC, for example, is ripe for picking with power-players Clemson and Florida State hanging around. The ACC has to now be in panic mode. Losing Clemson, Florida State and possibly Miami would relegate the conference from a top-tier conference to a somewhat average one (at best), particularly in football (where it matters!).  The ACC needs to be aggressive and they need to be aggressive now. The Big Ten desperately wants Notre Dame to join, but the ACC needs Notre Dame more than any other conference in the nation to remain relevant. Bringing in a combination of Notre Dame and West Virginia keeps the ACC relevant, and, more importantly, likely keeps Clemson and Florida State in the conference. The ACC reaching out to Notre Dame and West Virginia almost makes too much sense at this point. Sitting and waiting for the new dominoes to fall could mean a quick death to the ACC Conference. West Virginia moving to the ACC makes a lot of sense for the Mountaineers, too. Not only do they regain their natural, geographic rivalries - Pitt, Virginia Tech, Virginia - they would also get Big East rivals Miami, Boston College and Syracuse back on the schedule. Those claiming that West Virginia's academics are not on par with the ACC's strict requirements must understand that academics mean very little in today's athletics, particularly when a conference is simply trying to remain existent. With the additions of Notre Dame and West Virginia, the ACC will remain a strong, vital part of college athletics. Without Notre Dame and West Virginia, the ACC will almost certainly be picked apart by the SEC and the Big Ten Conferences.

West Virginia Kansas State Gameday Predictions

Morgantown, West Virginia - The West Virginia Mountaineers (4-6, 2-5) host the #15 ranked Kansas State Wildcats (7-3, 5-2) today in their final home game of the season. Here's how our experts think today's game will play out: Clark Johnson, Senior Writer, The Voice of Morgantown Let's go make a f*cking bowl game.  West Virginia 24 Kansas State 20 Brad Smith, Publisher, The Voice of Morgantown Kansas State is coming off an impressive 31-3 victory over Baylor and are currently ranked 2nd in the Big 12 Conference right now. If the Wildcats win out, they will compete in the Big 12 Conference Championship against TCU. Deuce Vaughn is one of the most talented players in the conference and although they will start their backup quarterback in Will Howard today, he is very experienced and capable. In his last two games, he has thrown for 7 touchdowns and 0 interceptions. West Virginia's secondary is one of the worst in the nation and Howard should have no problem picking it apart all game. The wildcard today, of course, is Garrett Greene, who will start in place of JT Daniels at quarterback today. Greene is a dynamic, explosive quarterback who proved last week against Oklahoma that he is capable of putting the Mountaineers on his back and winning the game. However, Kansas State has a lot more to play for today than the Mountaineers do. This game will be a back and forth game, but ultimately, the Wildcats are the superior team this year and come out on top. Kansas State 35 West Virginia 24

It Might Be Time For This Mountaineer Great To Come Back Home

  Morgantown, West Virginia -- With the potential firing of Neal Brown looming and the possibility of current Offensive Coordinator Graham Harrell leaving with him, a spot might open up for Pat White to make a return on the sidelines. Big names such as Hugh Freeze have been mentioned as a replacement for Brown if he is to be fired, and with a new coach, he will NEED an Offensive Coordinator. So why not Pat White? Pat White was WVU's starting quarterback from 2005-2008 with TWO BCS (Now New Year's Six) Bowl wins. White has plenty of experience as a Mountaineer and knows the mentality that makes a Mountaineer a Mountaineer. He is currently an offensive assistant for the LA Chargers and has experience being the running-backs coach at South Florida. So why would he make a good Offensive Coordinator? He has experience being a quarterback who had GREAT running talent. Knowing what an offense needs with both run and pass is CRUCIAL for a potent offense. With the guidance of a coach like Hugh Freeze, not only could the Mountaineer's offense take a major step forward and become a Dual-Threat system, but could truly make a name for himself to eventually become a big name for open Head Coaching positions in FBS. What would we expect from a Pat White led offense? We would see a MAJOR change in the offensive system. We would NOT have an Air-Raid system like we are used to, but more of a running orented system. With players on our roster such as Garrett Greene and Nicco Marchiol being duel-treat quarterbacks and young talented runningbacks Tony Mathis Jr. and C.J. Donaldson, a Pat White led offense could REALLY make these already talented players shine. Will this end up happening? Probably not, but there is STILL a chance! WVU needs a change in the offensive system that has been EXTREMELY overused system, so if Pat White becomes the Offensive Coordinator of this team, it could be the breath of fresh air that this program DESPERATELY needs.

Takeaways from WVU’s 56-10 Victory Over Eastern Kentucky

After a long and miserable offseason, the Mountaineers finally kicked off their 2020 football season yesterday. In front of an empty Milan Puskar Stadium, West Virginia was able to rout the Eastern Kentucky Colonels 56-10. While there was certainly a lot of good to take away, there were some areas that Mountaineer Nation should be concerned about moving forward.   Here are our takeaways from WVU's season opening thrashing of EKU: Jarret Doege seems legit: The Bowling Green transfer lit up the Colonels yesterday to the tune of 228 passing yards and three touchdown passes, and he only played in the first half. He looked poised, and appeared to have total and complete control of Neal Brown's offense in his second season. His passes had good zip and tremendous accuracy, and he seems ready to take the Big 12 by storm. We will be talking about Doege being one of the best quarterbacks in the conference by mid-season. Special teams could be a problem: Not only did the Mountaineers give up a 100-yard kickoff return that was ultimately called back, but Evan Staley would miss a 25-yard field goal late in the 3rd quarter. Special teams has been a point of emphasis for Neal Brown since his days at Troy, with many of his units being among the best in the nation. If WVU wishes to be a surprise threat in the Big 12 this season, they will have to fix these issues immediately. Expect Brown to address this in practice prior to the Oklahoma State matchup on September 26th. Garrett Greene is better than Austin Kendall: Yes, it was only garbage time against a lesser opponent, but quarterback Garret Greene looked solid in his collegiate debut. He ran the ball well, and appeared to have deadly accuracy on his passes. In his limited time on the field, he was even more impressive than redshirt senior Austin Kendall. Though he may be third on the depth chart right now, expect Greene to leapfrog Kendall for the backup position by season's end. Leddie Brown and Alec Sinkfield have arrived: Over the last three years, coaches have praised both Leddie Brown and Alec Sinkfield for their work in practice. However, it just couldn't seem to completely translate to the field - that was until yesterday. Both backs ran for 123 yards and two touchdowns, while Brown added a receiving touchdown. Though their performance may have been helped by a horrendous EKU defense, they have both appeared to have finally arrived. If they can continue this trend, WVU could easily have one of the best rushing attacks in the Big 12 Conference.

SOURCE: The Process of Finding a New Head Coach Has Already Started at West...

Morgantown, West Virginia - West Virginia University officials have already started to look towards the future of the football program, according to a source close to the situation. No one at the university wants to fire Neal Brown. No one. He is genuinely liked by virtually everyone at West Virginia and they really wanted to see him succeed as the head coach of the Mountaineers. However, donors for the university have put pressure on West Virginia's athletic director, Shane Lyons, to make a change and he could be in hot water if he doesn't comply. Major donors threatening to not honor their future financial commitments could cost West Virginia millions of more dollars in addition to the millions and millions of dollars that Lyons has cost the university from his contract extension that he gave Brown following the 2021 football season. With that said, Lyons has to take action. The Voice of Motown has heard from multiple sources that West Virginia University has been in contact with a "handful of head coaches" about the position. Names that were mentioned were Liberty head coach Hugh Freeze, who has reportedly reach out through his representatives to express interest if the job becomes available, former Baylor and Carolina Panthers head coach Matt Rhule, who the university is said to have reached out to, Dave Clawson, the current head coach at Wake Forest and the 2021 ACC Coach of the Year, and Dino Babers, the current head coach at Syracuse. What is becoming very clear is that West Virginia wants a proven, successful head coach who could immediately come to Morgantown and turn the football program around. Shane Lyons can't take a risk on an unproven coach at the Power 5 level like he did with Neal Brown and have it not work out, so he wants to find the surest possible answer to the problems that the football program is currently in. Shane Lyons knows that his future depends on making the right choice and that he can't afford to miss on the hiring of the next head coach of the Mountaineers.

Notable Players Participating in Senior Day

(Photo by WVU Athletics)    Today, several Mountaineers will play at Milan Puskar Stadium for the final time in their careers. With the COVID year still having an impact on eligibility, some players who walk today could return next season. Moments ago, the Mountaineers revealed who will be participating in Senior Day festivities. https://twitter.com/wvufootball/status/1594022070652108800?s=46&t=KHnpAzjuu-77s9e9xNSkmg   Here are some notable players: -Dante Stills, DL -Sam James, WR -Bryce Ford-Wheaton, WR -Casey Legg, K -Tajh Alston, DL -Mike O’Laughlin, TE -Doug Nester, OL -James Gmiter, OL   Some of these players still have eligibility remaining. However, due to injuries, other circumstances, and professional opportunities, they may be departing. We likely won’t know what many of these players will be doing until the conclusion of the season. WVU and Kansas State kickoff at 2 p.m.

The Obvious Choice to Replace Neal Brown

MORGANTOWN, West Virginia -- The West Virginia Mountaineers have one of the most challenging schedules in all of college football for the upcoming season with a season opener at Happy Valley against the nationally-ranked Penn State Nittany Lions looming. Neal Brown is on the hot seat and if the Mountaineers don't show major improvement, it's very likely that he will be following the season, or even during the season if things get bad enough. West Virginia will need someone to come in and immediately shift the culture of the football program and turn around five years of failure under Neal Brown. That man is Tony Gibson. Now at NC State, Gibson was the defensive coordinator for the Mountaineers from 2014 to 2018. He put together some solid defenses at WVU with his unique 3-3-5 stack. His most notable coaching job came in 2015 when his defense put together two shutouts in 13 games (44-0 vs. Georgia Southern, 49-0 at Kansas). He has now carried that success over to NC State, being named a Broyle’s Award nominee for the 2022 season and was recently named the top defensive coordinator in the ACC, according to PFF.  Gibson, now 50 years old, seems primed to land his first opportunity at a head coaching gig in his career. Though many may believe it would be best for him to try the Group of Five waters first, the Van, West Virginia native could be just what the Mountaineers are looking for in their next head coach. First off, he would be a complete change of pace hire from the last two head coaches - Dana Holgorsen and Neal Brown. Both are descendants of the Hal Mumme tree, and have offense-first philosophies. Gibson would obviously bring a defensive focused attack with him. This could bring a complete shift in style of play for WVU…a change that they so desperately need right now. Quite possibly the best trait that Gibson brings with him is that his players love him. They play hard for him, and also play with a gritty toughness. If you can remember, he brought the “DAWGS” with him every game day. Defense Always Wins Games That is an attitude, ladies and gentlemen, that could produce big results in the Big 12. Last but not least, let’s talk the most important quality of Gibson’s. HE IS A WEST VIRGINIAN! He knows what this program means to the state - he cares. It would almost certainly be his dream job. He would not be looking at WVU as a stepping stone, this would be his endgame. This would be the job that he would hope to bring him into retirement. This can’t be said about many of the potential candidates for the Mountaineers. He’s coached in a lot of games, he was Dana Holgorsen’s right hand man, he’s a West Virginian, and his guys play with an edge. Tony Gibson knows the Mountaineer program and he knows how to make West Virginia a winner again.

West Virginia’s Quarterback of the Future Releases Top Schools

Morgantown, West Virginia - Neal Brown knows that college football teams live and die on the arm of their starting quarterback.  Brown and his staff have zeroed on the player that they want to be the future leader of the West Virginia Mountaineers. Braden Davis, a 6'5 200 pound dual-threat quarterback from Middletown, Delaware, is precisely the player that could take the Mountaineers from a mid-tier Big 12 Conference team to a team that could compete for conference and national championships. Today, Davis released his top seven schools and the Mountaineers were among the favorites to land him! https://twitter.com/BradenDavis_5/status/1383087929212424192?s=20 Davis, a four star recruit and the #1 ranked prospect in the state of Delaware in the 2022 class, has received considerable attention from West Virginia University lately.  Davis recently posted a video of him opening his mailbox at home to find a whole stack of letters from Morgantown.  David included the hashtag "TakeMeHome22." https://twitter.com/BradenDavis_5/status/1371878614204088326?s=20 According to national recruiting analyst Brian Dohn, Davis "has an excellent frame with length. Athletic with escapability. Does not panic under pressure. Good pocket awareness. Good arm strength that will improve with maturity. Shows very good touch on intermediate and deep balls. Throws catchable ball. Gets through progressions. Extends plays. Strong work ethic. Good foot speed and feet work in unison with arm. Has to tighten lengthy delivery. Drops elbow at times. Must continue to get stronger and add weight. Added strength will increase arm strength. Multi-year starter at high-major program with long-term NFL Draft potential." However, it's obvious that Neal Brown and staff have made Davis a top priority.  While Brown has done an exceptional job at recruiting in-state and under-the-radar talent, it's nice to see him shooting for the stars and competing with the top teams in the nation for a player of Davis' talent. With a continued major push by Neal Brown and his staff, they could bring one of the best and brightest players in the 2022 class!  While West Virginia has struck out on big talents in the past, something feels very different about Davis.  The Mountaineers are a major a player here!