Wednesday, December 19, 2007
Big East Conference News: Rodriguez and Option-Attack head to Ann Arbor
Sorry for the lack of recent updates as not too much has changed since the last time I wrote. However, there has been a major shakeup in the conference recently as West Virginia's head coach Rich Rodriguez bolted to fill the coaching vacancy at the University of Michigan, the same team Coach Greg Schiano spurred to remain at Rutgers. This move means a lot to not only the Mountaineers, but to the entire Big East Conference. Rodriguez's departure leaves a vacancy at the head coaching position for the Mountaineers and with an interim head coach for the Sugar Bowl match up with the Oklahoma Sooners. How things have changed in the last few weeks. Rodriguez and the Mountaineers were one game away from playing in the National Championship game, but ended up losing to a huge underdog and losing their head coach. Along with Rodriguez, the Mountaineers will lose prospects, current players, coaches and most likely the offensive style that has harassed Big East conference defensive coordinators since the Mountaineers joined the conference. You would also have to believe that their star quarterback Pat White and RB Steve Slaton would leave early to enter the N.FL. Draft. Rodriguez, the architect of the Option-style attack, will bring his attack to the Big Ten, where many people believe his offensive attack will be even more potent against the slower Big Ten defenses. Although the conference loses a great coach, other Big East teams won't miss having to defend the Mountaineer's current offense.