CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Ye olde notebook - without items on A-Rod, Riley Cooper or Johnny Drama, er, Football:
The sound you might have heard, though, was a whimper. The cheer came from Huntington.
Cook said on Tuesday he had a change of heart and is not only putting football on hold, but is transferring to Huntington Prep for his final two years of high school. He'd also been considering other prep schools in Maryland and Florida.
"I really didn't want to leave our state," Cook said. "Huntington Prep is still in state and it's obviously a good program. I can play against better [basketball] competition. I need that after hurting my hand this summer."
Cook was in a car accident and had 41 stitches to close a gash.
Of course, Alexander won't have the state's largest tight end/defensive end. Football teams on the Raiders' schedule, like Westside, Sissonville, PikeView, etc., can relax.
Also, the Liberty basketball team won't have a hole to fill on its roster, but a crater.
Cook, though, wanted to make sure the coaches at Liberty understand the move is not personal.
He said he has the utmost respect for all.
"I look up to every one of them," said the player.
It was touching. It was different.
But the hire hasn't touched everyone, and some wonder if Osborne really is different in a positive manner.
Here's the deal. Former coach Mark Downey tried to build UC into a power. On his watch, three of his best players were arrested for and charged with robbery. The community seemed to support Downey through the ugliness, but, apparently, UC officials did not. The popular coach was told to focus on recruiting mostly high school seniors, rather than transfers. Downey has indicated there were no words of encouragement from school president Dr. Ed Welch. The coach thus felt uncomfortable and moved on, accepting a job at West Alabama.
Enter Osborne, who was characterized by athletic director Bren Stevens as a man with "great character." As a head coach at Glenville and the University of Texas at the Permian Basin, Osborne's record was 77-115. That record has been one point of criticism.
Also, one reader pointed out - and it's indeed true - that nine of the 11 players on UTPB's current roster are transfers. Only freshman guard Matt Rodgers and sophomore Madison Turner went straight to UTPB from high school.
Another reader sent a link to a lawsuit filed in Kanawha County Circuit Court by the Cabell County family of a former Glenville player. According to it, Osborne's assistant at the time, Matthew Greene, "viciously" struck the player, Adam Simmons, during a 2006 game. A follow-up of the suit, however, showed the case was closed on Oct. 3, 2008. It was settled during mediation and dismissed with prejudice. Also, Greene was not on Osborne's UTPB staff this past season.
Cull from that what you will. Osborne is certainly wished well as he takes over for Downey. Not all Golden Eagle fans, however, are jumping for joy.
Yes, the Mountain East is upon us.