Tinsley, WVU-UM and a good deed
CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Ye olde notebook:
Today, though, let's tie up a loose end.
A month ago, Scott Tinsley, who gained national acclaim for his success coaching Nitro High football, was rebuffed in an attempt to volunteer coach at George Washington High.
GW principal George Aulenbacher was given the news by the Kanawha County school board. School board president Pete Thaw told our Mackenzie Mays there was "contention on the board" over Tinsley.
Many in the GW community, though, were upset. They were hoping Tinsley could help their kids. A petition was signed and presented to the school board. And, in the middle of it all, a rumor floated Tinsley would be on the GW sideline by game three or so.
On Tuesday, however, Tinsley said that will not happen. He won't be helping the Patriots this season.
"Even if I was able to," Tinsley said, "I wouldn't want to mess things up. GW is 3-0 and the last thing I'd want to do is go in there and mess things up.
"It's not like [GW head coach] Steve Edwards [Jr.] needed much help anyway. [The Patriots] have been winning for a long time. He was just trying to give me an opportunity to get back into football."
For those unaware, Tinsley is now the golf coach at WVU Tech after leading the Golden Bears football team for four years. (That program was discontinued.)
Tinsley, however, has a fine football pedigree, first as an assistant at Appalachian State (with current embattled Texas coach Mack Brown) and is a pioneer with the spread offense, which worked wonders at Nitro with QB J.R. House (a two-time Kennedy Award winner). Nitro went on to two Class AAA title games, winning in 1998 when House threw 10 touchdown passes against Morgantown.
There have been claims Tinsley recruited (which he disputes), but the man says he simply wants to get back into football.
"I hope I can get back into it soon," he said. "Last year I helped out with the Hayes [Middle School] kids. I didn't think much of it because it was middle school.
"But I've been out of it for a year and I've realized that meant a lot to me. I enjoyed those kids. It doesn't matter if I'm game-planning for Clemson or Stonewall [Jackson Middle]. It's football and I miss it so much."
We'll see if the acrimony is dissipating. And if next year Tinsley gets back to what he does best.
Most in the Mountain State have seen the Mountaineers' shortcomings. Perhaps, though, new WVU starting quarterback Ford Childress can make hay against a Maryland pass defense that will be without both of its starting cornerbacks. Both are out with injuries.
Did you realize, though, the Mountaineers' top receiver so far this season is a true freshman? That would be Daikiel Shorts. Head coach Dana Holgorsen could certainly use some of his older, more experienced receivers to step up.
Other areas of concern for Holgorsen?
Maryland's defense is allowing but 96.7 rushing yards per game, which ranks 14th nationally.
Terrapin QB C.J. Brown is the ACC's leader in total offense, running and throwing for 363.3 yards per game. He also has sidekick and WVU nightmare Stefon Diggs at receiver.
Also, WVU ranks but 88th nationally against the run. (Although, true, it doesn't get much help from the offense in getting off the field for breathers.)
A couple of notes, though. First, Maryland's toughest opponent so far has been Connecticut. WVU came close against Oklahoma. Second, WVU's much maligned pass defense of a year ago is currently ranked eighth nationally. And, last, the Mountaineers have defeated the Terrapins seven straight times.
I recently commissioned Bill Pinella, a WVU graduate and former Fairmont newspaper writer, to put together a piece on ex-Mountaineer and current San Diego Padre baseball player Jedd Gyorko.
If you missed the story in the last Sunday Gazette-Mail, I urge you to check it out. Pinella did a wonderful job with it.
Anyway, in the midst of arranging to pay Pinella, I received a note back from him I must share. Because it's neat. Because I've never received such a request.
Pinella, now in Carlsbad, Calif., asked me "the name of some worthy and deserving sports group in the Charleston area." He wishes to donate the pay to such a group. (Suggestions?)
It's a good deed I didn't think should go unnoticed.
Reach Mitch Vingle at 304-348-4827, firstname.lastname@example.org or follow him at twitter.com/MitchVingle.