CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- While waiting for the final word on WVU athletic director Oliver Luck and his possible move to Texas:
WVU's team has a losing record because it's simply not very good at anything.
OK, so maybe a couple things. The Mountaineers are No. 8 nationally in net punting. They are No. 26 in punt return defense.
Otherwise, the numbers across the board are beyond ugly.
Passing offense - A team with a coach known for its "Air Raid" moniker is ranked No. 56 in passing offense and No. 100 in pass efficiency. If quarterback Clint Trickett had the stats to qualify for an NCAA ranking, he'd be No. 73 in passing yards and No. 107 in passing efficiency. The best efficiency ranking for a WVU QB belongs to injured Ford Childress, who would rank No. 93.
Run offense - WVU is averaging 146.4 rushing yards a game. That ranks 89th nationally. Charles Sims, rated before the season at the No. 2 NFL running back prospect, is averaging 75 yards, which is 64th best. Thinkin' that's not what Chaz had in mind when he transferred from Houston.
Total and scoring offense - The Mountaineers are No. 78 in total offense, averaging 395.1 yards. They are tied for 94th in scoring offense, averaging 22.9 points. Among the teams they are tied with there is Air Force.
Pass defense - WVU is allowing an average of 261.4 passing yards, which ranks No. 100 among 123 teams. It is No. 99 in pass efficiency defense.
Run defense - WVU is allowing an average of 191.1 rushing yards, which is 91st nationally.
Total and scoring defense - The Mountaineers are No. 102 in total defense, allowing an average of 452.5 yards. They rest a spot lower than Kansas there. In scoring defense, they are No. 85 and are sandwiched in the NCAA stat by Vanderbilt and Tulsa. They are allowing an average of 30.4 points.
Special teams - Aside from the aforementioned categories, WVU is No. 104 in punt returns, No. 102 in kickoff returns and No. 89 in kickoff return defense.
Debate what you will, but those are the cold, hard facts.
Fulford said although his team lost Andrew Wiggins, last season's No. 1 recruit, to Kansas, he expects a better team across the board in 2013-14. Now known as a national power, the prep school has six players ranked among the nation's top 50 in their class. Fulford is expecting his team to be among the top five in the USA Today national preseason poll.