WVU, of course, promoted Bill Stewart before experimenting with its own coach-in-waiting scenario via current coach Dana Holgorsen. Fisher, meanwhile, not only has the Seminoles riding high, he recently signed a new contract for $4 million a year through 2018.
Second, I came across a list, compiled by Athlon magazine, that ranked the top NCAA recruiting classes since 2000. Slotted at No. 12 was the Kentucky class that featured John Wall, Eric Bledsoe and DeMarcus Cousins. The class that went 35-3. The class that fell to WVU in the Elite Eight.
The new rankings are expected out today and the school should move up a bit after three wins, two in the Boyd County [Ky.] Roundball Classic, moved its record to 12-2. JaQuan Lyle, a player WVU is seriously recruiting, led the Irish in scoring the last two outings. He had 26 points, five rebounds and five assists against Pickerington Central the last game out.
Oh, and in case you haven't been paying close attention, you can on Thursday. Huntington Prep will go for revenge against Arsenal Tech of Indiana at 9:30 p.m. on ESPN. The No. 17 Arsenal team defeated Prep 54-51 earlier this season.
In an attempt to be transparent, I try to remember to reprint predictions, etc., after the facts. In the preseason, I predicted WVU would finish 7-5. The Mountaineers finished 4-8, so give me a backward K for a strikeout looking. In regard to Marshall, I predicted a 10-2 season with a Conference USA East title. The Thundering Herd finished 9-3 with a C-USA East title. That might not be a grand slam, but it's definitely a home run.
As for my Heisman Trophy vote, I went with 1. Jameis Winston of Florida State, 2. Bryce Petty of Baylor, and 3. Odell Beckham of LSU.
It's shocking that Beckham didn't even show up among the top 10 Heisman vote getters. I understand most voters simply follow the talking heads on TV, but Beckham averaged 185.2 all-purpose yards per game while playing in the Southeastern Conference. That stat put him second in the country in all-purpose yardage. He set an LSU record with 2,222 all-purpose yards and won the Paul Hornung Award over players like Johnny Manziel and UCLA two-way freshman Myles Jack.
Then there were our fine staff's predictions. Nick Scala and Rick Ryan finished in a tie for season champ at 121-29. Ryan Pritt was third (120-30), followed by Doug Smock and me (119-31), Dave Hickman (117-33), Jeff Rider (116-34) and Tommy Atkinson (113-37).
A question from reader David Schau.
He asks, simply, "Shouldn't Rice be in the Fight Hunger Bowl?"
Discuss among yourselves.
Reach Mitch Vingle at 304-348-4827, mitchvin...@wvgazette.com or follow him at twitter.com/MitchVingle.