"I don't think anybody can stop him. Probably the encouraging thing is that he'll be doing the same thing to the Miami Hurricanes next year. Our kids are excited for that challenge.''
Switzer has accepted a scholarship offer from North Carolina.
Carpenter said his players have kept an optimistic outlook despite their hard luck in recent weeks. Capital has lost three of its last four games by a total of 14 points to teams ranked No. 1, 7 and 16 in AAA, thus jeopardizing its own playoff chances.
"They're still working hard,'' Carpenter said. "Luck hasn't gone our way in big games. You can [attribute] it to being young. Everyone else attributes it to bad coaching. Our kids still feel like their day is coming. It hasn't been there yet, but we're still going. It's encouraging they come out and work so hard and still try to get better every day.''
Neither coach felt there would be a carryover from their last meeting, when GW let a comfortable 39-12 lead slip away in the fourth quarter and, after substituting, had to put its starters back in at game's end to close it out.
"I learned I'm not going to substitute as early as I did,'' Edwards said with a chuckle. "You always learn from that. They never quit playing, and it's a credit to them for coming back.''
Richmond scored three TDs in the final quarter and finished with 149 yards rushing.
"They made some mistakes and gave us the ball at [their own 1] and we had two late scores,'' Carpenter said, "but we never felt like it was a comeback. When they subbed, we had no second string to put in - our [junior varsity] was playing the next night. It was a freak thing.''
Reach Rick Ryan at 304-348-5175 or rickr...@wvgazette.com.