On Saturday night, one day after his Patriots were eliminated from the Class AAA playoffs with a loss at Martinsburg, Edwards struck down those rumors.
"I'm still at GW,'' Edwards said. "I don't have another job. I like GW. It's a good place to be. We had a good season and we've got a good bunch of kids coming back.''
The Patriots had their season squelched Friday during a game in which the two-time defending state champ Bulldogs piled up 448 yards and made use of three GW turnovers.
"We couldn't stop the big play and things got rolling on us,'' Edwards said. "We weren't as healthy as we have been, as we could have been.
"When you get to the final eight, the final four, you've got to have some depth. If you don't have depth, the real good teams are going to get you. You've got to have luck, you've got to have things go right, you've got to have depth and not have serious things happen to you. And you've got to be good.''
Edwards likes the kind of matchup the finals present in Martinsburg's speed and athleticism against Midland's power and precision.
"They're the two best teams left,'' Edwards said.
"Cabell Midland, to go undefeated like they did and play in the conference we play in is just a great feat itself. It's hard to do. We've done it, and it's hard to keep the kids focused and at a high level and [Salmons] has done a great job of it, for them to make the Island. They've done everything they've needed to do.''
GW and Midland weren't scheduled to play this season, but Edwards got to watch a lot of the Knights while scouting other MSAC teams, and of course the Patriots have played Martinsburg now twice in less than a year's time, as they met in last year's finals.
"It's two of the bigger schools in the state playing each other,'' Edwards said. "It's going to come down to matchups.
"[Martinsburg] has good size and good speed. I think Cabell Midland can match them with some power and they've got some size. A lot of times it comes down to speed and execution. People are going to see two good, quality programs. Both teams play with a lot of intensity and a lot of fire and a lot of confidence. None of that's lacking.''
Rematches . . . of sorts
The other two championship games this weekend feature teams from distant parts of the state who met just last year.
In AA, No. 1 Wayne (13-0), one of only three unbeatens left in West Virginia, tackles No. 2 Keyser (12-1) at 7:30 p,m. Friday.
In Class A, it's a pair of teams that pulled road upsets in the semifinals as No. 3 Wahama (13-0) collides with No. 4 Madonna (12-1) at 7 p.m. Saturday.
Wayne met Keyser in last year's playoff quarterfinals, posting a 38-8 victory. Wahama, meanwhile, topped Madonna 33-0 toward the end of the 2011 regular season in a neutral-site game played at Fairmont State.
Both the White Falcons and Blue Dons went against the grain in the Class A semifinals, as visiting teams have won just six of 42 games so far in the postseason.
Wahama edged No. 2 Magnolia 10-7 at New Martinsville on Saturday, getting a 27-yard field goal by Zack Wamsley in the final seconds. Madonna shaded No. 1 Tucker County 20-14 in two overtimes the same afternoon.
Reach Rick Ryan at 304-348-5175 or rickr...@wvgazette.com.