YE OLDE notebook:
Online, in the comment section, a reader responded succinctly: "It's the parking. It's the parking. It's the parking. Got it!"
Mountaineer fans choosing to park in the Coliseum lot are certainly getting it. For the first time, those not opting to pay for parking passes are being asked to shell out cash. And not $5 or $10, but a stunning $20.
Complaints have been hitting this computer, so I figured they'd been bombarding the in-boxes at WVU.
"We've been getting some replies," said WVU deputy athletic director Mike Parsons. "Any time there's change, that's the process. There are very few arenas, though, where there is no charge for parking at all."
And as of now, according to Parsons, the $20 charge won't be revoked or reduced.
"We face a parking issue," said the assistant AD. "There's not enough space. We're working on a facilities master plan now to deal with the next 10 to 20 years, and that's foremost in our thinking.
"What you have to understand is there are operating costs. There are costs to administer parking flow and operate the lots. We're just trying to recoup some of our costs."
Went over like a lead balloon.
Well, this season there's change. The women's contest will begin at 5:30 p.m. and the men's game will be at a more reasonable 8 p.m. There's talk that when MU is the official host, both games may be pushed back another half hour.
There are also rumors other Mountaineer assistants might be taking a powder. Northern Illinois lost Jerry Kill to Minnesota and among the early names being mentioned to take over at NIU is WVU running backs/slot receivers coach Chris Beatty. As of Thursday, however, Beatty had not been contacted.
There are also openings at the University of Kentucky under Joker Phillips. Rumors there have been swirling around, among others, West Virginia cornerbacks coach David Lockwood. Phillips and Lockwood coached together at, coincidentally, Minnesota and remain tight. Again, as of Thursday, that was just speculation.
Stop it. Yer killin' me.