Catch the note within the note? WVU's soon-to-be new league is No. 2, mostly on the strength of Missouri (which, yes, is leaving), Kansas, Baylor and, surprisingly, Iowa State. Texas A&M (also leaving) is in the AP Top 25 poll.
The Mountaineers, by the way, were ranked No. 64. Perhaps surprisingly, they were still four spots above undefeated Marshall, which just won at Cincinnati. According to the rankings, if the two teams played today in Charleston, WVU would be a 5-point favorite.
It's so bad, apparently no bigger schools are set to cherry-pick the league's better coaches this year. That's bad.
"Judge [Russell] Clawges will set a general schedule," Min said. "He'll set a term [for the proceedings], not an actual date."
You might remember Mike Haywood, the former Miami, Ohio, head football coach who was hired by Pitt, then fired a couple weeks later after he was charged with felony domestic violence charges.
Well, Pitt defensive tackle Chas Alecxih certainly remembers Haywood. And this week, he wasn't shy about his opinion on the coach.
"They fired our coach [Dave Wannstedt] and then, when Mike Haywood came in, all he said to us was 'Sit up in your chairs' - a real jackass that guy," Alecxih said to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, "but Todd Graham came in and said, 'You had a great coach before me,' which we did. Then he said 'We're going to take this program to the next level,' and I think they'll do that in the future.
"Our first meeting with Haywood, he came in with a wrinkled suit, the worst suit I've ever seen - it looked like he bought it at the Goodwill - and then he acted like we owed him something. He was very arrogant. And when we walked out of the meeting, we all said 'Wow, this is going to be our next coach?' So when he got fired, I was happy, and obviously we got a great coach in Todd Graham to come in."
In other words, Alecxih didn't care for Haywood.
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