YE OLDE NOTEBOOK:
See, I apparently - unwittingly - instigated the Mountaineer team instigator, cornerback Avery Williams.
It started innocently enough. While interviewing Williams, the team's top No. 3 corner, he was distracted as he tried to distract teammate Shawne Alston, who was being interviewed by others.
He then explained he's the team instigator. Said he and Tavon Austin "go at it all the time."
"Me and [Austin] are like the biggest goofballs on the team," Williams said with a smile.
Anyway, Williams and I spoke for a while. He talked about his current position within the team, running No. 1 at boundary corner while injured Pat Miller is out.
"I'm definitely in the lineup," he said. "Me and Brodrick [Jenkins] are running with the ones. He's the boundary [corner]; I'm the field [corner]. I'm the boundary; he's the field. Then we have Terrell Chestnut, who has been out [with a concussion].
"Me and Brodrick have to step up. We've lost corners due to injuries. It's nothing serious, but me and Brod have to hold it down for right now."
A vivacious character, Williams spoke of the team, which, he says, is "full of excitement."
"We're going to surprise a lot of people who think this is just an offensive team," said the corner. "We're more comfortable with this coaching staff. I'm not taking anything away from the coaches we had last year - Coach [Dave] Lockwood was cool - but this defense is more understandable."
He's also come to understand something about WVU's offense. Something that can carry over into next season.
"Coach [Dana] Holgorsen and the offensive coaches are very good at seeing who panics or tires," Williams said. "They pay a lot of attention to that. If you're bending over or look like you're frustrated, you're going to get that deep ball thrown on you."
Williams crackled with excitement. He got back to his penchant for kidding his teammates.
"We joke around and have fun," he said. "It's not always serious. When it comes to football and business, though, it's time to get serious."
So then I asked. Does he joke? Does he prank? Does he punk?
An ornery smile crossed his face.
"I'm going to do one for you," Williams said. "Come at me next week and I'll tell you what I did."
To the victim, I apologize.
To begin with, Ezemma is a Division II transfer from the University of New Haven (Conn.). ("I had a lot of options," he said of the process. "I had a long summer. But God really came through for me. I ended up at West Virginia University.")
That's just the beginning of Ezemma's story. He's majoring in computer engineering. He leads a school prayer group. And, yes, although his home is listed as Pomona, N.Y., there's more to his background.
"I come from New York, but I'm Nigerian," Ezemma said. "Both of my parents are directly from Nigeria. My name [Chidoziem] means 'God, please protect me.' It's actually a prayer.