MORGANTOWN - Odds and ends and a few things I think I think while contemplating both the love and hate being expressed over a grey West Virginia football uniform:
Maryland signed its first five-star recruit in at least five years back in February. If you don't believe that the school's rebranding efforts - including the most obnoxious collection of uniforms ever designed - had at least something to do with wide receiver Stefon Diggs' decision, well, think again.
Ditto the constant flow of talent to a place like Oregon. It may seem silly to you - and it certainly does to me - but that stuff matters. You can say that if a recruit makes a college decision based on unis then he might be missing a key component in his thinking, but it happens all the time. Deal with it, along with the greys, the blacks and whatever else comes along in the future.
And besides, when was the last time West Virginia actually wore old gold and blue? Frank Cignetti? Certainly not much beyond early Don Nehlen.
Fear the Smooth-shaven? Just doesn't have the same ring, does it?
But having sported the full-whisker look in a long-ago time (back when the hair on top grew just as full), it's hard to argue with anyone who deems it far more comfortable to go bare in the summer. Kilicli assures, though, that it will return in winter.
Rather than merely write a piece on FBS coaches on the hot seat heading into the 2012 season, Dodd has once again ranked every FBS head coach in terms of relative heat of the seat. While you may disagree with some of his numerical conclusions (he rated each from 0 to 5, with 0 being untouchable and 5 as win or be fired), you can't argue his comprehensiveness.
Tennessee's Derek Dooley is one of two coaches with a 5.0 hot-seat rating, given an 11-14 record in two Rocky (Top) years. The other is Arkansas's John L. Smith, who kind of walks right into it through no fault of his own (as a last-minute replacement for Bobby Petrino).