Bob Huggins thought so, too.
"I suggested that,'' he said. "But apparently they didn't think it was a good idea.''
Huggins specifically thought that perhaps a small road swing of any type in early January would have made sense, given that school doesn't resume after the holiday break until Jan. 14. Instead, the league scheduled the Mountaineers for a game at Texas on Jan. 9, sandwiched between home games with Oklahoma and Kansas State, both before classes begin.
The women's schedule is the same - no two-in-one trips and two holiday-break road games interrupted by a return home for two.
Oh, well. West Virginia knew what it was getting into.
And finally, while I hesitate to bring this up for the very reason I'm about to criticize others for doing the same, it probably needs mentioning.
When Holgorsen signed that rich new contract last week that will pay him anywhere from $16.9 to $20.5 million over six years (assuming he stays for the duration and depending upon the incentives reached), the vast majority of those outside of West Virginia who read about it did so via The Associated Press report. And it took the AP exactly four paragraphs before diving into Holgorsen's much-publicized casino debacle of the spring of 2011.
OK, so maybe that's fair. It's like George O'Leary's resume fiasco at Notre Dame. It's going to follow him forever.
In pointing out Holgorsen's transgressions, though, the AP - and I'm sure others - searched the new contract to find language that applied. And Holgorsen's contract contains a stipulation that WVU can terminate the contract for cause for a laundry list of reasons, one of which is: "Substance abuse or habitual insobriety which affects his job performance.''
Now, if you've never read a coaching contract and you're looking for it, that jumps right out there and screams "Cover Your Rear.'' But it's in virtually every coach's contract.
In fact, take a look at the last full contract signed by a West Virginia football coach, the one the late Bill Stewart agreed to in 2008. There was no fear on the part of anyone drawing up contracts that Stewart was going to go on any sort of embarrassing binges, right? Yet his contract language said one of the reasons he could be fired for cause was due to "Substance abuse or habitual insobriety.''
That's it. Not, as Holgorsen's contract reads, "Substance abuse or habitual insobriety which affects his job performance.''
In other words, Holgorsen's contract is actually less stringent in that regard than was Stewart's. No one is suggesting that Holgorsen can drink himself under the table whenever and wherever he wants, but according to the contract, unless it affects his job performance, it's OK.
So let's dispense with the notion that Holgorsen's pact contains language crafted in response to past events. It doesn't.
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