Maybe too relaxed. The 30-second commercial took about half a day to film. The GameDay crew, especially Herbstreit, kept laughing and Corso couldn't keep a straight face. There's no question in Kimble's mind that he would win an actual stare-down contest with Corso.
Kimble's heard lots of enthusiastic comments about the commercial, as well as the WVU's school promo, "Without Challenge, There Can Be No Mountaineers." In it, a determined Kimble runs through the woods, dodging obstacles until he emerges on a rocky outcrop overlooking a breathtaking view of a forested river valley. It was shot at Coopers Rock, outside Morgantown.
The physical challenge of running through the woods for that video dwindles considerably in comparison to those presented by football games with high scores. Every time the Mountaineers score, Kimble does one pushup for each point on the scoreboard. Quarterback Geno Smith and his explosive offense present a challenge, racking up 70 points in the Baylor game and 69 points against Marshall.
"I did 385 pushups on Saturday. I wouldn't mind doing it again because it should mean we're winning," said Kimble, who trained all summer in anticipation of big offensive numbers. He was back in the gym as usual the Monday after the Baylor game.
Kimble's disciplined approach to his workouts mirrors the organization required to keep up with his studies as a full-time graduate student studying industrial relations. He also finds time for outdoor activities, including a recent bear-hunting session in which he brought along his trademark rifle.
The rifle is passed down through the years, but each Mountaineer has his own set of custom-made buckskins. He is responsible for cleaning them himself and uses a special solution on the buckskin jersey and trousers, which get sodden with sweat during hot games with high pushup-prompting scores.
It's all in a day's work for Kimble, who said he wouldn't trade the job for any other.
"There's nothing I don't like about the job," he said. "I love it all. I'm living the dream."
Reach Julie Robinson at jul...@wvgazette.com or 304-348-1230.