We owe Baylor a thank you

Thanks, Baylor.

Thanks for not running up the score on our beloved Mountaineers.

To the rest of the nation, your 73-42 win may have looked like you poured it on.

But those of us who had the misfortunate of watching it know that wasn’t the case.

You could have scored 100 points. You could have gained 1,000 yards – or even more.

You truly could have embarrassed us -but you didn’t have to do that.

We embarrassed ourselves.

Ever since our embarrassing -there’s that word again -37-0 loss at Maryland two weeks ago, WVU fans were wondering if things could get any worse.

We got that answer Saturday night.

In a conference game against a team West Virginia beat last year, the Mountaineers weren’t competitive.

The coaching staff keeps telling us we have three quarterbacks.

All three have started at various times, but it’s beginning to look more and more like none of the three consistently can lead this football team. Of course, it doesn’t help that the running game is mediocre and the offensive line downright pathetic.

The only defensive unit that comes to mind that WVU’s offense could dominate is the one it faces in practice each day.

There’s no defending -there’s that word again -what is going on in Morgantown.

This football program is in shambles. It suffers from lack of talent. It seems doomed by a lack of leadership. Even its effort seems questionable.

All are unacceptable for a football program that has won three major bowl games in the past eight seasons.

The die-hard Mountaineer fans -I call them the defenders of the realm -won’t admit it. They’ll say it’s a rebuilding year.

Yes, WVU lost a lot of talent from last year’s team. But this program appears headed in the wrong direction.

This is Dana Holgorsen’s football program. There’s no doubt Holgorsen knows how to run a high-scoring offense, which he has done at every stop in his career. But can he handle all the duties of a head coach, from recruiting to game plans to dealing with more than 100 players, assistant coaches, trainers, media members and the Mountaineer faithful?

That’s become more than a fair question since he had zero head coaching experience before being hand-picked by WVU Director of Athletics Oliver Luck.

Luck has increased WVU’s revenues, improved its facilities and guided its entrance into the Big 12 when it otherwise wouldn’t have had a home outside the watered-down Big East, now the American Athletic Conference.

But given the recent results of West Virginia’s two major programs, many fans say Luck has increased the price while lowering the quality of the product and that’s not sitting well with some of WVU’s long-time supporters.

Contact Dave Poe at dpoe@newsandsentinel.com