West Virginia aftermath: 'Stay classy, USF'
It's too much fun not to start with Yankeegate, with West Virginia coach Rich Rodriguez telling West Virginia newspapers he doesn't understand all the fuss over his "It's like the Yankees" comment last week.
"It's a fact," he tells the Charleston Gazette in Monday's editions. "Anytime we go somewhere we help sell the place out."
West Virginia's last road game, at Maryland, wasn't a sellout, and its last Big East road game, at Pittsburgh, while impressive at 55,642, was about 10,000 tickets short of a sellout. The USF game was, in fact, the largest road crowd (not counting bowls) West Virginia has played in front of since its 2002 opener at Wisconsin (76,320), a span of 28 games.
There certainly was a yellow-and-blue presence in the stands Friday, but Rodriguez's comments clearly motivated the Bulls as they channeled their inner Devil Rays (how often do you hear that) and made a few comments after the game. Rodriguez dismissed it as coaches searching for motivation where they can find it.
“Coaches are going to use it anyway they want to use it,’’ Rodriguez told the Gazette. "I don’t care."
One more link Bulls fans will like: a West Virginia columnist, Dave Morrison of the Beckley Register-Herald, has a column headlined "Stay classy, South Florida, stay classy," unhappy with some of the postgame comments from the Bulls. "You can tell, these guys haven’t won many big games," he writes.