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By Tony Caridi for WVUsports.com
September 12, 2013 03:29 PM

It's time to check Tony Caridi's mailbag as we sift through Tony's Ten for this week.

Posted by Brent Billings on September 10, 2013 @ 12:31 PM

Q: Tony, I know this question is going to be the only one on this subject, (ha!) but does any of the three QBs have a strong arm to throw the ball not only down the field but towards the sidelines?


If you’re asking if any of the three could be renamed Bobby Bazooka the answer is probably no. However, they do have the ability to make a significant down field throw and the ever famous separate-the-boys-from-the-men throw from the far hash across to the near sideline. The coaches concerns aren’t arm strength, but rather the failure for either of the three to blossom as the Alpha Dog to lead the offense.

Posted by Bryan Bailey on September 06, 2013 @ 11:56 AM

Q: What’s the process for a former WVU basketball or football player to get his jersey number retired and their name/number/picture displayed? There have been a lot of great mountaineers and I feel there should be more than the few currently have. Thanks


Yes I’m with you. In fact, I spoke with Oliver Luck about retiring jersey numbers this week. Discussions have begun to revise the current policy required to retire a jersey. Currently you have to be in the respective sport’s professional hall of fame and the college hall of fame. That is way too restrictive. Tell me Pat White doesn’t deserve to have his number honored? I think we’ll see a change made in the not too distant future

Posted by Don Smith on September 05, 2013 @ 11:50 PM

Q: Do you think we'll ever see "throwback" uniforms ala 1970s? Sure would be nostalgic and nice. Not to mention legible numbers.


I wouldn’t rule out any possible uniforms in the future. As you can tell when it comes to uniforms across the country the only rule is that there aren’t any rules. However, I’ve not heard any mention of throwbacks. As for legible numbers, I think the new numbers work well and I like the number on the shoulder. Overall they’re much better than those from a few years back that were outlined. They were miserable.

Posted by Jamie Copley on September 05, 2013 @ 5:17 PM

Q: I think the defense would be better to go back to 3-3-5 instead of 3-4 with all those linebackers, plus the many different looks that they could use with the 3-3-5. What is your take on it?


Defensive scheme conversations lead to great moments of revisionist history. You might remember the odd stack was roundly criticized during its early days largely because it lacked the personnel needed to make it work. When the players arrived it worked quite nicely. We’re currently in a retooling mode with the WVU defense, so change is not what’s needed. Allow it to grow and you’ll like what you see. Personally, I feel good about this defense and think it will exceed our preseason expectations by season’s end.

Posted by Jordan Smith on September 05, 2013 @ 5:03 PM

Q: How do you think the men's basketball team will perform this season?


The concern is the amount of youth this team will have. There are no seniors on the roster, which will force sophomores and juniors to play key roles. Overall, I think some of the off-season subtraction will actually be an addition to the team’s chemistry which should lead to more success.

Posted by Ben Monroe on September 05, 2013 @ 2:52 PM

Q: This day and age popular culture is an important avenue for any brand to stay relevant. Take Oregon for instance with how they revolutionized the uniform. I think WVU should team up with Grant Wiley and G.n'8 to make a music video promoting WVU and showing the world that WVU is not a following institution but an institution that leads. Do you think WVU will optimize this extraordinary opportunity to enhance WVU as a brand through popular culture?


I tend to shy, no make that sprint, away from questions requesting my opinion of popular culture. However, I would offer this opinion. How about if we find 15 guys that had the heart, toughness, and desire displayed by Grant as a Mountaineer player? I’d much rather have that coming out of the tunnel than Grant coming thru the speaker. Although from what I’ve heard he’s a heck of crooner.

Posted by David McQuain on September 05, 2013 @ 11:54 AM

Q: Is Coach Dixon the reason that WVU and Pitt are not playing the Backyard Brawl on the basketball court? If not, what is the issue that keeps the game from being played? Thanks!


The issue is one of location. Proposals have been made to play the game in Pittsburgh at Consol Energy Center. While that isn’t Pitt’s home floor it’s close enough to make it a home game. Bob Huggins is all for playing the game but feels the contest should bounce between each school’s home floor.

Posted by Rod Lewis, Class of '70 on September 05, 2013 @ 10:08 AM

Q: I think it would be interesting to learn some basics of the operation: 1. Typically what and when the players eat on game day (hours before a game); is there a curfew the night before? 2. How many uniforms do players have; do they get washed or new for each game along with home/away colors. 3. What happens with $ from bowl games?


On average a team will eat four hours before playing a game. Teams spend the night before a game in a hotel both for home and road games. Yes, there is a curfew normally between 10:30 and 11pm. This year players have three game uniforms and separate practice uniforms. All gear is washed daily by the equipment staff and student managers. In addition to uniforms, players have complete sets of matching workout gear, which includes shirts, shorts, sneakers, etc. The most recent Nike deal has increased the overall amount of gear players receive.

Posted by Madden on September 05, 2013 @ 9:34 AM

Q: How can WVU make the offensive line better? Should we look at pulling in an extra blocker (FB or TE)?


I’m seeing a lot of tight ends, fullbacks, and H-backs out there. That’s really not the issue. Overall, the line is playing well. WVU attempted 41 passes against Oklahoma and allowed just one sack. The Mountaineers also averaged seven yards per carry. Those numbers are good enough to win with, the offensive woes are more the lack of execution by skill players.

Posted by Sean FitzPatrick on September 05, 2013 @ 8:12 AM

Q: Jordan Thompson was on the preseason Biletnikoff List and we heard quite a bit about him prior to the start of the season. I only saw him on punt returns in the W&M game and with Kevin White coming back soon as well as the emergence of Daikiel Shorts, is Thompson going the way of Andrew Buie?


First, preseason award lists are like politicians making campaign promises, they mean nothing. Secondly, it’s imperative that a football program continue to recruit all positions so that intense and legitimate competition exists each day in practice for playing time. WVU has improved its receiving corps and as a result playing time is being redistributed.

Posted by F. L. Zacarola (Zac) on September 04, 2013 @ 10:12 PM

Q: With three QBs to choose from, all of whom are equal, why do you think Coach Holgorsen chose a QB with only two years eligibility remaining when he could have gone with (arguably the most talented) the QB who offered four years of eligibility; especially in a year when the Mountaineers weren't expected to do at all well?


I think coach Holgorsen and any coach makes his quarterback decision with one and only one question in mind: Which of these guys gives our team the best chance to win today’s game? The days of building for the future are gone because the culture of college football has changed to a more professional mindset.

Be sure to listen to our game broadcast on Saturday and you can also check us out at Kegler's Sports Bar & Lounge tonight for the Dana Holgorsen Show, airing on stations throughout the state. We will get things started at 7 p.m.
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