The last time the West Virginia Mountaineers were on a football field, it ended in a six-point road loss to the LSU Tigers. The Mountaineers took last week off, but now prepare to host the UNLV Running Rebels at 3:30 p.m. this Saturday in Morgantown. It wasn't entirely rest and relaxation for the Mountaineers last week, according to Coach Stewart:â†µ
"I think having a week off helps teams like us because it gives us a chance to work on school and heal wounds," Coach Bill Stewart said early last week. "Our guys like to play, but we got in at 6 a.m. [from LSU] and losing that night of sleep throws you off track. It’s going to be a long 10 days, because our guys want to play."â†µ
Stewart knows that a lot of this week had to be as much about psychology as football. You don’t want a loss and two weeks to think about it to disrupt what the team has already accomplished or cloud its understanding of the real goals in a season.
"You want to make sure you put the loss at rest and make the corrections you need to make," Stewart said. "It goes back to leadership and how you respond to adversity. You go to work and get people to follow you."
While Coach Stewart was pulling the team back together, fans in Morgantown were beginning to fret about this season, now that loss number one has been handed in. This blogger, in particular, can't wait until Mountaineers create stories on the field, not off of it.