The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

October 9, 2012

Texan loves both ’Horns, WVU’s QB Geno Smith

By Mannix Porterfield
Register-Herald Reporter

CHARLESTON — As hard as it may be to believe, Geno Smith has at least one fan deep in the heart of Texas.

Even though the prolific West Virginia quarterback was hooking his beloved ’Horns in a wild shoot-out, Carl Reynolds was cheering him on in Saturday’s 48-45 victory over Texas.

Reynolds is the senior legal and policy adviser for the Justice Center of the Council of State Government.

His mission is to work with West Virginia legislators to forge legislation that can overhaul the prison system to ease the congestion in Mountain State prisons.

But there are times when you have to take a break from such arduous work and enjoy a college football game.

For the Austin, Texas, resident, the Big 12 showdown presented a dilemma.

“Watching the game, I wanted to root for the Longhorns to win and Geno Smith to win the Heisman at the same time,” he told the Legislative Oversight Committee on Regional Jail and Correctional Facility Authority.

“I really enjoyed the game. It was an interesting game.”

Reynolds is no stranger to either West Virginia or the Heisman candidate.

Only a week earlier, while his duties took him to Morgantown, he caught Smith’s act when he took no prisoners in an eight-touchdown performance against Baylor.

Reynolds flew in to West Virginia from Austin Sunday night and shared air space with some jubilant Mountaineer fans.

And it was obvious many had been celebrating the victory.

“There were a lot of happy Mountaineers on the plane with me,” he told the legislative panel.

“I think a couple of them might have even had hangovers. It was interesting.”

— E-mail: mannix@register-herald.com