The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

Sports

September 8, 2009

No words needed

Inspirational message unnecessary as ECU invades Morgantown

Bill Stewart makes no bones about it.

“We have a pretty simple philosophy here,” Stewart said. “Respect all, fear none. I don’t think we respected East Carolina early on.

“We went down there, and I believe we thought all we had to do was wear the Old Gold and Blue. (Linebacker) J.T. Thomas said it best after the game, ‘They whacked us.’ They flat out out-toughed us.”

That 24-3 thrashing made an impression.

“I don’t look at it as revenge,” Thomas said. “I like to think we try to win every game. But we know who’s next on the schedule. And we remember what happened.”

If revenge is a factor, it will be played out when East Carolina visits Milan Puskar Stadium at 3:30 p.m. Saturday.

So Stewart won’t have to dig deep for any inspirational message to his players.

“I don’t have to tell our players anything; they remember what happened last year,” Stewart said. “If I bring that up, it’s only to say this: We got our post up very abruptly. When we found out that you have to go out there and play, block and tackle, and that No. 5 (Patrick White) wasn’t going to save the day, then we found out that we had to go play every game.

“We got better at Colorado (the following week), and we rolled from there. That game (ECU) woke us up. It was a terrible wake-up call, but ECU whipped us, physically and mentally. Convincingly.”

Stewart said the Mountaineers were “out-coached and out-played.”

On the injury front, Stewart said the Mountaineers came out of Saturday’s 33-20 win over Liberty in pretty good shape.

Wes Lyons “could have gone back in” after suffering a hamstring pull and would be available to play Saturday. And safety Nate Sowers, who suffered a minor knee injury, should be a go.

Text Only
Sports
  • mt girls win .jpg Workman’s goal lifts Patriots to dramatic win

    Midland Trail finally climbed to the top of the mountain when it mattered most.

    March 3, 2014 2 Photos

  • Texas passes on making Luck its AD

    The University of Texas passed on making West Virginia University’s Oliver Luck its athletic director Tuesday, choosing Arizona State athletic director Steve Patterson instead.

    November 5, 2013

  • W.Va. board rejects proximity detector regulation

    Over the objections of a coal miner’s widow and representatives from the United Mine Workers of America, West Virginia’s mine safety board has rejected a regulation that could help prevent crushing injuries and deaths underground.

    October 4, 2013

  • Bubba Watson joining ranks of The Greenbrier's pro representatives

    August 27, 2013

  • Confirmed: Caridi will continue calling WVU football, basketball games

    Longtime Mountaineer sports announcer Tony Caridi will continue calling the plays at West Virginia University football and basketball games, IMG College announced Monday.

    Caridi had told The Register-Herald last week in an appearance in Summersville that a deal between him and IMG College was imminent.

    August 5, 2013

  • Sports Briefs — Thursday, February 14

    Coaches at the college, high school, junior varsity, junior high and recreational league (adult or youth) levels are urged to submit game results and/or updated statistics to The Fayette Tribune.

    February 13, 2013

  • Sale of Oakhurst Golf Links falls through

    August 7, 2012

  • Big12logo.jpg Getting to know the Big 12 Conference

    As West Virginia University moves into the Big 12 Conference, here's one place to come to find out about all of the Mountaineers new league opponents.

    April 18, 2012 1 Photo

  • WVU releases 2012 football schedule

    West Virginia University has released its football schedule for 2012.

    WVU announced Tuesday it has settled a lawsuit with the Big East for an unspecified amount, clearing the way for the conference power Mountaineers to join the Big 12 in July in time for the fall football season.
     

    February 14, 2012

  • WVU settles Big East lawsuit

    West Virginia University announced Tuesday it has settled a lawsuit with the Big East for an unspecified amount, clearing the way for the Mountaineers to join the Big 12 in July.
    Athletic Director Oliver Luck said the terms of the deal were confidential and WVU wouldn’t release details. But Luck said no state, taxpayer, tuition or other academic dollars will be used in the settlement.

    February 14, 2012

Front page
AP Video