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September 24, 2006

Rodriguez likes timing of open week for No. 4 WVU

MORGANTOWN — Coach Rich Rodriguez thinks this week’s open date on undefeated West Virginia’s football schedule comes at a good time.

There’s no way the No. 4-ranked Mountaineers (4-0) are going to be disenchanted after the struggling 27-10 victory at East Carolina (1-3) on a hot, muggy Saturday night.

“But, at the same time, there are some glaring things that we’ve got to get fixed in a hurry,” Rodriguez said Sunday after viewing the game tape.

“It’s hard to simulate how hot it was in Greenville (87 degrees). So we’re going to have to work a little bit and be prepared for that the best we can.”

WVU returns to the road on Saturday, Oct. 7, for another non-conference contest at Mississippi State of the SEC in Starkville, Miss.

Rodriguez recalled that he was an assistant coach at either Tulane or Clemson and met that school in a bowl game.

“They were allowed to bring their cowbells, and it was extremely loud,” he remembers. “We couldn’t really communicate at all.

“It’s even harder when you go to their place. So we’ve got to work hard and be prepared to use a lot of hand signals down there if we have to.”

Rodriguez saw some things he liked and some that he didn’t like as he studied film of Saturday night’s game.

“We had some guys that made some plays at times, and I thought the effort was pretty good,” he said. “But I was really disappointed in some of our execution on offense and defense.

“Not all the time, but at particular times. We’ve got a lot of work to get better this week.”

ECU being the team’s first road game of 2006, he thought it was a good test in a tough environment against a team that was playing very hard.

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