Welcome to “Second Guess” Tuesday.
Here are the opinions of the day.
n Couldn’t the sports TV channels have found a better schedule?
ESPN and CBS Sports Network just had to broadcast season opener football games involving the only two West Virginia State NCAA Division I football programs at the exact same time on the 4th September?
The University of West Virginia at Maryland game kicks off at 3:30 p.m. at Capital One Field at Maryland Stadium in College Park, Md., And will be televised by ESPN.
Meanwhile, just 32 miles away in Annapolis, Md., Marshall University will begin the Charles Huff era when the new Thundering Herd head coach makes his Navy debut at 3:30 p.m. at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium on the CBS Sports Network.
This will be the first meeting between Marshall and Navy.
So we have it. Mountain State’s two Division I football programs opening the 2021 season on the Maryland State Road in stadiums just 32 miles apart and playing at exactly the same time.
Want to see my surprised look?
The scenario was too ignorant not to happen.
n At first glance, Marshall’s loss of the Broc Thompson and Artie Henry wide receivers on the transfer portal within days of each other is disturbing.
After all, they were both valuable wideouts. Henry stepped up his efforts when lunge injuries and caught 22 passes for 308 yards and three touchdowns in 2020. And Thompson contributed 14 catches for 228 yards in just four games before a broken shinbone. does not end its season.
Thompson has already signed with Purdue while Henry is still undecided.
It’s time to ditch the other shoe.
According to reliable sources, Marshall has already signed a pair of wide receivers from the transfer portal, which should improve the speed of the wide herd.
n While we’re on the subject of strengthening positions, that’s what WVU did by signing junior college defensive back Caleb Coleman.
The Mountaineers were hit hard in the secondary by the transfer portal. But the addition of the versatile 6-foot-2, 185-pound Coleman should help. Safety played at popular Hutchinson (Kansas) Community College, making 20 tackles in a delayed spring season.
Coleman also intercepted three assists with four ruptures, while Hutchinson compiled a 7-0 record.
If that’s not enough good news, here’s more. Since Coleman was a full qualifier at Smith’s Station High School in Alabama, he will have four years of eligibility at WVU.
n It was a great spring season for the Olympic sports in Marshall.
In addition, the unprecedented event of the men’s football team winning an NCAA Men’s National Championship, the Thundering Herd Track and Field has also seen unprecedented success.
During the indoor and outdoor seasons, Marshall won one United States Conference event championship, 10 all-conference honors and four places in the NCAA East preliminaries. Seven school records were broken during the 2021 season.
“I’m really proud of our entire team and coaching staff,” said head coach Jeff Small. “We’ve broken at least one school record, sometimes multiple records, in every game this season away from home that I’ve never seen before.
“Our seniors will certainly be missed, but we have a very young group of great athletes in all of our event areas so I believe the future will be bright. “
n Just when we thought Conference USA couldn’t make worse decisions…
Well, they cheated on us again.
At the recent C-USA baseball tournament, officials actually allowed a game between Southern Miss and Western Kentucky to start at 12:15 am.
I can’t even make this stuff up.