November 19, 2006

Talk is cheap; Rod heads to the movies

MORGANTOWN-Mountaineer football coach Rich Rodriguez has talked and talked. Talked to anyone who would listen within the Milan Puskar Center about the defense.

Now he's . . . going to the movies.

No, Rod's not taking a flier on WVU's defense, which actually ranks highly in many Big East statistical categories, but he said Friday he would watch tape of the Mountaineers' D at least two times over the weekend.

"This is the most difficult thing to understand. Usually you can blame it on talent, but on defense we have some talent at some positions. It's tough now in the middle of season to gameplan accordingly or pinpoint the problem, specifically. But I'm going to study it at length. (Friday) and (Saturday) I'm going study the film. Why do we have that 'Jekyll and Hyde' personality," he said during a Friday teleconference.

"I'll watch the tape a couple of times over. I've talked with them and met with them and tried different approaches. I don't want to push panic button. If it's a minor problem, we can get fixed."

West Virginia beat up on Pitt Thursday night at Heinz Field 45-27 in a game where quarterback Pat White and tailback Steve Slaton passed, caught and ran for seeming miles of yardage.

But the Mountaineers trailed 27-24 in the first half, when it appeared they could not get to Panther quarterback Tyler Palko.

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