"Ohio State, Southern Miss, Ohio, Memphis and Eastern Michigan are here. Even the little guys mill the hallways of the Puskar Center -- Findlay College, Delaware State and Morehead State want to be good, too. They've all come with notebooks and pens stuffed in oversized bags slung over their shoulders.
They are scattered in a room tucked down a short hallway. Some fidget. Others recline. There is food, but the coaches in rumpled sweatsuits watching cut-ups of the 2005 West Virginia Mountaineers aren't eating. Why are they here? "They beat Georgia," pipes a voice in the dark."
This article from the Sporting News talks about how Rich Rodriguez is the it coach. It talks about how the teams listed above are among the many wanting to learn how a smaller team can dismantle a defense like Georgia's. I'm not sure when Rodriguez diagrams the play where you convince the other team's defensive coordinator to only put 6 in the box, not watch any film or practice half ass for 2 weeks. But that's a big key to the blowout. (I'm not bitter. Ok, I am.)
One interesting thing that I like about this article...Rodriguez calls coaches that he has played that he thinks he won't play again soon, and he asks them what it was like to play his WVU team. He's looking for weaknesses and strengths in his own game. He has spent time on the phone with Richt discussing it. Smart move.
The telling passage in the article is here:
It's quiet. Then, it happens: Mountaineers quarterback Pat White stops, starts and goes -- really fast and really far. Amazing. "I can teach my guy to make the first read," a coach mumbles, "but I can't teach him to do that."BINGO! Scheme is important, and theirs clearly caused us problems. However, if Pat White wasn't one of the two fastest QBs that UGA has played in the past 25 years (Matt Jones being the other) those plays don't work.
Big time wheels.
I like Rodriguez, but I would have preferred to see what that game would've looked like with a more logical / non-suck scheme from our end. (Ht to JimfromDuluth on DawgRun for finding the article)