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WVU daily briefing to be later for the media

August 5, 2011
MICKEY FURFARI - FAN-FARE , The Inter-Mountain

MORGANTOWN - Dana Holgorsen, West Virginia's new head coach, won't be available to give the media daily practice briefings during preseason camp until 7:45 p.m.

That probably is later than most writers and broadcasters would prefer. The time is nearly two hours later than post-practice briefings by WVU's head football coaches of past years.

But Holgorsen, in his first-ever head job, apparently had little choice. Mike Montoro, director of football communications, said practice won't start until 5:30 p.m. and last to about two hours.

The Mountaineers will be very limited the first five days under NCAA rules. They can't don full pads or have contact during those five days.

But the pace will pick up in the middle of next week. That's when WVU may start holding two practice sessions every other day. The morning session will run from 8-10 a.m.

Camp will conclude on Saturday, Aug. 20. A scrimmage is on the schedule for that day.

"Fan Day" will be held on Sunday, Aug. 21, at Mountaineer Field/Milan Puskar Stadium.

Some practices will be closed to the media. On days reporters may watch, it will be only from 5:306 p.m. I'm wondering whether the 30-minute window would be worth the effort to get there.

Montoro said Holgorsen did a good job at his first Big East Media Day earlier in the week. The 39-year-old Iowa native is WVU's third head football coach in 11 years.

Don Nehlen, who is a retired Hall of Famer in every respect, held the position for 21 years - longer than any other man living or dead.

He also is the winningest in history, and it was Nehlen who produced the school's only pair of undefeated/untied regular seasons (both 11-0 in 1988 and 1993).

That '88 team is rated by many old-timers as the best they ever saw here. Yes, even better than Art "Pappy" Lewis' 1955 team.

And that 1988 team performed well in losing by 34-21 to No. 1 - ranked Notre Dame in the Fiesta Bowl showdown for the national championship.

Quarterback Major Harris injured a shoulder on WVU's third offensive play. But he hung in there until midway of the fourth quarter.None of us ever will know what might have happened if he hadn't gotten hurt.



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