I came across an article on Twitter that was about WVU's current rebuild. For those of you who don't follow the Mountaineers, they barely squeaked by JMU in week 1, 20-13. They followed that up with a loss to Missouri 38-7, who lost to Wyoming and isn't even playing for a bowl game this season. It could have been worse honestly.
Things have been tough for us recently. Between the 6-7 season, tough opener to Boston College, and less than inspiring performance against Old Dominion, there hasn't been a lot to be giddy about recently. After reading this article, though, it could definitely be worse.
WVU and VT are similar programs. In fact, both place first and second respectively in wins for programs without a national championship. Budgets, recruiting restraints, and fan support are all similar. What hasn't been similar, though, are coaching transitions.
Frank Beamer left on good terms and left the program in a good way. All we needed that we didn't have before was a quarterback (albeit a very good quarterback, but still). Frank cared enough to get out when the program still had wheels, and he made the transition more than smooth.
Holgorsen on the other hand.... Left as soon as his offense was completely gutted and made no effort to recruit to replace them, has consistently made subtle jabs at WVU since arriving at Houston, and overall made the transition an absolute nightmare for Neal Brown.
It's no secret that we're not where we want to be right now. We would have liked to not have gone 6-7 last year, won the opener against Boston College, and dominated Old Dominion. But, at the end of the day, we have the longest active bowl streak in the country, we have a 15-game win streak over our biggest rival, we have a lot of young, talented players in our program, and the Coastal championship is still a realistic possibility this season. We are a Ryan-Willis-not-having-a-meltdown away from 2-0, and we have an opportunity to build some momentum before we get to the bulk of our schedule. We're not (knock on wood) staring 2-10 or 3-9 in the eyes like WVU is, and our rebuild is well underway (and was never horrible).
We can see the light at the end of the tunnel. It's just a matter of whether or not Fuente can lead us there. He led Memphis there from the depths of despair. Let's see if he can do the same with us.