He's small in stature but large in heart. Both of his parents died of AIDS before he was a teenager and two children call him Daddy, but when the opportunity to leave college a year early to go to the NFL he declined it and chose to wear his #7 jersey one more year.
The impact of Noel Devine on WVU Football may not be as legendary as that of Pat White or Major Harris yet, but I am excited to see the mark he leaves as a Senior. He's no longer a young kid and everyone in town is talking about how he's grown into a real Leader. Leadership is one element that was lacking in last year's Mountaineer team and I am encouraged to know that Noel is rising to the occasion.
If you follow College Football at all, you know that WVU's Football program has come under scrutiny lately for Violations of NCAA Regulations - specifically for non-coaching staff employees performing coaching actions. These actions are similar to those that Michigan was accused of; fortunately it does not seem that WVU is guilty of the additional violations that were severe (and cost UM scholarships and coaching positions).
And while I'm on the subject of Coach Stewart, I am typically a staunch defender of his and I believe he was the right man to immediately follow Rodriguez. I am starting to feel as if it his tenure as WVU's head coach might need to come to an end. What has prompted this change of heart? Coach Stewart himself, in a tweet (that interestingly enough has been deleted) he stated that 'getting over the two-digit win hump would be real neat'. Personally that makes my stomach turn, not because it wouldn't be neat, but because it should be an expectation. Every. Year. We all know my feelings on Rodriguez, but the one thing I will give him credit for is bringing an atmosphere of winning and expecting to win to Mountaineer football. I pray we haven't gone backwards and will now just be happy with any bowl game.