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Clint Trickett sends sexist tweet about women watching football

Clint-TrickettWest Virginia quarterback Clint Trickett, who was recently named the starter by Mountaineers head coach Dana Holgorsen, prefers to watch football surrounded only by men. How do we know this? Well, a tweet the senior sent last week pretty much says it all.

Trickett learned the hard way that everything a player does on social media is magnified when he sent a sexist tweet about watching football with girls. He later deactivated his Twitter account, but not before Deadspin captured a screenshot.

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Naturally, Trickett issued an apology on Tuesday night after his tweet went viral.

“I sent out a tweet on July 17 which was misunderstood,” he said, via Allan Taylor of MetroNews. “I apologize for any confusion that the tweet has caused. I never intended for it to be derogatory or hurtful, but rather a tongue-in-cheek comment, while watching a CFL football game with a female family member. Again, I am sorry that my tweet was misunderstood, and I will use a better choice of words in the future.”

Trickett pretty much lost the luxury of being able to say the tweet wasn’t derogatory when he used #TheseHoesAintLoyal. It was derogatory, and it was the exact reason coaches wish all of their players would just give up Twitter.

Rex Ryan defends Geno Smith: ‘I’m glad my kid didn’t go to West Virginia’

Geno SmithNew York Jets head coach Rex Ryan came to the defense of rookie quarterback Geno Smith on Monday, and he took a shot at West Virginia in the process. A number of players who were teammates with Smith at West Virginia last season were quoted by the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review as saying the team lacked leadership. Smith was not mentioned by name, but he was the Mountaineers’ quarterback.

“Last year we didn’t have, you know, a lot of leadership,” junior running back Dustin Garrison said.

Several other players said they felt the Mountaineers were not a team last season, but more about individuals. When asked if the report makes him question Smith’s leadership ability, Ryan immediately defended the rookie.

“No, but it tells me I’m glad my kid never went there. Tell you that much,” Rex said, via Manish Mehta of the NY Daily News. “I don’t get that. Geno was a tremendous player for West Virginia. Sometimes, I don’t know, you have to ask them. I certainly don’t get that. When somebody leaves your deal, I guess that’s up to them, you’d have to ask them.”

West Virginia looked like one of the best teams in the country last year after the first six weeks of the season, but they quickly fell apart and capped things off with an embarrassing loss to Syracuse in the New Era Pinstripe Bowl. Smith fell off a bit, but for the most part defense was the issue. There was very little Geno could have done about a 55-34 loss to Oklahoma State or a 50-49 loss to Oklahoma.

We don’t know if Smith lacked leadership skills, but we do know it’s easy for a team to blame a player who has moved on even if their struggles weren’t his fault. My guess is that’s what is going on at West Virginia.

West Virginia unveils all gray alternate uniforms for 2012 season (Pictures)

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It seems like the best way for a college football program to stay in the news these days is to continue to unveil new equipment. Whether it be new helmets or alternate jerseys, teams are constantly trying to find ways to separate themselves from the rest of the pack by making a fashion statement. On Wednesday, West Virginia officially unveiled their latest alternate uniforms for the 2012 season, and they are very, very gray.

When asked about the uniforms before they were officially shared with the public last week, WVU head coach Dana Holgorsen acknowledged that teams have to stay up on the latest equipment fashion trends if they want to remain relevant throughout the recruit process.

“It’s a recruiting thing,” he said according the Charleston Daily Mail. “If you look across the country, we’re behind on this. Everyone is going (Nike) Pro Combat. Everyone has three or four new uniforms. We’re far from that. It’s recruiting. Why is everyone doing it? Because the kids want it. It’s television and marketing and the kids get excited about what they can see.”

They may not have as much luck using these threads as a recruiting tool as Arkansas should with their new uniforms, but I guess there’s something to be said for being different. Unless, of course, you’re different like Maryland. I can’t imagine many people want to be that different.

H/T Eye on College Football
Photos via West Virginia’s official athletic site

West Virginia football players arrested for stealing Gatorade and snacks from store

We know the economy is in rough shape, but can times really be this tough? Just over a month after we saw a college basketball player get himself into trouble for stealing a taco from a street vendor, and we now have college football players getting arrested for stealing snacks. According to the Metro News, West Virginia junior Darwin Cook and senior Terrence Garvin were arrested Tuesday in Morgantown for stealing three bottles of Gatorade, a couple bags of chips, and a couple bags of pretzels from a Sheetz convenience store.

Cook, 20, and Garvin, 21, are facing misdemeanor charges after a surveillance camera showed them taking the items without paying and helping themselves to a plastic bag behind the counter to put them in.

“I have been made aware of the situation and am gathering facts at this time,” WVU coach Dana Holgorson told the Dominion Post according to the Metro News. “When all the facts are in, I will take the appropriate action.”

As The Big Lead pointed out, Holgorson has had to do a lot of fact gathering this offseason. Backup quarterback Geno Smith was also arrested last month after he was driving around drunk at night without his headlights on. The season can’t come soon enough for the Mountaineers.

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West Virginia Giving Free Drink Coupons to Designated Drivers

This year West Virginia became the 36th D-I school to serve beer at its football games. Through two games they’ve sold over $281,000 worth of beer. But West Virginia wants you to know they’re not just about getting bombed and watching football. Oh no, they want to remind you that they’re focused on promoting responsible drinking.

West Virginia has had a policy in effect since the start of the season that rewards people who sign up as designated drivers with a coupon for a free soda. Don’t you just love the way that works? Darren Rovell mentioned the nugget Wednesday and it fits in with the Mountaneers’ new image-conscious attitude.

You have to love their approach: We want you to line our pockets while getting hammered at our game, just do it with somebody else driving.

But West Virginia hasn’t stopped there when it comes to cleaning up their image.

During a recent game, a fan was shown on TV wearing a “West F***in Virginia” shirt. The University deemed that embarrassing, so now they’re asking fans not to wear the shirts to an upcoming game against LSU. Additionally, they’re offering $20 vouchers to people who turn in the shirts. Don’t worry West Virginia, what’s written on the front of your shirt does not reveal the true content of your character. The lack of interest from expanding conferences does.