Rich Rodriguez has donned many a chapeau during his career, but the Arizona coach tried on a new one for two promotional videos shot recently in Old Tucson. The cigar-chomping Rodriguez is the lead character in "Hard Edge" and "Hard Edge II", which feature cameos from Wildcat assistant coaches and players.
Granted, Rodriguez is no James Arness (how about a little five o'clock shadow to roughen things up?) and yes, wifey Rita Rodriguez produced the videos, but we give the effort a thumbs up on creativity alone.
John Woolard is a veteran journalist and sports radio talk show host based in Los Angeles. He spent much of his childhood in West Virginia and is a contributor to West Virginia Illustrated. He wrote this column on the late Bill Stewart.
They say Bill Stewart died of a heart attack on Monday, but I find that hard to believe.
From my observation, Bill Stewart had one of the biggest and strongest hearts around. It's hard to imagine it failing.
Bill Stewart put his heart into all he did — in his personal life and professionally as a football coach — which is why the Mountaineer Nation is in mourning.
On a personal level he was by all accounts I have heard a soft-hearted, genuinely good man who showed kindness and care without motive, one who would be among the first to offer support or solace.