Today on The Conference Call, I was fortunate enough to be joined by both the coaches of West Virginia State and Glenville State. Glenville finished 5-3 in the WVIAC under then first year head coach David Hutchison. Meanwhile WV St struggled going 1-7 last season in conference play. I was able to talk with coach Hutchison of Glenville St and Coach Earl Monroe, the long time coach at WV St about the upcoming season.
Glenville gets their season started with a 7 pm match-up on Thursday August 30th and WV St open their season Saturday September 1st hosting Johnson C Smith.
So far for the most part of the 21st century, Fairmont State has been a middle of the road kind of team, but last year the Fighting Falcons managed to do something they haven’t done since 2000, and that’s win 7 games. I spoke with head coach Mike Lopez to talk about the upcoming season.
Fairmont only finished 7 wins once since the turn of the century, and that was in 2000 with a 7-3 record. The Fighting Falcons open their season Thursday night on the road in Clarion Pa.
While the West Virginia Conference is about to dissolve, they do still have football to play, and the Mountain Lions of Concord are ready to defend their conference title from last year. Concord finished with a 7-1 conference record, including a win over conference powerhouse Shepherd University, and a 7-4 record to earn the schools first trip to the post season since the early 1990s. I spoke with head football coach Garin Justice about the season and his expectations going into his 2nd year at the helm.
Concord begin their season Saturday September 1st, hosting Lenoir-Rhyne out of North Carolina, with a 7p.m. kickoff.
College football is getting underway, and for the WV Conference things are a little different. Well for starters, the conference is dissolving and reforming into a new all-sports conference called The Mountain East Conference. The new conference will begin play starting next year, and are made up of nine schools from West Virginia, two from Ohio and one from Virginia. I spoke with Shepherd University Athletic Director BJ Pumroy and he explained how all this came about.
Those schools making the Mountain East are The University of Concord, The University of Charleston, Fairmont State University, Glenville State University, Shepherd University, West Virginia State University, West Liberty, Wheeling Jesuit, and West Virginia Wesleyan. The two Ohio schools are Notre Dame College and Urbana College. The Virginia school is the University of Virginia of Wise. Well since they do still have to play, all week we’ll be previewing the football seasons of the nine West Virginia school.