Well, I never would have believed it. If you had told me on the night of December 1, 2007 that "everything would be okay" I would have told you that you were nuts. That Pitt game had me very down. So much that I kind of backed off a bit. I felt I was getting too emotionally involved in these games. The loss left such a bad taste in my mouth that I couldn’t even bring myself to watch Steelers games because of "those Pittsburgh people."
But I’m learning a few things. I’m learning how you hold your head up and remain confident (not cocky) in the face of adversity. I’m learning how to remain composed and bond without definitive leadership. Everybody out on the field tonight played their part, and they knew that they had to be accountable. If not to a permanent head coach, at least to the replacement, and, more importantly, to their fellow team members.
There was no "good feeling" coming into this game. There were no expectations like there were that night in December. "Who is Bill Stewart? I just hope he can keep the kids in the game." But that is exactly how you want to enter a big game. I’m certain that really helped take the pressure off and helped keep things light this week. No big pressure, just go out and have fun.
That was very enjoyable to watch tonight. I’m so glad they pulled it off. You know, I heard someone say that there was one more coach that WVU was interested in hiring, but he still had to coach a bowl game… Well, he’s done now. And he’s handed you a Fiesta Bowl victory.
Now maybe I’ll actually be able to watch the Steelers play in peace this weekend.