There's something that's a little dispiriting about what's happened to the 2005 West Virginia Mountaineers. Back then, they went 11-1, winning the Big East and the Sugar Bowl. Rich Rodriguez was their offensive whiz head coach, and Steve Slaton and Pat White made up the fastest backfield in college football. It was a fun team, as riveting as the current iteration of Boise State. But now, there is nothing.
You already know what's happened to RichRod, who bombed spectacularly at Michigan. Slaton went from a 1,000-yard season in 2008 to fourth on the Texans' depth chart this year, behind Ben Tate, Derrick Ward, and Arian Foster. Similar problems for other Mountaineers: the Eagles tried to dump fullback Owen Schmitt, the Giants did dump return man Darius Reynaud, and Pat McAfee got arrested on weird charges. And that's to say nothing of the fortunes of Pac-Man Jones, who left the Mountaineers as a junior before the 2005 season to enter the NFL Draft, or the late Chris Henry, who entered the same draft.