Almost Kick-Off Day.........

Gavin DyerCorrespondent IAugust 21, 2009

CHARLOTTE, NC - DECEMBER 27:  Jock Sanders #9 of the West Virginia Mountaineers runs with the ball against the North Carolina Tar Heels during the Meineke Car Care Bowl on December 27, 2008 at Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte, North Carolina.  (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)

So another football season is almost upon us, and being a relative newbie to the College Football scene I watch to see what will or will not happen this coming season. Most British cannot understand the US college sports system and why it is almost the most important thing in life. Back home, crowds of 70,000 plus are rarely seen at college sports events, maybe the closest thing to it is the annual varsity rugby game played at Twickenham (home of English rugby to those who do not know) where a crowd of about 50,000 will attend.

I became an WVU fan 5 years ago, when I moved to the US and married a West Virginian but living down in North Carolina just outside Charlotte. At first it was just a passing phase but slowly I became absorbed into the game, reading the histories of WVU and Marshall, to which point I have become an avid football fan spending every Saturday watching the various games shown on the various stations (Thank God for the remote).

After the upset of RR leaving to go to the Wolverines I cannot understand how the BCS would uphold such a move by a coach under contract. I was overjoyed to see Michigan do so badly last season (just rewards), and Bill Stewart - who no-one seemed to want to give credit to - take the Mountaineers to the Meineke Bowl here in Charlotte in his first full season. I was lucky enough to attend my first college football game that day, see WVU win the Bowl game, and the last game of Pat White's college football career. An awesome player who I wish the very best to at Miami.

Now with almost a full new squad to play with the true Bill Stewart era can now begin at WVU, and with no mishaps against lower conference teams, I can see this being a glorious era for West Virginia.

Go Mountaineers!!