Note: I'm not usually a fan of prediction by analogy. I just thought the following was too interesting not to share.
I came across this website discussing the outlook for WV's 2002 season (http://www.nationalchamps.net/NCAA/2002Preseason/westvirginia.htm) and this sounded almost too familiar:
"Straight from the hip: Last season set the WVU program and fans back in terms of future hopes under this administration. The dismal 3-8 campaign under first year coach Rich Rodriguez was very disappointing, especially when you consider who the three victories were against. The mumblings have already started. In all honesty, the majority of fans ran ex-coach Don Nehlen out with constant complaining. It was difficult to sit in Mountaineer field and listen to every blue and gold ticket holder second guess and bemoan the old head coach. They got what they wanted by hiring a WVU graduate, and now are doing much the same after the rough start. The bottom line offensively is that the short passing game was totally sub par. The astronomical offensive records Rodriguez set while at Clemson were under the great Woody Dantzler regime. That QB luxury wasn't afforded last fall, but now it looks like Rasheed Marshall can be that type of guy that fits into this wide-open attack if he learns to get the passing game moving. But none of that matters if the heart of the defense cannot stop their counterparts from running the football straight down the fairway. Running back Avon Cobourne is by far the team MVP at this juncture. Team depth is the biggest problem overall. This is the year WVU will catch all of the good teams at home in the rotation. Any record above .500 has to be considered a major improvement. It won't be easy, but the new defensive system and efforts to raise the level of play should be noticeable, or else the new coaching staff may find itself in deeper water.
Projected 2002 record: 5-7"