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Josh Eilert: WVU’s report doesn’t outline what Mountaineers have completed this season

MORGANTOWN — It has passed by in a flash, at the very least that’s the opinion of WVU males’s basketball coach Josh Eilert.

Even with the entire setbacks, both on the scoreboard or in any other case, eight months have now handed since Eilert took over this system on an interim foundation.

In his eyes, it has solely felt like days.

“Each flip you had a special problem, however you stand up each day and take the chance you’ve been given and attempt to benefit from it,” he mentioned. “Every part went actually quick this 12 months. The summer time didn’t actually exist this 12 months, since you’re attempting to do every thing you may to place collectively a very good roster that may compete on this league.”


West Virginia (9-19, 4-11 Massive 12) opens up its ultimate house stand of the season, starting at 6 p.m. Saturday in opposition to Texas Tech.

Like WVU, the Pink Raiders (19-9, 8-7) went by means of their very own teaching change this season, bringing in Grant McCasland from North Texas after this system had been hit with some controversy.

Former coach Mark Adams resigned final March after he had been suspended for racially insensitive feedback directed at a participant.

The timing is the most important distinction between what Texas Tech and WVU confronted this low season.

McCasland got here to the varsity in March, the normal time of coaches coming and going.

Former WVU head coach Bob Huggins wasn’t pressured to resign till final June, following a DUI arrest in Pittsburgh.

Eilert was named the interim on June 24, after the varsity felt it couldn’t discover a appropriate everlasting alternative at the moment.

“From the surface wanting in, you may see the challenges, however there’s in all probability tenfold the challenges you don’t see from the surface,” Eilert mentioned. “You try to do the perfect you may to symbolize the college and the state in the absolute best method.”

The obstacles piled up one after the opposite for Eilert in a method no different interim or first-year coach had ever skilled.

And so have the losses.

“I don’t suppose that win-loss report defines myself, my employees or our guys,” Eilert mentioned. “That’s my message to them transferring ahead. You’ll be able to’t let that outline you. Let’s simply take the chance we have now each day and benefit from it.”

These variety of alternatives at the moment are dwindling. Simply three video games stay within the common season earlier than the beginning of the Massive 12 event.

Eilert, himself, identified he’s now in month 9 of the 10-month contract he signed again in June. That contract is ready to run out on April 30.

What doubtless felt like a dream again then full of limitless potentialities hasn’t come near assembly these expectations.

Opinions have stuffed the room ever since, as Eilert out of the blue went from a relative unknown assistant to the top coach. It actually created a special definition of regular for him.

“What I can grasp my hat on day by day is doing issues the precise method and carrying myself the precise method,” he mentioned. “I’ve carried my myself with excessive integrity and character with what I do.

“The one factor that’s at all times a continuing in my life is my household. I’ve bought a fantastic spouse who retains me grounded and retains issues in perspective. I’ve bought a fantastic household to go house to each night time.”


WHEN: 6 p.m. Saturday
WHERE: WVU Coliseum
TV: ESPN2 (Comcast 28, HD 851; DirecTV 209; DISH 143)