WVU is a dream job
Published: Tuesday, January 25, 2011
Updated: Tuesday, January 25, 2011 23:01
Landing the "dream job" is the goal of every coach.
In college football, those are the jobs at powerhouses like Notre Dame, Southern Cal and Texas. In basketball, it is Duke, Kansas and Syracuse.
Playing in front of sold-out arenas, easily getting the best recruits and, of course, the praise received from the fanbase are just a few of the benefits of coaching at these big-time programs.
Although landing the dream job is a huge milestone in a coach's career, it does not always end well (e.g., Rich Rodriguez).
A few weeks ago, Temple's new football head coach Steve Addazio held a press conference to announce his hiring.
At one point during the press conference, Addazio described Temple as his "dream job".
Give me a break.
West Virginia, however, should be on the list of dream jobs for coaches – for any sport.
The biggest reason why being the head coach of the Mountaineers is an enticing job is the fact that professional sports are basically absent in the state (unless you count Appalachian League baseball). That absence allows the entire state to rally around West Virginia University, which leads to many other positives that make West Virginia attractive.
The University has one of the nation's strongest fan bases in the country, and it is supported by the Mountaineer Maniacs.
Nearly every home football game sells out, along with most men's basketball games.
The West Virginia soccer and women's basketball programs even draw impressive crowds compared to other schools.
The support has allowed West Virginia to build some of the top facilities in the country.
The Caperton Indoor Facility is great for the football team during lackluster weather conditions, but it is also used by the WVU soccer and baseball teams.
The school is in the process of building a $19 million basketball practice facility, which will go hand-in-hand with the WVU Coliseum, one of the country's most unique arenas.
The women's soccer program also just received a new $3 million practice facility across the street from Dick Dlesk Soccer Stadium.
On top of all that, the Mountaineers are a member of the Big East Conference – the best basketball conference in the country.
Every sport in the league will get a boost when TCU joins the league in 2012, which will surely make the Big East one of the country's elite conferences.
A strong conference, an incredible fanbase and impressive facilities are all you can hope for with a program, but what really sets WVU apart is the city of Morgantown itself.
In 2007, Morgantown was voted by Men's Journal as the third-best small city in America.
Budget Travel included Morgantown in its list of America's Top College Football Towns in 2010.
The city is beautiful, from the historic buildings downtown to the breathtaking views all throughout the city.
Coaching the Mountaineers may not be the best fit for everyone, but it certainly should be the envy of most coaches.