August 29, 2007

Rod: Opener always brings surprises

The West Virginia Mountaineers have not taken the field against someone other than themselves since the first day of 2007. Exactly eight months later, Western Michigan provides the first test of the '07-'08 campaign.

"The first game is the most-nerve wracking," head coach Rich Rodriguez said at his weekly press conference Tuesday in advance of Saturday's curtain-raiser.

Adding to the unknowns for both teams is the turnover in both coaching staffs. WVU has three new coaches, while WMU head coach Bill Cubit made five changes to his staff in the offseason.

Most notably, Bill Miller arrives in Kalamazoo as the Broncos' new defensive coordinator after holding the same position at Arizona State. Rodriguez called Miller "a big pressure guy", and he should fit right in with a WMU team that returns eight starters from a unit that led the nation in sacks in 2006.

"When coordinators stay the same, the system stays the same," Rodriguez said. "For the most part, it'll be easier for them to prep for us than us for them."

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