Brother..you gotta ask yourself..do you think Stewarts 9-3 seasons would have held up with a Big12 Schedule?..I am thinking no... And we will disagree about how the wins and losses came because those same teams you mention having down years got wins against Wv the previous year and ain't complaining how they got them! As for players wanting to play for winners...some might..but I think there are more that want to go to a program they can play early and thrive on whatever side of the ball they play on.. Your comment on the Golden Years of Wv football compared to now is a fair and valid view.life was good rolling in a weak Big East most of the fan base liked winning 9 plus games..but would bitch that the program got no respect ..tell me...did anyone in the country..except for the Wv fanbase for some reason.. think Wv's record wasn't legit this year?..I guess I am one of those who likes the upgraded competition..I think it adds value to what the program is all about now...and if we don't win the conference once every 5 years I am okay with it..because of things that happened this year.. Western Michigan..undefeated and didn't even get a look at being considered for the playoff...and Houston who was an early popular pick to break the power 5 strangle hold for the playoffs lost their first game then were pretty much cooked..so getting to a NC game outside of the conference we are in is really not possible.. But...I guess its what you feel better about on Sunday morning ...its a personal preference.. I agree recruiting classes need to be top 30 on the average...its never going to happen. Luck fired Stewart based on his ability to coach and recruit..and the fact that attendance was dipping.. As far as what Luck would have done...IMHO he would have extended the contract knowing how it impacts recruiting....but I would say that he would have certainly had the balls to fire him and paid the buyout if he had to as well.. As far as last years schedule...I am not sure any team in the Big12 could have done better ...when you include the travel..if so maybe they win one more game than WV did..