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Football 101: Mountaineers spread the wealth

Rich Rodriguez was the first coach in the country to run the spread no-huddle offense successfully at the major college level. He was also the first coach to adapt the scheme, staying ahead of defensive adjustments made to try to defend against it. No wonder offensive staffs from schools such as Florida, Texas A&M, California, Ohio State, Alabama and many others visited West Virginia last spring.

Just about every offense in the country has incorporated some element of the spread in its package. As a result, defenses are now more comfortable defending the scheme. However, Rich Rodriguez has done a great job of staying one step ahead of the defenses.