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  • Paperback: 322 pages
  • Publisher: Zone Read (March 13, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0985200901
  • ISBN-13: 978-0985200909
  • Product Dimensions: 0.7 x 5.9 x 8.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #324,325 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Mike Casazza is an award-winning reporter and the beat writer for the Charleston Daily Mail and has been covering collegiate athletics since 2002. He’s covered NCAA Tournaments that have ended in the Final Four, Elite Eight and Sweet Sixteen and numerous football bowl games, including three BCS games. He’s broken stories and been around breaking news along the way and has learned more about coaching searches, coaching contracts, litigation and the legal side of sports than he ever predicted. Born in Hamilton, Ohio, in 1980, he graduated from Osbourn High School in Manassas, Va., in 1998 and attended West Virginia University. He was a magna cum laude graduate in 2002, when he was named the Most Outstanding News-Editorial Student and Top Scholar in the Perley Isaac Reed School of Journalism. He began his work in a newsroom at the Manassas Journal Messenger in 1996 and moved on to WVU’s Daily Athenaeum in 1998, the Morgantown Dominion Post in 2000 and the Charleston Daily Mail in 2007. He’s won a list of awards from the West Virginia Press Association, including first-place awards for sports news writing in 2009, 2010 and 2011, and was the recipient of an honorable mention honor from the Associated Press Sports Editors for column writing in 2003. He resides in Morgantown, W.Va., with his wife, Erinn, and lives a quick sprint away from Mountaineer Field, in case news ever breaks. Of course, it often breaks when he’s on vacation—or perhaps because he is on vacation.

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An enjoyable, easy read.
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This is a good recap of the last decade of WVU Football's Highlights and Fails on and off the field.
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Must read for Mountaineer fans.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Cam on March 29, 2012
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If you're looking at this book, you're no doubt wondering, "Is there anything in there that I don't already know?" The answer to the question: There's enough to make it fun, as the pages will turn quickly for any fan of college football. Notice I said "college football" and not "Mountaineer fan." Casazza writes about an athletic department that is simply entertaining. In it, you have bona fide characters . . . Rich Rodriguez, who is the talented, successful character who decided he was worth so much more . . . Bill Stewart, the home grown but in-over-his-head fool . . . Oliver Luck, the decisionmaker who essentially rules with an iron fist . . . and Dana Holgorsen, who represents the hopes and dreams of the fans. One can't help but think that if this book has a sequel, Holgorsen's story will closely resemble that of Rodriguez.

Most fans will probably be most interested in the Fiesta Bowl aftermath. Your suspicions of the hiring of Bill Stewart are probably true and very disappointing that adults are capable of such stupid decisions.

One of the things that's frustrating with sports coverage these days is that ESPN will put out an opinion, everyone on the network will agree with it, and then your buddies will randomly bring up the same topic (and opinion) in conversation later. This book spits in the face of that notion, as it starts off with a foreward by Mike Patrick giving his strong opinion on a subject, and then spends almost 300 pages (and an editor's note) going against it. I love that. As with most Mountaineer fans, we all want the team to win, but hardly any of us agrees on anything else.

Going beyond the Bill Stewart issues, there are many things in Waiting For the Fall that are enjoyable to read even though they are not bombshells.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By David on March 27, 2012
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In Waiting for the Fall, Mike Casazza captures perfectly the never-ending angst that comes with loving and following the West Virginia Mountaineers. Reading the book not only reminded me of the roller coaster ride of the last ten years, but reminded me of where I was for each of the ups and inevitable downs. If you love Mountaineer football or just love good drama, you must read this book.
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13 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Sadly Lacking Radio on March 15, 2012
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By far the best literary masterwork since Alfred Lord Tennyson. Like a fine tuned Rolex, Casazza guides the audience through the most important events of the 21st century. Congratulations Mike, its been an honor.

"And out of darkness came the hands that reach thro' nature, moulding men."
Alfred Lord Tennyson
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By M Smith on June 10, 2012
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You don't have to be a WVU fan to enjoy this book, and you may even find it more insightful if you are not a diehard Mountaineer. Casazza details a rollercoaster ride of a decade for a fanbase (and as it turns out, athletic department and coaching staff as well) filled with constant paranoia because they always come up just short. It describes how the pressure and demands of college football caused good people to make judgmental mistakes that cause serious consequences. From coaching drama to inexplicable losses to changing conferences, no team has had a decade quite like West Virginia. An enjoyable, easy read.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on March 25, 2012
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All WVU fans and especially our new conference mates in the Big 12 should read this book to get a complete understanding of the mountainous highs and deep valleys of lows surrounding the recent history of Mountaineer football program.

For all readers of his daily column or blog, this is classic Mike Casazza. In "Waiting for the Fall", Mike does a great job of sorting out a complex series of events, facts, rumors, half-truths, and outright lies into the most complete recap of the last roller coaster decade in Mountaineer Football. As some of the other reviewers have stated there is not a lot of new information in the book but takes all of the information and puts it in an easy to follow storyline that sorts out the facts from the fiction.

Thanks Mike and keep up the good work!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By EesRit on March 25, 2012
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Mike Casazza has done a great job with this book of confirming some of the unsupported rumors surrounding the events of Rich Rods departure and the subsequent hirings of Bill Stewart and Dana Holgerson while adding good background information and stories that only someone with his access to the actual participants and events could have done. Many both in and out of Mountaineer Nation will enjoy this book. It is well worth reading.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Stephen Craig on March 25, 2012
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Casazza does a great job with rehashing the past decade of Mountaineer football, without a play by play description of the games which many of us already know. He does throw in some tidbits along the way about the personalities involved and some nice "behind the scenes" stories. Also, the book reveals that not all the "villians" in the saga were totally bad, and not all "saints" were 100% wholesome. The situation was way more complex to put every paticipant strickly in an "evil or good" camp.

If you're a Mountaineer fan, this book is a must. If you're not, but a fan of college football this is still a good buy.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Dr.Stanley Toompas on August 17, 2012
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I have enjoyed West Virginia University football for 40+ years. I saw Jim Carlen and Bobby Bowden coach. I am a devout Don Nehlen fan. I have remained a dedicated fan since Rich-Rod entered the scene in 2001. However my hesitation to whole-heartedly embrace the 2012 team can be explained in this book.
Insightfully titled, the book chronicles the WVU football program beginning at the end of Coach Nehlen's career, and accurately describes how many fans feel about West Virginia football and the emotional roller-coaster it never lets us exit. The text reminds everyone that WVU is the winningest Division I football program (#15 all-time) without a national championship!
The team's history, detailed in this book, explains why I sat nervously awaiting the second half of the Orange Bowl, worrying that the Mountaineers might find a way to lose despite a 49-20 halftime lead.
The book documents the demise, deception and departure of Coach Rich Rodriguez, the elevation and eventual exit of Coach Bill Stewart, as well as the ascension and acceptance of Coach Dana Holgorsen.
I encourage all West Virginia fans to read "Waiting for the Fall", and don't wait till the Fall to do so!

Dr. Stanley E. Toompas, Optometrist
and Author of "I'm the One the Other Isn't"
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