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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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9 internautes sur 9 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
The best book featuring Bill Stewart that you will ever read... 29 mars 2012
Par Cam - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Broché Achat vérifié
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. Specifically, revisiting the Sugar Bowl win (love it), "13-9" (it still hurts), RichRod's departure (it doesn't still hurt), the many ridiculous quotes from Bill Stewart, etc., are all interesting as Casazza weaves in quotes from the key participants, statistics that aren't as readily available to a newspaper when writing on a deadline, and - as he typically does in the Charleston Daily Mail - sticks with facts that allow the reader to form his or her own opinion but not shying away from the actual stories.

The title, Waiting For the Fall, at first made me think it was only a reference to Bill Stewart. Casazza points out that it's actually the mindset of the entire West Virginia fanbase. Think that's not true? Try standing at Mountaineer Field of a game West Virginia is winning by three touchdowns in the fourth quarter and shouting out, "This game is over."

If I were to compare this book to others in the marketplace, I would compare it to a John Feinstein book but without all the "filler." For instance, in The Last Amateurs, Feinstein writes about very interesting stories within the Patriot League basketball conference, then regurgitates at least 50 pages of play-by-play of games that no one cares about and add nothing to the stories he's telling. Casazza eliminates the play-by-play in favor of the stories... which are perfectly segmented chapter-by-chapter such that each chapter is its own story.

Truth is, this book took me back to the good times and the bad. It caused me to make an impulse purchase of a WVU football jersey - even though I read it in March. I can't think of a higher compliment, and hope that this isn't Casazza's last book but that the title of the next book has the words "National Championship" in it.
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Excellent 27 mars 2012
Par David - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Broché
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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A must read for all in the Mountaineer Nation! 26 mars 2012
Par Amazon Customer - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Broché Achat vérifié
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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You HAVE to read this book. 16 mars 2012
Par Sadly Lacking Radio - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Broché
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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Great read, could not put it down. 25 mars 2012
Par Stephen Craig - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Broché Achat vérifié
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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