MORGANTOWN, W.Va. - Nose guard Shaq Rowell spoke to reporters Tuesday, the first time West Virginia players were available since last week's 37-0 loss to Maryland and the first time since Rowell peppered postgame comments with strong language expressing his anger about the outcome.
"I don't even know what I said," Rowell laughed.
The senior from Maple Heights, Ohio, said after that game that he was embarrassed by the defeat and mad that Maryland would get to brag about it for a year. He credited the Terrapins for kicking the Mountaineers in the backside and then promised WVU would not be shut out again while he was on the team.
Rowell said Tuesday he finally got over the loss. Coach Dana Holgorsen and the rest of his coaches and teammates weren't upset with what Rowell said after the game.
Rowell isn't backtracking, either.
"I knew I could go to a certain point and I wanted to go to that point without throwing someone under the bus," he said. "But I got my point out. The media enjoyed it. I enjoyed it.
"Everyone got a kick out of it. I said the right things, I believe. Everything I said was true. I don't take anything back."
Rowell is not new to voicing his postgame opinions. He didn't interact a lot with the media when he was at Iowa Western Community College, but he's grown to become comfortable with the process in his three seasons with the Mountaineers. He's not afraid to say something he believes needs to be said.
"Me being a leader and a senior, I have to," he said. "That's why Holgorsen sends me out to do media. He knows how I feel. I feel the same way the coaches do when we lose. I feel like I'm one of the best guys to come out and answer those questions."
Rowell said understands what reporters are looking for and he knew the things he said Saturday would be featured in stories. He wasn't trying to be sensational and instead thought he was being honest.
"There are no rules," he said. "You just have to be smart."
That was challenged after the loss to Maryland.
"That was very, very hard," he said. "I wanted to say some more stuff. You probably know that. But you've got to bite your tongue and you've got to give props to Maryland. They came out and beat us."