MORGANTOWN, W.Va. -- Linebacker Doug Rigg, who suffered concussions this season against Oklahoma and Texas Tech, has likely seen the end of his college football career because of lingering issues, West Virginia Coach Dana Holgorsen said Tuesday.
"I feel bad for him," Holgorsen said. "He's been productive for us this year. He had an opportunity to play. Look at the positive side. He had an opportunity to play football in the Big 12 in his senior year. It didn't work out the way he wanted, but he tried."
Rigg, a senior from New Jersey, missed games against Georgia State and Kansas State following the concussions. He tried to play Saturday against TCU, but didn't last.
"He's probably done for the year," Holgorsen said. "I know he's going to be on the shelf a couple weeks. The last time I checked, a couple weeks means his season is over."
Rigg made 34 tackles, 21/2 tackles for a loss and a sack this season. He has 135 tackles, nine tackles for a loss and three sacks in his career and forced the fumble against USF in 2011 that gave the Mountaineers the possession they used to win the game and clinch an Orange Bowl bid.
Holgorsen said receiver Kevin White didn't finish Saturday's game because of an ankle injury and is day-to-day, while quarterback Ford Childress (torn pectoral muscle) still isn't able to practice.
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The Big 12 released the 2014 football schedule Tuesday and the Mountaineers find themselves with an open week before beginning conference play, no back-to-back road games and a Thursday game for the first time since 2011.
The Mountaineers open Aug. 30 against Alabama in the Chick-fil-A Kickoff game in Atlanta, play host to Towson of the Football Championship Subdivision and play at Maryland to finish non-conference play.
WVU is off Sept. 20 and starts Big 12 play at home against Oklahoma Sept. 27. A week later, WVU is home again for Homecoming against Kansas. That's the only time the Mountaineers play consecutive home games. WVU also plays host to Kansas State Thursday, Nov. 20, that being five days after the second open week of the season. The schedule concludes nine days later at Iowa State, the third straight season the Mountaineers have finished with the Cyclones.
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With NFL coaches John Fox and Gary Kubiak addressing health scares and University of Minnesota Coach Jerry Kill again dealing with issues related to epilepsy, football coaches are answering a lot of questions about dealing with the demands of their jobs.
Holgorsen said the topic shouldn't be limited to merely coaches.