CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- It is not every week that a member of the College Football Hall of Fame patrols the visiting sidelines in Morgantown. But, that is the case this weekend as a future Hall of Fame coach Bill Snyder, brings his Kansas State Wildcats to our state.
What Snyder has done in Manhattan, Kan., not once (1989-2005), but twice (2009-present), is considered one of the great coaching jobs in college football history.
Saturday's 7 p.m. game at Mountaineer Field marks the second time he has brought his team to the Mountain State. On Sept. 10, 2005, his Wildcats defeated Coach Mark Snyder's Marshall Thundering Herd 21-19 in Huntington.
Here is a list of some other Hall of Fame coaches who have coached against West Virginia in the new or old Mountaineer Field.
Joe Paterno, Penn State - The former Nittany Lions coaching icon is probably the biggest name Hall of Fame coach to ever coach in our state. He brought his Penn State teams to Morgantown every other season from 1966-92.
Jerry Claiborne, Virginia Tech and Maryland - Claiborne took teams that were broken at Virginia Tech, Maryland and Kentucky and fixed them all. He coached against WVU at both Virginia Tech and Maryland. He also recruited many athletes from our state to Blacksburg, including former Charleston Catholic stars Terry Smoot and Tommy Groom.
Lou Holtz, William & Mary - Holtz is one of the more prominent Hall of Famers to coach a visiting team in Morgantown. However, he only did it one time as a head coach. He was the head coach of the William & Mary that lost to WVU 43-7 in 1970. William & Mary was his first head coaching job that later included stops at N. C. State, Arkansas, Minnesota, Notre Dame and South Carolina.
Ben Schwartzwalder, Syracuse - The former WVU football and wrestling star coached against his alma mater from 1949-72 while at Syracuse. While there, he brought such stars as Floyd Little, Larry Csonka and others to old Mountaineer Field. Schwartzwalder was born in Point Pleasant and graduated from Huntington High School.
Jock Sutherland, Pittsburgh - The Pitt coaching legend coached the Panthers during many years of glory from 1919-1938.
John Cooper, Ohio State - Cooper brought his Buckeyes to Morgantown to open the 1998 season. Many long-time Buckeye fans consider his 1998 team Cooper's best in Columbus. They might have won the national championship, but they were upset in Columbus by Fairmont native Nick Saban when he was at Michigan State.
Rip Engle, Penn State - Engle helped build the Penn State program into a national power from 1951-66. He made numerous appearances with his team in Morgantown. Other Penn State coaches in the Hall of Fame, who also coached in Morgantown, were Bob Higgins and Hugo Bezdek.
Dick MacPherson, Syracuse - The popular McPherson coached Syracuse from 1981-90 and was a regular visitor to the "then brand new" Mountaineer Field.