MCT REGIONAL NEWS
By Drew Rubenstein
The Dominion Post, Morgantown, W.Va.
April 12--There are no guessing games with first-year WVU offensive line coach Bill Bedenbaugh.
WVU's football players know when they're practicing at the level he expects, and they know when they're not.
"He's hard-edge and he's very vocal," WVU senior offensive lineman Josh Jenkins said. "He lets you know when you're playing soft, he lets you know when you're playing good, and he's a good teacher."
He's also intense. Almost to the point of being intimidating.
"He's got some crazy eyes," WVU center Joe Madsen said of the fiery wide-eyed stare he gets from his position coach when drills aren't going well. "It's weird because he'll scream, and then all of a sudden he'll go back to coaching. It's like, 'OK, are you mad or are you not mad now?' "
It's a balancing act that WVU's coaches and players agree Bedenbaugh handles well. He's trying to restructure the approach of WVU's offensive line while conducting spring drills without the services of two returning starters -- Don Barclay and Jeff Braun, who both had offseason shoulder surgeries.
WVU offensive coordinator Dana Holgorsen played at Iowa Wesleyan with Bedenbaugh, and the two later coached at Texas Tech together. Now that they're reunited, Holgorsen said Bedenbaugh has the ability to be animated and collected in shorter spurts to get the most out of his players.