MEC football: UC, WVSU coaches adjust plans amid pandemic

Charleston Gazette logoKahoot! provides friendly competition to college football players during lockdown.

For the Mountain East Conference, an NCAA Division II conference that doesn’t have as large a budget as Division I conferences, coaches have to do more with less. West Virginia State coach John Pennington said he has to wear many hats as a Division II football coach during the pandemic, but he doesn’t look at that as a bad thing.

Pennington said he also invited WVSU all-time leading passer (and current University of Georgia learning specialist) Matt Kinnick to speak to the quarterbacks. Additionally, former Concord and XFL defensive back Jeremiah Johnson talked to the defensive backs. Pennington’s tactics paid off, as he said more players are joining the (non-mandatory) Zoom meetings.

“They’re enjoying the meetings,” Pennington said. “We play Kahoot! games. We had a poll [to see] who was better, Michael Jordan or LeBron James. We’re trying to provide some competition, trying to have fun.”

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