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CORTLAND, N.Y. -- Suffice it to say that Rex Ryan is no fan of the West Virginia football program.
It tells me I'm glad my kid never went there, I can tell you that much. I don't get that. Geno was a tremendous player for West Virginia.” -- Rex Ryan
The New York Jets coach reacted incredulously Monday when asked to comment on a newspaper story in which Geno Smith's former teammates at West Virginia criticized the leadership of last year's team. Smith wasn't singled out in the article, but he was the quarterback.
"It tells me I'm glad my kid never went there, I can tell you that much," said Ryan, whose son, Seth, is a freshman preferred walk-on at Clemson. "I don't get that. Geno was a tremendous player for West Virginia.
"I don't know, you have to ask them," Ryan continued. "I certainly don't get that. When somebody leaves your [school] ... I guess that's up to them. You have to ask them."
Several current West Virginia players told The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review that the 2012 team, which finished 7-6 after a 5-0 start, was undermined by selfish players.
"Last year we didn't have, you know, a lot of leadership," junior running back Dustin Garrison told the newspaper.
Another damning quote came from junior offensive lineman Quinton Spain.
"What's different this year is we're more a team. There ain't no I's; we don't depend on nobody. We just depend on all of us at once as a team. So I think this year will be better than last year. There wasn't no team. I could say there was a team early, but once we started losing we saw the I's come up, so it just hurt the team worse," he said.
Smith, who slipped into the second round of the draft, wasn't available to comment. He's battling incumbent Mark Sanchez for the starting job.