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October 9, 2012

WVU’s Smith draws comparison to Weeden

MORGANTOWN — Tommy Tuberville has a pretty strong coaching resume, including coaching in the Southeastern Conference and the Big 12, and the Texas Tech coach knows he hasn’t gone up against a defensive challenge like the one West Virginia and Geno Smith pose.

“This is about as good as it gets,” Tuberville said, referring to Smith. “He’s close to where (NFL first-round pick Brandon Weeden out of Oklahoma State) was, but in different ways. He has great touch on the ball and speed at receiver. He stands in the pocket. He’ll take a sack rather than turn it over. What makes a good quarterback is to take what they give you.”

That is exactly what Smith does.

“I’ve been very impressed, and I’ve seen a lot of quarterbacks,” Tuberville said. “He’s a cool guy.”

This past summer Tuberville had taken his son and his quarterback, Seth Doege, to the Manning Quarterback Camp.

“I saw Smith there and he was the best quarterback there,” Tuberville said. He did not make clear if he was including Eli and Peyton Manning ... or Archie.

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This is the week of the annual Oklahoma-Texas showdown in Dallas, the cowboy version of “The Backyard Brawl.”

“The game is really special,” said Texas Coach Mack Brown. “I always said it’s like a bowl game in midseason. It’s at a neutral site and it’s one of the few places where you get half Oklahoma, half Texas fans. The game is one of the reasons people go to both schools ... they want to go to that game, and I was fortunate enough to coach on both sides.”

There has been some talk in recent years about moving the game out of Dallas and alternating campus sites, the two schools possessing wonderful stadia of their own.

Brown isn’t quite ready to make that move though.

“They once asked Darrell Royal about that and he said it is the history of the game that makes it so special. The game is in Dallas and we’re excited it’s there.”

Bob Stoops, the Oklahoma coach, also likes the game being in Dallas, but he understands the business reasons behind the thoughts of moving it.

“It’s one of the better rivalries out there, the history and tradition of it,” he said. “It heated up even more when we were in the same conference and, for the longest time, in the same division.

“I think it’s great where it is but I understand the business part of it,” he continued. “The Cotton Bowl and the City of Dallas have to make it right for us to be there. As long as the schools are treated fairly it’s fine, but we both have great campuses and stadiums to play in if that wasn’t the case.”

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