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September 19, 2012

Coach: Reasons to keep Maryland

MORGANTOWN — Things are changing rapidly in athletics at WVU. With the move to the Big 12 the rivalries with Pitt and Marshall have fallen by the wayside.

One rivalry that probably won’t end, however, is the one with Maryland, this weekend’s Saturday opponent. Coach Dana Holgorsen believes it is an important game for WVU to continue to play, and over the past few days he has been vocal about it.

“It’s neighboring states that go way back, and it’s the one existing (non-league) game that’s going to continue to be played,” Holgorsen said during the Big 12 coaches call on Monday. “We’re wanting to play regional games, so this is one that’s going to remain on the schedule because it does have so much meaning,” Holgorsen said. “We go up against Maryland in recruiting a lot, so there’s a lot of familiarity between the two programs and it’s going to continue to exist.”

Nothing had changed by his press conference on Tuesday.

“Every game is important, and I think from a fan base that this one is pretty important. I think we have 10 or 12 guys from Maryland, and it’s going to be important to them,” he said.

Holgorsen went on to explain what he meant by that.

“One of the things last year that was big, like when we went and played at Cincinnati, was that the Ohio guys got everybody cranked up. When we went and played Maryland, the Maryland people got people cranked up. When we went and played South Florida, the south Florida kids got people cranked up, and when we went and played Rutgers, the Jersey kids got people cranked up,” he observed.

Maryland is 2-1 after a 24-21 home loss to UConn, a difficult loss for that is where Coach Randy Edsall had been before jumping to the ACC team.

The Terps opened the season with a scary 7-6 victory over William & Mary and then beat Temple, 36-27. Temple is rejoining the Big East.

The Mountaineers led the series 25-21-2 but have dominated recently with six straight victories.

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