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February 11, 2010

Trip to Baton Rouge highlights 2010 WVU schedule

MORGANTOWN — The snow that has strangled the North Central West Virginia region has everyone caught up with a little cabin fever, so what better time than now for the Mountaineers to get you thinking a little football?

The 2010 football season was announced and if you have a calendar, you might want to circle a few dates. No weddings, bar mitzvahs or christening on these days.

• The season opens on Saturday, Sept. 4 when Coastal Carolina comes to town, if the snow has been removed by then. The Chanticleers (There, you’ve learned something already) are coming off a tough season in which they went 5-6, taking a 58-13 beating by Liberty, a team WVU defeated 33-20 last season, and being roughed up, 49-3, by Clemson.

• A weekend later Marshall comes to town for the first meeting between new Herd coach Doc Holliday and the team he spent so many years with as an assistant coach. This Sept. 11 game carries the weight of in-state recruiting and, perhaps, of Florida recruiting, as you know Holliday will try to make a big push there.

• A week later it’s Maryland returning to the West Virginia schedule for a game that never should have left, a natural border rivalry between ACC and Big East teams that carries great weight as Terrapins coach Ralph Friedgen is coaching for his job after a dismal 10-loss season.

“We have a four-year deal with Maryland. It should be a 40-year deal,” said Stewart, who would like to see the Mountaineers also play either Virginia or Virginia Tech on a yearly basis as a regional rival.

• On Sept. 25 — the fourth of five straight Saturday games — WVU heads back down into Southeastern Conference territory, invading Baton Rouge, one of the craziest college football venues in America, to tackle (at least they hope they will) the Tigers of LSU.

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