NEW YORK —
Syracuse and Pinstripe Bowl.
Those are two terms West Virginia University fans want no part of hearing about today.
Syracuse has won three straight games over the Mountaineers, including Saturday’s 38-14 romp in the Pinstripe Bowl at Yankee Stadium where the teams and fans braved cold, snow and rain.
WVU, led by three of the most productive offensive players in school history in quarterback Geno Smith, running back/receiver Tavon Austin and wide receiver Stedman Bailey, finished 7-6 after a 5-0 start.
The Pinstripe Bowl and Syracuse, though, may be a part of WVU’s football future.
The bowl matches teams from the Big 12 and Big East, and Yankees’ President Randy Levine said before Saturday’s game that the agreement will remain in effect for another year before any adjustment is even possible.
New York does have lots to entice teams and fans, including such things as its cultural offerings, the New York Stock Exchange and the National September 11 Memorial. The historic Empire State Building was lit in the school colors of both teams.
Levine said “the Boss,” late Yankees owner George Steinbrenner, insisted that college football be a part of new Yankee Stadium.
Nearly all of the 42,000 tickets available for the game were sold, Levine noted, and the announced attendance was 39,098.
WVU athletic director Oliver Luck said members of the Yankees’ organization “have treated us absolutely like kings.”
“Our student-athletes, our coaches, a lot of our fans have really enjoyed the last three or four days in the city,” Luck said. “There is no place as nice as New York City, America’s city, this time of year.”
NEW YORK —
Syracuse and Pinstripe Bowl.
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Staten overlooked for Big 12 Player of the Year
West Virginia’s point guard Juwan Staten was overlooked by the Big 12 Coaches in the Player of the Year voting Sunday, the award going to Iowa State’s Melvin Ejim, but Staten was named to the All-Big 12 first team and the All-Defensive team.
Mountaineers stun No. 8 Kansas, 92-86
The missing link finally showed itself for West Virginia University on Saturday, maybe just in time to save the season for the Mountaineers.
“Better late than never,” is the way WVU guard Eron Harris put it after freshman center Devin Williams stepped out of the shadows and put together the game everyone has been waiting for in leading the Mountaineers to a crucial 92-86 victory over Kansas.
Fairmont native named next Mountaineer
The riffle has been passed.
Fairmont native Michael Garcia was named West Virginia University’s new Mountaineer Saturday.
The announcement came at the eight minute mark of the men’s basketball team’s eventual 92-86 upset win over No. 8 Kansas at the WVU Coliseum.
HERTZEL COLUMN: Eron Harris bounces back to spark WVU
One minute and forty-seven seconds had ticked off the Coliseum clock on Saturday afternoon and things were off to the kind of start most people had expected, Kansas in the lead, albeit as slender as a one-point lead can be.
That was when Juwan Staten spotted Eron Harris open beyond the 3-point arc.
Staten plans to test NBA after season
To the surprise of no one, West Virginia University guard Juwan Staten is going to explore his opportunities in the NBA at the end of this season, a season in which he has become perhaps the best player in the Big 12.
WVU women outlast TCU to advance in Big 12 tournament
In the afternoon, West Virginia’s men’s team gave up a career-high 41 points to Andrew Wiggins but found a way to tough out a victory over Kansas.
Then Saturday evening, the West Virginia women’s team gave up a career-high 32 points to Zahna Medley but found a way to tough out a victory over TCU in the second round of the Big 12 Women’s Basketball Championships in Oklahoma City.
HERTZEL COLUMN: Buie returns to WVU after a year away
It’s nearly every little boy’s dream to become a college football athlete, to play in a stadium before 60,000, 70,000, 100,000 fans, to wear the colors of a university proudly. There are cheerleaders and groupies; there’s your name in headlines, your picture in the newspapers.
WVU looks to back up Huggins’ prediction
It was after Kansas defeated West Virginia University, 83-69, a month ago in Lawrence, Bob Huggins reached into his deep library of inspirational sayings and came out with one from Abe Lemons, of all people, the one-time Texas coach who never was at a loss for words.
TCU tough matchup for WVU women
West Virginia University women’s basketball coach Mike Carey is trying to find a happy balance now for his team as it enters its second season, the Big 12 Tournament.
HERTZEL COLUMN: Huggins just wants WVU to compete
In the end, with Bob Huggins, they count victories and losses, and he has always been one to pile up the victories while keeping the losses to a minimum, at least until the last two seasons at West Virginia University.
And, in the end, when he tries to analyze why the losses have come rather than the victories, he comes to understand that he just doesn’t have the manpower to compete.
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