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Huggs isn't happy with us. And by "us," I mean the fan-base as a whole. Attendance lately has been, let's call it, "sparse." Of the callers last night on Caridi's show, the most common refrain was the parking situation. Some were put off by the $20 fee, others by the walk (terrain and weather, especially for the older fans and those with children) if you don't get to the Coliseum early enough to get a spot. My situation is this: I have a 2+ hour drive across I-68 through Frostburg/Keyser's Ridge in the winter and during the work week, that just isn't feasible on a regular basis. But because of that, I also don't have season tickets that go un-used. If I was closer, I would have season tickets and I would use them. I want to know your take. Comment below, please.
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What You May Have Missed:
Head Coach Mike Carey - Mountaineer TV
Coach Carey talks about what he expects to see from Villanova during Thursday night's game.
Guard Liz Repella - Mountaineer TV
Liz Repella talks about the challenge Villanova presents for WVU's defense.
BIG EAST Announces 2010 Postseason Football Honors - BIG EAST Conference
No major awards, but 11 named to First and Second team All Big East
Bill Stewart: CSB Media Event In Orlando (Audio) - WVMetroNews.com
Stewart talks about the Wolfpack to the Orlando media and what it will be like to play in this bowl game.
Tom O'Brien: CSB Media Event In Orlando (Audio) - WVMetroNews.com
NC State's head coach talks about the Champs Sports Bowl and what he knows about the Mountaineers to the Orlando media.
Champs Sports Bowl Fan Central
Info page, seating charts, merchandise, discount opportunities, etc.
Women's Soccer: WVU Earns Final Ranking - MSNsportsNET.Com
The Mountaineers finished with a ranking of No. 13 in the final National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) poll and was tabbed No. 14 by TopDrawerSoccer.
News of Note:
Huggins on fans: WVU’s program hasn’t arrived yet - Daily Athenaeum
"I've got great respect for the game and the way it's supposed to be played. The 6,334 that showed up deserve a little better," Huggins said. "I think that's what it was. Sorry, the 6,443. I hate to short them."
Analyzing the All-Big East teams - ESPN
Everyone except the coaches seems to agree Geno should have got the first team QB nod
Around the League (and Beyond):
UConn football player arrested on child pornography charges - The UConn Blog
Very disturbing news out of Storrs.
What's On Tap:
Mountaineers to Open BIG EAST Play - MSNsportsNET.Com
No. 9 ranked West Virginia women’s basketball team travels to Villanova to take on the Wildcats in its first BIG EAST game of the season on Thursday night at 7 p.m.
(10) Georgetown Hoyas vs. Temple Owls - ESPN
9 pm tonight from the Licorice Center (not really, it's Liacouras) in Philly on ESPN2.
Video of Interest:
Video of (Dis)Interest:
After seeing the movie, I said I wanted this included in the DVD extras. I just wish you could choose which to watch in regular speed. Somebody must've been sorta listening... (Warning: SPOILERS)
Today's Miss Throwdown is Sarah James. A lovely gallery awaits those who click on the pic.
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