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West Virginia Prepares For Tight Fit In Cactus Bowl

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Not only will West Virginia play a bowl game in its opponent's backyard, but the Mountaineers also have a different challenge when the Cactus Bowl kicks off Jan. 2: playing football in a baseball stadium.

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Football:

West Virginia prepares for tight fit in Cactus Bowl | Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
Not only will West Virginia play a bowl game in its opponent's backyard, but the Mountaineers also have a different challenge when the Cactus Bowl kicks off Jan. 2: playing football in a baseball stadium.

Another Bowl Game, Another Baseball Stadium for WVU | WV Illustrated
This is not West Virginia’s first rodeo with an MLB ballpark. In fact, it’s the second time since 2012 that the Mountaineers have played football on a baseball diamond.

Mountaineers Reflect on Ups and Downs of 2015 Season | WV Illustrated
Several WVU football players recently spoke out about the 2015 regular season, offering their thoughts on the campaign that concluded with a 7-5 overall record.

The best stories in WVU sports from 2015 | The Exponent Telegram
The year of 2015 wasn’t a championship year at West Virginia University — save for the yearly NCAA rifle championship — but it was a year of change and building.

Holgorsen giving players 2 nights to ‘have fun’ and then it’s game focus | WV MetroNews
When the West Virginia football charter flight touches down Tuesday in Arizona, it will begin the so-called "reward" portion for this season.

Bruce Applying Football Lessons to Life | WVU Athletics
Football has taught senior LB Isaiah Bruce many valuable lessons.

WVU's Chestnut overcomes upbringing, thrives as young man | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
With a helpful nudge from a stranger, West Virginia cornerback Terrell Chestnut escaped hardship and turned his life around.

WVU's Kwiatkoski likely bound for NFL | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
The Mountaineers’ senior linebacker finished his career on a strong note and, because of that, has a shot at the NFL.

Kwiatkoski has made people remember his name | The Exponent Telegram
For four years, he has been West Virginia’s silent assassin. Game after game, all senior linebacker Nick Kwiatkoski has done is make tackles.

Basketball:

Time to learn something about WVU hoops squad | Beckley Register-Herald
Today is Dec. 28 and West Virginia University has been playing regular season basketball games for 45 days. The Mountaineers have taken the floor 11 times over that stretch and played five times on national television. With all that information to file away into the database, we should know something about this WVU team by now, right? Well, not really.

WVU Meets Elon on Monday | WVU Athletics
The West Virginia University women’s basketball team concludes its non-conference schedule with Elon on Monday, Dec. 28, in a 7 p.m. tilt at the WVU Coliseum.

WVU welcomes Elon for final non-league game | The Exponent Telegram
The West Virginia University women’s basketball team concludes its non-conference schedule against Elon with a 7 p.m. tilt today at the WVU Coliseum.

Around The League

Around The NCAA:

Nebraska was too good to finish with only 5 wins. Hooray for too many bowl games! | SBNation
The Numerical is running through every bowl game, with one thing to know about each. Here's every game from Saturday, plus the two from Christmas Eve.

Indiana might've actually hit a game-saving field goal, but it couldn't be reviewed | SBNation
For some reason, you can't review field goals that pass above the top of the uprights. Which seems like the one situation when there might be confusion!

The Solid Verbal: A New Year's Six bowl preview podcast | SBNation
Not everyone is in the College Football Playoff. But there are a ton of great bowl games to watch.

The Solid Verbal: The definitive College Football Playoff preview podcast | SBNation
Clemson, Alabama, Michigan State and Oklahoma have reached college football's playoffs. Who ya got?

Recruiting

Mountaineers still have holes to fill as signing day approaches | Charleston Gazette-Mail
Christmas has come and gone, the New Year is nearly upon us and National Signing Day is just around the corner. West Virginia coaches are still limited on how much contact they can have with recruits, but they are still working to secure visits and commits as we hit the homestretch.

Video Of Interest

Video Of (Dis)Interest

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