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Gameweek West Virginia: The More You Know

November 26, 2010

Opponent: West Virginia Mountaineers (7-3, 3-2 BIG EAST).

Kickoff: Friday, November 26th, 12:00pm.  Pitt is 4-0 in noon games this season.  Who says nooners aren’t fun?

Mascot: The Mountaineer.  Just a guy with a coonskin cap that carries a musket.  While most of the mascots grow a beard for the role, it is not required (however it is believed that the two female mascots were successfully able to grow a beard as well).  The mascot has been around since 1934.

Coach: Bill Stewart.  Stewart was an assistant under Rich Rodriguez and was named interim coach after RichRod’s sudden departure to Michigan after “13-9”.  Prior to this, his only head coaching experience was three subpar years at the Virginia Military Institute.  At VMI, Stewart gave current Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin his first job as an assistant.  Tomlin would later champion the hiring of Stewart as the head coach at WVU.

Conference: West Virginia joined the BIG EAST with the first major expansion in 1991 along with Miami, Rutgers, Temple, and Virginia Tech.  WVU was a football only member until 1995.

Series: 61-38-3. Yeah, it looks lopsided, but over 102 years, those things happen.  In more recent history (2000-2009), the series is 5-5.  If you take it back to the beginning of the Walt Harris era (1997, when Pitt became a competitive football program again), it is 6-7.  Also since then, no team has won more than 2 consecutive games.

TV/Radio: The game is a national TV game on ABC…broadcast TV, not basic cable!  First time ABC has been in town since…well…Cincinnati.  Pitt snapped its 0-whatever streak on national TV this season last week, so we don’t have to worry about that anymore.  If you don’t have cable, it will also be available on ESPN3.com. If you’re on the go in Pittsburgh, you can also listen to the play-by-play with Billy Hillgrove and Bill Fralic on 93.7 The Fan.

Bloggers: Eye and Eer Blog…pretty good.  There are some other WVU blogs out there that we saw, but really…do you want to read more than that?  Didn’t this so…because we didn’t either.

Fun Facts: Throughout it’s storied history, Pitt has won nine national championships in football.  West Virginia…not so fortunate.  They haven’t won any, but they’ve come close.  in 1922, they had their only undefeated season, finishing 10-0-1.  It wasn’t good enough.  They’ve had two other undefeated regular seasons, 1988 and 1993.

In 1988, WVU was #3 played #1 Notre Dame in the Fiesta Bowl for what would most likely decide the National Champion…

Victory, Lou Holtz 34-21.

In 1993, WVU was #3 playing #8 Florida in the Sugar Bowl that could help their case for a National Championship as Florida State had one loss…

Victory, Steve Spurrier 41-7.

WVU came close one other time.  The Mountaineers were 10-1 and with all the other teams falling around them, found themselves ranked in the top 2, needing only a win against 4-7 and 28pt underdog Pitt…

Victory, Dave Wannstedt 13-9.

Lou Holtz, Steve Spurrier, Dave Wannstedt…killing the National Championship dreams of WVU fans everywhere for over two decades.

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2 Comments
  1. Roger Greenfield permalink
    November 29, 2010 11:49 am

    Time for Wanny to go, too many chances, no big east championships, no bcs bowls.

    A wasted 6 years to the ultimate con man!

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