Wednesday, March 08, 2006
WVU Football Schedule
West Virginia has announced its 2006 football schedule. The Mountaineers will play seven home games, but face three foes in away weeknight games.
WVU, the three-time defending Big East champion, opens the 2006 campaign on Saturday, September 2, at home against Marshall. Other home games are against Maryland, Syracuse, Cincinnati, USF, Rutgers and Buffalo. Five games – Maryland, Connecticut, Louisville, Pitt and Rutgers – are already slated for national television.
“Playing 12 games gives us the opportunity to add another BCS-conference opponent to our schedule in Mississippi State from the SEC, along with Maryland from the ACC,” said WVU athletic director Ed Pastilong.
West Virginia plays its first three games at home, and finishes in what should be a very cold December 2 home game against Rutgers.
“I’m sure our fans will see this as an attractive schedule because of the seven home games,” said head coach Rich Rodriguez. “I think it’s quite a challenge for our team, with four weeknight games and three of those on short weeks. I’m not in favor of playing three weeknight conference games on the road, because of the class time we miss, but television dictates most of our schedule. Our young team will have to meet the challenge again.”
West Virginia begins spring practice on March 20. The Gold-Blue game is set for Saturday, April 15, at Mountaineer Field at Milan Puskar Stadium; kickoff will be 12:30 p.m.
WVU Has Two on Watch List
By BlueGoldNews.com Date: Mar 8, 2006
West Virginia has two players on the preliminary Watch List for the 37th Rotary Lombardi Award, presented by Wachovia Bank.
Offensive lineman Dan Mozes and linebacker Boo McLee, both all-big East performers a year ago, are among 44 players nationally on the list for the award, which will be presented on December 6 at the Hilton Americas Hotel in Houston.
The 44 preliminary candidates earned a place on the initial Watch List by earning All-American honors at the end of the 2005 or previous seasons, or by being named to their respective All Conference team as selected by the conference's head coaches. The Watch List will be updated prior to the start of the 2006 season, in order to identify those players who have been selected as pre-season honors candidates.
Eligibility for the Rotary Lombardi Award is limited to down linemen and those defensive players who line up within five yards of the football. While the Watch Lists highlights players who have already received national recognition, any Division I player who meets the position requirements is eligible for consideration by the Rotary Lombardi Selection Committee. This committee is comprised of over 500 members, including all past finalists, all Division I head coaches and a panel of sportswriters and broadcasters.
The Rotary Lombardi Watch List, intended as a reference tool for the Selection Committee, will be periodically updated and revised through the conclusion of the voting to determine the 12 Semifinalists for 2006.