The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

College Sports

December 17, 2011

WVU resumes preparations for Orange Bowl

MORGANTOWN — With final exams behind them, West Virginia’s football players resumed practice on Friday for the Discover Orange Bowl game against Clemson.

The 23rd-ranked Mountaineers (9-3) will have completed 10 practice sessions in Morgantown before being released for Christmas.

They will be permitted to go home and spend a few days visiting family and friends. Then they all will reassemble on Thursday, Dec. 29, in Miami, Fla.

That’s where the Orange Bowl battle will be staged on Wednesday night, Jan. 4, 2012. Sixteenth-ranked Clemson (10-3) remains a slight favorite.

West Virginia will have the last five of its allowed 15 practices at one of the high school fields in The Miami-Ft. Lauderdale area.

Coach Dana Holgorsen and his associates have spent two weeks on the road recruiting. He said December is the busiest month of the year for a college football staff.

“Now it’s all about preparing for the Orange Bowl at this point,” the first-year head coach said.

“We want to get a lot done in Morgantown, and make sure we’ve got a good game plan before leaving for Florida.

“Once you get down there, you’re really getting a reward for your season and your achievements.”

Holgorsen wants his players to enjoy the experience, but not so much to where they’re tired and ready to go home.

“So it’s important to balance your time down there,” he said. “We’ve had some success and there have been some positives and a couple negatives.

“You’ve got to work on timing and work with some of the younger guys along with the older guys.”

The student-athletes were urged to prepare well for the semester’s final exams so they would remain academically eligible to play in the bowl game.

Holgorsen said only five or six players have been getting treatments for minor injuries. He’s hopeful they will be healed and ready to play.

“I think everyone is excited about what is in front of us,” Holgorsen continued. “I don’t care what conference you’re in, you want to line up, play the game, and win. That has nothing to do with anything else.”

He refers to the WVU-Clemson matchup as a high-profile contest, and it will be the only postseason football game on Jan. 4.

ESPN will televise the action, beginning at 8 p.m.

The team’s headquarters will be at the Fontainebleau Resort in Miami.

1
Text Only
College Sports
  • Miners stop Lorain County 5-1

    The West Virginia Miners received a strong outing from starting pitcher Patrick LaGanke, and scored one run in each of the final five innings to defeat the Lorain County Ironmen 5-1 Thursday.

    July 25, 2014

  • Some topics of interest to area fans

    Tom Hart, a widely known retired Morgantown High School administrator and coach, continues to excel as one of the nation’s top bowlers

    July 25, 2014

  • 072514 WVU Replacing Sims a challenge for WVU

    Every year, almost every college football preview publication available lists one key statistic that most use to evaluate the prospects for any given football team — returning starters.

    July 24, 2014 1 Photo

  • WVU’s Worley clear starter at cornerback

    There were few bright spots in West Virginia University’s 4-8 football campaign last year, and even fewer on the defensive side of the football, where the Mountaineers gave up more than 455 yards and 33 points per game.

    July 24, 2014

  • Holgorsen to appear on ESPN special

    West Virginia University football coach Dana Holgorsen will appear Wednesday on ESPN’s annual mid-summer college football coaches’ “car wash” — in which guests appear across multiple programs and platforms over one day.

    July 23, 2014

  • Holgorsen: WVU getting comfortable in new league

    Dana Holgorsen remembers the glory days of West Virginia University football — the ones that included conference championships and BCS bowl wins. In fact, he was part of one of those, leading the Mountaineers to a Big East championship and an Orange Bowl victory in his first season as head coach in 2011.

    July 23, 2014

  • 072314 miners Miners take series with Paints

    The way the West Virginia Miners see it, they don’t have the luxury of planning for tomorrow.

    July 23, 2014 1 Photo

  • WVU's Fleming signs with Yankees

    Second baseman Billy Fleming of the West Virginia University baseball team has signed a professional contract with the New York Yankees, foregoing his upcoming senior season.

    July 22, 2014

  • WVU to kickoff 2018 season against Tennessee in Charlotte

    The Charlotte Sports Foundation (CSF) announced Tuesday morning that it has secured a regular season college football game for the city of Charlotte pitting the University of Tennessee against West Virginia University.

    July 22, 2014

  • Can summit of bigwigs really solve college athletics issues?

    I see where the Big 12 Conference is going to host in New York City what will be titled “A State of College Athletics Forum.”

    July 22, 2014

Saints Training Camp