There won't be any queens crowned at halftime, nor will there be any sort of parade. But Saturday's game pitting West Virginia and Cincinnati together on the football field will be a homecoming of sorts.
Bearcats' head coach Butch Jones, along with five members of his coaching staff, all have ties to the Mountaineer football program. Jones said he enjoyed his short time in Morgantown, where he spent the 2005-06 seasons as the team's wide receivers coach.
"It will be different on the bus ride in and to be on the opposite side of the stadium," Jones said during Monday's teleconference of the Big East Conference coaches.
On the Bearcats' staff are former WVU players Brandon Miles, Jamal Addae and Milo Austin. Austin lettered in the 2003 season and spent two years with the Mountaineers, while both Miles and Addae had more colorful careers during their days on campus. Miles, a wide receiver, was a four-year letter winner and enjoyed a brief professional career before embarking into the coaching ranks.
Addae was a highly decorated defensive back for West Virginia, earning all-Big East honors three straight years. He was also elected as a team captain for his final two seasons.
Two members of the Bearcats' strength and conditioning staff also spent time in Morgantown. Dave Lawson served in a similar capacity for seven years, and Mike Szerszen was with the team between 2000-02.
"We're approaching it just like any other game," Jones said. "Both Jamal and Brandon had tremendous careers there, but they are in new places in their lives. They're Bearcats."
Jones worked closely with WVU coach Bill Stewart during those days in Morgantown, as Stewart was the team's quarterbacks coach. Their reunion will begin at noon Saturday and will be televised by the Big East Conference Network.
"You never like to coach against your buddies," Stewart said. "It's always tough. But it won't be tough Saturday. The friendship will be on hold."
Both teams bring a 1-2 conference record into the contest, but the teams are on opposite ends of the spectrum in terms of overall records.
Cincinnati is 3-5 and is trying desperately to win out so that it can become bowl-eligible, while the Mountaineers are 5-3 and are still harboring hopes of winning some portion of the conference title.
Both teams are coming off idle weekends.