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WVU did very well in Big East

May 24, 2012

MORGANTOWN-I am going to miss the Big East Conference as West Virginia University moves into the Big 12.

I happen to like the Mountaineers' achievements since joining the Big East for football in 1991 and for all other sports in 1995-96.

I have felt that the league it is leaving has been very good for West Virginia.

The school has won outright or shared in seven Big East football championships. Those were in 1993, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2007, 2010, and 2011.

What's more, West Virginia is 3-0 in Bowl Championship Series (BCS) post-season appearances. Those wins were against Georgia 38-35 in the 2006 Sugar Bowl in Atlanta, against Oklahoma 48-28 in the 2008 Fiesta Bowl in Arizona, and against Clemson 70-33 in the Orange Bowl at Miami, Fla., on Jan. 4, 2012.

All three of those fell under the heading of all-time WVU greatest victories.

West Virginia also won the Big East championship in men's basketball in 2009-10.

The baseball team captured the conference title in 1995, with Greg Van Zant in his second season as the head coach.

WVU won three championships in women's soccer and women's cross country in 2007 and in men's swimming that same year.

So the university fared reasonably well during the years it has spent in the Big East Conference, which may or may not fold in the wild reshuffling of conferences.

Hopefully the Mountaineers will be even more successful in the Big 12 Conference.

Funeral arrangements have been announced for former WVU head football coach Bill Stewart, who died unexpectedly at the age of 59 on Monday at Stonewall Resort.

The family will have public visitations from 2 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Thursday at the Morgantown Event Center in the Waterfront Hotel complex.

A private funeral mass is set 10 a.m. on Friday at St. Francis Catholic Church (off the Grafton Road). It is open only to Stewart's coaches, players, and close friends.

Burial will be in New Martinsville, Stewart's birth place. A tribute to him will be observed at 4 p.m. that day at Magnolia High School's football field.



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