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Mountaineers Excited to Play in Orange Bowl

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Shortly after the official announcement Sunday night, WVU football players began celebrating the news of their spot in the Orange Bowl on twitter.

Big East co-champion West Virginia will meet ACC champion Clemson in Miami next month.

The game will be played at Sun Life Stadium, which is only about three miles from Miramar High School. Geno Smith, Stedman Bailey, Ivan McCartney and Josh Taylor all played high school football there. Six other players on the WVU football roster came to West Virginia from the Miami area.

This will be a homecoming for all of those players, and they are very excited about the upcoming trip.

Stedman Bailey tweeted, "Back in my hometown for the bowl game….! Dawg I'm the happiest man on earth right now! #Blessed"

Ivan McCartney tweeted, "Yes sirrrrr I'll be playing in front of my city on Jan 4."

Those tweets were posted shortly after the official announcement Sunday night.

This will be the final game in a WVU uniform for 22 seniors. They beat Pitt on senior night and can add a BCS bowl game to their legacy.

Senior Defensive End Bruce Irvin tweeted, "Miami Babbbbbbyyyyyyyyyy!!!" Irvin suffered an injury in the second half of the game last week at South Florida. He hopes to be healthy for the Orange Bowl.

Defensive Back Brodrick Jenkins came to WVU from Fort Myers, Florida. That is about a two hour drive from Miami. Clemson's top receiver, Sammy Watkins, earned ACC Rookie of the Year honors. He went to the same high school and played on the same team as Jenkins.

Jenkins tweeted about the opportunity to play against Watkins, "Jus talk ta lil bro @SammyWatkins7 remembering playin highschool together and now we playin against each other in the #ORANGEBOWL #BLESSED

Former WVU football players were also chiming in about the Orange Bowl.

Steve Slaton played a big role in West Virginia's win over Georgia in the 2006 Sugar Bowl. He currently plays for the Miami Dolphins. Slaton tweeted, "Just have to say another congrats to my #Mountaineers another BCS. You'll see me there in proud Gold & Blue"

Add in the irony that Clemson quarterback Tajh Boyd will play against West Virginia, a team he verbally committed to before reopening his search, and there will be plenty to keep this matchup interesting for the next month.

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