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WVU, Syracuse Coaches Not Concerned About Weather Forecast


Most bowl games take place in warmer climates. Not the Pinstripe Bowl. West Virginia and Syracuse are expected to take the field at Yankee Stadium to some potentially heavy snowfall.

WVi Meteorologist Jason Parrish issued this kickoff forecast, "Snow will pick up during the morning hours of Saturday, and continue through the afternoon, this includes during the game.  Snow will accumulate up to an inch during the game.  Winds won't be a big issue, from the northeast at 5-10 MPH. Air temperatures during the game will hover in the lower 30s."

Both Head Coaches have led their teams into less than ideal weather conditions and both discussed the topic.

"I have become quite the weatherman lately," WVU Head Coach Dana Holgorsen said. "There are two factors that matter, it's wind and it's wet. Snow doesn't bother us much. If the wind is blowing then that makes it miserable."

"My biggest concern is wind. Rain has a little bit of a factor depending on how hard of a downpour it is. With the snow, the only thing I get concerned about is making sure the officials can see those lines."

Marrone speaks from experience in regards to coaching in a game where the out of bounds lines were questionable.

"I remember playing a game in the old Meadowlands against Pittsburgh and they only had a couple of shovels," Marrone said. "I was with the New York Jets and we were playing the Pittsburgh Steelers and they had a tough time seeing the out of bounds line. I'm sure we will have enough people out here and two years ago we had a good experience with people shoveling it."

West Virginia fans can identify with some of the poor weather conditions the Mountaineers have fought through in recent years.

"About five weeks ago we were in Ames, Iowa and it was probably one of the most miserable games I've been in," Holgorsen stated. "It was 30 degrees, but it was probably about 30 mile per hour winds and it was raining slightly."

WVU has also played in a snowstorm. That took place in 2011 at Rutgers. Footing was poor on the field as snow fell from the sky throughout the game. That led to Running Back Shawne Alston taking over the spotlight. He carried the ball 14 times for 110 yards and two touchdowns.

"We got some guys that think they are going to the NFL and if they go to the NFL they are going to be playing in this kind of weather for two months," Holgorsen said. "Our guys are used to it. You got a gameplan, you have to stick to it and see what happens."

We will all see what happens together. Kickoff between West Virginia and Syracuse is set for 3:15 p.m. on ESPN.

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