The Washington Times - September 10, 2007, 11:20AM
West Virginia

\ Actually, that’s a better thing to listen to than the contrived crowd noise Ralph Friedgen has piped into practice. It sounds like a cross between a country fair, a monster truck rally and a busy downtown intersection at 5 p.m., and it was entirely unnecessary last week leading into a game at the cavernous Orange Bowl that was about 15 percent full.\

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\ This is a compacted week. I expect to hear at least twice in the next three days how “Sunday is Monday, Monday is Tuesday, Tuesday is Wednesday and Wednesday is Thursday and Friday.” I don’t know if that’s Newspeak or simply channeling Mustapha Mond, but I already have a bad habit of losing track of days. That only makes it worse.\

\ Among the highlights today: The Big East conference call (West Virginia’s Rich Rodriguez goes at 11:30 a.m.), practice at 4, and then the first chance to talk to Ralph and players since just after Saturday’s 26-10 defeat of Florida International.\

\ As for that game, I’m trying to forget as much of it as I can, from the punting parade to the Amazing Peeling Coral Green Seats in the press box (the best part about it might have been the exuberant public address announcer). So let’s never speak of it again.\

\ — Patrick Stevens