MORGANTOWN - West Virginia's football team has some terrific company in attempting to embrace a bowl that almost no one associated with the team wanted to go to.
Oh, sure, the Mountaineers should be grateful for what they did get, which was a date with Syracuse in the Pinstripe Bowl. Teams that lose five straight games are lucky to get even that.
And yes, it's odd that WVU spent most of this season playing new opponents in order to earn a bowl trip to play an old one. It's likely to be no picnic playing it in the Bronx in late December, either (average temperature in New York City on Dec. 29: 39 degrees).
Toss in the irony of being sent to what amounts to a Big East bowl game after spending $20 million to leave the league behind (call it the Old Era Pinstripe Bowl, if you wish) and this is certainly the least attractive postseason date the Mountaineers have had since the Hall of Fame Bowl in Birmingham in 1983.
But join the crowd in lamenting how so many of these bowl games worked out.