YE OLDE notebook:
The WVU women's basketball team, however, is a different story. I've been covering Mountain State sports for, um, a few years now and I can't recall that program being such a hot topic. Calls and e-mails have been received here asking for more.
It's a testament to a terrific job from coach Mike Carey and his team. They have grabbed the state's attention with a No. 6 ranking in this week's Associated Press poll. In case you're wondering, yes, that's the highest ranking in the history of a program started back in 1973-74 under then-coach Kittie Blakemore.
Fans aren't packing the Coliseum yet for the women, but attendance is at an all-time high. The Mountaineer women have drawn 18,939 so far for an average of 2,367 fans per game. A crowd of 6,299 attended the Loyola game, which was part of a men's-women's doubleheader.
The largest crowd to ever watch a women's game at the Coliseum was 8,307 in 2008 (vs. DePaul), followed by the 8,268 to watch the Mountaineers play host to Clemson in a 1992 NCAA tournament game.
Those numbers should be challenged when WVU plays host to No. 2 Connecticut for a 7 p.m. game on Feb. 8. The game will be televised via the CBS College Sports Network. This Saturday, the Mountaineer women will play host to Cincinnati at 4 p.m.
Oh, and something to keep an eye on? After Wednesday's 21-point blowout of Seton Hall moved the WVU record to 15-0, I asked Carey if his team had hit its zenith.
"No,'' he said. "We've been up and down. We're not close to peaking."
No, not because of Holyfield. The man is 48 years old. But because the latest is Clarence Clemons, the sax player for Bruce Springsteen's E Street Band, has been announced as part of the event. Now that's a draw.