And with that kind of familiarity with the area comes both the good and the bad.
"We want them to be excited about going to the game and about playing the game. But we're not going to treat it like a vacation,'' first-year West Virginia coach Dana Holgorsen said. "We obviously want to have a good time down there and let them enjoy it and be close to home and let a bunch of their friends and family come watch the game. But we've still got to get our work done and prepare and do the best that we can to make it a competitive game.''
The Miramar guys all seem focused on that. They play games in different places all the time. And they're just trying to treat this as another road game.
For friends and family, though, it's different.
"All the people who ever wanted to come to a game up here or anywhere else, now they have an opportunity to do so,'' Smith said.
That's not always easy given the distance from Miami to Morgantown or to most of the places the Mountaineers play. Shoot, even a drive from Miami to Tampa for a game at USF is a haul of some 41/2 hours.
"It's more for my family members to get a chance to see me play,'' Smith said. "They've always wanted to come up here for games or go where ever [the team plays], but it's just a distance thing. But now we get a chance to go home and everybody's going to be there. I've got long, lost cousins wanting to come to the game now. But it's going to be more special to them than me.''
How many of those long, lost cousins actually make it to the game remains to be seen, of course. Smith can get only so many tickets from teammates.
"I'm just trying to grab up as many as I can and then let my mother disperse them,'' Smith said. "If it was up to me, I'd just give them to everybody. So she's the ticket master.''
All of which leaves guys like him and Bailey to focus on what matters.
"It's a business trip. We're not taking this lightly,'' Bailey said. "It's not a vacation trip.''
Reach Dave Hickman at 304-348-1734 or dphickm...@aol.com.