NEW YORK - All things considered, West Virginia's on-site preparations for Saturday's Pinstripe Bowl could have gotten off to a better start.
That they didn't is probably the best evidence for why logic and tradition seem squarely at odds with playing football bowl games in northern climes.
Not only did the Mountaineers have to deal with alternately rainy, snowy and windy conditions on their first full day in New York, they pretty much had to scrap their Wednesday practice. The weather forced coach Dana Holgorsen to cancel the planned trip to Fordham and left WVU working out at the team hotel in mid-town Manhattan.
"We woke up to a blizzard and that's not cool,'' Holgorsen said. "But we'll deal with it.''
Well, actually the Mountaineers woke up to a threat of a blizzard. The actual rain and wind and eventually snow didn't come until later in the day. But right from the start Holgorsen saw the potential for a miserable workout that might have done more harm than good, so he went in a different direction.
The team worked out in shorts and jerseys in a ballroom, apparently getting most of their work in the form of rigorous conditioning from strength coach Mike Joseph and his staff.
"I'm pretty sure a couple of guys threw up,'' said quarterback Geno Smith. "But we got some good work in.''
Syracuse, which had scheduled its practice at Columbia for earlier in the day, got its workout in before any of the bad weather hit in the afternoon.
The problem with not working out on Wednesday before a Saturday game is that it is usually one of a team's two hard, physical practices. As it is, West Virginia will have none of those leading up to Saturday's game. Holgorsen dismissed the team after last Friday's practice to go home for Christmas and the team reassembled Tuesday night in New York.