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Friday, November 26, 2010
West Virginia-Pitt kickoff notes

By Brian Bennett

PITTSBURGH -- Think West Virginia's woofing made its way to Pitt's ears?

You'd better believe it. As the Mountaineers came toward midfield to stretch for warm-ups, Pitt offensive tackle Jason Pinkston skipped toward them and had to be restrained by his coaches as he exchanged words with some West Virginia players. Last year, there was pushing and shoving at midfield right before the game. That hasn't happened yet, but we've got 30 minutes still before kickoff.

Both teams are wearing their new Nike Pro Combat uniforms, and as expected from the pictures, West Virginia's look much cooler. The Mountaineers' gold shoes are fantastic. I'm not a big fan of Pitt's all-blue look.

One note for West Virginia: Backup quarterback Barry Brunetti is pretty sick. So if something happens to Geno Smith, the Mountaineers will have to turn to Coley White or Brad Starks.

Of course, that won't make any difference in this game, and neither will the pregame jawing. Let's get this Brawl going.