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WVU’s starting center to reportedly miss Pinstripe Bowl

Big 12 Media Day Football AP

At this rate, the Pinstripe Bowl is setting up nicely for a 7-0n-7 game.

As we’ve noted over the past few days, Syracuse has had its share of players suspended for Saturday’s Pinstripe Bowl against West Virginia. Now it’s the Mountaineers’ turn. The Charleston Daily Mail reports that WVU starting center Joey Madsen did not travel with the team to New York because of grades.

(Go ahead, insert your snarky comments about academics and WVU here. We’ll wait.)

Madsen was a veteran anchor along WVU’s offensive line, making 50 starts in the past 51 games for the Mountaineers. His only non-start? The 2010 Champs Sports Bowl, also because of academics. As the Daily Mail notes, Madsen is two starts shy of tying former center and Rimington Trophy winner Dan Mozes for the most starts at WVU. Madsen played in practically all of the offensive snaps for WVU this year.

He leads all of WVU’s offensive linemen with 55 knockdowns this year and was second-team all-Big 12.

Losing Madsen is a concern for the Mountaineers, as Syracuse has been able to successfully pressure quarterback Geno Smith in the past two meetings — both wins.

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6 Responses to “WVU’s starting center to reportedly miss Pinstripe Bowl”
  1. scalpemseminoles says: Dec 26, 2012 6:13 PM

    Huge blow for wvu. Syrcause is definitely going to be up for this challenge

  2. indywvu says: Dec 26, 2012 6:28 PM

    Way to let down your teammates, kid.

  3. effjohntaylornorelation says: Dec 26, 2012 6:50 PM

    What is it about Appalachian’s and Mohawks?

  4. sportsfix4u says: Dec 26, 2012 8:44 PM

    happen last year also- let your team down. On the upside Cuse has 4 players in the same shape. WVU win anyway.

  5. sd1024 says: Dec 27, 2012 6:03 PM

    @Sportsfix

    Check the last 2 games between these 2. Genius.

  6. dg0122 says: Dec 28, 2012 4:40 PM

    Who knew wvu even kept track of grades?

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