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The not-so-big return and a big recruit

The blogcation is over and the balancing act involving the Big East media days for the men and the women, as well as the preparatory work for Saturday’s footall game, is now complete. Leaving NYC soon for Edison, N.J., which is just about two Matt Ryan drives from the Rutgers campus in Piscataway.

(If you need to think of it this way, WVU needed B.C. to win because a Virginia Tech win vaults the Hokies above WVU in the BCS standings and the Eagles wouldnt’ fall below the Mountaineers for losing on the road. With the loss, VT has almost no way of passing WVU, so long as WVU wins out. And yes, that was Matty Ryan’s Heisman Moment. He was everything those final two drives.)

Two things to point out this morning — and there should be at least something coming in the afternoon.

First, there were whispers about this Wednesday at the men’s media day and two days later we learn the Mountaineers have received a commitment from 6-foot-10 Roscoe Davis. We saw him at The Hoop Group’s Summer Jam Fest this past July in Morgantown and I thought he was legit. It’s hard to tell in AAU events, but a lot of people thought he’d be big-time and that Bob Huggins would eventually earn Davis’ services.

The signing period for the fall is Nov. 14-21. Huggins previously received a commitment from New York City guard Darryl Bryant.

Second — and this was honestly stunning, if you can pardon the bias — but Terry Bowden wants to return to coaching and was hoping do so at WVU last year.

“The straw that broke the camel’s back for me was when Rich (Rodriguez) almost took the Alabama job last year,” said Bowden, 51. “That was the final nail in the coffin of my broadcasting career.

“I’m saying, ‘My goodness, he’s going to leave.’ Deep down, I never thought he would leave, but I had so many contacts in Alabama saying, ‘He’s here, Terry. We got him from ya.’

“And I’m on the phone trying to get a hold of (Gov.) Joe Manchin, of (WVU Athletic Director) Ed Pastilong, trying to throw my hat in the ring. I said, ‘You all aren’t probably going to believe this, but I’d really like to get back, if you would consider me.’

“For about four hours, when they didn’t know if they were going to keep their coach, I began to envision myself getting back into football where I grew up.

“Rich did what he should have done and what he’s happy doing, and if West Virginia is happy, so am I as a West Virginian … and from that point on I haven’t slowed down on this.”