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West Virginia Coach Stewart: 'Maryland is still Maryland'

I wanted to pass along some initial thoughts from West Virginia Coach Bill Stewart on the upcoming matchup in Morgantown:

“Maryland is Maryland. They are tough, they’ve got speed, and they’re ACC. They had a bad year last year. These guys have won, and they had our number there for awhile. When Scotty [McBrien] was over there they beat us three times in a two-year span, I mean this is going to be a heck of a football game and each and every year since 1980 it’s been like that for the last 30 years. So this is going to be big. You talk about their quarterbacks, how about those two running backs?

“They’re hitting on all cylinders, and they came out against Navy and it was bang, bang, bang, touchdown, touchdown, before Navy could blink. They got some breaks in the red zone, and then they came back and stopped Navy when they had to. They have my total attention. I’m worried, I don’t think our players should have any trouble in my mind getting up for these guys. Having not played them the last two years could maybe hurt us, maybe that will hurt them, I don’t know. Maybe it will help us. They are a good football team, and they’re out to have a good year, and it looks like they’re on track to do that.

Stewart went on to talk about the quality of a game he expects Saturday.

“Tommy Bratton and I have worked together. I’ve coached against Ralph (Friedgen) for many, many years and many on his staff I’ve coached against. I know they have an excellent coaching staff, they don’t have a good coaching staff, they have an excellent coaching staff.

“Maryland is still Maryland, they’ve had a rough couple of years, now they have not only won, but they have an excellent quarterback and I know that with (Da’Rel) Scott running that ball or (Davin) Meggett running that ball they’re going to be very, very difficult. Defensively, I’ve known those guys for years, they’re going to sic’ ‘em, they’re going to blitz us, they’re going to just create havoc, and I just hope and pray we can create some big plays and get them off balance. I swear to God, this is going to be a whale of a football game.”

By Eric Prisbell  |  September 14, 2010; 8:14 AM ET
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I would disregard any comments made by Stew - he is lucky to have a head coaching job and basically a complete moron.

Posted by: capsfansince74 | September 14, 2010 10:24 AM | Report abuse

tell us how you really feel capsfan

Posted by: fushezzi | September 14, 2010 11:31 AM | Report abuse

What's wrong with respecting your opponent, Capsfan? Trash talking isn't in Stewart's repertoire, nor should it be. Winning, however, has been.

Posted by: NatsFly | September 14, 2010 2:26 PM | Report abuse

What coach in his right mind is going to trash talk about a team before they play. Stewart knows better than to disrespect a team, one because he's actually a class guy and wouldn't badmouth anyone, and two he doesn't want to give bulletin board fodder for his opponent. Only complete idiots would psych the other team up like that. Anyone remember that defensive coach of the Bills and what he said before the Super Bowl about the Redskins? He got fired the day after the game.

Posted by: ecglotfelty | September 14, 2010 2:59 PM | Report abuse

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