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West Virginia notebook: Root apologizes for broadcast cross-up

| Saturday, Sept. 6, 2014, 9:54 p.m.

MORGANTOWN, W.Va — Root Sports tweeted an apology Saturday for a mix-up that caused many Comcast viewers in West Virginia to miss the first half of the Mountaineers' game against Towson.

The plan in West Virginia was to switch from the late-starting Pirates-Chicago Cubs game when the football game started, while viewers in the Pittsburgh area stayed with the Pirates game.

Some West Virginia viewers were able to see the football game from the start, but many did not, including those who live in Wheeling and Morgantown.

Looking sharp

Milan Puskar Stadium is sporting a new look, part of a broad series of athletic facility upgrades. Spiffy end zone graphics/scoreboards are part of the nine new LED boards throughout the stadium. New blue-and-gold, field-level wall wraps span end zone to end zone, covering bare concrete.

Meanwhile construction continues to expand the outdated and cramped team room.

An omen?

This was WVU's first home opener at night since 2005, when the Mountaineers beat Wofford, 35-7. That was the season WVU won the Big East championship and beat Georgia in the Sugar Bowl.

Family ties

Calling the plays for Towson was Jared Ambrose, the offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach and younger brother of head coach Rob Ambrose.

Their father, Tim Ambrose, was head coach at Middletown (Md.) High School for 31 years.

This and that

WVU linebacker Wes Tonkery left the game in the second quarter with what was described as a “lower extremity injury.” He did not return. ... Towson entered the game ranked 22nd in the FCS, falling from 13th after last week's loss to Central Connecticut State. ... Towson's defense got a boost when All-Colonial Athletic Association safety Christian Carpenter started after missing last week's game with concussion-related symptoms. ... Former WVU and Steelers safety Mike Logan called the game with Rob King for Root Sports.

Bob Cohn is a staff writer for Trib Total M edia. Reach him at bcohn@tribweb.co m.

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