Chuck Finder | 8: p.m. Sept. 2
* Consider Jason Gwaltney a three-time loser at West Virginia. After Bill Stewart welcomed the onetime ballyhooed recruit back to campus and the program after 2005 and 2007 flame-outs, Gwaltney decided not to wait out the new coach’s academic and scout-team probations, and he instead will attempt to strike out on his own. He has transferred to C.W. Post near his Long Island home and could play as soon as Saturday against IUP, according to Newsday. (Home wasn’t the answer before, either: In 2006, he transferred to Nassau Community College and lasted, well, a few New York minutes.)
* East Carolina officials announced today that they’ve sold out Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium for Saturday’s celebrated date with West Virginia, with 43,000 plus expected – weather permitting – to watch the Pirates after their second consecutive victory over a ranked team, then-No. 17 Virginia Tech last weekend.
* Tropical Storm/Hurricane Hanna remains swirling around the Caribbean, but Stewart isn’t watching her as closely as administrators at both schools in relation to Saturday's WVU-ECU game: “That’s way above my pay grade. . . If we’re going to play and need a moat or some boats or whatever, let’s get it on. We’ll play wherever they want to play, we’ll play when they want to play. I don’t worry about the weather. If it’s going to rain, [let’s] have fun with the rain.”