Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Thanksgiving and football: How the Mountaineers celebrate

Dana Holgorsen (Photo Credit: Jeff Ruff, BGS)

Dana Holgorsen (Photo Credit: Jeff Ruff, BGS)

MORGANTOWN, W.Va.–Thanksgiving is about being thankful for things in life. It’s a holiday associated with turkey and spending time with family and friends.

But there is one mainstay in many homes on Thanksgiving and that is football.

Thousands of football fans will be tuned in to the NFL games on Thursday.

“Thanksgiving is my favorite time of year,” West Virginia University’s quarterback Skyler Howard said. “It’s always around football season, that’s why. When I was at home, I loved it because of all of the food and all of the family. It’s nice.”

Even though WVU is off on Thanksgiving day itself, some of the Mountaineers are unable to go home for the holiday because of the distance.

WVU head coach Dana Holgorsen and his assistant coaches try and give their extended family a wonderful holiday.

The Mountaineers went to a movie as a group on Tuesday and the team had a family dinner together on Wednesday. Holgorsen let the players decide how they would spend their Thanksgiving, but no one was left out in the cold.

“I let them go where they want to on Thursday,” he said. “Some of them will go home. They will have about 24

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