Being that Saturday will mark the first meeting between West Virginia and the University of Nevada Las Vegas on a football field and that UNLV is a member of the Mountain West Conference, a league in which the Mountaineers have only played seven games against (4-2-1) in their history, you may be a little short on knowledge of the school.
UNLV, in fact, has never even played a team from the Big East Conference and last played on this side of the country in Sept., 2004 against Tennessee. Last time it was as far east as Morgantown, was in 1972 at Miami.
If you're like me, you're aware of famous alumni like Randall Cunningham, Kenny Mayne, ''Grandmama'' Larry Johnson, Elbert ''Ickey'' Woods, Ryan Ludwick, and, of course, Frank ''The Tank'' Summers.
UNLV jumped to Division I in 1978, but remained an independent. The Rebels eventually bounced around to a few other leagues, and it wasn't until 1999, one year following the school's worst season (0-11) that the Rebels hired former USC coach John Robinson and joined the newly formed MWC.
During what have been less than fruitful times, the Rebels are just 23-61 all-time in MWC play. Then again, it's fairly obvious most people would rather do other things in Vegas because the school's all-time record in football, now playing its 43rd season, is 230-254-4. It happens when your campus is a stone's throw from ''The Entertainment Capital of the World.''