November 11, 2007

'Happy warriors' return home with happy memories

MORGANTOWN--Coach Dale Wolfley calls them the happy warriors.

Phoenix Community College defenders Tevita Finau (fee-now) and Aki Vakalahi (Va-ka-la-hi) Thursday brought their recruiting show to West Virginia, which beat Louisville 38-31 that night.

The pair arrived in a 45-degree Morgantown wearing T-shirts and shorts, but soon changed into warmer gear as the story of WVU's narrow victory played out on national TV.

Though Rich Rodriguez goofed with them early in pre-game warmups and defensive coordinator Jeff Casteel and graduate assistant/D-line Dan Hott joshed in the Milan Puskar Stadium end zone, one of the athletes was stoic the next day with a reporter.

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