Jones Says West Virginia Won’t Have Same ‘Feel’ in New Conference
NEW YORK — Regardless of where West Virginia winds up down the road, Kevin Jones and Darryl “Truck” Bryant will finish out their careers in the Big East.
But Jones says if West Virginia does indeed leave the Big East for the Big 12, it won’t be the same for the Mounties or their fans.
“It’s not going to really affect me or Truck, but I just feel sorry for my teammates and the players that it will affect in the future,” Jones, a Mount Vernon, N.Y., native and preseason first-team All-Big East selection, told SNY.tv at Big East media day.
“Of course I will be coming and watching games and watching games on TV, but it just won’t have that same feel if it wasn’t the same Big East that I played in.”
Jones and Bryant helped the Mountaineers win their first Big East tournament title in 2010, when they downed Georgetown at Madison Square Garden and then heard the strains of John Denver’s “Take Me Home, Country Roads” blaring over the Garden loudspeakers.
The Mounties went on to reach the Final Four before falling to eventual champion Duke.
Bryant, a Brooklyn native from St. Raymond’s, said he will support West Virginia wherever they wind up.
“At the end of the day me and Kevin will be gone but…that’s our school,” he said. “But whatever conference they go to we’re always going to have support for them, always go to their games and support them.”
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