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Schiano ends up facing two former conference opponents

The Sports Xchange

--Coach Greg Schiano knows the Big East and never beat West Virginia during his 11 seasons as the head coach at Rutgers. So it's no surprise he used his familiarity with opposing players to his advantage in the draft Saturday.

But talk about a small world.

The Bucs took Mountaineers linebacker Najee Goode in the fifth round when the draft resumed Saturday. About an hour later, they took his roommate, West Virginia cornerback Keith Tandy, in the sixth round.

"We started texting earlier today about how nerve-wracking it was and how we couldn't be still and every time we get a text message, we think it's a team calling," Tandy said. "After he got drafted, I congratulated him. Then after I got drafted, he called me while I was on the phone with coach Schiano."

--Boise State RB Doug Martin was labeled with the nickname "Muscle Hamster," by one of the Broncos offensive linemen. But he doesn't really want it to stick. "Not exactly a ferocious animal," he said.

"I think we got better in the last 24 hours. We really got better." - Coach Greg Schiano after the draft.

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