During the nine days between the Oct. 24
announcement that Whit Babcock had accepted the offer to become the
athletic director of the University of Cincinnati and the day he started
on Nov. 2, West Virginia became the third Big East member to leave the
Mountains explode and disappear all the time in the Appalachians. Mountaintop removal transforms small streams into raging torrents that sweep away houses several times a year and dumps arsenic, mercury, lead, copper and chromium into drinking water, some of which makes its way to Cincinnati.