Saturday, May 15, 2021
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Proposed rule changes for the 2021-22 NCAA women’s basketball season have some items in common with those put up for approval on the men’s side, but there are a couple of differences – and one omission – that will continue to keep the women’s rules a bit different from those of the men.

Friday, May 14, 2021
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MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — A pair of three-run rallies in the eighth inning set up a dramatic finish as West Virginia held on for a 7-6 win over Miami (OH) in a non-conference game at Monongalia County Ballpark on Friday evening.

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While the methods of evaluation won’t change much with the advent of a crush of new recruiting tasks in the upcoming age of much freer transfer mobility in college athletics, the amount of time spent assembling rosters for each season will see an increase, especially in the late spring and s…

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(EDITOR’S NOTE: I unofficially declare this Jerry West week, and will dedicate this week’s columns to the greatest West Virginia University legend of all-time. A couple of weeks back he sat for an hour interview with Buster Scher on The Buster Show, a podcast out of New York, and spoke of ma…

Thursday, May 13, 2021
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(EDITOR’S NOTE: I unofficially declare this Jerry West week, and will dedicate this week’s columns to the greatest West Virginia University legend of all-time. A couple of weeks back he sat for an hour interview with Buster Scher on The Buster Show, a podcast out of New York, and spoke of ma…

Wednesday, May 12, 2021
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(EDITOR’S NOTE: I unofficially declare this Jerry West week, and will dedicate this week’s columns to the greatest West Virginis University legend of all-time. A couple of weeks back he sat for an hour interview with Buster Scher on The Buster Show, a podcast out of New York, and spoke of ma…

Tuesday, May 11, 2021
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MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — West Virginia used 10 pitchers, with all nine relievers allowing neither a hit nor a run, as the Mountaineers recorded a 4-1 win over Marshall on Tuesday night at Monongalia County Ballpark. The WVU offense put together four hits for a three-run second inning and made tha…

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(EDITOR’S NOTE: I unofficially declare this Jerry West week, and will dedicate this week’s columns to the greatest West Virginis University legend of all-time. A couple of weeks back he sat for an hour interview with Buster Scher on The Buster Show, a podcast out of New York, and spoke of ma…

Monday, May 10, 2021
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Without question, sports, like life itself, changes and evolves. With that comes the need to adapt and modify the rules that govern them. Thus, several of the new rules proposed by the NCAA Men’s Basketball Rules Committee address recent developments in the game, and should help it become be…

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MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — The passage of the rule by the NCAA allowing all student-athletes the opportunity to transfer once in their college careers without having to sit out a year has opened the floodgates of the transfer portal, which serves as a database for those who want to move to a new school.

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EDITOR’S NOTE: I unofficially declare this Jerry West week, and will dedicate this week’s columns to the greatest West Virginia University legend of all-time. A couple of weeks back he sat for an hour interview with Buster Scher on The Buster Show, a podcast out of New York, and spoke of man…

Sunday, May 09, 2021
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MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — The West Virginia University baseball team fell in both games of a doubleheader against Oklahoma on Saturday at Monongalia County Ballpark in Morgantown. The Mountaineers lost, 8-7, in 11 innings, before suffering a 9-1 setback in Game 2.

Sunday, May 09, 2021
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MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — The West Virginia University baseball team fell in both games of a doubleheader against Oklahoma on Saturday at Monongalia County Ballpark in Morgantown. The Mountaineers lost, 8-7, in 11 innings, before suffering a 9-1 setback in Game 2.

Saturday, May 08, 2021
Friday, May 07, 2021
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MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — West Virginia combined a strong early offensive start and another outstanding performance on the mound from Jackson Wolf as it smacked Oklahoma 7-1 in the opener of a Big 12 series at Monongalia County Ballpark on Friday night.

Thursday, May 06, 2021
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MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (WV News) — Redshirt senior guard Kysre Gondrezick of the West Virginia University women’s basketball team has been selected to the 2020-21 Academic All-District Women’s Basketball Team, as selected by CoSIDA, recognizing the nation’s top student-athletes for their combined…

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MORGANTOWN — It was late Wednesday afternoon and out on the field at Mon County Ball Park, West Virginia’s baseball team was getting ready for an important game against a ranked Backyard Brawl rival in Pitt.

Wednesday, May 05, 2021
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MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (WV News) — As surprising as Darius Stills’ being overlooked in the NFL draft last week is the fact that Kyle Poland has had his dream come true, being invited to the Houston Texans’ rookie rookie mini-camp to try out for the team as a long snapper.

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The lessening of restrictions on transfers in the NCAA has created a wave of potential player movement between colleges and universities, but that’s not the only factor which is contributing to the uncertainty that coaches are facing in forming, let alone finalizing, their rosters for the up…

Tuesday, May 04, 2021
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MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (WV News) — As the 2020 football season mercifully came to an end with a victory over Army in the Liberty Bowl, West Virginia’s defensive coaches were thrilled with the progress they had made, emerging as one of the top defenses in the nation, especially against the pass.

Monday, May 03, 2021
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With spring football practice in the rearview mirror, West Virginia’s program enters a period of evaluation, along with a bit of downtime for players. However, many changes in the college game, including the reopening of recruiting and the need to rebuild rosters in the age of open transfers…

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West Virginia alumni Mike Brown, TJ Simmons and Kyle Poland are among the Mountaineers who have signed or are pursuing free agent deals with NFL teams after the league’s three-day draft extravaganza wrapped up on Saturday.

Saturday, May 01, 2021
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MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (WV News) — As the seventh and final round of the National Football League torture chamber that the league calls its draft began, West Virginia’s All-American defensive tackle Darius Stills had had enough sitting around watching and waiting, something he’d done for three days.

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MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (WV News) — The West Virginia University baseball team dropped a 5-3 game to No. 5 TCU on Saturday afternoon at Monongalia County Ballpark in Morgantown.

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CARY, N.C. — A 74th-minute penalty kick goal by the Owls was the difference as the No. 5-seeded West Virginia University women’s soccer team fell to Rice, 1-0, in the second round of the NCAA Tournament, at WakeMed Soccer Park, in Cary, North Carolina, on Saturday.

Friday, April 30, 2021
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Contract buyouts in the collegiate sports world have gone through many changes over the years as the amounts of money paid to head coaches (and now a few assistants) have ascended well into the seven- and eight-figure range.

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If TJ Simmons’ draft projection was based solely on his personality and outlook, he’d be a first rounder. WVU’s Liberty Bowl MVP would be a great addition to any team in that regard, and his positive view and work ethic will give him a shot to hook on with some team as a free agent.

Thursday, April 29, 2021
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MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — Unlike the offensive side of the football at West Virginia, which is still seeking to improve, the Mountaineer defense for 2021 is more about maintaining the high level of play it enjoyed last season.

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As the NFL Draft gets underway, Darius Stills will be hoping to hear his name called at some point, but that won’t be until today (Rounds 2-3) or Saturday (Rounds 4-7). Like many West Virginia players — and many across the college landscape — he hopes that his performance on the field will o…

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MORGANTOWN — Her name is Kim Webster, but you probably know her as Ginger from the role she played on the television hit series “The West Wing.”

Wednesday, April 28, 2021
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MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (WV News) — To most of those who watched Darius Stills as he grew from an obscure nose guard into the Big 12’s Defensive Lineman of the Year and a potential National Football League draft choice, they also thought that most important person behind him was the middle linebac…

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With the NFL Draft approaching on April 29-May 1, several West Virginia potential picks, plus an additional group with a good chance of landing free agent deals or spots in training camps, will be tracking the results and waiting by their phones for word that will determine their immediate futures.

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MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — Personally, I wish every college athlete would redshirt as a freshman, then play four more seasons with the program with which they originally signed, never giving thought to transferring or turning pro before their NCAA eligibility is exhausted. Then after that, I wish t…

Tuesday, April 27, 2021
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MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (WV News) — The mercurial college basketball career of Derek Culver ended the way it started ... in turmoil.

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MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (WV News) — West Virginia football coach Neal Brown, who has lost some key players in the transfer portal such as starting safety Tykee Smith and starting cornerback Dreshun Miller, says that he’s had players tampered with by other coaches and that Power 5 college football …

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MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (WV News) — There have been times during his West Virginia basketball career when a double team would clamp down on Derek Culver, the Mountaineers’ big man, and he was like he didn’t know whether he was coming or going.

Monday, April 26, 2021
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MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (WV News) — When senior cornerback Dreshun Miller cleaned out his locker and packed his gear this February and announced he was transferring to Auburn it hit the West Virginia football defense like a Mike Tyson left hook hit opponents while he was in his prime.

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MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — Bits and pieces, notes and nuggets from a watch, and a couple of re-watches, of West Virginia’s Gold-Blue scrimmage and competitions.

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MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — Trying to make definitive judgments about a football team based on observations from a handful of practices can admittedly lead to inaccuracy, but as the conduit for the Mountaineer fan base, it’s my job to decipher what I see the best I can and pass those observations along.

Saturday, April 24, 2021
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MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (WV News) — Back when Kaden Prather decided that he would “Trust the Climb”, as West Virginia was putting it at the time, and attend West Virginia rather than Penn State, it was a decision greeted as few others at WVU.

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MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — It often takes walk-ons at least two or three years to earn a shot at even minimal playing time in a high-level Division I program. West Virginia’s Graeson Malashevich, the 2021 recipient of the Tommy Nickolich Award in the WVU football program, cleared that bar much earl…

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MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (WV News) — People came to see a spring football game and, instead, a circus broke out, which was exactly how West Virginia football coach Neal Brown wanted it to be, minus the clowns.

Friday, April 23, 2021
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MANHATTAN, Kansas — West Virginia nearly let a career performance from starter Jackson Wolf go wanting, but after blowing a save in the ninth, the Mountaineers got a run with the help of a K-State error in the top of the 11th inning for a 4-3 win in Manhattan, Kansas on Friday night.

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West Virginia redshirt sophomore tight end Mike O’Laughlin has no problem with change. A high school wide receiver who morphed his game and body to become a tight end on a Mountaineer team that not long prior to his arrival used the spot as an offensive weapon about as frequently as Halley’s…

Thursday, April 22, 2021
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MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (WV News) — Two days before he puts his third West Virginia football team on display in the annual Gold-Blue Spring Game at 1 p.m. Saturday at Mountaineer Field, Neal Brown was rewarded with a two-year contract extension for the direction in which he has the WVU team moving.

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