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  • Bob Huggins adds second transfer player with former Old Dominion star Malik Curry

    Bob Huggins adds second transfer player with former Old Dominion star Malik Curry

    Apr 13, 2021 9:30am

    Old Dominion v Maryland
    Photo by G Fiume/Maryland Terrapins/Getty Images

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    Football

    As West Virginia’s only Stills, Dante looking to improve production and leadership

    When the 2020 college football season began, Dante Stills had it in his mind that would be his final run in a West Virginia uniform. With his brother Darius Stills currently preparing for the NFL Draft, the younger Stills thought and hoped he would be in a similar position. But now, Dante is readying for his first season at WVU without his brother as a teammate.

    As Mountaineers search for tailback depth, Mathis praised for performance

    As the West Virginia football team continues its search to build depth behind tailback Leddie Brown, head coach Neal Brown sang the praises of sophomore Tony Mathis following Saturday’s practice. With top tailback Leddie Brown being held out of most full tackle events by design, the coaching staff has been afforded a closer look at both Mathis and A’Varius Sparrow.

    Alabama WR Jarel Williams joins WVU Class of 2022

    Wide receiver Jarel Williams has announced his intention to join the West Virginia recruiting Class of 2022. Williams is listed as a three-star recruit by 247sports.com. He caught 46 passes for 802 yards and 10 touchdowns in his junior season at Saraland High School in Saraland, Alabama.

    Mountaineer Insider Podcast – ShaDon Brown and Andrew Jackson

    On this episode of “Mountaineer Insider Podcast,” Dan Zangrilli catches up with West Virginia co-defensive coordinator ShaDon Brown and defensive line coach A.J. Jackson to get their takes on spring football practice.

    Basketball

    WVU men’s basketball adds second transfer

    Malik Curry, who played the last two years at Old Dominion, has signed a grant-in-aid to attend and play basketball for West Virginia during the 2021-22 academic year. Curry, a 6-foot-1 guard from Wilmington, Delaware, will be a graduate transfer and have one year of eligibility remaining. Last season, he started 20 of 20 games for the Monarchs, leading the team in scoring at 15.7 points per game. He was also named to the All-Conference USA Second Team.

    WVU Adds Samuel to 2021-22 Roster

    West Virginia women’s basketball coach Mike Carey has announced that guard Savannah Samuel will join the Mountaineers for the 2021-22 season. She comes to Morgantown after spending last season at Oregon State and has four years of eligibility remaining. As a freshman in 2020-21, Samuel averaged 11.5 minutes and 3.4 points per game.

    Soccer

    West Virginia men’s soccer completes season sweep over Northern Illinois

    A pair of first-half goals lifted the West Virginia men’s soccer team over Northern Illinois, 2-0, on Sunday afternoon. The Mountaineers got on the board midway through the first half with a goal from junior forward Tony Pineda in the 25th minute. Just 15 minutes later, junior midfielder Ike Swiger added on the insurance goal to give WVU the two-score advantage and eventual victory.

    WVU goalkeeper Kayza Massey makes SportsCenter Top 10 for reaching save vs. Virginia

    The #5 West Virginia women’s soccer team may have left Charlottesville without a season-ending win against #12 Virginia, but Mountaineer goalkeeper Kayza Massey caught national attention after stealing that same potential victory from the Cavaliers. The game was tied at one goal in double overtime with just two minutes left, but Massey extended and made a fingertip save to keep the game level and save the draw.

    West Virginia and Virginia draw in the final game of the regular season

    On Saturday afternoon, the #5 West Virginia women’s soccer team faced off against #12 Virginia, which ended in a draw. This marked the second match in seven days between WVU and UVA, as the two squared off on April 3rd, with the Mountaineers winning 1-0.

    Massey Named WVU Student-Athlete of the Week

    After tallying a career-high five saves in a 1-1 draw at #12 Virginia on Saturday, sophomore goalkeeper Kayza Massey of the #5 West Virginia women’s soccer team has been named the WVU Student-Athlete of the Week.

    Baseball

    Randy Mazey reached milestone in comeback win

    The West Virginia baseball team took down Baylor, 8-4, on Sunday afternoon in Waco, Texas. The Mountaineers took the series finale over the Bears with a come-from-behind effort, highlighted by three runs in the fifth and sixth innings. In all, WVU finished with 10 hits with no errors, while BU tallied six hits with two errors. With the victory, head coach Randy Mazey earned his 250th career win at WVU.

    Brophy’s play vs. Baylor earns spot in SportsCenter Top 10

    Another day, another Mountaineer featured on SportsCenter Top 10. West Virginia baseball third baseman Kevin Brophy produced a spectacular defensive highlight in Sunday’s 8-4 win over Baylor, which earned him the fourth spot among the top 10 plays of the day. WVU baseball returns to action Wednesday when it hosts Marshall.

    WVU’s rolling offense and Hampton’s career day lift Mountaineers over Baylor

    The West Virginia baseball team’s bats were going on Sunday, as the Mountaineers snapped its five-game skid with an 8-4 victory over Baylor. The Mountaineers stormed in front in the fifth and sixth innings, putting up six runs on six hits in that span before adding a pair of insurance runs.

    West Virginia Athletics

    WVU track and field finishes with two victories

    The West Virginia track and field team earned two first-place finishes at the Mason Spring Invitational on Sunday at George Mason Stadium, in Fairfax, Virginia. Junior Myesha Nott placed first in the triple jump with a distance of 12.06 meters, while redshirt junior Hayley Jackson placed first in the 800-meter run with a time of 2:08.87.

    Lynch, Zerwas Earn Big 12 Honors

    Senior middle blocker Briana Lynch and junior setter Lacey Zerwas of the West Virginia volleyball team earned a pair of Big 12 postseason awards. Lynch made her first career appearance on the all-conference first team. Zerwas landed on the second team to collect her first career All-Big 12 honor.

    Best Virginia staff set, James Long to lead WVU alumni team in TBT

    WVU-Tech head coach James Long will lead the West Virginia alumni squad Best Virginia in this summer’s The Basketball Tournament (TBT). Dates and locations for the 2021 TBT are expected to be revealed soon. Nathan Adrian, Kevin Jones, John Flowers, and Devin Ebanks are among the former Mountaineers to commit to play for Best Virginia this summer.

    WVU Hall of Famer Gyorko to serve as Black Bears manager during 2021 season

    The West Virginia Black Bears announced that Jedd Gyorko has been appointed manager for the 2021 in the team’s inaugural season in the MLB Draft League. The Morgantown native, WVU Hall of Fame player, and eight-year Major League infielder is the fifth manager in the Black Bears history.

    Three Guys Before The Game – A Visit With Anthony Becht (Episode 282)

    Former Mountaineer, and NFL veteran, Anthony Becht catches up with Tony Caridi and Brad Howe on this episode of “Three Guys Before The Game.” Becht, who is currently preparing for NFL draft coverage, is also guiding his son through the college football recruiting process.

    Around the Big 12

    Texas Tech star Mac McClung enters transfer portal while prioritizing focus on 2021 NBA Draft

    Texas Tech star guard Mac McClung simultaneously entered the transfer portal and declared for the 2021 NBA Draft on Sunday, opening up the possibility for him to land at his third school in three seasons. McClung, who began his career at Georgetown, emphasized his priority right now is on the NBA Draft. The Gate City, Virginia, native was the Big 12 Newcomer of the Year and a second-team All-Big 12 honoree.

    Volleyball All-Big 12 Awards Released

    The 2020-21 All-Big 12 Volleyball awards have been announced. Texas claimed three honors, as Logan Eggleston was named Big 12 Player of the Year, Jhenna Gabriel was selected Setter of the Year, and Jerritt Elliott was voted Coach of the Year. Baylor’s Shanel Bramschreiber earned Libero of the Year and Kansas State’s Aliyah Carter was named Freshman of the Year.

    Texas Sweeps Swimming & Diving Of the Year Awards

    Representatives from the Texas men’s and women’s programs have swept the 2020-21 Big 12 Swimming and Diving Of the Year Awards. For the Longhorn men it was their seventh consecutive sweep of the awards and 15th in program history, while the women accomplished the feat for the fifth straight year and sixth time in school history.

    Around the NCAA

    Indiana Hoosiers add Xavier Johnson after playing at Pittsburgh

    New Indiana coach Mike Woodson spent most of last week trying to persuade his players to stick around. On Monday, he added a new name: Xavier Johnson. The guard is a transfer from Pitt who could provide the consistent perimeter scoring threat the Hoosiers have lacked for years. He will have two seasons of eligibility remaining.

    East Carolina transfer Jayden Gardner, AAC’s second-leading scorer, commits to Virginia

    East Carolina transfer Jayden Gardner, a first-team all-conference selection, committed to Virginia on Monday. Gardner chose the Cavaliers over a final five that also included NC State, Miami, LSU, and Arkansas.

    Worries mount that A-Rod could move Timberwolves to another city

    News that Glen Taylor could sell the Minnesota Timberwolves and Minnesota Lynx to former MLB superstar Alex Rodriguez and billionaire Marc Lore has fans worried the teams could end up in Seattle or Las Vegas.

    Star receiver Julian Edelman, 34, retires, ending 12-year career with New England Patriots

    New England Patriots star receiver Julian Edelman, who helped the team win three championships and was the MVP of Super Bowl LIII, announced his retirement on Monday.

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  • Season’s Over — Let the Bullsh*ting Begin

    Season’s Over — Let the Bullsh*ting Begin

    Apr 8, 2021 11:00am

    NCAA Basketball: NCAA Tournament-Syracuse at West Virginia
    Mar 21, 2021; Indianapolis, Indiana, USA; West Virginia Mountaineers head coach Bob Huggins and Syracuse Orange head coach Jim Boeheim exchange words after the Syracuse Orange defeat the West Virginia Mountaineers in the second round of the 2021 NCAA Tournament at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee | Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

    With the 2020-2021 Basketball season behind us, I have thoughts

    A long, chaotic season that probably should never have happened finally came to an end earlier this week. For WVU, it was a season of highs and lows, that ended with a loss to an old Big East rival in the second round of the tournament. I have some thoughts.

    The Champions

    If you’ve read anything I’ve written at this blog, you’ll know I have extremely strong feelings about Baylor University and their Athletic Department. To be clear, this was one of the best basketball teams I’ve watched in a long time. They do everything and do it well. They have length, athletic players, and can shoot lights out. On top of that Scott Drew is a great recruiter and in-game coach. That said, this is an athletic department that does not deserve to exist. They represent everything that is bad and terrible about college athletics.

    CBS did a huge disservice by conveniently omitting why Baylor’s story was “so amazing.” If you don’t know, well, I could spend a whole article talking about Dave Bliss being literal human garbage. I could also spend a whole article talking about the Baylor Rape Scandal, and how it went to every level of the university. But, I will spare you.

    Put simply, I won’t be happy for Baylor University. I won’t be happy for their fans who like to pretend their football program wasn’t built by a terrible person named Art Briles. I won’t be happy for Scott Drew, either. He’s a sanctimonious prick. I am happy for their players, and wish them well. They absolutely deserved the title.

    Mister 900

    Bob Huggins is simply one of the best coaches of all-time and should be in the Hall of Fame. He should also have his name on either the court or the building. WVU has always been really weird about naming stuff/retiring jerseys. They need to get over that and put Huggs name on something.

    Also for those keeping score at home, with Roy Williams’ retirement — Huggs is almost certain to pass Bob Knight, Roy Williams and Jim Calhoun on the all-times win list next season.

    Gonzaga

    There was a lot of really dumb stuff on Twitter during the championship game. If you were one of those people tweeting about how Gonzaga was bad or something, you’re dumb and should feel bad. Gonzaga was historically dominate. Yes, they play in a weaker league. That’s not their fault. It’s also not their fault that people don’t want to play them. But they also scheduled an extremely competitive non-conference schedule, especially when you consider the difficulties of doing so amid COVID. And they dominated that schedule.

    The only team that even forced them to break a sweat? WVU. And in that game, which they won, they were missing their best player for a majority of the game. So yeah. Knock it off with the Gonzaga doesn’t deserve shit.

    Mark Few has built one of the best programs in the country and this Gonzaga team was incredibly talented. Baylor was just more talented.

    The Deuce

    I can understand why people are worried now that Deuce McBride has announced his intention to test the draft waters. I think he’ll be back, but if he doesn’t — for godsake — don’t tweet angry shit at him. This goes generally for any college athlete, but especially for those who leave your program for whatever reason. Just don’t do it.

    Anyway, Miles was one of the more pleasant surprises this season. If he stays, I think he has the ability to become one of the best guards to ever play at WVU. Certainly one of the best players at any position since the days of the Logo.

    Transfers

    Welcome folks, to the new era of Free Agency The Transfer Portal. It’s a good thing. Players should have more agency when it comes to where they want to play. It also means that you can’t be as sure about things from one season to the next.

    I am excited for Jordan McCabe in particular. By all accounts he’s a great young man both on and off the court. I am also pumped because I will get to watch him on occasions at UNLV.

    Best wishes to Emmitt, too. I have always thought he could do more, but it was pretty clear his minutes were going to go down and no shame in bouncing to get minutes.

    Coaching Changes

    On coaching talent alone, entering this season, the Big 12 had some of the best coaches in the nation. After a series of personnel changes (Iowa State, Texas, Texas Tech, Oklahoma), that’s still true.

    I have some thoughts about each of the finished hires:

    • Iowa State: I said at the time, I thought Prohm was a big mistake. I was, eventually, proven correct — but there was plenty of reason at the time to believe otherwise. He’d been incredibly successful at Murray State and comes from the Billy Kennedy tree. Prohm struggled to replicate Fred Hoiberg’s success and saw the wheels come off this season. Iowa State isn’t like, top tier, but it’s not a bad job. I had expected them to go after any number of high-profile mid-major coaches, or even perhaps a few name brand assistants at major programs. Instead they made the most uninspired hire of the entire cycle. T. J. Otzelberger may end up being a success and I’ll eat my words, but man. What a wet fart of a hire. Otzelberger had two okay seasons at South Dakota State (he inherited a great team from Scott Nagy) but has been dreadful at UNLV. There were numerous rumors around the program that UNLV was considering firing him, as Otzelberger not only failed to stop the backslide that had cost Dave Rose and his successor, Marvin Menzies, but had seen UNLV’s form actually become worse. Wildly unsure how you look at his record and go “ah yes, this is our dude.” Grade: F
    • Oklahoma: First, I want to tell a short story about Lon Kruger, one of the nicest guys in the industry. A few years ago, ahead of a clash between WVU and Oklahoma when both teams were ranked in the top 10. Lon spent like ten minutes talking to me about the weather. It was awesome and he’s a tremendously cool guy who should also be in the Hall of Fame. His retirement surprised a lot of people, including me. Oklahoma responded by... making one of the best hires of the cycle? Porter Moser was rumored for virtually every high level job, and for good reason. His work at Loyola speaks for itself and if were an AD at a major-conference program, he would have been my first choice. That said, I think there’s probably some reasons to think it might not work. There have been numerous coaches who shone brightly at schools like Loyola (see: virtually every Gonzaga coach before Few) and didn’t make the transition, but more importantly, Porter’s own record at Arkansas-Little Rock and Illinois State was hardly amazing. Still, it’s a great hire and they got the best name on the board. Grade: A+
    • Texas: As with Prohm, I was never convinced Shaka Smart was a good fit for Texas, for a variety of reasons. Still, even with the early exit from the tournament, the Big 12 tournament title bought Shaka another year, but he clearly saw the writing on the wall. Marquette is a great landing spot for him, and I suspect they will be back in the mix challenging for titles in the Big East. Now onto the next guy. I don’t know what to make of this hire. I did not think Beard would leave Tech for Texas. Yes, Texas has oodles of money, but its not that much better of a job. And no, coaches absolutely do not give a shit about the Austin Nightlife. Now add in exactly how, uh, pleasant the environment is going to be when Texas goes to Tech next year, and uh? Yeah that should be fun. One thing is certain, Chris del Conte is a messy bitch who loves drama. Putting all that aside, on merits alone this is a grand slam. Beard is a tremendous coach and recruiter. Grade: A
    • Texas Tech: See my above comments for Beard leaving, but uh, Texas Tech baby, what is you doing? Mark Adams? Older guy with almost no head coaching experience in a cycle where there lots of big names on the board and your job is pretty darned good? Yeah I don’t get this hire at all. Still, its better than whatever Iowa State’s decision making process was so... Grade: D+

    Looking Forward

    With several players testing the NBA waters, it’s hard to make any real predictions because let’s be fair, a WVU team with a returning McBride is a lot different than one which doesn’t have him. That said, for purposes of this blog, I am going to assume that both McBride and McNeil come back. There’s plenty of reason to believe both will be, and I am an optimist.

    Assuming that, you have to imagine WVU starts next season as a top 10 team. Add to that the bevy of off-season changes we’ve seen in the Big 12, along with departures and turnovers, and you would also think WVU would be among the preseason favorites to win the conference title.

  • Bob Huggins weighs in on “slimy creatures” and the transfer portal

    Bob Huggins weighs in on “slimy creatures” and the transfer portal

    Apr 8, 2021 10:15am

    West Virginia v Villanova
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    Basketball

    Huggins provides roster updates and sounds alarm about NCAA changes

    College basketball is running rampant with excessive transferring and players having unrealistic professional aspirations. Earlier this week, West Virginia men’s basketball coach Bob Huggins had a lot to say about these topics, “You don’t know who is coming and who is staying. It is hard right now to be able to say what your definite roster is because you don’t know. We’ve got four guys that are looking at the draft. You don’t know where that ends up. You don’t know how many slimy creatures that are called agents are slithering around and promising the world and not being able to deliver anything.”

    WVU men’s hoops earns final ranking in AP, coaches polls

    The West Virginia men’s basketball team checked into the final rankings of the season in the top 25. The Mountaineers checked in at #13 in the last Associated Press rankings of 2020-21, with another spot at #18 in the coaches’ poll. This is WVU’s sixth time finishing in the top 25 in the last eight seasons.

    WVU’s Carey recognized in 2021 WBCA Victory Club

    West Virginia women’s basketball coach Mike Carey has been recognized as a member of the 2021 Women’s Basketball Coaches Association Victory Club. The honor is bestowed annually on each WBCA-member head coach who achieves a milestone of 200, 300, 400, 500 or more career victories during the current season.

    West Virginia Athletics

    WVU Sits at No. 5 in Latest Rankings

    The West Virginia women’s soccer team checked in at #5 in this week’s United Soccer Coaches National Poll. The 10-2 Mountaineers moved down one spot in the newly released poll, despite earning a 1-0 win over then-#10 Virginia last week. West Virginia is once again one of three Big 12 teams featured in the poll, joining #3 TCU and #18 Oklahoma State.

    Mountaineer Women Conclude Regular Season Spring Slate at No. 12 Virginia

    The #5 West Virginia women’s soccer team will wrap up regular season play on Saturday at #12 Virginia. It is the sequel to last Saturday’s 1-0 Mountaineer victory in Morgantown that boosted their overall record to 10-2. WVU got a late goal from Isabella Sibley against the Cavaliers to give it a second straight victory over a top 10-ranked team.

    WVU baseball falls to Pittsburgh in Backyard Brawl

    The West Virginia baseball team’s losing streak extended to three games with a 5-1 loss against Pittsburgh in the Backyard Brawl on Tuesday evening. WVU only totaled eight hits in the loss and starting pitcher Carlson Reed had a rough outing, as he allowed five hits and four runs in 2.1 innings.

    Etienne Papineau returns to WVU golf lineup

    West Virginia fifth-year golfer Etienne Papineau has been medically cleared to return to the lineup. It was announced in September that Papineau would miss the entire 2020-21 season with knee surgery, but he will return to the lineup next Monday and Tuesday at the Mountaineer Invitational.

    Women’s tennis suspends play

    West Virginia University Director of Athletics and Associate Vice President Shane Lyons announced today that the WVU tennis team will suspend play for the remainder of the 2021 spring season due to not meeting the minimum qualification numbers for competition.

    Mountaineer Round-up: Gymnastics wraps season, golf prepares for Mountaineer Invitational

    Here is what happened over the last week, and what is coming up for the West Virginia gymnastics, tennis, swimming and diving, track and field, golf, and rowing teams.

    Around the Big 12

    Baylor beatdown: Bears win title, hang 86-70 loss on Gonzaga

    The Baylor men’s basketball team won the 2021 National Championship on Monday by destroying formerly undefeated Gonzaga. The Bears had a fantastic start to the game and never looked back. BU junior Jared Butler led the team with 22 points and seven assists. Freshman guard Jalen Suggs led the Bulldogs with 22 points and two steals.

    Texas Tech introduces alumnus Adams as new basketball coach

    Texas Tech’s search for its new men’s basketball coach did not take long and did not have to go far. Mark Adams, the TTU graduate who was born about 40 miles from the Lubbock campus and spent the past five seasons as a Red Raiders assistant, was introduced Tuesday night as their new head coach.

    Loyola Chicago’s Porter Moser hired as Oklahoma men’s basketball coach

    Loyola Chicago’s Porter Moser has been hired as Oklahoma men’s basketball coach. Moser has been one of the hottest mid-major coaches in the country since leading Loyola Chicago to the Final Four in 2018 and a Sweet 16 appearance this season.

    OSU, TCU and UT Earn Week 7 Awards

    Oklahoma State’s Christian Encarnacion-Strand was named the Big 12 Player of the Week, while TCU sophomore Austin Krob earned Pitcher of the Week distinction. Texas’ Ivan Melendez and TCU’s Brayden Taylor shared Newcomer of the Week honors.

    Travis Goff Named Director of Athletics at Kansas

    The University of Kansas has selected Travis Goff to serve as its next director of athletics. Goff currently serves as the deputy director of athletics and assistant vice president at Northwestern University.

    Around the NCAA

    The March Madness pain index — Whose 2021 NCAA tournament losses hurt the worst?

    Every college basketball team’s exit from the NCAA Tournament has its own distinctive story, but some are undoubtedly tougher to swallow than others, so it is time to quantify the disappointment. Where did West Virginia’s upset loss to Syracuse rank amongst the other tournament losses? Here are the worst and most painful losses in this year’s March Madness.

    Arizona Wildcats fire men’s basketball coach Sean Miller

    Sean Miller has been fired as the head coach of the Arizona men’s basketball team. The program has been entangled in a federal investigation into corruption in college basketball. Former assistant coach Emanuel Richardson pleaded guilty to one felony count of conspiracy to commit bribery.

    Spring football 2021: Juiciest QB competitions, coaching situations, transfers

    Which spring quarterback battles are the most intriguing? Which coaching situation are the most interesting? Those questions and more are answered in this inside look into college football’s spring activities.

    NBA mock draft 2021: Who is rising and falling after NCAA tournament?

    Here is SB Nation’s latest projection of the first round of the 2021 NBA Draft following the conclusion of the NCAA Tournament.

    Unwritten rules are made to be broken! How a new generation of players is shifting MLB’s culture

    Although it has been a long time coming, and still has a long way to go, the game of baseball is evolving. Here is what is driving that, seemingly overnight, change.

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  • Deuce McBride declares for NBA Draft & West Virginia adds rim-defending transfer from FIU

    Deuce McBride declares for NBA Draft & West Virginia adds rim-defending transfer from FIU

    Apr 6, 2021 9:30am

    NCAA Basketball: NCAA Tournament-Morehead State at West Virginia
    Andrew Nelles-USA TODAY Sports

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    Football

    Despite 1,000-Yard 2020, WVU’s Leddie Brown Seeking More in 2021

    Running back Leddie Brown believes there is still plenty of room for improvement in 2021. That is one of the big reasons why he chose to return for his senior season at West Virginia. Brown became just the fourth WVU runner since the Mountaineers joined the Big 12 in 2012 to eclipse 1,000 yards in a season, but his 1,000 yards came in only 10 games.

    Addae & Brown embracing roles as elder statesmen on WVU roster

    Safety Alonzo Addae and running back Leddie Brown could very well be West Virginia’s most productive returning players on their respective sides of the ball. As Brown enters his fourth season in the WVU program and Addae begins his third, both are taking on added responsibilities as mentors to younger players on the roster.

    Men’s Basketball

    Miles McBride becomes third Mountaineer to enter NBA Draft process

    West Virginia’s Miles “Deuce” McBride announced Friday evening that he will declaring himself eligible for the 2021 NBA draft. Deuce can receive evaluation from NBA personnel while retaining the right to return to WVU for his junior season. He led the Mountaineers in scoring at 15.9 points per game, three-point shooting percentage at 41.4%, and minutes per game with 34.1. McBride was also named a second-team All-Big 12 Conference selection. He is the #35 prospect in the ESPN 100 NBA Draft rankings and joins fellow guards Sean McNeil and Taz Sherman as Mountaineers to declare themselves eligible for this year’s draft.

    FIU shot blocker Carrigan commits to WVU hoops

    A transfer is on his way to Morgantown to bolster Bob Huggins’ roster. Dimon Carrigan, a 6-9 forward who has played the last two seasons at Florida International, announced on social media that he has committed to West Virginia. As a senior this season, Carrigan ranked in the top 20 in the nation in blocks per game with 2.5. He also made 21 starts for FIU, while averaging 6.8 points per game. It appears that Carrigan will join the Mountaineers as a graduate transfer, using his free year of eligibility granted by the NCAA to compete in a fifth season.

    Women’s Basketball

    WVU women’s basketball earns ranking in final USA Today Coaches Poll

    The West Virginia women’s basketball team checked in at #24 in the final edition of this year’s USA Today Coaches Poll. The Mountaineers, who finished 22-7 this season, are one of two Big 12 teams featured in the final rankings, with Baylor ranking #5.

    Gondrezick Named All-America Honorable Mention by WBCA

    Redshirt senior guard Kysre Gondrezick of the West Virginia women’s basketball team has earned Honorable Mention status on this year’s Women’s Basketball Coaches Association’s All-America team.

    Women’s Soccer

    Sibley’s Late Goal Lifts WVU Over Virginia

    Junior midfielder Isabella Sibley found the back of the net in the 86th minute to help the #4 West Virginia women’s soccer team to a 1-0 win over #10 Virginia on Saturday afternoon in Morgantown. With the win, WVU recorded its second straight victory over a top-10 opponent and extended its streak of 10-win seasons to 21 consecutive years.

    WVU women’s soccer’s McCarthy named Big 12 Freshman of the Week

    Freshman midfielder Lilly McCarthy of the #4 West Virginia women’s soccer team has been named the Big 12 Freshman of the Week. McCarthy made the game-winning assist in the Mountaineers’ 1-0 win over #10 Virginia on Saturday, helping junior midfielder Isabella Sibley score in the 86th minute.

    Sibley Named WVU Student-Athlete of the Week

    After scoring the game-winning goal in Saturday’s 1-0 win over #10 Virginia, junior midfielder Isabella Sibley of the #4 West Virginia women’s soccer team has been named the WVU Student-Athlete of the Week.

    Baseball

    WVU, Pitt to renew rivalry on diamond Tuesday

    The West Virginia baseball team continues its seven-game road trip by traveling to face #24 Pitt for the latest edition of the Backyard Brawl today at 3 p.m. ET. Freshman right-handed pitcher Carlson Reed takes the ball for the Mountaineers, while Pitt counters with senior right-hander Chris Gomez. The game will be broadcast live on ACC Network Extra.

    West Virginia Drops Series Finale to Oklahoma State

    The West Virginia baseball team dropped the series finale to #16 Oklahoma State, 21-11, in eight innings on Saturday afternoon in Stillwater. The Mountaineers scored runs in seven different innings, but allowed a 10-run third to the Cowboys to create a deficit that they could not overcome.

    Gymnastics

    WVU places third in second round of NCAA Regionals

    The West Virginia gymnastics team hosted Michigan, UCLA, and Kent State on Friday for the NCAA Regional Second Round competition at the WVU Coliseum. Michigan took first place, with UCLA following in second. The Mountaineers took third and Kent State earned fourth place.

    Around the Big 12

    SEE YOU IN FORT WORTH: OU ADVANCES TO NCAA CHAMPIONSHIP

    For the 17th straight season, the #1 Oklahoma gymnastics team is headed to the NCAA Championship. A perfect score from Olivia Trautman helped the Sooners notch a 198.175 score to take home their 11th straight regional title.

    TCU Rolls to Victory Over #15 OSU

    A three-goal outburst in the first half, including a pair of set piece goals, helped #3 TCU defeat #15 Oklahoma State, 4-0, on Saturday afternoon. Yazmeen Ryan had a hand in all four goals for the Horned Frogs, scoring twice and assisting on the other two. Emily Alvarado made six saves to register her eighth shutout of the season.

    TCU Powers Past Oklahoma; Sweeps Series

    #11 TCU scored seven unanswered runs in a come-from-behind 7-3 victory over Oklahoma Sunday afternoon. The win is the ninth straight for the Horned Frogs, as they wrapped up their second Big 12 series sweep.

    Around the NCAA

    Stanford holds off Arizona for first NCAA women’s basketball championship since 1992

    Stanford was able to hold off Arizona, 54-53, to win the 2021 NCAA women’s basketball title on Sunday in San Antonio, Texas. Sophomore guard Haley Jones led the Cardinal with 17 points. This was the third championship for Stanford head coach Tara VanDerveer, adding to the program’s titles in 1990 and 1992.

    North Carolina Tar Heels hire Hubert Davis as new basketball coach, replacing retired Roy Williams

    The North Carolina men’s basketball program has promoted longtime assistant Hubert Davis to replace Roy Williams as the Tar Heels’ new head coach. Davis has been an assistant coach under Williams for the past nine seasons in Chapel Hill and was one of the favorites as soon as the job opened.

    Texas Rangers host sellout crowd for 2021 home opener with no COVID-19 attendance restrictions

    The Texas Rangers held the first full-capacity professional sports event of the COVID-19 pandemic on Monday. It was the first home game for the team with fans at the new Globe Life Field and it was also the first game where attendance restrictions were not in effect for any major sporting event in the United States. The game was declared a sellout, with 38,238 people in the stands.

    New York Jets trade QB Sam Darnold to Carolina Panthers for 3 draft picks

    Just three years after hailing him as a franchise savior, the New York Jets traded Sam Darnold to the Carolina Panthers on Monday, ending months of intense speculation about the team’s quarterback plans.

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  • Top Five Games for Mountaineer Athletics in April

    Top Five Games for Mountaineer Athletics in April

    Apr 1, 2021 10:00am

    West Virginia at Texas Christian
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    Matchups against ranked opponents and postseason action highlight this month’s top games.

    Basketball has come to an end for both the men’s and women’s teams at West Virginia, but there are still plenty of Mountaineer teams in action that will be playing in big games this month. The WVU baseball and women’s soccer teams both have multiple matchups against ranked opponents this month, while the gymnastics, golf, and tennis teams are preparing for postseason play. Let’s take a look at the top five games for Mountaineer athletics in April.

    Honorable Mention: Baseball vs #12 TCU (April 30th-May 2nd)

    The West Virginia baseball team had high expectations coming into this season, but those expectations have quickly diminished. WVU has started the season 10-9, but has a 2-1 record in conference play after winning its first Big 12 series against Kansas. The Mountaineers will end April with a tough conference series against #12 TCU. The Horned Frogs are 16-7 and have a perfect 3-0 record in Big 12 play. All three games in this series will be streamed on Big 12 Now on ESPN+.

    5. Tennis at Big 12 Championship (April 22nd-25th)

    The season has taken a bad turn for the West Virginia tennis team since Big 12 play started. After starting the year 3-0, the Mountaineers are now 3-6 after six straight conference losses. With that being said, WVU has a handful of matches left in the regular season to get back on track before the Big 12 Championship at the end of April. Junior Anastasia Bovolskaia and freshman Nadya Maslova have teamed up to be the Mountaineers’ most successful doubles pair with a 4-3 record in the first position. Bovolskaia is also in the first position in singles and has the best record on the team at 3-5.

    4. Golf at Big 12 Golf Championship (April 26th-28th)

    The West Virginia golf team has been moving its way up in each tournament this season. After finishing in 18th at the Florida Gator Invitational, WVU finished in 10th at the Seminole Intercollegiate, ninth in Texas’ George Hannon Intercollegiate, and seventh at Charleston’s Hootie at Bulls Bay Intercollegiate. The team will conclude the regular season with the Mountaineer Invitational before heading to the Big 12 Golf Championship at the end of this month. The Mountaineers have been led by senior Mark Goetz, who has a 71.75 average and a low of 67, which are both the best on the team. The Big 12 is a fantastic golf league and currently has four ranked teams, with three being in the top 10, so WVU will need to play at its best during the conference championship.

    3. Baseball vs #4 Texas Tech (April 16th-18th)

    The WVU baseball team will be hosting one of the top teams in the country when #4 Texas Tech comes to Morgantown. The Red Raiders have won 19 of their last 20 games and currently have a 19-4 record. WVU’s biggest problem this season has been fielding. The Mountaineers currently have the worst fielding percentage in the conference with 0.962 and are also last in putouts. WVU freshman Mikey Kluska has led the team at the plate with a .342 average and 25 hits. Sophomore Victor Scott has also batted well, leading the WVU with a .574 slugging percentage, 17 runs, and 15 runs batted in. On the mound, senior left-handed pitcher Jackson Wolf has led the Mountaineers with two wins, 28 innings pitched, and 30 strikeouts. He was also named the Big 12 Pitcher of the Week on March 29th. All three games in this series will be streamed on Big 12 Now on ESPN+.

    2. #35 Gymnastics vs #33 Penn State in the NCAA Regional Championships (April 1st)

    The Morgantown Regional of the 2021 National Collegiate Women’s Gymnastics Championships is full of solid teams. #4 Michigan, #5 California, #12 BYU, #13 UCLA headline the region, and the host team West Virginia will be facing Penn State in the play-in round. The Mountaineers have had a great floor exercise lineup this season and have ranked in the top 25 nationally on floor for nine consecutive weeks. WVU also has three gymnasts ranked inside the top 100 nationally on floor. Sophomore Kianna Yancey and junior Rachel Hornung have led the Mountaineers this season with 272.25 and 271.575 total points, respectively. Horning also has the highest all-around average on the team this year, with 38.75. At the Big 12 Championship, WVU finished fourth behind #9 Denver, #1 Oklahoma, and #20 Iowa State, so it has experience going up against some of the top teams in the country. If the Mountaineers defeat the Nittany Lions in the play-in round of the NCAA Regional, they will join the group with #4 Michigan, #13 UCLA, and Kent State in the second round.

    1. #7 Women’s Soccer vs #10 Virginia (April 3rd)

    The #7 West Virginia women’s soccer team is undefeated in the spring portion of its season. Due to the pandemic, the Mountaineers only played against Big 12 opponents in the fall and now they are playing non-conference teams this spring, leading up to the rescheduled NCAA Championship. WVU’s most recent match was a 3-2 win over #5 Duke. Now the Mountaineers are preparing to face another ranked ACC opponent, #10 Virginia. The Cavaliers are 10-3-1 this season and, like the Mountaineers, are undefeated in non-conference competition this spring. Senior midfielder Stefany Ferrer-vanGinkel has led WVU offensively this year. She has six goals and three assists, which are both tied for team highs. Four of Ferrer-vanGinkel’s six goals were game winners. Junior forward Alina Stahl also has six goals this season. The Mountaineer defense has been led by junior Jordan Brewster, who leads the team with 1,010 minutes played and has started in every game. WVU will be hosting UVA in this match on April 3rd, and it will be streamed on Big 12 Now on ESPN+. The two top ten teams will face off again on ESPN+ one week later in Charlottesville to round out the regular season for both squads.

    2011 Big East Conference Women’s Soccer ChampionshipPhoto by BIG EAST Conference/Getty Images

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  • Gabe Osabuohien announces his return to West Virginia & Bob Huggins gains class of 2022 commitment

    Gabe Osabuohien announces his return to West Virginia & Bob Huggins gains class of 2022 commitment

    Apr 1, 2021 9:20am

    West Virginia v Morehead State
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    Football

    Teaching a Big Part of Spring Football Practice for WVU’s Brown

    Teaching is a huge part of what West Virginia head coach Neal Brown does during the spring with his football teams. Brown’s plan for the spring includes five practices before giving the players a little break for the Easter holiday. He will take the time during the break to dissect those five practices and then come up with a plan for the remaining 10 practices to conclude the spring.

    Lesley hopes to see Mountaineers add versatility along defensive line and back end

    Versatility is a word the West Virginia coaching staff has discussed the need to develop more of across its roster over the first week of spring football practice. While the Mountaineers’ offensive line may be the position group most in need of increasing versatility, defensive coordinator Jordan Lesley is stressing the importance of it to his unit as well.

    Three Guys Before The Game – Spring Fling (Episode 281)

    This episode of “Three Guys Before The Game” is focused on West Virginia’s spring football practice. Is there a quarterback battle? Have the WVU receivers improved? How much should we know about why players enter their name in the transfer portal? Those questions and more are answered by Tony Caridi, Brad Howe, and Hoppy Kercheval.

    Basketball

    Gabe Osabuohien announces intention to return to West Virginia

    West Virginia forward Gabe Osabuohien is returning to Morgantown to use his final year of eligibility. The WVU senior announced Tuesday evening that he plans to take advantage of the NCAA’s rule that grants athletes a free year of eligibility during the covid pandemic. Osabuohien averaged only 1.7 points per game, but he was perhaps the team’s top defender and one of its better rebounders this season.

    Josiah Harris becomes second commitment to WVU’s Class of 2022

    The West Virginia men’s basketball team expanded its 2022 recruiting class with the latest addition from northeast Ohio. Josiah Harris, a Cleveland native, committed to the Mountaineers Wednesday afternoon. The 6-foot-7 power forward is listed as a three-star recruit according to 247Sports. Harris’ final schools were WVU, Ohio State, Virginia Tech, Kansas State, Cincinnati, Georgia Tech, and Xavier.

    Kysre Gondrezick declares for 2021 WNBA Draft

    Redshirt senior guard Kysre Gondrezick of the West Virginia women’s basketball team has announced that she will enter her name into the 2021 WNBA Draft. Gondrezick had an exceptional season, as she led the Mountaineers with 19.5 points, 4.5 assists, and three rebounds per game this year.

    Morris set to join WVU for 2021-22 women’s hoops campaign

    West Virginia women’s basketball coach Mike Carey has announced that graduate transfer Yemiyah Morris will join the Mountaineers for the 2021-22 season. She comes to Morgantown after spending the last two seasons at Mississippi State.

    Soccer

    WVU men’s soccer extends winning streak against Western Michigan

    The West Virginia men’s soccer team hosted Western Michigan at Dick Dlesk Soccer Stadium on Wednesday and came away with a 3-1 victory. Sophomore defender Dyon Dromers scored the first goal in this match for WVU, and junior midfielder Ike Swiger added two goals. This win is the third straight for the Mountaineers and splits their season series at 1-1 against the Broncos.

    Stahl named National Player of the Week by United Soccer Coaches

    Junior forward Alina Stahl of the #4 West Virginia women’s soccer team has been named the United Soccer Coaches Division I Women’s National Player of the Week. Stahl scored the game-winning goal in the 47th minute in the Mountaineers’ 3-2 win over then-#5 Duke. With the victory, WVU has now defeated a top-10 opponent in 15 of the last 16 seasons.

    WVU women’s soccer cracks top five in national poll

    The West Virginia women’s soccer team improved its rankings by three spots in both the United Soccer Coaches National Poll and the TopDrawerSoccer.com Women’s Top 25 after a 3-2 win over then-#5 Duke on Saturday in Morgantown. The Mountaineers check in at #4 in the USC poll and at #6 in TopDrawerSoccer’s.

    West Virginia Athletics

    WVU volleyball finishes regular season with win against Old Dominion

    The West Virginia volleyball team defeated Old Dominion in four sets, 3-1, on Monday night to close out the regular season. Kristen Lux led the charge for WVU, recording her second straight double-double with a career high 21 kills with .246 hitting percentage, along with 18 digs. Briana Lynch added 15 kills for the Mountaineers.

    Mountaineer gymnastics ready for NCAA Regional

    The West Virginia gymnastics team competes against Penn State in the first round of the NCAA Morgantown Regional Championships this afternoon inside the WVU Coliseum. The winning team will advance to Friday’s evening session against #4 Michigan, #13 UCLA, and Kent State. All of the regional competition will be streamed live on ESPN3.

    West Virginia faces No. 16 Oklahoma State in Big 12 battle

    Following a series victory against Kansas, the West Virginia baseball team returns to action against #16 Oklahoma State in a three-game series, starting today in Stillwater, Oklahoma. The Mountaineers are currently 10-9 this season, with a 2-1 record in Big 12 play after the series against the Jayhawks.

    WVU’s Bovolskaia Named ITA/UTR Division I Player of the Week

    Junior Anastasiia Bovolskaia of the West Virginia tennis team has been named the Women’s Division I Player of the Week by Universal Tennis Rating and the Intercollegiate Tennis Association. Bovolskaia led the Mountaineers a week ago by amassing a 3-0 record, which included a 2-0 record in singles play.

    WVU track and field hosts Mountaineer Classic

    The West Virginia track and field team will be hosting the Mountaineer Classic today and tomorrow. WVU will be joined by Ohio, Toledo, Duquesne, Robert Morris, Charleston, Davis and Elkins, Alderson Broaddus, West Liberty, Salem, Frostburg, Point Park, and WVWC.

    WVU golf places seventh at the Hootie at Bulls Bully Intercollegiate

    In search for their first top-10 outing in a major non-conference tournament this year, the West Virginia golf team had an impressive outing at the Hootie at Bulls Bay Intercollegiate, where the squad finished in a tie for seventh place at the Charleston, South Carolina, golf course.

    WVU alumna Rylee Foster signs long-term deal with Liverpool FC Women

    Goalkeeper and West Virginia alumna Rylee Foster inked a long-term deal with Liverpool FC Women, her dream club for which she has been playing since graduating from WVU.

    Around the Big 12

    No. 2 Houston vs. No. 1 Baylor preview, picks for the Final Four round of 2021 NCAA Tournament

    One-seed Baylor and two-seed Houston will meet at Lucas Oil Arena in the Final Four round of the 2021 NCAA Tournament. The Bears have been led by Jared Butler this season, who is averaging 16.6 points per game. BU also enters this game as a slight favorite over the Cougars. Here is everything else you need to know about both teams ahead of the game.

    Big 12 Programs Represented on MLB Rosters

    24 players from Big 12 schools are potentially slated to be on 2021 MLB rosters for Opening Day. The former Mountaineers on the rosters are first baseman Ryan McBroom with the Kansas City Royals and pitcher John Means with the Baltimore Orioles. TCU and Texas are tied with the most players, with five each.

    BU’s Lightfoot, UT’s Davis Earn Weekly Awards After Historic Performances

    Historic performances were honored with Big 12 weekly awards. Baylor’s KC Lightfoot was tabbed the Big 12 Outdoor Track & Field Men’s Athlete of the Week, while Texas’ Tara Davis earned Women’s Athlete of the Week.

    Clark, Butler & Carter Collect Volleyball Awards

    TCU’s Katie Clark was named the Big 12 Volleyball Offensive Player of the Week, while Texas’ Brionne Butler earned defensive honors and Kansas State’s Aliyah Carter was recognized as the Big 12 Volleyball Rookie of the Week.

    Around the NCAA

    NCAA March Madness betting: Gonzaga vs. UCLA has biggest Final Four point spread in at least 25 years

    Gonzaga is attempting to make college basketball history by becoming the first team to go through the regular season and men’s tournament without a loss since Indiana in 1975-76. The Bulldogs are also 14-point favorites in their Final Four matchup against 11-seed UCLA, which is the largest Final Four point spread in at least 25 years.

    Women’s Final Four 2021: Three No. 1 seeds advance, but Stanford, UConn remain favorites

    The women’s Final Four field, which includes three #1 seeds, runs the gamut of experience. UConn is looking for its 12th NCAA championship, while its semifinal opponent, Arizona, is in the Final Four for the first time. On the other side of the bracket, South Carolina will take on the Stanford.

    Supreme Court questions validity of amateurism in NCAA’s business model

    The Supreme Court heard more than 90 minutes of oral arguments on Wednesday morning in the NCAA v. Alston case, the first time the nation’s highest court has weighed in on the business of college sports in nearly four decades.

    2021 MLB season preview: Power rankings, best (and worst) case and most exciting player for all 30 teams

    ESPN’s baseball experts ranked every team from 1-30 going into the new season for the first MLB Power Rankings of the year, while writers Bradford Doolittle and David Schoenfield teamed up to provide a best and worst case, most exciting player, and one bold prediction along with Doolittle’s win-loss projection for all 30 teams.

    Tampa Bay Buccaneers coach Bruce Arians shows off new Super Bowl LV tattoo

    Tampa Bay coach Bruce Arians made good on his word when he promised that when the Buccaneers won the Super Bowl, he would get a tattoo.

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  • What the West Virginia basketball roster could look like next season

    What the West Virginia basketball roster could look like next season

    Mar 30, 2021 9:15am

    NCAA Basketball: Florida at West Virginia
    Ben Queen-USA TODAY Sports

    Good morning! This is the Shotgun Throwdown, your daily West Virginia sports roundup.

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    Football

    Coaches hopeful wide receivers will improve from ‘getting lost in the work’

    After a 2020 season in which the West Virginia football team was plagued greatly by dropped passes, displaying improvement in that area is a focal point as the Mountaineers continue spring practice. Monday marked WVU’s third practice and first in pads, and a familiar cast of characters are looking to help provide a spark to the team’s passing attack.

    Mountaineers Continued Spring Football Work Monday Morning

    Versatility has been the catchphrase for West Virginia’s defense so far this spring. WVU head coach Neal Brown has said versatility up front and in the safety positions is going to be important for the defense this fall.

    Basketball

    What the WVU hoops roster could look like next season

    The NCAA’s eligibility relief decision leaves the door open for a unique opportunity to keep most of the squad intact, but West Virginia already has a couple players in the transfer portal and a few that could be wrapping up their college basketball careers. If WVU is able to keep a majority of its team together, the Mountaineers could have a great combination of veteran experience and young players that are continuing to improve.

    Taz Sherman entering 2021 NBA Draft

    West Virginia guard Taz Sherman has announced that he will enter the 2021 NBA Draft with an opportunity to return to college if he chooses. In two years with the Mountaineers, Sherman started 10 games and averaged 9.1 points per game. This past season, he was an All-Big 12 Honorable Mention, as he averaged 13.4 points per game and shot 36% from three-point range.

    Gray to join WVU women’s basketball for 2021-22 season

    West Virginia women’s basketball coach Mike Carey has announced that graduate transfer A’riana “Ari” Gray will join the Mountaineers for the 2021-22 season. She comes to Morgantown after spending the last four seasons at Xavier.

    West Virginia Athletics

    Dixon Earns Honorable Mention All-America to Close NCAAs

    West Virginia senior David Dixon finished 12th overall in the 200 butterfly finals to conclude the 2021 NCAA Men’s Swimming and Diving Championships on Saturday. Dixon also became the 25th Mountaineer all-time to earn Honorable Mention All-America honors on the men’s side. A pair of Mountaineer divers also competed on Saturday, as redshirt junior Jacob Cardinal Tremblay and junior PJ Lenz took part in the platform diving preliminary round.

    Stahl named Big 12 Offensive Player of the Week

    Following last weekend’s win over #5 Duke, junior forward Alina Stahl of the #7 West Virginia women’s soccer team has been named the Big 12 Offensive Player of the Week. Stahl scored the game-winning goal in the 47th minute in WVU’s 3-2 win over the Blue Devils. She also added an assist earlier in the game.

    Big 12 names Wolf Pitcher of the Week

    Senior left-handed pitcher Jackson Wolf of the West Virginia baseball team has been named the Big 12 Pitcher of the Week. Wolf pitched 7.1 innings of shutout ball in the Mountaineers’ 11-0 win over Kansas to open conference play on March 26th. He allowed just four hits and two walks, while tying his career high in strikeouts, with eight.

    Dixon Named WVU Student-Athlete of the Week

    After finishing 12th overall in the 200 butterfly at the 2021 NCAA Men’s Swimming and Diving Championships, senior David Dixon of the West Virginia men’s swimming and diving team has been named the WVU Student-Athlete of the Week.

    WVU tennis concludes homestand with loss to K-State

    In the finale of its four-match homestand, the West Virginia tennis team fell to Kansas State, 4-2, on Sunday afternoon. The Mountaineers are now 3-6 this season, with an 0-6 record in Big 12 play.

    WVU concludes round two at The Hootie at Bulls Bay

    Junior Kurtis Grant shot 2-under-par on Monday, while sophomore Trent Tipton remains in the top 20 after 36 holes of competition for the West Virginia golf team at The Hootie at Bulls Bay in Awendaw, South Carolina.

    Mid-American Conference announces men’s soccer schedule change

    The Mid-American Conference has announced that the West Virginia men’s soccer team’s match against Akron on Wednesday has been postponed due to COVID-19 protocols within the Zips men’s soccer program.

    Around the Big 12

    Baker, Krob and Wolf Honored in Week 6

    Texas Tech’s Dru Baker repeated as the Big 12 Player of the Week, while West Virginia’s Jackson Wolf was selected as the conference Pitcher of the Week and TCU’s Austin Krob was the Newcomer of the Week.

    BU, OSU, UT and WVU Garner Week 14 Soccer Accolades

    West Virginia’s Alina Stahl earned Big 12 Offensive Player of the Week honors, while Baylor’s Ally Henderson collected the Defensive Player of the Week award. Savannah Madden of Texas was recognized as Goalkeeper of the Week and Oklahoma State goalkeeper Amber Lockwood was the Freshman of the Week.

    South Carolina Gamecocks vs Texas Longhorns Elite 8 Preview, Game Time, Matchup Statistics

    Top-seeded South Carolina and six-seed Texas will compete for a spot in the Final Four of the Women’s NCAA Tournament on Tuesday. The game will tip off at 7:00 PM ET on ESPN.

    Around the NCAA

    Houston tops Oregon State, reaches 1st Final Four since ‘84

    Houston overcame a blown 17-point lead to hold off Oregon State 67-61 on Monday night in the NCAA Tournament, reaching the Final Four for the first time in 37 years. Sophomore guard Marcus Sasser led the Cougars with 20 points and two steals.

    Not just offense: Gonzaga trusts defense entering USC game

    Gonzaga has spent its entire season pushing tempo, knocking down shots, and rolling to comfortable wins with one of the best offenses college basketball has seen in two decades. Now the Bulldogs face USC in the Elite Eight.

    UCLA-Michigan conjures up more memorable images of March

    The names UCLA and Michigan can’t help but conjure up some of the most memorable images of March and the two storied programs are facing off tonight.

    Joey Logano wins inaugural NASCAR Cup Series dirt race at Bristol

    Somewhere under the thick red haze floating over Bristol Motor Speedway, Joey Logano took the checkered flag for NASCAR’s first Cup Series race at a dirt track in 50 years. Visibility was next to nothing during the race, which made the action even more interesting and exciting.

    NBA Power Rankings: How the trade deadline and buyout market shake up the league hierarchy

    The NBA trade deadline is in the books. Among the biggest deals of the deadline were Victor Oladipo joining the Miami Heat, Rajon Rondo going to the Los Angeles Clippers, Nikola Vucevic joining the Chicago Bulls, and JJ Redick going to the Dallas Mavericks. How big of an impact did it have on our latest Power Rankings update?

    NFL Power Rankings 2021: Post-free-agency 1-32 poll, plus which teams made the best offseason moves

    With the initial free-agency rush now concluded, this is the perfect time to revisit our NFL Power Rankings for the 2021 season. It has been a unique offseason to say the least, as a reduced salary cap has altered business for both players and front-office personnel.

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  • Keeping track of West Virginia football departures, coaching changes so far this offseason

    Keeping track of West Virginia football departures, coaching changes so far this offseason

    Mar 29, 2021 12:10pm

    NCAA Football: Texas Christian at West Virginia
    Ben Queen-USA TODAY Sports

    The offseason is well upon us. We’re keeping track of all the moves.

    The West Virginia Mountaineers are entering a bit of a weird offseason, compared to any normal year, thanks to the COVID-19 pandemic. The 2020 season did not count toward eligibility for any student athlete, putting many seniors at a crossroads in their collegiate careers. There will be some that forego the extra eligibility and graduate as normal, others that will take the opportunity to return to Morgantown for something more closely resembling a normal season in 2021, and others that will use that extra year of eligibility and the one-time transfer rule to move on to a different school for their final season.

    There’s also bound to be changes on the Mountaineer coaching staff, as the majority of assistants have completed the second year of their standard two-year contract.

    Here, we will be keeping track of the departures, additions, coaching changes, and more in one handy place, so it might be wise to keep this bookmarked. We will update it as more comes in throughout the next several months.

    Coaching Departures

    • Jahmile Addae, co-defensive coordinator/cornerbacks — hired by Georgia

    Coaching Hires

    • Andrew Jackson, defensive assistant — previously at Old Dominion
    • ShaDon Brown, co-defensive coordinator/cornerback — previously at Louisville

    NFL Draft

    • Darius Stills, defensive lineman
    • Tony Fields III, linebacker

    Seniors Returning

    • Alonzo Addae, cornerback
    • Dante Stills, defensive lineman
    • Evan Staley, kicker

    Transfers Out

    • Junior Uzebu, offensive lineman — transferred to Vanderbilt
    • Charlie Benton, linebacker — transferred to UAB Blazers
    • Alec Sinkfield, running back - transferred to Boston College
    • Austin Kendall, quarterback
    • Ali Jennings, wide receiver
    • Keion Wakefield, wide receiver
    • Zack Dobson, wide receiver
    • Quay Mays, defensive tackle
    • Tae Mayo, cornerback
    • Tacorey Turner, cornerback
    • Briason Mays, offensive lineman
    • Blaine Scott, offensive lineman
    • Noah Guzman, safety
    • Jackson Knipper, fullback (walk-on)
    • Dreshun Miller, cornerback
    • Tykee Smith, safety
    • David Vincent-Okoli, cornerback

    Transfers in

    • Doug Nester, offensive lineman — from Virginia Tech
    • Lance Dixon, linebacker — from Penn State

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    According to the latest SB Nation Reacts survey, 90 percent of Braves fans are confident the team is headed in the right direction. That’s up from 79 percent last week, but down from 98 percent to start the year. A part of any fan’s confidence in the team is based on how well the team can get outs.

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    The Pittsburgh Penguins fall to a 27-13-3 record after a loss to their rivals, the Philadelphia Flyers. Despite the loss, Jeff Carter had a terrific debut, Tristan Jarry had one of his best games of the season, and many other positives came out of it. Jeff Carter I had expectations for Carter leading up to his debut, but I did not expect this.

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    Apr 16, 2021 2:24am

    Anders Bjork scored his first goal with his new team and added an assist, helping Buffalo spoil Nicklas Backstrom’s 1,000th game. RED WINGS 4 BLACKHAWKS 1 DETROIT (AP) — Jakub Vrana scored in his Detroit debut, and Troy Stecher added two goals for the Red Wings. Vrana and Richard Panik played for the first time since the Red Wings acquired them in a trade Monday with Washington.

  • Carter Hart sharp in net as Flyers edge Penguins in shootout

    Apr 15, 2021 10:38pm

    Crosby opened the scoring at 5:04 of the second period. During the play, Crosby gave his stick to defenseman Brian Dumoulin in the defensive zone, grabbed a bench stick from an equipment manager off the rush and converted a rebound that was misplayed in front by Hart.

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