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Nine different West Virginia wide receivers finished with 100 or more receiving yards in 2020 and a dozen caught at least one pass. Regardless of who was out on the field at the position, one thing seemed to stay consistent: there were dropped passes. They plagued the corps all season, so consistency was the top priority this spring.
West Virginia has the good fortune of having Nicktroy Fortune back for his junior season at right cornerback this fall. The Roswell, Georgia, resident started all 10 games last year and has now played in 21 for his career heading into the 2021 season.
West Virginia has announced that the 2021 Homecoming football game will be on Saturday, October 2nd against Texas Tech and the Mountaineer Week game will be against Oklahoma State on November 6th.
A group of nine Mountaineer football recruits have officially enrolled at WVU. The group includes Wyatt Milum, the top college prospect in West Virginia in his class.
Maurice Hamilton, a three-star offensive lineman from Cleveland, Ohio, has committed to West Virginia.
A West Virginia football commit won the junior college national championship on Saturday. Defensive back Caleb Coleman and Hutchinson Community College defeated Snow College 29-27 to claim the NJCAA title.
The West Virginia men’s basketball team is rolling out the carpet to welcome a pair of newcomers to campus. The program has announced that freshmen Kobe Johnson and Seth Wilson have arrived in Morgantown.
West Virginia Athletics
21 members of the West Virginia rowing team have been named to the 2021 Academic All-Big 12 Rowing Teams.
The West Virginia Spirit Program has announced the Gold and Blue Cheerleading Teams.
Former Mountaineer and current Baltimore Orioles pitcher John Means has been placed on the 10-day injury list with a left shoulder strain.
Former West Virginia Track and Field athlete Amy Cashin is a 2021 Tokyo Olympic qualifier. Cashin shaved 15 seconds off of her personal best time in the 3,000-meter steeplechase run to qualify with the Australian national team.
Around the Big 12
Texas and Texas Tech have punched tickets to the NCAA Championship Super Regionals. This is the third-consecutive tournament and fourth out of the last five with at least two Big 12 teams in the NCAA Championship Super Regionals.
Three Big 12 golfers made the PING All-America First Team. West Virginia’s Mark Goetz also made the Midwest All-Region Team.
Around the NCAA
Nick Saban, who has led Alabama’s football program to six national championships, has been rewarded with a contract extension that will take him through the Crimson Tide’s 2028 season.
Marshall athletic director Mike Hamrick is stepping down at the end of the month to become special assistant to university president Jerome Gilbert for one year.
Aaron Rodgers is not expected on the practice field when the Green Bay Packers open their minicamp Tuesday, making it the first mandatory offseason event that the quarterback will have skipped.
For the second time in his career, and a decade apart, Tom Thibodeau was named the NBA’s Coach of the Year.
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