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Aaron Beasley and Jim Carlen are on the ballet for the 2022 College Football Hall of Fame induction class. The two Mountaineer greats are among 78 players and seven coaches from FBS to make the ballot.
Former Mountaineer Darryl Talley finished his careers with West Virginia and the Buffalo Bills as the leading tackler in team history for both teams. On this episode, the guys learn the story of the under-recruited high school prospect who became one the best in college and NFL history.
West Virginia can now play host to camps and both official and unofficial visits, and coaches can travel to the super camps on campuses that recruits and colleges flock to for evaluation purposes.
Take a look at some interesting point spreads for the upcoming West Virginia football season that have people’s attention.
Camden (New Jersey) Woodrow Wilson quarterback Devin Kargman made his way to West Virginia for the first day recruits were allowed to participate in in-person recruiting.
The West Virginia men’s basketball team will welcome a familiar foe to the Coliseum when Connecticut comes to Morgantown on December 8th for the Big East-Big 12 Battle. The Mountaineers and Huskies played each other annually while members of the Big East, but have not played since 2014 when WVU defeated UConn in the Puerto Rico Tip-Off title game.
West Virginia men’s basketball guard Taz Sherman will return to the Mountaineers in 2021-22 for his fifth season of eligibility.
West Virginia Athletics
West Virginia redshirt freshman track standout Ceili McCabe anchored the distance medley relay team that defeated fourth-ranked Oklahoma State to win the Big 12, won the steeplechase at the Big 12 outdoor championships last month, and then qualified for NCAA nationals in the steeplechase with a third-place finish at NCAA East Regionals last weekend.
West Virginia right fielder Austin Davis was recognized by the official NCAA Baseball account on Twitter, with his web gem in the Big 12 Tournament slotting in as the #2 Play of the Week. Davis made an incredible catch at the wall in right field against Texas, robbing a grand slam.
Perhaps no player contributed more to West Virginia’s late-season surge on the diamond than Austin Davis. But as was the story for his team as a whole, the 2021 season was not always easy. At one point in late March, the junior outfielder’s batting average was .188.
Around the Big 12
The Big 12 and Big East Conferences have announced the dates and matchups for the third year of the men’s basketball Big East-Big 12 Battle. Check out the matchups for this year’s games, which will be played in December.
Former All-Sun Belt wide receiver Kaylon Geiger has announced that he will transfer from Troy to Texas Tech.
Around the NCAA
Duke’s Mike Krzyzewski, who is the winningest coach in Division I men’s basketball history and has led the Blue Devils to five national championships in his 41 seasons, plans to retire after the 2021-22 season.
Virginia Tech freshman linebacker Isi Etute has been arrested and charged with second-degree murder and is being held without bond, according to the Blacksburg Police Department.
Former West Virginia men’s basketball coach John Beilein has been hired by the Detroit Pistons as the team’s Senior Advisor/Player Development.
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