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Two more Mountaineers enter the portal and Rodney Gallagher squeezes in snaps as a defensive back

Two more Mountaineers enter the portal and Rodney Gallagher squeezes in snaps as a defensive back

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WVU baseball downs Pitt and a former pitcher is credited for avoiding nuclear war

WVU baseball downs Pitt and a former pitcher is credited for avoiding nuclear war

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WVU baseball cracks Top 25 ahead of the Backyard Brawl and Pitt football players are leaving for hilarious reasons

WVU baseball cracks Top 25 ahead of the Backyard Brawl and Pitt football players are leaving for hilarious reasons

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West Virginia sweeps No. 17 UCF and Darian DeVries begins assembling his staff

West Virginia sweeps No. 17 UCF and Darian DeVries begins assembling his staff

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WVU pitcher Derek Clark earns double Big 12 weekly honors and the Mountaineer women finish in the AP Top 25

WVU pitcher Derek Clark earns double Big 12 weekly honors and the Mountaineer women finish in the AP Top 25

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Josiah Harris enters the transfer portal, leaves a message for Mountaineer fans

Josiah Harris enters the transfer portal, leaves a message for Mountaineer fans

Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images Harris enters the portal as a graduate transfer with two years of eligibility remaining West Virginia sophomore forward Josiah Harris announced his decision to enter the transfer portal late Monday afternoon on his social media with a letter to the Mountaineer fanbase, marking the end of his time with… ... Continue Reading
Marcus Simms scores his first UFL touchdown and West Virginia clears out the energy vampires

Marcus Simms scores his first UFL touchdown and West Virginia clears out the energy vampires

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JJ Wetherholt returns, Mountaineers sweep Kansas to move to the top of the Big 12

JJ Wetherholt returns, Mountaineers sweep Kansas to move to the top of the Big 12

Break out the brooms! After a 24-game absence due to a hamstring injury, reigning Big 12 Player of the Year JJ Wetherholt returned to the West Virginia lineup this past weekend against Kansas and helped lead the Mountaineers to a 3-0 sweep of the Jayhawks. With the series win, WVU (19-12, 8-4 Big 12) moves… ... Continue Reading
Closing the book on the 2023-24 season

Closing the book on the 2023-24 season

Andy returns to the podcast to give some final thoughts about the 2023-24 season, discuss the hire of Darian DeVries, and compare what’s transpired in the last 11 months to the hypothetical timeline where the events of last May and June don’t happen Listen to this episode and more on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Amazon Music,… ... Continue Reading
Neal Brown picks up a pair of commitments, Darian DeVries adds his first high school recruit, and WVU baseball travels to Kansas

Neal Brown picks up a pair of commitments, Darian DeVries adds his first high school recruit, and WVU baseball travels to Kansas

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Jerry West named to Basketball Hall of Fame again, DeVries makes first assistant hire, and Gordon Gee wants a Super League

Jerry West named to Basketball Hall of Fame again, DeVries makes first assistant hire, and Gordon Gee wants a Super League

NBA: Sacramento Kings at Los Angeles Clippers
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FOOTBALL

Sean Martin honors former teammate, Town of Bluefield with new uniform number | WV MetroNews
Entering his fifth and final season in a Mountaineer uniform, WVU senior defensive lineman Sean Martin will have a new look as he takes the field.

Feeling Comfortable Could Unlock Even More from Anthony Wilson in 2024 | WV Sports Now
Upon arriving in Morgantown last summer, Anthony Wilson made it known he wants to follow in the footsteps of former Mountaineer Karl Joseph. While those are big shoes to fill, Wilson is coming off a productive 2023 season and feels even more comfortable at WVU as he starts year two.

3 Guys Before The Game - Ja'Quay Hubbard Visits (Episode 544) | WV MetroNews
WVU offensive lineman Ja'Quay Hubbard visits Brad Howe and Tony Caridi to discuss West Virginia football and much more on the latest episode of 3 Guys Before The Game


BASKETBALL

Variety Of Factors Helped Bring DeVries To Morgantown | West Virginia University Athletics
Rabid fan support and great tradition were some of the determining factors in Darian DeVries choosing to take the West Virginia men's basketball job.

Nick Norton Named Assistant Men’s Basketball Coach | West Virginia University Athletics
West Virginia University men's basketball coach Darian DeVries has named Nick Norton as assistant coach/director of player development for the Mountaineers. A native of Bloomington, Illinois, Norton spent the last three seasons on DeVries' staff at Drake, helping the Bulldogs to an 80-26 (.755) record with two NCAA Tournament appearances and two Missouri Valley Conference titles.

WVU working on official visit date with top target Haley | EerSports
Earlier this week, Nashville (TN) Ensworth linebacker Sam Haley named a top eight schools of North Carolina, South Carolina, TCU, Tennessee, Michigan State, Missouri, Virginia Tech, and West Virginia. The Mountaineers, for their part, have also made it clear to Haley that he is among their top targets at the position.

WVU makes top group for yet another 4-star running back | EerSports
WVU is making moves on some top recruits. Marquise Davis, a 6-foot, 190 pound running back from Cleveland (OH) Cleveland Heights, announced his top 10 schools on Wednesday afternoon via X, and the Mountaineers made the cut.

NEWS

Report: Lakers Legend Jerry West Elected to Basketball HOF for Record 3rd Time | Bleacher Report
Jerry West was elected into the Basketball Hall of Fame as a player in 1979. Then he made it a second time in 2010 in recognition of the 1960 United States men's basketball team, which won gold at the Summer Olympics in Rome. Now West has been elected a record third time into the Hall, this time in honor of his work as the Los Angeles Lakers and Memphis Grizzlies' general manager and also his stints as a consultant with the Golden State Warriors and Los Angeles Clippers.

Baltimore Orioles Starter Rocked In First Injury Rehab Start | Inside the Orioles (Sports Illustrated)
Baltimore Orioles starter John Means made his first injury rehab start on Sunday and he was only able to pitch one inning against the Durham Bulls.


THE REPORT

  • Lamont West scored 11 points and recorded 6 rebounds in SPD Radnicki’s 86-80 win over Metalac in Serbia’s KLS (The Basketball League of Serbia) yesterday. West is averaging 9 points and 4 rebounds per game through 16 games in the league.
  • Victor Scott II scored 1 run in 3 plate appearances in St. Louis’ 3-2 loss to the San Diego Padres on Wednesday
  • Alek Manoah will begin a rehab assignment with the Blue Jays’ Single-A affiliate Dunedin in the Florida State League on Sunday. Manoah pitched 3 innings in a simulated game without any issues on Tuesday, and is expected to pitch up to 4 innings in his first rehab appearance.

Inside the college football ‘Super League,’ one powerful group’s idea to fix a ‘dead’ system | The Athletic($$ PAYWALLED ARTICLE)
One league overseeing college football’s highest level. No more conferences as we’ve known them. Playoff berths being decided solely on the field. Promotion and relegation for smaller schools. Players being paid directly. NIL and the transfer portal, managed. A group of influential leaders — including West Virginia University President E. Gordon Gee — wants to make all this happen soon — and they are pitching it as the best way forward for a sport they believe needs saving.

Stefon Diggs traded to Texans in NFL blockbuster | SBNation
The Buffalo Bills and Houston Texans pulled off a stunning trade ahead of the NFL Draft with Stefon Diggs now joining C.J. Stroud in the AFC South. It’s a move that ends an era in Buffalo, while also transforming the Texans in a serious contender in 2024, after being on the precipice of greatness a year ago.

Angel Reese WNBA Draft projections and scouting report for LSU star | SBNation
Angel Reese was already one of the best players in women’s college basketball when she suddenly became one of the most famous women in sports in the world. The LSU big’s back-and-forth with Iowa superstar Caitlin Clark in the 2023 national championship game fueled discourse for weeks and made Reese an overnight celebrity. Now Reese is jumping to the WNBA.

Everyone Hated the ‘Seinfeld’ Finale. Larry David’s Still Defending It. | The Ringer
As the series finale of ‘Curb Your Enthusiasm’ approaches, everything, it seems, has been building toward one of David’s most strongly held beliefs: that, actually, the ‘Seinfeld’ finale was pretty, pretty good

Seth Rollins Is Pro Wrestling’s Sure Thing | The Ringer
It doesn’t matter whether he’s rocking the tactical gear of the Shield or the vibrant pieces selected by stylist King Troi; Seth Rollins remains WWE’s constant

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Kerr Kriisa enters the transfer portal, Jesse Edwards is an all-star, and Victor Scott’s living his MLB dreams

Kerr Kriisa enters the transfer portal, Jesse Edwards is an all-star, and Victor Scott’s living his MLB dreams

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DeVries signs his first recruit and the Pittsburgh Steelers named the “perfect fit” for Zach Frazier

DeVries signs his first recruit and the Pittsburgh Steelers named the “perfect fit” for Zach Frazier

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Jaden Bray’s potential impact, Beanie Bishop’s blazing 40-yard dash, and WVU baseball avoids the sweep

Jaden Bray’s potential impact, Beanie Bishop’s blazing 40-yard dash, and WVU baseball avoids the sweep

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Deuce is loose and JJ Wetherholt is set to return to West Virginia’s lineup

Deuce is loose and JJ Wetherholt is set to return to West Virginia’s lineup

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Bob Huggins wants to coach at Louisville and Aaron Jamison is really fast!

Bob Huggins wants to coach at Louisville and Aaron Jamison is really fast!

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THE (ATTEMPTED) CAREER REHAB TOUR CONTINUES... One week after telling Bob Pompeani of Pittsburgh’s KDKA that he wants to make a return to coaching, Bob Huggins appeared on The Jerry Eaves radio show on Sports Talk 790AM WDRB in Louisville this morning and attempted to insert himself in the conversation for the Cardinals’ vacant head coaching job, despite not having any conversations with anyone involved with the search. Huggins told Eaves he’d be a perfect fit for the job and could rebuild the program, citing his rebuilds at his three previous jobs and adding that while he hasn’t followed the decline of Louisville basketball over the last seven years closely, he already has a plan to fix the program.

Huggins went on to tell Eaves that he completed a rehab program and hasn’t had any alcohol in more than 300 days — despite being arrested for DUI 285 days ago.


CUE COUNTRY ROADS... After an hour-plus rain delay, the Mountaineer baseball team (15-10) came away with a 6-2 win over the Akron Zips (5-18) in a mid-week matchup last night in Morgantown.

The Zips opened up a 2-0 lead in the top half of the third with a two-run shot by Fisher Pyatt, but WVU responded in the bottom of the inning to take a 4-2 lead. The Mountaineers added some cushion with two runs in the eighth on an RBI double from Kyle West and a sacrifice fly from Grant Hussey.

Freshman Aaron Jamison, a Morgantown native, was a key piece to the Mountaineers’ success once again — bringing in one run off of a triple and two stolen bases, including this straight steal of home.

Gavin Van Kempen picked up his fifth win of the season to move to 5-1. The Mountaineers are at home this weekend for a series with the Oklahoma State Cowboys, with the first pitch in game one set for 6:30 PM Eastern on Friday.


MOUNTAINEER PROS... Kevin Jones had six points and nine rebounds this morning in Kyoto Hannaryz’ 90-83 loss to the Nagoya Diamond Dolphins in the Japanese B1 League... Tarik Phillip turned in 11 points and eight assists for the London Lions in their 99-86 loss to Paris in the first game of a best-of-three series in the EuroCup semifinal yesterday. The Lions will look to stay alive in the series on Friday, with tipoff set for 11:30AM Eastern.. Emmitt Matthews played five minutes off the bench for the College Park Skyhawks in their 127-112 loss to the Maine Celtics in the NBA G League on Tuesday, only recording one block... the Baltimore Orioles have assigned John Means to the Norfolk Tides in Triple-A to rehab his surgically repaired left elbow... SB Nation’s latest NFL mock draft has Zach Frazier going to the Los Angeles Chargers with the 37th pick...


MUSKET MIXTAPE... Mountaineer golfer Max Green shot five-under to finish tied for fourth place in The Hootie at Bulls Bay Intercollegiate... JJ Quinerly is a Region 3 finalist for the WBCA All-America Team, which will be announced next Thursday...


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Victor Scott called up by the St. Louis Cardinals, will start on Opening Day

Victor Scott called up by the St. Louis Cardinals, will start on Opening Day

Sam Navarro-USA TODAY Sports LET’S GO! Days after being reassigned, former West Virginia baseball standout Victor Scott II has been called back up by the St. Louis Cardinals and will start at centerfield on Opening Day, according to Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. Victor Scott II will join team, start in centerfield on… ... Continue Reading
Mountaineers get hosed in Iowa, baseball prepares for Akron, and spring practice is under way

Mountaineers get hosed in Iowa, baseball prepares for Akron, and spring practice is under way

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Emergency Episode: Non-Interim Coach!

Emergency Episode: Non-Interim Coach!

Darian DeVries has been officially announced as the Non-Interm Head Coach for WVU Men’s Basketball! What are the parallels between this hire and the hire for this job in 2002? How is this hire being received by WVU fans and nationwide? Let’s react in an Emergency (good kind for a change) Episode. Listen to this… ... Continue Reading
West Virginia hires Darian DeVries, the Mountaineer women prepare for Caitlin Clark, and Deuce McBride shows out again

West Virginia hires Darian DeVries, the Mountaineer women prepare for Caitlin Clark, and Deuce McBride shows out again

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