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  • Georgia Safety Commits to West Virginia

    Georgia Safety Commits to West Virginia

    Jun 16, 2021 9:49pm

    West Virginia head coach Neal Brown secured his sixth player in the 2022 class with Georgia safety Mumu Bin-Wahad. Bin-Wahad, a high 3-star recruit in both the 247 rankings (85) and the composite score (0.8537), has an offer list that is sure to make fans happy. Bin-Wahad has official offers from 29 different schools including 17 Power 5 programs.

    never let a hard time humble us... #Committed pic.twitter.com/HKj1zYsQMh

    — - ++ (@TheMumuBinWahad) June 17, 2021

    Mumu becomes the seventh player in the 2022 post-pandemic recruiting class, joining Tyrin Woodby out of Baltimore who committed in April of last year. Of the schools that Bin-Wahad has high on his list, West Virginia has one of the lowest numbers of safeties on their roster, a good sign for Bin-Wahad, who shouldn’t have to compete much for playing time.

    The Mountaineers hosted their first recruiting camp in over a year a few weeks ago and the staff expects, based on multiple tweets from the coaches, to pull in several more players.

  • Latest College Football Playoff proposal is still not perfect

    Latest College Football Playoff proposal is still not perfect

    Jun 16, 2021 2:25pm

    CFP National Championship Presented by AT&amp;T - Ohio State v Alabama
    Photo by Jamie Schwaberow/Getty Images

    Expansion without thought just means more of the same

    When the BCS came along in 1998, its entire premise was to put the #1 team and the #2 team against each other. In this mold, the BCS absolutely succeeded. Where it failed was that teams, knowing the computer ranking systems, because to manipulate the system. Blowouts (wins by more than 21 points) were a factor. When those were removed and wins against ranked teams became a metric, teams vyied and lobbied for rankings, with the SEC somehow dominating the rankings conversation. Stil, at the end of the year, we had a game where the #1 team and the #2 played each other for a “unified” national title. Then we ran into a scenario with three undefeated teams and broke the system. Talk began about playoffs and “expansion” and eventually we got a four-team model where the four teams were decided by a committee.

    I must admit I was wrong here. I originally said and thought a diverse committee would do a better job of picking those teams and we would be arguing about the fifth best team. In one sense, that has held true but I was unaware of how much I would come to think inclusion, rather than exclusion, is the model we should follow. When Ohio State broke into the playoffs because of a championship game instead of Baylor and TCU, it became obvious that the blue-bloods were going to dominate the scene even more than they ever had before. Now, it became imperative that we find a way to value the product on the field and reduce or eliminate the idea of the “best” and instead start to reward the most “deserving”.

    Here we are, several years into the playoff format and we are talking about expansion. There is a current model that would expand the playoffs to 12-teams - six conference champions and six at larges. If 12 teams seems odd, that’s because it is. A 12 team format would work with the top four teams receiving a first round bye, then teams 5-12 playing each other.

    YOU DONT NEED 12 SLOTS

    Let’s just get to the root of the problem, an expansion to twelve teams is not needed. You already have a 20-team playoff right under your nose and it would require one simple rule:

    CONFERENCE CHAMPIONS ONLY

    There. In three simple words, we’ve solved nearly every problem with the playoffs. Win your conference, play for a national title. There are currently five Power conferences (P5) and five non-power conferences (G5). If you put the caveat that all conference champions will play for the national title, you have created a twenty (20)-team playoff. Each conference championship will now be a de facto playoff play-in game. This immediately creates a 10-team playoff scenario where you have two “play-in” games between 10 vs 7 and 9 vs 8, then immediately you get 4 quarterfinal games, 2 semi-final games and a championship game.

    Here is what such a proposal would have looked like in 2019 (I’m ignoring 2020 since COVID doesn’t give us a complete picture of teams).

    Eight of the ten teams are ranked in this scenario and teams like Appalachian State and Boise State are rewarded with playoff games rather than some meaningless bowl game played on December 20th.

    But what about the best teams, the high ranked SEC or B1G teams?

    What about them? Let’s take a look at Florida in 2019. They played 3 ranked teams - #7 Auburn, #5 LSU (who would go on to become #1) and #8 Georgia. They lost two of those games. They finished second in the SEC East, behind Georgia (who they lost to). Georgia in turn lost to LSU (whom Florida also lost to in the regular season) in the SEC Championship. So, why should the 2nd best teams in the SEC East, who lost to both division winners in the regular season, be rewarded with a playoff game? What did they do to earn an invitation to the playoffs other than being Florida?

    I bring up Florida because the SEC is the most egregious of the offenders of the “eye test” and “best teams” scenario. Every year the SEC cannibalizes itself and because #6 preseason beats #4 preseason, those two teams swap and because #4 lost a close game on the road, they don't drop far and don't play another ranked team for 6 weeks.

    By allowing conference champions to play in the playoff, you remove the worst part of the current playoff system, and the worst parts of the BCS and the Bowl Alliance. The human element. You remove biases. You remove any pre-conceived notion and allow teams to settle it on the field. If Kansas State beats Oklahoma in the championship game, this time it actually has consequences! Continuing the same pattern of allowing so many at-large teams really only means that the SEC and Big Ten will send more of their teams rather than giving the other teams a shot.

    The other benefit of a conference championship only model is that the regular season actually means more to more teams. Instead of one loss deciding your season and then eventually waiting for the playoffs to begin after week 9 when the seasons are all but decided, now more teams still have a chance. Conference games mean that much more. One loss doesn’t define your season but can still be the difference between your chance to play in the title game.

    It’s time to stop beating around the bushes and do what every other sport does - automatic bids for the conference winners and settle it on the field.

  • Tavon Austin named one of the top 50 college football receivers in the past 50 years

    Tavon Austin named one of the top 50 college football receivers in the past 50 years

    Jun 16, 2021 9:30am

    Oklahoma v West Virginia
    Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images

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    Where Tavon Austin ranks among the top college football receivers of the last 50 years

    We know he was a star at West Virginia, but where does Tavon Austin rank among the top wide receivers of the last five decades? ESPN recently ranked the top 50 college receivers of the last 50 years and Austin checked in at #37. While at WVU, he set programs records in career receptions with 288 and career receiving yards with 3,413.

    Coaching staff review: Offense

    While a few titles may have changed slightly over two seasons, all but one of West Virginia’s offensive assistants joined the program with Neal Brown in 2019.

    WVU President Gordon Gee sounds off on proposed football playoff format

    The first steps in a lengthy process to expand the College Football Playoff system are underway and West Virginia University President E. Gordon Gee will be a voice in the discussions that could triple the size of the playoff field from four teams to 12.

    FWAA recognizes WVU football sports information staff as one of nation’s best

    The West Virginia football program’s communications unit has been recognized by the Football Writers Association of America for its performance.

    West Virginia Athletics

    Mountaineer men’s soccer program to join C-USA in fall 2022

    The West Virginia’s men’s soccer program is leaving the Mid-American Conference for Conference USA. The Mountaineers, members of the MAC since 2012, will join C-USA starting in the fall 2022 season. WVU will join Kentucky, South Carolina, Florida Atlantic, Florida International, UAB, Old Dominion, Charlotte, Coastal Carolina, and 2020 national champion Marshall in C-USA.

    Goetz Becomes First WVU Golfer to Earn All-America Honors

    Senior golfer Mark Goetz has become the first West Virginia golfer in school history to earn All-America honors, as he was named an Honorable Mention All-American by Golfweek. Goetz was also WVU’s first NCAA Regional qualifier this season, where he finished second place at 8-under-par.

    Dixon Travels to U.S. Olympic Team Trials

    Senior David Dixon of the West Virginia men’s swimming and diving team is tabbed to compete at the 2021 U.S. Olympic Team Swimming Trials. He will compete in the 200 butterfly and the 200 individual medley.

    Carter, Suns sweep Nuggets, advance to Western Conference Finals

    The Phoenix Suns completed a sweep of the Denver Nuggets Sunday night with a 125-118 victory. That means former West Virginia men’s basketball star Jevon Carter and his teammates are moving on to the NBA’s Western Conference Finals.

    Report: Celtics interview former Mountaineer Mazzulla for head coaching vacancy

    A former West Virginia men’s basketball player and key contributor for Bob Huggins’ Final Four team is reportedly interviewing to become the next head coach of the Boston Celtics. Joe Mazzulla, who joined the Celtics’ coaching staff during the 2019-20 season, recently interviewed for the position.

    Tracking WVU women’s soccer’s representation on the international stage

    Just this past week, two former West Virginia women’s soccer players made their debuts for their country’s senior national teams. Here is an update on the former Mountaineers that are playing on the international stage.

    Around the Big 12

    Oklahoma Softball Wins Fifth National Championship

    Top-seeded Oklahoma closed the book at the Women’s College World Series by claiming its third national crown in the last five seasons with a 5-1 triumph over 10th-seeded Florida State in front of a crowd of 10,830 fans. This title is also the Sooners’ fifth since 2000.

    UT’s Davis and TTU’s Usoro Take Home National Titles

    Texas’ Tara Davis and Texas Tech’s Ruth Usoro claimed individual titles at the 2021 NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championship. Davis won the Long Jump and Usoro won the Triple Jump.

    Longhorns Clinch 37th Appearance in College World Series

    Texas advanced to the Men’s College World Series with a sweep of South Florida in the Austin Super Regional this past weekend.

    Around the NCAA

    Virginia Tech linebacker Isi Etute granted bail after 2nd-degree murder charge

    A Virginia Tech freshman linebacker charged in the fatal beating of a Tinder match has been released on bail.

    Former Michigan State basketball star Keith Appling to remain in jail in murder case

    Former Michigan State basketball star Keith Appling was ordered to remain in jail during his first court appearance on murder and other charges in Detroit.

    Linebacker Jacquez Jones transfers from Ole Miss to Kentucky

    Former Ole Miss starting linebacker Jacquez Jones has transferred to Kentucky. He led Ole Miss with 75 tackles last season.

    NBA competition committee exploring rule changes to restrict unnatural jump shot motions, sources say

    The NBA’s competition committee met Monday to further explore rule changes to restrict the unnatural motions surrounding jump shots that players are using to draw fouls. Many are saying that the restriction is well overdue.

    MLB players caught with any foreign substance to face 10-day suspension, sources say

    Major League Baseball is expected to announce that it will suspend players caught with any foreign substance for 10 days with pay to help curtail the widespread use of grip enhancers by pitchers around the league.

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  • Will the tight ends contribute for the West Virginia offense this season?

    Will the tight ends contribute for the West Virginia offense this season?

    Jun 10, 2021 10:15am

    COLLEGE FOOTBALL: DEC 31 AutoZone Liberty Bowl - Army v West Virginia
    Photo by Michael Wade/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

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    Roster Review: Tight ends

    West Virginia currently has six tight ends on its roster. A pair of redshirt juniors in Mike O’Laughlin and TJ Banks are the top returners at the position. The others are all newcomers to the program. Can the tight ends make a difference on the WVU offense this season?

    Preseason Football Magazines Hitting Newsstands

    Preseason football magazines are hitting the shelves in stores across the country. What are the writers saying about West Virginia this year?

    Three Guys Before The Game – A Visit With Marc Bulger (Episode 291)

    On this episode of “Three Guys Before The Game,” former West Virginia quarterback Marc Bulger reflects on his career and discusses his next big move.

    Basketball

    Remembering Don Vincent – One of WVU Sports’ Biggest What Ifs?

    To this day, Jay Jacobs maintains if Don Vincent had not broken his left leg in the 1958 Southern Conference Tournament semifinals, West Virginia would have won a national championship. Vincent’s left fibula joins Major Harris’ right shoulder, Pat White’s right thumb, and Da’Sean Butler’s left knee in the four biggest “What Ifs” in Mountaineer sports history.

    West Virginia Athletics

    McCabe Takes on NCAA Championships

    Redshirt freshman Ceili McCabe of the West Virginia track and field team is preparing for the 2021 NCAA Outdoor Championships. McCabe is set to compete in the 3,000-meter steeplechase. Semifinals are slated to begin on Thursday, June 10th, while the final round will take place on Saturday, June 12th.

    Goetz, Perkins will return to WVU golf in 2021-22

    West Virginia golfers Mark Goetz and Logan Perkins will return in 2021-22 for their fifth season of eligibility. Goetz was recently named to the Division I PING All-Midwest Region Team, after finishing second at eight-under-par in the NCAA Regional.

    Audrey Adams and Kevin Brophy nominated for Big 12 Sportsperson of the Year

    Two of West Virginia’s senior leaders are in the running for the Big 12 Sportsperson of the Year award. Audrey Adams from the WVU volleyball team and Mountaineer baseball player Kevin Brophy received the nominations for the annual conference award.

    Mountaineer Round-up: McCabe preps for NCAAs, Lawrence’s PSG takes title

    There is just one Mountaineer still competing for West Virginia right now. Here is a preview of Ceili McCabe’s upcoming track and field competition at the NCAA Outdoor Championships, as well as a recap of other recent developments.

    Life as a Mountaineer – Katherine Dowie

    Victoria, Australia native Katherine Dowie recently completed her junior season with the West Virginia track and field team and placed fifth in the steeplechase at the Big 12 Outdoor Championships.

    341 Mountaineers named to Spring Big 12 Honor Roll

    341 Mountaineers were honored by the Big 12 for their hard work in the classroom, and 90 recorded a 4.0 GPA in the spring semester.

    WVU Lands 12 on Academic All-Big 12 Team

    A program-record 12 members of the West Virginia baseball team have been named to the 2021 Academic All-Big 12 Baseball Team.

    Nine men’s soccer Mountaineers earn Academic All-MAC

    Nine members of the West Virginia men’s soccer team have been named to the Academic All-MAC Team.

    Logan Routt joins Best Virginia

    Best Virginia just got bigger. The West Virginia men’s basketball alumni team has announced that Logan Routt will join the squad and is set to make his debut in the 2021 edition of The Basketball Tournament (TBT).

    Mountaineers in the WNBA: June 8th Update

    In nearly a month since the WNBA season began, former West Virginia guards Kysre Gondrezick and Bria Holmes have seen considerable playing time, competing in a combined 17 games for their respective teams this year.

    Around the Big 12

    Jury finds Baylor not responsible for alleged sexual assault by ex-football players

    A jury in Houston, Texas, took just a few hours on Wednesday to find Baylor University and three former football players not responsible for the alleged sexual assault of a former female student-athlete in 2017.

    Big 12 Men’s Golf Awards Announced

    The Big 12 Conference has announced its 2020-21 men’s golf awards with Texas’ Pierceson Coody earning Player of the Year, Oklahoma State’s Eugenio Lopez-Chacarra collecting Newcomer of the Year, and Oklahoma’s Ryan Hybl as the Coach of the Year.

    2021 Big 12 Sportspersons of the Year Candidates Announced

    20 student-athletes have been nominated for 2020-21 Big 12 Sportsperson of the Year award.

    Around the NCAA

    Former Mountaineer Darris Nichols gears up for his first season as head coach at Radford

    Since Radford announced former West Virginia guard Darris Nichols as its next men’s basketball coach, he has been getting to know his new players and coaches and teaching everyone what he is expecting this upcoming season.

    Committee to present report on College Football Playoff size

    In what will arguably be the most significant meetings about the college football postseason since the sport transitioned from the BCS to the College Football Playoff, a subcommittee is expected to present a report next week examining the strengths and weakness of the four-team playoff, including models for expansion, to the full group of FBS commissioners who constitute the CFP’s management committee.

    Shake Milton saves Sixers as Philly evens series with Hawks

    Joel Embiid scored 40 points and grabbed 13 rebounds in the Philadelphia 76ers’ win over the Atlanta Hawks in Game 2 of the Eastern Conference Semifinals.

    Donovan Mitchell scores 45, rallies Jazz past the Clippers

    Donovan Mitchell scored 45 points, and Bojan Bogdanovic added 18, as the Utah Jazz took the first game against the Los Angeles Clippers.

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  • Can West Virginia receivers avoid dropped passes this season?

    Can West Virginia receivers avoid dropped passes this season?

    Jun 8, 2021 9:45am

    COLLEGE FOOTBALL: NOV 09 Texas Tech at West Virginia
    Photo by Frank Jansky/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

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    Roster Review: Receivers

    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.

    Mountaineer Secondary to Enjoy Some Good Fortune in 2021

    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.

    Games for Homecoming and Mountaineer Week announced

    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.

    WVU football officially adds new enrollees to roster

    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.

    OL Maurice Hamilton commits to WVU

    Maurice Hamilton, a three-star offensive lineman from Cleveland, Ohio, has committed to West Virginia.

    WVU football recruit Coleman wins NJCAA national title with Hutchinson Community College

    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.

    Basketball

    2 incoming WVU hoops freshmen arrive on campus

    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

    Twenty-one Mountaineer rowers named to Academic All-Big 12 teams

    21 members of the West Virginia rowing team have been named to the 2021 Academic All-Big 12 Rowing Teams.

    2021-22 Cheer Teams Announced

    The West Virginia Spirit Program has announced the Gold and Blue Cheerleading Teams.

    Orioles place former Mountaineer Means on 10-day injured list

    Former Mountaineer and current Baltimore Orioles pitcher John Means has been placed on the 10-day injury list with a left shoulder strain.

    Cashin named a 2021 Olympic Qualifier

    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 Advance to NCAA Super Regionals

    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.

    2020-21 Big 12 Men’s Golf National Honors

    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

    Alabama Crimson Tide extend football coach Nick Saban’s deal through 2028 season

    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 AD Mike Hamrick stepping down to take on new role at school

    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.

    Sources: Aaron Rodgers not expected to join Green Bay Packers as mandatory minicamp begins Tuesday

    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.

    New York Knicks’ Tom Thibodeau named Coach of the Year for second time

    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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  • Ohio Lineman Maurice Hamilton Commits to Mountaineers

    Ohio Lineman Maurice Hamilton Commits to Mountaineers

    Jun 8, 2021 7:45am

    The West Virginia Mountaineers have added some more beef to their offensive line and this time they aren’t playing around. Cleveland, Ohio native Maurice Hamilton, a 6’-4”, 345 pound mammoth of a man has joined the team. Hamilton, a solid 3-star in the 247 rankings (86) and the composite (0.8577), committed to the Mountaineers following his official visit on June 4.

    Maurice’s commitment gives the Mountaineers three linemen in the current class - Sullivan Weidman who committed in April of 2021 and Charlie Katarincic who committed in March of 2021. We would expect the Mountaineers’ coaching staff to target a couple more linemen with the current class.

    Hamilton’s commitment shows the current staff’s desire to build pipelines in and around the state of West Virginia. They continue to travel around to surrounding states and build relationships to help bring kids from Ohio, Maryland and Pennsylvania to the Mountain State. Let’s Go!

  • West Virginia to host UConn in Big East-Big 12 Battle

    West Virginia to host UConn in Big East-Big 12 Battle

    Jun 3, 2021 12:10pm

    2012 Big East Conference Men’s Basketball Championship

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    Aaron Beasley, Jim Carlen on 2022 College Football Hall of Fame ballot

    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.

    Three Guys Before The Game – A Visit With Darryl Talley (Episode 290)

    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.

    Dead period is over and recruiting is live: What’s it all mean?

    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.

    WATCH: Picking out some intriguing point spreads ahead of schedule

    Take a look at some interesting point spreads for the upcoming West Virginia football season that have people’s attention.

    WATCH: Highlights of QB Devin Kargman at WVU Camp

    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.

    Basketball

    Mountaineers to welcome Connecticut as part of Big East-Big 12 Battle

    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.

    Taz is Back!

    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

    Opportunity Awaits WVU’s McCabe In Oregon Next Week

    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.

    Austin Davis’s home run robbery named one of NCAA’s Plays of the Week

    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.

    Mazey on Davis: “He’s a tremendous player”

    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

    Men’s Basketball BIG EAST-Big 12 Battle Schedule Revealed

    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 Troy Trojans WR Kaylon Geiger transferring to Texas Tech Red Raiders

    Former All-Sun Belt wide receiver Kaylon Geiger has announced that he will transfer from Troy to Texas Tech.

    Around the NCAA

    Duke Blue Devils basketball coach Mike Krzyzewski to retire after season; Jon Scheyer named successor

    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 Hokies freshman Isi Etute charged with murder

    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.

    Pistons hire former WVU men’s basketball coach Beilein

    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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  • Taz Sherman Returns to WVU Basketball

    Taz Sherman Returns to WVU Basketball

    Jun 1, 2021 2:10pm

    NCAA Basketball: West Virginia at Oklahoma State
    Rob Ferguson-USA TODAY Sports

    Taz Sherman will return for his fifth season

    One more pic.twitter.com/pzuB8EsnnI

    — TAZ1️⃣2️⃣ (@Okaytazoo) June 1, 2021

    Taz Sherman, the fifth year senior from Missouri City, Texas has announced he will return for his fifth season. Sherman has averaged over 13 points in 2020 on 41% shooting including 35.9% from three and 87% from the free throw line. Sherman started 6 of 28 games last year and finished second on the team in three pointers made (47). He was named to the All-Big 12 Team as an honorable mention. Sherman was a double-double machine, collecting 21 of them.

    “We are thrilled to have Taz back for another season of Mountaineer basketball. He went from scoring five points a game in his first season with use to scoring more than 13 points per game last season. Taz explored his options in a professional manner, while finishing his bachelor’s degree in May. Tax is a leader on and off the court, and he will provide us with veteran leadership this season” said Mountaineers head coach Bob Huggins on the announcement of Taz’s return.

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  • 2020-21 Season In Review: Jeff Carter

    Jun 20, 2021 6:00am

    Monthly splits Story of the Season Due to Carter’s nearly immediate success with the Penguins after his trade deadline acquisition— he registered 11 points in 14 regular-season games and then five in six playoff contests, quickly establishing his position as one of the most successful third-line center experiments in Pittsburgh’s recent history— it seems difficult to believe that the Kings were willing to retain half of his salary when they sent Carter to the Penguins in exchange for two conditi...

  • Who are the Pens' targets for regression in 2021-22?

    Jun 19, 2021 8:13am

    Kapanen scored 30 points in 40 games with the Pens, exceeded many expectations and rocked it. But there are some cracks in the foundation, as our main man Geoff from The Pensblog laid out recently in a series of tweets: To add onto that, in addition to exceeding his expected goals, though Kapanen “only” scored 11 goals in 40 games with Pittsburgh, he shot 16.2% in all situations. He was only a 10.2% shooter in his first 202 games in Toronto.

  • 6 Penguins Draft Picks That Didn't Work Out in Pittsburgh

    Jun 18, 2021 3:08pm

    A second round (55th overall) pick in the 2016 Draft, Gustavsson played in nine career NHL games and could be in the fight for the future of Ottawa Senators goaltending, ironically, with Matt Murray. After being drafted by the Penguins in 2016, Gustavsson helped backstop the Swedish World Junior team to a silver medal in 2018. During the tournament, he posted a 1.81 goals-against average (GAA) and .

  • How did the Penguins' 2020 regression candidates go?

    Jun 18, 2021 8:01am

    Bryan Rust, point per game player After scoring a total of 55 goals in the first 253 games played in the NHL (. goals/game) from 2015-19, Bryan Rust exploded in 2019-20, scoring 27 goals in 55 games (. goals/game).

  • 2020-21 Season in Review: Bryan Rust

    Jun 18, 2021 6:00am

    Some of that may have been expected after an unusually high shooting percentage in 2019-20 slightly returned to Earth this season and his goal numbers were slightly lower even in comparable games played between the two seasons. His assists numbers were also diminished. While the offensive box score numbers took a step back, Rust did improve on his Corsi For%, ranking fourth on the entire team this season.

  • Sidney Crosby scores high in National Hockey League Players' Association poll

    Jun 17, 2021 7:53pm

    The NHL players have spoken, and the “most complete player” is none other than Pittsburgh Penguins player Sidney Crosby. Nearly 500 players voted Crosby as the winner of this category. Crosby was also ranked number two, with 23% of the vote for “the player others would want on their team to win one game.

  • U mad, bro?: Steelers fans are fretting; Penguins fans are pushing back; Pirates fans are just fed up

    Jun 17, 2021 2:02pm

    Jun. 17—This edition of "U mad, bro?" touches all the bases. Oops. Sorry. Too soon? This week we've got Steelers fans fretting about the future. Penguins fans are pushing back on trade rumors and criticism. And Pirates fans are somewhere between confused, bemused and befuddled. And I don't blame 'em. ------ Jack is batting leadoff today. He tries to express his feelings about what it is like ...

  • Respect for Bruins' Patrice Bergeron shown in new NHLPA player poll

    Jun 17, 2021 1:09pm

    The Boston Bruins, including Patrice Bergeron, garnered plenty of respect in the latest NHLPA annual player poll released Thursday.

  • Sidney Crosby named "most complete" player by his peers

    Jun 17, 2021 12:03pm

    Sidney Crosby got some love from his fellow players in the recently released annual NHLPA players poll. It’s no big surprise that Crosby does well on this list, he was voted as a finalist for the Ted Lindsay Award, the player’s vote on their MVP. Other finalists were Connor McDavid (the league’s leading point scorer, by a mile) and Auston Matthews (the league’s leading goal scorer, by a mile) and both are significantly younger than Crosby.

  • Pittsburgh Penguins' 2020-21 Season Awards

    Jun 17, 2021 10:36am

    Penguins’ Most Valuable Player Panagiotis Mavridis: Sidney Crosby The 33-year-old Crosby showed no signs of slowing down due to age yet, with 24 goals and 62 points in 55 games played, leading the team in points and being a huge presence for Jake Guentzel and Bryan Rust. He was also key to the team[s success when Evgeni Malkin was out for a large portion of the season due to injuries.

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