Welcome back for another edition of "WVU's Where Are They Now?"- the weekly column that is your one-spot-stop to catch up on news that your former Mountaineers have made during the previous week. I scour the Internet for news, blurbs, and other tidbits about what former Mountaineers are up to in life outside of Morgantown.
It was slow this past week as far as the amount of former Mountaineer news. Of course, the news that made headlines the most was Adam 'Pacman' Jones getting arrested last Sunday morning. He is due to be arraigned next week in a Cincinnati court, and we will have the details for you. Back to this week, I tell you how two former Mountaineers are honoring Chris Henry, Pat White goes to camp, we clear up a mystery in Adam Jones' arrest last weekend, and two players share the Former Player Tweet of the Week (sort of).
We begin with we tell you what former Mountaineers are doing to help Chris Henry's family and other members of Mountaineer Nation.
West Virginia Legends Organization
Grant Wiley and Quincy Wilson
Wiley and Wilson got together a couple months ago and started the West Virginia Legends Organization in memory of former Mountaineer, Chris Henry. Henry died surprisingly on Dec. 17, 2009 after falling out of the back of a truck in Charlotte, NC. With Henry's mother's blessing, Wilson and Wiley started the non-profit group with the intention of raising funds to help former teammates, their families, and West Virginians in general. They held their first event in Morgantown on Tuesday. The Legends Organization hosted a kids football camp at Pro Performance RX during the day, and moved to Morgantown High School later in the day for a celebrity basketball tournament. The money raised for the event will go to help Henry's family. Former Mountaineers that attended the event besides Wiley and Wilson were: Selvish Capers, Pat McAfee, Owen Schmitt, Mortty Ivy, Angel Estrada, Phil Braxton, Wes Lyons, Reed Williams, Marc Magro, and Dorrell Jalloh.
Pat White reported for his first training camp with the Virginia Destroyers on Thursday and will begin practicing this weekend. He will be in a battle for the starting quarterback job, but also alluded to a possible shift in positions. He said that he wants to be used, and will help wherever the coaches want.
Cincinnati Bengal, Adam Jones was arrested last Sunday morning and charged with disturbing the peace and resisting arrest. We brought you the details of his arrest and the views from the police's side and Jones' side. His next court appearance is scheduled for July 18. One interesting note from the entire story was that Jones' mugshot, and video following his release from jail, showed him wearing a neck brace. Jones injured his neck on Oct. 24 of last year against the Atlanta Falcons and had season-ending neck surgery shortly thereafter. He had participated in player arranged off-season workouts as recently as June. In the video interview on the sidewalk outside of the jail, Jones said that he was wearing the neck brace because he just had surgery. The Cincinnati Enquirer reported on Wednesday that Jones had surgery to check on the progress of the healing. It was not because the injury had worsened or for a new injury. He is expected to be healed when the season begins.
Gyorko spent his second week with the San Antonio Missions after being promoted from the San Diego Padres single-A affiliate, Lake Elsinore. He was promoted because he was on a hitting tear in the California League and his fielding was much improved. Gyorko is showing, with the increased skill level of opposing pitchers, that he is on the fast track for another promotion. In his fifth game with the Missions, Gyorko had a grand slam and is now hitting .333 with 2 home runs and 7 RBIs in a Missions uniform.
Tweet of the Week
Notice that this headline wasn't preceded by "Former Player." The reason being is that the Tweet of the Week comes from BlueGoldNews reporter, Patrick Southern. He tweeted this during the West Virginia Legends celebrity basketball game about two former Mountaineers: Pat McAfee and Selvish Capers. During the game, McAfee was the emcee and provided his own takes on the action.
This is the interactive part of the column. I don't see every Tweet from every former Mountaineer, so if you see a Tweet from a former Mountaineer that you think is worthy of the Tweet of the Week, send it to me @WVUPros. It can be anything funny, inspirational, or newsworthy. If I use your suggestion, I'll be sure to mention you in that column!