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West Virginia Set To Fight It Out In Deep East Region

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The real work begins on Friday when the Mountaineers will have to fight through a loaded East Region in order to achieve the ultimate goal they set at the beginning of the season: Winning West Virginia’s first-ever national championship.

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News Of Note

Football:

West Virginia Mountaineers 2016 Spring Football Preview | AthlonSports.com
For the West Virginia Mountaineers 2015 was a tale of two seasons.

Familiar face, unfamilar role for Joe Wickline at West Virginia | ESPN
The last time Dana Holgorsen and Joe Wickline were on the same coaching staff, they created something football had never seen before.

Sans play-calling duties, Galloway still finds Louisville role enticing | WV MetroNews
Outgoing West Virginia receivers coach Lonnie Galloway said the chance to gain experience as an offensive coordinator, even one who doesn’t call plays, enticed him to join Bobby Petrino’s staff at Louisville.

WVU receivers coach Lonnie Galloway leaves for Louisville | The Daily Athenaeum
The West Virginia University football team’s coaching staff had a bombshell dropped on it late on the first day of spring practice, as news broke that wide receivers coach Lonnie Galloway is leaving West Virginia to be co-offensive coordinator in Louisville.

Galloway leaves WVU for OC job at Louisville | Exponent Telegram
It’s reaching the point that West Virginia University football coach Dana Holgorsen is going to have to issue name tags to his assistant coaches for practices and meetings so that everyone knows who everyone is.

Basketball:

WVU will have to fight it out in deep East Region | The Daily Athenaeum
West Virginia finished second in one of the deepest conferences in recent memory and managed to seize its highest NCAA seed in six years. That was the easy part. The real work begins on Friday when the Mountaineers will have descend into a loaded East Region in order to achieve the ultimate goal they set at the beginning of the season: Winning West Virginia’s first-ever national championship.

WVU begins tough bracket journey with Stephen F. Austin | Charleston Gazette-Mail
Whether it was the roster or travel or the Big 12 competition, West Virginia has come to understand this basketball season was never going to be easy.

SFA sort of similar to WVU | Beckley Register-Herald
When Bob Huggins looks out on the floor Friday during West Virginia’s NCAA first-round game with Stephen F. Austin in Brooklyn, N.Y., he’s likely to see something familiar, and not just from the guys wearing gold and blue.

SFA’s Underwood ‘very grateful’ for career assist Huggins provided | WV MetroNews
When Cincinnati began pursuing two players from Dodge City Community College in 1993, coach Brad Underwood was surprised to see Bob Huggins taking such a hands-on role.

WVU Faces Princeton in NCAA First Round | WVU Athletics
The West Virginia University women’s basketball team will make its 11th overall appearance in the NCAA Women’s Basketball Championship after earning an at-large berth on Monday evening.

After one-year layoff, No. 23 WVU back in NCAA Tournament | The Daily Athenaeum
After missing the NCAA tournament last season, the West Virginia University women’s basketball team waited on Selection Monday to see what team will be on the Mountaineers’ radar next. The Mountaineers earned the sixth seed, and they will face the Princeton Tigers at noon Friday in Columbus, Ohio.

Baseball:

Baseball Concludes Opening Homestand vs. Radford | WVU Athletics
Coming off a walk-off win and a series victory, the West Virginia University baseball team welcomes Radford to Monongalia County Ballpark on Tuesday, March 15, at 3 p.m. ET.

WVU carries weekend momentum against struggling Radford | The Daily Athenaeum
Redshirt freshman Jimmy Galusky did what he’s done all season, and that’s just what the Mountaineers needed heading into Tuesday’s affair against Radford.

West Virginia Athletics:

Two Home-Grown Wrestlers to Compete at Nationals | WVU Athletics
West Virginia University junior wrestler Dylan Cottrell said he always wanted to be a Mountaineer, it just took him a couple of years to get to the right place.

Around The League

Around The Big XII:

2016 Big 12 spring football primer: Key storylines for each team | Sports Illustrated
SI.com analyzes the key storylines facing each Big 12 team during spring practice.

Big 12 football players to watch in 2016 | Sports Illustrated
As spring practices begin, here are 10 players who will be big names in the Big 12 in 2016.

Baylor’s Devin Chafin arrested, suspended for marijuana possession | Sports Illustrated
Baylor running back Devin Chafin was suspended Friday by coach Art Briles following his arrest in Oklahoma for possession of marijuana.

Around The NCAA:

Dak Prescott arrested for DUI in Mississippi | Sports Illustrated
Former Mississippi State quarterback Dak Prescott was arrested on Saturday morning in Mississippi and charged with DUI

Recruiting

Junior Day lures football prospects to WVU | Charleston Gazette-Mail
West Virginia held its second Junior Day of the spring, and this one was much more of an event than the previous iteration, with a few dozen recruits coming from as far away as Florida to take in everything the Mountaineers had to offer.

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