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West Virginia Still Has Capable Backfield Without Wendell Smallwood

Under most circumstances, unless you happen to be the Oklahoma State team that defeated West Virginia, 35-33, in the 1987 Sun Bowl, losing the top running back in your conference and one of the nation’s best might be a cause for concern.

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News Of Note

Football:

WVU still has capable backfield | Exponent Telegram
Under most circumstances, unless you happen to be the Oklahoma State team that defeated West Virginia, 35-33, in the 1987 Sun Bowl, losing the top running back in your conference and one of the nation’s best might be a cause for concern.

WVU stadium upgrades to be complete in time for season | Exponent Telegram
lot has happened since John Denver sang "Country Roads" on a September afternoon back in 1980 to officially open a new location for Mountaineer football. The university campus, its population and the popularity of its football program have grown immensely.

2016 NFL Draft: WVU’s Future Pros Receive Draft Grades | WV Illustrated
With college basketball season over for the Mountaineers, and college baseball season yet to find its groove amongst the fan base in Morgantown, it seems to be the perfect time to further examine this year’s Mountaineers that hope to make a splash in April’s NFL Draft.

Baseball:

Mazey Wins 100th as WVU Downs Kansas | WVU Athletics
West Virginia University baseball coach Randy Mazey won his 100th game at WVU in an 11-6 victory at Kansas on Saturday afternoon at Hoglund Ballpark.

Mazey has no interest in personal achievements | Exponent Telegram
Randy Mazey thought that Sunday he could get his West Virginia baseball team off and running toward his second 100 victories, having swept the first two games of a three-game at Kansas.

Mountaineers’ freshmen pile up hits in 11-6 win at Kansas | WV MetroNews
reshmen Marques Inman and Jimmy Galusky delivered three-hit games and Jeff Hardy stunted a slugfest by getting the final 11 out for his first save a West Virginia downed Kansas 11-6 on Saturday to clinch the weekend series.

Snow Cancels Series Finale at Kansas | WVU Athletics
The Mountaineers (12-8, 2-3 Big 12) swept the shortened series vs. the Jayhawks. WVU claimed a 1-0 victory on Friday before an 11-6 win on Saturday.

Around The League

Around The Big XII:

Buddy Hield Leads Oklahoma To Their First Final Four Since 2002 | Crimson And Cream Machine
After 33 games and lots of ups and downs, Oklahoma is back in the Final Four for the first time since 2002.

Red-hot Buddy Hield leads Oklahoma over Oregon and into Final Four | FOX Sports
Buddy Hield hit eight 3-pointers while scoring 37 points, and Oklahoma advanced to its first Final Four since 2002 with an 80-68 victory over Oregon in the West Region final of the NCAA Tournament on Saturday.

Buddy Hield says you can blame Kobe Bryant for his Elite Eight outburst | FOX Sports
After Kobe Bryant showed up to watch Buddy Hield in the Sweet 16, the Oklahoma star said he'd have scored more if he'd known Kobe was there. Saturday, he knew ... and it showed.

Oklahoma Basketball: What we missed about Lon Kruger | News OK
Kruger wasn’t a nice hire. Kruger was a home run hire. Kruger didn’t get the car back on the road. He put the Sooners in a Maserati.

2016 NCAA Tournament Elite 8: Kansas - Villanova Recap | Rock Chalk Talk
Jayhawks fall in Louisville to a stout Villanova squad.

Sooners Land Two WR Commits in 10 Minute Span | Crimson And Cream Machine
The Oklahoma Sooners are stacking talent in the class of 2017 and that stack just got larger with the addition of two wide receiver commitments over the course of a 10 minute period.

New Texas Tech WR shows he's a prime candidate for Freaks list | FOX Sports
The future Red Raider is generating a ton of hype on social media.

Around The NCAA:

Houston coach Tom Herman wants a transfer exception for coaching changes | SBNation
Herman is a progressive, compared to Georgia coach Kirby Smart's hard-line stance.

Pitt just hired a coach who intentionally screwed over one of Pitt's best players | SBNation
It could get pretty awkward between the new Panthers coach and one of his senior leaders.

Recruiting

WVU football puts recruiting emphasis on Louisiana | Charleston Gazette-Mail
Western Pennsylvania, southern Florida, eastern Ohio, Maryland and West Virginia — these are the areas one typically thinks of when discussing West Virginia University recruiting, and for good reason. A vast majority of recruits not only in recent years, but for decades of Mountaineer football, have hailed from these regions. For the class of 2017, though, one might be able to add Louisiana to the list.

Video Of (Dis)Interest

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