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West Virginia Athletics:
Lyons Lays Out Timeline for Big12 Expansion | EerSports
West Virginia Athletic Director Shane Lyons went on Statewide Sportsline with Tony Caridi Monday evening and, given all the news that came out of Phoenix this past week at the Big12 Conference meetings, discussed conference realignment.
Lyons: Holgorsen turned down extension | Exponent Telegram
West Virginia football coach Dana Holgorsen turned down a contract extension offer "several months ago" and there will be no further discussions until after the 2016 season, according to Mountaineer athletic director Shane Lyons.
WVU football assistants Seider, Crook receive raises | Charleston Gazette-Mail
West Virginia has given two more assistant football coaches raises, choosing again to spend on the program following departures but also managing to save along the way.
The Lunch’s post-spring football review: Receivers | WV MetroNews
The Gold & Blue Lunch Report continues their post-spring positional look at West Virginia football.
Devin Williams Ready for Pursuit of Pro Career | WV Illustrated
Devin Williams had a decision to make this offseason. No matter which option he ultimately chose, he told himself he would fully invest in that decision and dedicate himself to it immediately.
WVU building up success in baseball | Exponent Telegram
Under coach Randy Mazey, West Virginia's baseball program finds itself in the top half of the Big 12 Conference.
Mazey's move of Vera to 3rd stroke of genius | Exponent Telegram
In the eight games since moving Vera to 3rd base, WVU has won seven, including a sweep of Texas, while Vera has gone on to hit .500 with 15 hits in 30 at bats. Included in that run is five doubles and a triple, 10 RBIs, a .733 slugging percentage, a .529 on-base percentage and three walks.
Final Home Week Begins Tuesday Against Maryland | WVU Athletics
Winners of five in a row and eight of its last nine, the West Virginia University baseball team begins its final week at home against Maryland on Tuesday, May 10, at 6:30 p.m. ET at Monongalia County Ballpark.
Cramer Earns Third Big 12 Player of the Week Honor | WVU Athletics
For the third time this season, West Virginia University junior first baseman Jackson Cramer has been named the Big 12 Player of the Week.
Around The Big XII:
Forget adding 2 teams. The Big 12 should add 14. | SBNation
Should the Big 12 add BYU, Cincinnati, UConn, Houston, UCF, or others? The answer is yes. Let's go crazy, and here's a way to make it work.
Oklahoma was reportedly 'within 30 minutes' of leaving the Big 12 for the Pac-10 | SBNation
And now there's infighting at Oklahoma over whether the Big 12 should expand beyond 10 teams.
There's infighting at Oklahoma over potential Big 12 expansion | CBSSports.com
The Oklahoma board of regents disagrees with the school president's stance on Big 12 expansion, and it could be a major issue for the Sooners.
Texas reportedly has anti-Big 12 expansion allies on the Oklahoma board of regents | Burnt Orange Nation
Sooner president David Boren may not be able to lead Oklahoma in whatever direction he sees fit.
Big 12 Expansion: Cincinnati | Wide Right & Natty Lite
As we begin to approach the quieter portion of the athletic year, it's time to fire up those realignment rumors!
Around The NCAA:
The 1988 college football season would have been a playoff committee's nightmare | Football Study Hall
A look back at the 1988 college football season, which produced two spectacular teams (Notre Dame, Miami) and a half-dozen others who would have had a strong Playoff case.
The 4 main schools of spread offense | Football Study Hall
What are the most common philosophical approaches to running the spread offense in college football today?
The 1989 national title went to Miami, the elite team that lost first | Football Study Hall
A review of the 1989 college football season, in which three elite teams (Miami, Notre Dame, Colorado) played each other, and the team lucky enough to lose first (Miami) won the national title.
Raiders sign first-round pick Karl Joseph | NFL.com
The Raiders on Monday night became the 12th team to ink their first-round draft pick.
Rod Woodson: Karl Joseph a 'perfect fit' with Oakland Raiders | ESPN
While Karl Joseph isn't big in stature, his physicality and speed made him an attractive choice for the Raiders at No. 14.
ESPN: Trio of Mountaineers Expected to be Top NFL Rookies | EerSports
ESPN asked each of their NFL Nation writers to pick the best rookies for the respective teams that they covered. After all 32 correspondents made their choices, three West Virginia players were honored.
Kevin White had his jersey retired at Lackawanna College recently, and his little brother and incoming Mountaineer safety Kyzir was there to present the jersey to him.
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