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West Virginia Going With A Bigger, More Physical Offensive Line In 2016

Through a lot of hard work and a lot of time spent on the recruiting trail, the Mountaineers are now at the point where they can run out a Big 12-caliber offensive line, particularly this year’s collection of mountain men.

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News Of Note


The offensive line West Virginia will be putting out on the field this fall is a lot different than the ones we've been accustomed to seeing around here in the past. West Virginia now has nine offensive linemen standing at least 6-feet-5 inches or taller, and nine guys weighing 300 pounds or more. And two more 6-foot-6-inch guys, Meadowbrook (Ohio) High offensive tackle Josh Sills, and Tyler (Texas) Junior College standout Craig Smith, are on the way.

West Virginia Athletics:

Rising West Virginia University women's soccer seniors Kadeisha Buchanan and Ashley Lawrence were named to the 20-player roster for the Canada Women's National Soccer Team's Road to Rio home-match series against Brazil.

Around The League

Around The Big XII:

Former Penn State and current Houston Texans head coach Bill O'Brien spoke with the Houston Chronicle and offered Baylor and Jim Grobe some advice on how to handle the situation in Waco.

SBNation's Bill Connelly is in the middle of breaking down and previewing every NCAA Division I FBS football team for the 2016, and is about to wrap up the Big 12 Conference. If Baker Mayfield stays healthy, is Oklahoma a College Football Playoff contender once again?

In case you've missed it, our friends over at Bring On The Cats have been weighing the pros and cons of Big 12 expansion candidates. Well, they've finally gone off the deep end and are now tossing around the idea of Texas A&M rejoining the Big 12.

Around The NCAA:

Jim Harbaugh and the SEC don't get along very well. The central point of contention has been satellite camps. On Tuesday, Alabama head coach Nick Saban launched into a diatribe against the camps during SEC spring meetings. Harbaugh responded in kind Tuesday evening with a tweet that went far beyond his usual brand of Twitter shade.

Longtime broadcaster Verne Lundquist will call his last SEC on CBS game this season, and EDSBS' Spencer Hall gave his heartfelt thoughts on Verne's career.

Ole Miss faces a broad range of NCAA allegations, many of which concern previous coaches or potentially independent boosters. But not Hugh Freeze.

West Virginia Pros

Bruce Irvin is already showing a willingness to lead Oakland, and believes the Raiders can win the AFC West title this season. Irvin was reunited with former coach Ken Norton Jr. in Oakland, and has taken fellow Mountaineer Karl Joseph under his wing.

With Ryan Fitzpatrick's contract negotiations in limbo, Geno Smith's teammates are impressed with how much he's grown as a quarterback and believe it's Smith's time to step up and lead the Jets.

Video Of Interest

Video Of (Dis)Interest

You should probably just let this guy play through...

Miss Throwdown

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