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West Virginia running back Justin Crawford healthy, seeking big things in 2017

Even though he wasn’t at 100%, Crawford eclipsed the 1,000 yard mark last season. What’s to come in 2017?

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Healthy Crawford Seeking Big Things in 2017 | WVU Athletics
Just imagine if Justin Crawford can do in year two what Rasul Douglas managed to accomplish during his second season playing for the Mountaineers in 2016. What will that mean for West Virginia’s offense? What will that mean for Crawford?

WVU defensive lineman Reese Donahue develops into starter | Charleston Gazette-Mail
Reese Donahue graduated from Cabell Midland High in the middle of his senior year and enrolled at West Virginia University last year six months before most of the rest of the freshmen and junior college transfers arrived. The defensive end started fast on the football field, too.

Specialists all return for Mountaineers | The Exponent Telegram
West Virginia returns all its starting specialists from last year. But that group of kickers, holders and snappers will not waltz into the 2017 without competition for their starting jobs.

Dave Serrano Named WVU Pitching Coach | WVU Athletics
West Virginia University baseball coach Randy Mazey has announced that Dave Serrano will be an assistant coach for the Mountaineers. Serrano, who has won 446 games and taken two different teams to the College World Series as a head coach, will serve as pitching coach at WVU.

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NCAA foolishly considering 14-week football season | Heartland College Sports
No one can mess up a good thing like the NCAA. The NCAA Football Division I Oversight Committee recently announced they will examine the possibility of a 14-week football season.

NCAA rule change: What college football transfer rules should be | SI.com
The NCAA seems to be open to taking power away from coaches to make transfer rules more fair to players. There's a simple solution for how to do that.

NCAA needs sports betting plan if Supreme Court strikes down PASPA | SI.com
The NCAA’s knee-jerk response is to fight anything that might help betting proliferate, but soon that strategy might not be so simple.

Florida State’s Derwin James might be college football’s best player | SB Nation
The hype is real as he comes off of 2016’s season-ending injury.

The All-Opening Team 2017: 35 elite recruits from college football’s top showcase | SB Nation
The country’s best college football recruits gathered in one place. Here’s who stood out to us.

We’re so close to having college football back. I can almost feel it in the air.

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