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The Shotgun/Throwdown (3/29/18): Jevon Carter and Daxter Miles say farewell to Mountaineer Nation

As the 2017-2018 basketball season concludes, Jevon Carter is named an All-American, and he and Daxter Miles send out their farewell messages to Mountaineer fans.

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Football

WVU receivers expect depth to be biggest strength | Charleston Gazette-Mail
West Virginia continued to build its reputation a year ago as one of the most dangerous passing teams in college football. Now as the Mountaineers move into the 2018 season, Ka’Raun White has exhausted his eligibility and hopes to join brother Kevin in the NFL. Still, WVU brings back the rest of its nucleus for that aerial success — including starting quarterback Will Grier and Biletnikoff Award finalist David Sills at receiver.

A Big Difference | West Virginia Athletics
There's an old saying in football that big, fast guys are more valuable than little, fast guys. Well, West Virginia is going to be putting a bunch of bigger, faster guys out on the football field at wide receiver this year.

Pettaway's style should play right into WVU offense | WV News
Every spring looms large, according to Martell Pettaway. But this one is gigantic for the junior-to-be, who splashed onto the scene late as a freshman and seemed primed for a breakout sophomore season.

WVU LBs, scholarship numbers and a broken 'Heart' | Charleston Gazette-Mail
Tony Gibson will have his work cut out for him as the Mountaineers continue to face injuries this spring. Read more about the adjustments that Gibson is having to make, and find out more about the future of the Heart of Dallas Bowl that the Mountaineers played in this past season.

2018 Football Season Tickets Now on Sale | West Virginia Athletics
Season tickets for the 2018 WVU football season are now on sale to fans who did not have season tickets in 2017.

Anonymous Big 12 coaches praise Marcus Simms, West Virginia offense | Big 12 Diehards
The West Virginia offense has become one of the most feared and respected in the Big 12 and in the country. Big 12 coaches are already on the lookout for Marcus Simms, as well as Will Grier and David Sills.

Grier doesn’t have siblings’ fame, and he’s OK with that | Sports | The Times WV
Will Grier talks about the new haircut, as well as what it has been like to have famous siblings.

Basketball

Jevon Carter and Daxter Miles sent their farewell messages to Mountaineer nation via Instagram. Check out what the seniors had to say about their time in Morgantown.

West Virginia women's basketball season ends in NIT semifinal | West Virginia Diehards
The women’s basketball team narrowly lost to Virginia Tech last night in the semifinals of the WNIT, after leading with less than two minutes remaining in the game. The Mountaineers finished their season 25-12 overall.

Baseball

Mountaineers Travel to No. 7 Texas Tech | West Virginia Athletics
Big 12 Conference play continues for the West Virginia University baseball team with a three-game series at No. 7 Texas Tech, from March 29-31, in Lubbock, Texas.

West Virginia Athletics

Henson fired after 4 seasons as West Virginia wrestling coach | WV MetroNews
West Virginia will not renew the contract of wrestling coach Sammie Henson, athletics director Shane Lyons announced Wednesday.

Around The Big 12

The last time every Big 12 team made the Final Four | Big 12 Diehards
The Mountaineers have had great success in basketball in recent years, but they have yet to make it to the Final Four since joining the Big 12. Check out how long it has been for each Big 12 program since they made it to the Final Four.

Around The NCAA

‘Last Chance U’ standout John Franklin III ran a 4.4-second 40-yard dash after claiming he’d run the draft’s fastest 40 ever | SBNation
It’s difficult to verify reported 40 times, and weather wasn’t great at FAU’s pro day.

NBA mock draft 2018: Luka Doncic goes No. 1 to Grizzlies this time - SBNation
Many Big 12 players are projected to be drafted in the first round on the 2018 NBA Draft. Will Jevon Carter also find his way into the first round?

How Loyola-Chicago became your favorite Final Four team - SBNation
Have you too found yourself rooting for the Ramblers of Loyola-Chicago? You’re not alone. Learn more about Sister Jean’s favorite college basketball team.

TODAY’S FBS TEAM PREVIEW BY BILL C

As always, SB Nation’s Bill Connelly is working his way through every Division I FBS football team, from Georgia State to Alabama. Check out the teams Bill has already previewed by clicking HERE.

The latest San Jose State football rebuild probably needs another year of foundation | SBNation
Brent Brennan’s first season as the Spartans’ head coach saw a youth movement on offense. Now comes one on defense.

What Do the Monster ‘Roseanne’ Ratings Mean for Nostalgia TV? | The Ringer
There are probably many more revival series on the way

The Casual Fan’s Cheat Sheet for the 2018 MLB Season | The Ringer
Only follow your favorite squad? Lost after a strange offseason? Wondering if the Yankees lineup is real or a typo? Here’s one talking point for all 30 teams heading into Opening Day.

An Annotated Version of Donald Glover’s ‘Deadpool’ Script | The Ringer
Presenting a page-by-page dissection of Glover’s meta (and metaphorical) screenplay for the canceled animated FX-Marvel series

Even NBA All-Star Kevin Durant has been checking out WVU commit Jordan McCabe.


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