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West Virginia loses a safety and misses out on a graduate transfer, but still has college football’s best duo.

Don’t worry about it yet, because the coaching staff still has a couple tricks up their sleeve.

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Does WVU have the most dangerous duo in college football? | Football Study Hall
How West Virginia’s spread-Iso tactics made Grier to Sills IV the most lethal QB/WR duo in college football.

Freshman safety leaves WVU; roster down to 73 scholarship players | WV MetroNews
West Virginia redshirt freshman safety Collin Smith has left the program.

West Virginia transfer target announces he’ll play elsewhere | WV MetroNews
A cornerback on West Virginia’s graduate transfer wish list announced late Thursday night he is headed elsewhere.

Skilled QBs headline first WVU football prospect camp | Charleston Gazette-Mail
Last week, West Virginia University’s football program held its first one-day prospect camp of the summer. With it falling on a Monday, and many public schools still in session, there were fairly tame expectations for the turnout. In the end, roughly 60 players from up and down the east coast made their way to Morgantown, a solid showing given the circumstances. More importantly for West Virginia, there were at least three Football Bowl Subdivision-caliber quarterbacks in attendance, and all performed very well.

Bulger's success has much to do with solid upbringing | WV News
This has been a week that belonged to his sister, Kate, as she was elected to join him in the West Virginia University Sports Hall of Fame, but it also can be time to look back and appreciate what Marc Bulger brought with him when he came into Don Nehlen’s Mountaineer football program.

Driveway battles set Bulger siblings on Hall of Fame path | The Times WV
Marc Bulger, the former West Virginia quarterback and Pro Bowl player, remembers his first year at WVU. While the plaques have been taken down from the walls of the Coliseum, replaced by the Hall of Fame display, Bulger now has company in the Hall of Fame in his sister, Katie, who was announced a member of the class of 2018 for what she did in women’s basketball.


WVU's Huggins breaks down the 2018-19 nonconference basketball schedule | Charleston Gazette-Mail
As the upcoming nonconference schedule was being sculpted for the WVU men’s basketball team, one couldn’t help but notice it was shaping up more like David than Venus de Milo. It is strong. And Mountaineer coach Bob Huggins’ team had better be armed.

Ruoff eyes continuance of Euro career | WV News
Heading into his 11th season overseas, West Virginia basketball alumnus Alex Ruoff is getting over the hurdle of a knee injury that kept him out of action a year ago. He is nearly finished with the rehabilitation stage, and will be ready to go when European leagues crank up in a couple of months.

Around the NCAA

Virginia Tech starting QB Josh Jackson’s eligibility status is unclear | SBNation
Jackson, a redshirt sophomore, threw for almost 3,000 yards and 20 touchdowns in 2017.

College football’s 92 Week 1 games, ranked | SBNation
Every 2018 opener involving an FBS team, ranked.

How the BCS formula’s endless self-tinkering influenced the College Football Playoff | SBNation
Twenty years ago, the BCS unveiled its original formula, and college football was never controversial ever again.

A college football player took a picture in front of a nice car. Then this happened. | SBNation
Clemson’s Tee Higgins smiled in front of a sports car, so people got all excited about NCAA violations.

Nick Saban addresses bathing in a lake with Ivory soap and not being scared of snakes | SBNation
The crucial thing is having soap that floats.

Big Red is at the center of plagiarism case in Italian courts filed by Western Kentucky | SBNation
And the saga continues thanks to a ruling by the Italian supreme court.

6 quick lessons on being a coach’s wife, as explained by Jerri Spurrier | SBNation
From raising a family, adjusting to different schedules, and making time for yourself.


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.

Texas is a QB away from a 10-win season. As usual. | SBNation
Tom Herman’s first season could have gone worse, but a limited offense remained the holdup.

If Kliff Kingsbury makes it through 2018 at Texas Tech, it might be because of ... defense? | SBNation
The Red Raiders’ defense should have a pulse now, and it’s hard to worry about a Kingsbury offense.

BOURDAIN | Every Day Should Be Saturday

Remembering Anthony Bourdain | The Ringer
In memory of the beloved chef, writer, and television host who ate, traveled, and thought with a relentless passion and curiosity that will live on

The future of the big man is in the 2018 NBA Draft | SBNation
In an NBA where centers are expected to be more versatile, several draft prospects have the chance to define the role.

Kid Cudi and Kanye West Bring Out the Best in Each Other on ‘Kids See Ghosts’ | The Ringer
Their first full-length collaboration proves that Ye knows what a Cudi album is supposed to sound like

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