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College Grid Magazines Have Come a Long Way | West Virginia Athletics
John Antonik takes a look at how far college football preseason magazines have come since the first time a West Virginia star graced their cover.
New XFL CEO Oliver Luck answers the question: Why? | Charleston Gazette-Mail
It was widely speculated when NCAA president Mark Emmert stepped down, Luck would be next in line to take over the organization. Yet, on Tuesday, news changed that notion. Luck instead has stepped away from the NCAA, situated in Indianapolis, where his son Andrew is a quarterback for the NFL’s Colts. And, in what may be seen as a surprising move, Luck jumped into the role of commissioner and CEO of Vince McMahon’s XFL professional football reboot.
The West Virginia Lottery Partners on WV Heroes Program | West Virginia Athletics
WVU, IMG Learfield Ticket Solutions and the West Virginia Lottery have teamed up to take care of those that serve and protect us each and every day with the inaugural WV Heroes program!
NBA Teams Intrigued by Dax, Too | EerSports
Former West Virginia guard Jevon Carter is getting a lot of NBA love lately, and rightfully so, but his four-year backcourt teammate, Daxter Miles, deserves some, too. In recent days, he's starting to receive it, and that interest from NBA teams is expected to continue in the coming weeks. He got his first workout at the end of May, traveling out to a private workout with the Sacramento Kings.
Bob Huggins has a rules proposal for you | EerSports
The West Virginia coach was named to the National Association of Basketball Coaches Board of Directors Tuesday. He also has a spot on separate ad hoc committees for the NCAA tournament's selection, seeding and bracketing process and for rules. And, yes, Huggins has ideas about the rules.
Huggins Named to NABC Board | West Virginia Athletics
West Virginia University head coach Bob Huggins and University of Missouri head coach Cuonzo Martin have accepted invitations to join the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) Board of Directors.
Around the Big 12
Kyler Murray could make way more money than Lincoln Riley in 2018 | SBNation
Let’s see how this signing bonus thing shakes out for new MLB Draft pick Kyler Murray.
Around the NCAA
The College Football Hall of Fame’s 2019 ballot is out. Who should make it in? | SBNation
Vince Young, Darren McFadden, Ray Lewis, and several other big names are on the ballot.
2019’s QB recruiting class will produce good players, but it’s short on sure stars | SBNation
There were several good QBs at the 2018 Elite 11, but no greats.
TODAY’S FBS TEAM PREVIEWS 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.
Now to see what the Matt Rhule era at Baylor actually looks like | SBNation
The Bears might be close to a bowl run.
Bill Snyder had 8 wins during a really difficult 2017, so why doubt K-State in 2018? | SBNation
On paper, Kansas State is looking at a challenging season. But since when does Snyder worry about that?
Roger Goodell and the NFL have no one to blame for Donald Trump’s attacks but themselves | SBNation
The NFL tried capitulation, but the league would’ve been better off having principles and standing up for them.
How to tell real Philly fans from obvious plants at your White House ceremony | SBNation
Nine simple steps to determine whether or not you’ve got actual Eagles fans in the house.
Own Goal: The Inside Story of How the USMNT Missed the 2018 World Cup | The Ringer
In October, the United States failed to qualify for the World Cup for the first time in more than 30 years. A loss to Trinidad and Tobago sealed their fate, but according to players, coaches, commentators, and executives across American soccer, the disaster doesn’t come down to just one unfortunate result. No, it was the culmination of nearly a decade of mismanagement that broke the team’s spirit and condemned them to failure.
Meet the Five Most Exciting Prospects at the 2018 World Cup | The Ringer
Who will be the James Rodríguez of Russia? Why not Mexico’s Hirving Lozano or Portugal’s Gonçalo Guedes? How ’bout Morocco teammates Amine Harit and Hakim Ziyech or Denmark’s Pione Sisto?
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