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The Shotgun/Throwdown (1/3/19): Top WVU Sports Stories of 2018

Check out the top Mountaineer sports stories of the past year.

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Tom Bragg: Who's next to lead WVU football? | Tom Bragg |
Dana Holgorsen’s departure from West Virginia University is a fitting end to what could be considered a disappointing season.

WATCH: David Sills tweets a farewell video to Mountaineer Nation - The Smoking Musket
Taking a break from all the coaching chaos, West Virginia wide receiver David Sills V tweeted his goodbye to Mountaineer fans.

WV MetroNews – Loss of David Long hurts, but talent remains for 2019 West Virginia defense
West Virginia’s best defensive player declared for the NFL Draft, but the Mountaineers may be able to handle life without him.

West Virginia Head Coach Search: Candidates, Updates and More - The Smoking Musket
The West Virginia Mountaineers are in the midst of finding their next head football coach. This will be their first real coaching search since Don Nehlen’s retirement, and we’ll be here to keep you updated with the latest as the search unfolds.

WV MetroNews – Column: What is Dana Holgorsen’s legacy at West Virginia?
Allan Taylor evaluates the eight-year tenure of the man who made Red Bull the official energy drink of West Virginia.

There and Back Again: A Holgo's Tale - The Smoking Musket
Dana Holgorsen's legacy at West Virginia is strange, complicated, and may not really be answered for a while.

WVU football: All-America linebacker David Long to enter NFL Draft | WVU Gameday |
West Virginia junior linebacker David Long will skip his senior season with the Mountaineers to enter the 2019 NFL draft.

Why Dana Holgorsen is leaving West Virginia for Houston -
Moving from a Power 5 job to the Group of 5 isn’t common, but this one might make more sense than it seems.


WVU basketball: No. 11 Texas Tech rallies past Mountaineers 62-59 | WVU Gameday |
There were signs, at times, of improvement Wednesday from the West Virginia men’s basketball team against Texas Tech.

WV MetroNews – Allan Taylor’s 3 takeaways: Texas Tech 62, West Virginia 59
It could have been a season-changing upset, but cold foul shooting and poor ballhandling undid the Mountaineers.

WVU Falls to TCU in League Opener - West Virginia University Athletics
Unable to overcome a slow start, the WVU women's basketball team dropped its Big 12 opener to TCU by a score of 62-48 on the road.

Pardee Garners Big 12 Honor - West Virginia University Athletics
Senior guard Katrina Pardee of the WVU women’s basketball team has been named the Big 12 Player of the Week.

Oklahoma Game Sold Out - West Virginia University Athletics
The Mountaineer Ticket Office has announced that the WVU men’s basketball Big 12 Conference home game against Oklahoma in February is a sellout.

West Virginia Athletics

The top WVU sports stories of 2018
It was another memorable year for West Virginia and its fans, filled with exciting games and emotional moments. Check out the ten most popular headlines from 2018 that sum up the biggest moments of the year.

Mayi Kith Signs with Montpellier HSC - West Virginia University Athletics
Four-year starter Easther Mayi Kith of the WVU women's soccer team has signed a contract to play professionally with Montpellier HSC.

Around the Big 12

Iowa State’s Matt Campbell reportedly uninterested in Jets job -
The New York Jets reportedly had interest in Iowa State head coach Matt Campbell, but will have to move along to a more realistic and attainable target than the main man in Ames.

Kliff Kingsbury’s NFL interviews show the league’s thirst for college offense -
Kliff Kingsbury lost his Texas Tech job less than two months ago. Now NFL teams are considering putting him in charge.

Here comes 2019 Texas hype train. Are the Horns ready? -
Tom Herman’s Longhorns continue to play their best games on the biggest stages. Can they avoid slipping up in the spotlight?

KU Jayhawks-OU Sooners Big 12 basketball recap, 1/2/19 | The Kansas City Star
Kansas, the preseason pick of Big 12 coaches to win its 15th consecutive regular-season title, is off to a 1-0 start in conference play for the Jayhawks’ 28th consecutive season after beating Oklahoma 70-63.

Around the NCAA

College Football Playoff results: 3 winners and 5 losers from Saturday -
Clemson and Alabama were the winners of the day’s two games. But let’s check out a few more specific winners and losers from the season’s most important day yet.

How Alabama shocked Oklahoma with skill and buried the Sooners with power -
The Crimson Tide set up a rematch with Clemson by jumping out to a big lead on Oklahoma, then grinding away until the end.

How Clemson’s Playoff run shows the benefit of leaning into the future -
The Tigers are talented, but they are also playing a modern brand of football that puts new stressors on defenses. That was too much for Notre Dame to handle.

All 40 bowl winners, ranked by incoming preseason hype -
A great bowl performance combined with something like a good recruiting class or a big transfer can take your team right to the top of media day polls.

UCLA basketball coaching search: 4 potential hires for the Bruins -
Who will replace Steve Alford at UCLA?

Stanford won the Sun Bowl in the most Stanford way possible -
Stanford beat Pitt in the Sun Bowl in an interesting way.

Why Albert Huggins, Dexter Lawrence’s backup at Clemson, is so good -
Albert Huggins is a "backup", but in addition to being more talented than other backups, he’s gotten a lot of work.

NFL playoffs 2019: Every team’s biggest strength -
Each playoff team has a weapon that could take them all the way to a Super Bowl win.

NFL playoffs 2019: Every team’s fatal flaw -
Your reward for a good season is almost certainly a playoff loss. Here’s why each playoff team will lose when they do.

NFL coaching carousel: Rumors, firings, and hirings -
It’s firing season in the NFL. SB Nation is keeping track of all the news and rumors here as teams make moves.

NFL head coach candidates: The top names to know for 2019’s open jobs -
Here are the guys who could lead the Packers, Browns, and many more into new eras.

Dos and don’ts for the 8 NFL teams hiring new head coaches in 2019 -
Hiring a new coach can be the start of something wonderful. It can also be a disaster for teams that make the wrong move. Fortunately, SB Nation has some advice to share.

Gordon Hayward highlights: Celtics star is finally back after 35 points vs. Minnesota -
Gordon Hayward scored 35 points with ridiculous efficiency against the Timberwolves on Wednesday. It looks like this star is shining again.

Baker Mayfield vs. Lamar Jackson is already the NFL’s next great rivalry -
Two of the brightest young stars in the game gave us a taste of what’s to come in a thrilling Week 17 matchup.

2019 NBA standings feature a 25-team playoff race at the halfway point -
Only five teams have thrown in the towel as we near the halfway point.

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