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Neal Brown has made something clear in his first year at West Virginia: he is willing to coach players hard.

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Football

“Hard coaching” molds James into WVU’s best playmaker

Neal Brown has made something clear in his first year at West Virginia: he is willing to coach players hard. That has been the case this season with redshirt freshman wide receiver Sam James.

WVU coordinators Koenning, Seiler look to play spoiler at alma mater

It’s homecoming week for a pair of Kansas State alums on West Virginia’s coaching staff. The Mountaineers’ defensive coordinator Vic Koenning was a senior defensive end on the Wildcats’ first bowl team in 1982.

Kansas State has West Virginia’s full attention following Texas Tech dud

The Mountaineers have a small margin for error this season, and their struggles could continue if they can’t lock in for their matchup against Kansas State this week.

Experienced Kansas State has earned spoiler title with disciplined defense, complicated offense

Kansas State has experienced talent, including five redshirt seniors starting on the offensive line, and eight overall on the offense. How will Neal Brown and the Mountaineers approach this game with the discipline Wildcats?

Mountaineers Secure 4-Star Running Back Lamy Constant

West Virginia head coach Neal Brown has secured Brooklyn, New York running back, Lamy Constant. Constant also fielded offers from LSU, Michigan State, and Miami.

Basketball

WVU hoops announces first fall signing for 2020 class

The West Virginia men’s basketball team has added the first piece to its 2020 recruiting class with forward Taj Thweatt. Thweatt is a 6-foot-7 forward with a 3-star rating from ESPN.

Bob Huggins Show Live From Kegler’s Replay | 11-11-19

Here is a full replay of Monday’s Bob Huggins Show, Live From Kegler’s!

Mountaineers Sign Trio on NSD

West Virginia women’s basketball head coach Mike Carey announced the addition of three Mountaineers for the 2020-21 season. JeAnna Cunningham, Gigi Hernandez-Boulden, and Taziah Jenks have signed National Letters of Intent to play for WVU.

West Virginia Athletics

Men’s soccer tops SIUE; advances to MAC semifinals

The West Virginia men’s soccer team defeated SIU Edwardsville, 1-0, in the MAC Championship Quarterfinal on Tuesday. The Mountaineers will now face Western Michigan in the MAC Championship Semifinal on Friday.

Bullock, Dixon Collect Conference Honors

Senior Morgan Bullock and junior David Dixon of the West Virginia men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams have earned Big 12 swimming and diving bi-weekly awards. Bullock was named the Big 12 Women’s Swimmer of the Week, while Dixon collected the Big 12 Men’s Swimmer of the Week honor.

Women’s soccer lands seven recruits on National Signing Day

As head coach Nikki Izzo-Brown and the West Virginia women’s soccer team prepare to start their postseason, the future of the program is taking form on National Signing Day.

Butts Inks Three Mountaineers

West Virginia gymnastics coach Jason Butts has announced that Chloe Asper, Agatha Handono, and Kiana Lewis have signed National Letters of Intent to compete at WVU next fall.

WVU Drops Match to TCU

The West Virginia volleyball team dropped a four-set match to Big 12 opponent TCU. The Mountaineers are now 11-14 overall with a 2-10 conference record.

Mountaineers in the Pros: Week 10

In Week 10 of the NFL, two former Mountaineers recorded interceptions, as Nick Kwiatkoski grabbed the first pick of his career with the Chicago Bears and Karl Joseph intercepted Phillip Rivers to save a victory for the Oakland Raiders.

Mountaineers in the NFL: Week 10

Here are the former Mountaineers that had the biggest impacts for their NFL teams over the weekend.

Around the Big 12

Brewer, Purdy, Hurts and Ehlinger Named Davey O’Brien Award Semifinalists

Baylor’s Charlie Brewer, Brock Purdy of Iowa State, Oklahoma’s Jalen Hurts, and Sam Ehlinger of Texas have been named as semifinalists for the 2019 Davey O’Brien Award, given annually to the nation’s best quarterback. The four representatives from the Big 12 were the most from any conference.

Four Named Jason Witten Collegiate Man of the Year Semifinalists

Iowa State’s Ray Lima, Bryce Torneden of Kansas, TCU’s Kellton Hollins, and Brandon Jones of Texas have been named Jason Witten Collegiate Man of the Year Semifinalists.

Around the NCAA

How Evansville stunned No. 1 Kentucky

The biggest upset of the 2019-20 college basketball season to date went down Tuesday night inside Rupp Arena. How did Evansville knock off top-ranked Kentucky?

College football’s many GAMES OF THE CENTURY, somewhat ranked

Every few years, we get a game of the century. Let’s codify that a little bit and see which GAMES OF THE CENTURY are truly OF THE CENTURY.

Why the next generation of star NFL quarterbacks is way more fun than the last

The young group of NFL quarterbacks drafted in the last four years is brimming with personality and rewriting the way we think about how the position can be played.

The rematch between the 49ers and Seahawks might decide the entire NFC playoff race

The NFC West rivals will play again in Week 17, and we could even get a third game in the playoffs.

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