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West Virginia may get their leading touchdown-catcher for one more year. Head coach Neal Brown confirmed on Friday that WVU wide receiver George Campbell has applied for a sixth year. Brown is very confident that Campbell will get approved.
West Virginia punter Josh Growden joins Tony Caridi, Brad Howe, and Hoppy Kercheval on this episode of Three Guys Before The Game. Growden discusses how he ended up at WVU and the memories he has gained as a Mountaineer.
The West Virginia women’s basketball team upset #10 Mississippi State in the Big 12/SEC Challenge, 71-65, on Sunday afternoon. The Mountaineers were led by freshman guard Kirsten Deans, who had a career-high of 17 points in WVU’s road victory.
The West Virginia women’s basketball decided to make strides in improving its non-conference schedule after missing the NCAA Tournament two years in a row. The effort is already paying off for the Mountaineers, as they gathered their first big win of the season at #10 Mississippi State.
Following the team’s upset of then-#10 Mississippi State, the West Virginia women’s basketball team checked in at #22 in the latest Associated Press Top-25 Poll. The Mountaineers are currently 6-1 this season.
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Senior defender Sebastian Garcia-Herreros of the West Virginia men’s soccer team has been named to the United Soccer Coaches All-North Region Third Team. Garcia-Herreros is sixth all-time in program history for career assists, with 17.
Sophomore Jared Eddy and junior Sarah Osborn of the #2 West Virginia rifle team earned top-five finishes in the junior finals at the USA Shooting Winter Airgun Championships/Air Rifle Olympic Trials.
The West Virginia track and field team opened its 2019-20 indoor season, as it hosted the Marty Pushkin Open at the WVU Shell Building on Saturday. Nine Mountaineers collected victories during the meet.
The West Virginia wrestling team lost to Buffalo, 24-11, on Sunday in the WVU Coliseum. The Mountaineers were led by redshirt Sophomore Noah Adams, senior Brandon Ngati, Jackson Moomau, and Joey Thomas, who all collect wins in their respective weight classes. Adams is off to a great start this year, with a 12-0 record.
Twenty members of the West Virginia men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams wrapped up competition at USA Swimming’s 2019 Toyota U.S. Open Championships in Atlanta, Georgia, on Saturday.
Around the Big 12
Oklahoma’s Jalen Hurts was named a finalist for the 2019 Heisman Trophy, becoming the Sooners’ fifth Heisman finalist in the last four years. OU has also produced a nation-leading 10 Heisman finalists since 2000.
The Maxwell Football Club has announced the six finalists for the 2019 George Munger Collegiate Coach of the Year Award, and two of the finalists are Big 12 coaches. Matt Rhule of Baylor and Oklahoma’s Lincoln Riley were both included in the list of finalists.
Oklahoma center Creed Humphrey has been named one of three finalists for the Rimington Trophy. The award honors the nation’s top center.
Around the NCAA
Two #4 seeds beat #1 teams in the College Football Playoff’s first five years, and no #1 won the whole thing in that span. 2019 might be different, as the #4 seed seems weaker than in past years, and the #3 seed appears to be stronger than normal.
The Louisville Cardinals maintained their hold on the #1 ranking after dominating Michigan in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge and defeating Pitt. Kansas handed Colorado its first loss of the season and retained its #2 spot.
The New England Patriots may be in trouble for illegally filming an opponent they were slated to face in the regular season, again.
The New Orleans Saints were getting lonely as the only NFL team to be locked into the playoffs this season. Who has joined them in the postseason now?
The San Francisco 49ers are back at the top of the NFC, but the New England Patriots keep slipping down in the AFC. Geoff Schwartz looks at this week’s NFL playoff standings.
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