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The Shotgun/Throwdown (2/28/19): Mountaineers Show Potential in Recent Games

Despite a disappointing season, WVU has competed and shown signs of potential in the last two basketball games, which could be a good sign for the future of the program.

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Football

WV MetroNews No shirts, no shoes, no coaching: Brown brings dress code to WVU - WV MetroNews
Neal Brown looks to reshape the West Virginia program in subtle ways. There is now a dress code for coaches and support staff members when they go to the Milan Puskar Center.

WV MetroNews Neal Brown: Getting here (part 2) - WV MetroNews
Neal Brown discusses the quarterback that Brown wouldn’t let walk alone, the coordinator who hired him on the cheap, and the ace recruiter when it comes to players’ family members.

Brown Announces Staff Additions - West Virginia University Athletics
New WVU football coach Neal Brown has announced the hiring of Tyler Hancock as the senior analyst and Scott Gasper as the offensive recruiting coordinator on the Mountaineer Football staff.

Basketball

Mountaineers Hope To Keep Building On Recent Performances - West Virginia University Athletics
West Virginia's gutty, 104-96 triple-overtime victory over TCU will likely have more of an impact on the Horned Frogs' season than WVU's, but for the first time this year, the Mountaineers' backcourt appeared to be stabilized.

West Virginia outlasts TCU in triple overtime thriller - The Smoking Musket
The West Virginia Mountaineers snapped their five-game losing streak in the most dramatic fashion possible, a 104-96 triple-overtime thriller over Jamie Dixon’s TCU Horned Frogs.

Tom Bragg: After rocky start, McCabe cements himself as vital piece in WVU's puzzle | Tom Bragg | wvgazettemail.com
Jordan McCabe arrived at West Virginia with plenty of hype and the freshman is starting to show what he can do.

WVU Basketball’s 2019 Cancun Challenge Schedule Announced - The Smoking Musket
A Thanksgiving trip to the Mayan Riviera is in store for the Mountaineers in 2019. The Cancun Challenge released the 2019 tournament schedule today, revealing the two domestic games and first-round matchup for all teams.

Derek Redd: WVU women's basketball clearing hurdles in quest for NCAA tournament berth | Derek Redd | wvgazettemail.com
No one really would have blamed Mike Carey if WVU’s women’s basketball team stumbled through the middle of its season. The Mountaineers spent more than a month without one starter. They haven’t had another since the fifth game of the season.

WV MetroNews TCU's Jamie Dixon impressed by McCabe's breakout night - WV MetroNews
TCU coach Jamie Dixon knew Jordan McCabe could be dangerous, plus other notes from West Virginia's triple-overtime win over the Horned Frogs.

Six Earn Big 12 Academic Honors - West Virginia University Athletics
Six members of the WVU women's basketball team have been named to the 2019 Academic All-Big 12 Women's Basketball Team.

West Virginia Athletics

Eads named 66th Mountaineer Mascot
Putnam County native Timmy Eads has been selected as West Virginia University’s 66th Mountaineer Mascot.

Gardner Qualifies for NCAA Championships - West Virginia University Athletics
Redshirt senior Madelin Gardner of the West Virginia track and field team has qualified for the 2019 NCAA Indoor Track and Field Championships. Gardner qualified for the women's pole vault for the second consecutive season and will compete against the nation's best on March 8-9.

WVU Breaks Two School Records to Open Big 12s - West Virginia University Athletics
The West Virginia men's and women's swimming and diving teams opened competition at the 2019 Big 12 Swimming and Diving Championship on Wednesday. The Mountaineers wasted no time getting the four-day championship meet started in a big way, as the teams combined to break a pair of school records.

WVU Outplays Towson 8-3 - The Smoking Musket
The Mountaineers enjoyed their Wednesday afternoon at Monongalia County Ballpark, besting the Towson Tigers 8-3.

St. Georges Repeats as Team MVP - West Virginia University Athletics
Senior defender Bianca St. Georges collected her second Team MVP honor in as many years at the West Virginia women's soccer season-ending banquet.

Eleven Earn Dr. Gerald Lage Award - West Virginia University Athletics
Eleven WVU student-athletes were named recipients of the ninth annual Dr. Gerald Lage Academic Achievement Award, the Big 12 Conference's highest academic honor.

WV MetroNews Gyorkos gift $100K to WVU Medicine Children's campaign - WV MetroNews
Former West Virginia baseball standout Jedd Gyorko donated $100,000 to the capital campaign of WVU Medicine Children’s. An infielder for the St. Louis Cardinals, Gyorko and his wife Karley made the donation.

Around the Big 12

Big 12, Pac-12 football scheduling idea is so wild, they have to try it - SBNation.com
West Virginia president Gordon Gee asked former Kansas State athletic director Jon Wefald to consider ways to “strengthen” the Big 12. What he came up with turned out to be very interesting.

2019 Big 12 Championships: Day 1 Finals Live Recap
The 2019 Big 12 Championship begin tonight with the 200 medley relay, men's 1m diving, and the 800 free relays.

Oklahoma, Texas roster questions mark Big 12 spring practice | SI.com
Oklahoma and Texas both bring sky-high expectations into 2019, while new faces elsewhere in the conference get ready to chase them down.

Around the NCAA

The 2019 college football season’s best game of every week - SBNation.com
Not all of these games will look this good by the time they come around as they do months before the 2019 season. But they sure do look good ahead of time. These are the best games of each week of the year, months before the season actually starts.

College football coach job titles, explained: Which is right for you? - SBNation.com
Are you sure you want to be a head coach? What about an associate head coach who’s only in charge of the fullbacks?

Old Dominion football preview 2019: Can Bobby Wilder rebuild? - SBNation.com
After 2016’s breakthrough, the Monarchs are in danger of three straight down years.

2019 NFL Scouting Combine preview: 7 sneaky important storylines to watch - SBNation.com
From Kyler Murray’s hands to the redemption of Ed Oliver, here is what you need to know about the combine this year.

Russell Westbrook is a better dad than this kid’s actual dad - SBNation.com
A young fan hit Russell Westbrook while he was out of bounds, but the Thunder star used it as a teachable moment.

Nick Foles won’t get franchise tag from Eagles: What’s next for the QB? - SBNation.com
Philadelphia is letting Nick Foles hit free agency. Foles has been considered by many as the best backup quarterback in the league, and he has shown enough in that role that he could earn a job as a starting quarterback.


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