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The Shotgun/Throwdown (2/7/19): Neal Brown’s Biggest Win Was Keeping West Virginia’s Class Intact

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West Virginia’s signing class isn’t at the top of the charts, but Neal Brown did well to keep it intact through a coaching change.

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Football

2019 Annual Blue-Gold Spring Game Set - West Virginia University Athletics
It's the start of a new era for West Virginia football, and fans will get their first chance to see the Mountaineers under coach Neal Brown at the annual Gold-Blue Spring Game on Saturday, April 13, at 1 p.m., at Milan Puskar Stadium.

WV MetroNews Brown's biggest recruiting win was keeping West Virginia's class intact - WV MetroNews
West Virginia's signing class isn't at the top of the charts, but Neal Brown did well to keep it intact through a coaching change.

WVU football: Brown, Mountaineers add 3 to recruiting class on National Signing Day | WVU Gameday | wvgazettemail.com
New West Virginia football coach Neal Brown was in a unique predicament trying to put the finishing touches on the Mountaineers’ 2019 recruiting class.

WV MetroNews West Virginia hiring Clemson grad assistant as new receivers coach - WV MetroNews
Neal Brown is one step closer to completing his first West Virginia coaching staff with the addition of Xavier Dye.

New England’s Edelman Most Unlikely Super Bowl MVP Since Howley - West Virginia University Athletics
Julian Edelman might be the most unlikely Super Bowl MVP since former West Virginia Mountaineer and Dallas Cowboy Chuck Howley.

Basketball

Routt suspended for first half vs. Texas
According to a statement from WVU men's basketball, athletic director Shane Lyons has announced that junior forward Logan Routt has been suspended for the first half of Saturday's game against Texas.

WV MetroNews Three Guys Before the Game: Lost In Lubbock (Episode 90) - WV MetroNews
The flicker of hope from Saturday’s win over Oklahoma was extinguished in record setting proportion on Monday night in Lubbock, Texas.

WV MetroNews Huggins: Culver 'doesn’t have a clue' what his ceiling is - WV MetroNews
West Virginia’s freshman forward had a career-high 23 points and added 12 rebounds Monday night, a consolation in the Mountaineers’ 81-50 loss at Texas Tech.

West Virginia Athletics

Mountaineers Remain No. 2 - West Virginia University Athletics
The undefeated West Virginia rifle team continues to rank #2 in the College Rifle Coaches Association Rankings.

Around the Big 12

Ranking every Big 12 recruiting class for 2019
National Signing Day is officially in the books, so let’s take a look at how the Big 12 Conference fared during the 2019 recruiting cycle.

Kansas State puts Kansas' Big 12 streak on the ropes
The Jayhawks have won 14 straight regular-season conference titles, but the Wildcats sent a message with their decisive win.

Texas narrowly edges out A&M for the No. 3 recruiting class - SBNation.com
Alabama and Georgia had locked up the #1 and #2 spots in early January, and Texas was right behind them.

Around the NCAA

2019 confirms main National Signing Day is in December now - SBNation.com
Two years in and it has become very clear that the Early Signing Period is the new main event.

National Signing Day 2019: The year of the defensive end - SBNation.com
Rushing the passer is one of football’s most valuable skills, and this signing class is loaded with it at the top.

National Signing Day: SEC had best college football recruiting year ever - SBNation.com
No conference has ever owned the top of the rankings like this, and that doesn’t even explain it fully.

WV MetroNews Huntington's Darnell Wright opts for Tennessee over West Virginia - WV MetroNews
Darnell Wright, the five-star offensive tackle from Huntington High School, likes the tune of “Rocky Top” more than “Country Roads.”

National Signing Day 2019: The 12 best decommit classes nationwide - SBNation.com
Signing players is great, but getting verbal commitments and losing them arguably creates even more excitement.

Alabama’s 2019 recruiting class was this close to best ever - SBNation.com
The Crimson Tide approached the per-player record, but didn’t quite top it. Alabama signed the second highest-rated class ever recorded.

Why Ohio State’s lowly ranked recruiting class is probably no big deal - SBNation.com
The Buckeyes went through a coaching change and signed a small class, and they still did fine.

Tobias Harris trade shows Philadelphia 76ers are all in, but why? - SBNation.com
Philly is built around two stars under the age of 25, yet has pushed all its chips into the middle this year. Why?

Oakland Raiders want to play the 2019 NFL season in Giants’ Oracle Park - SBNation.com
It appears the Oakland Raiders are making an effort to move to San Francisco for one year, while they await their 2020 relocation to Las Vegas.

Kevin Durant to the Knicks rumors are growing louder. Here’s why it might happen - SBNation.com
There are many signs that Kevin Durant is headed to the New York Knicks in free agency.

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