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West Virginia football unveils new mantra ahead of the 2019 season, Trust The Climb.

Here’s what’s happening in Mountaineer Nation today!

Mountaineer fans may have a new slogan and hashtag to use in the Neal Brown era. Last week coach Brown used #TrustTheClimb in a tweet featuring a picture from a summer workout.

Now the hashtag is picking up momentum, as coach Brown, the official WVU football twitter account, and others have started using the slogan in Mountaineer football related posts. The phrase closely resembles “Trust the Process” which is widely used by the Philadelphia 76ers and fans of the team. “Trust the Process” was used to give Sixer fans a way to remember that success isn’t always instant, and that there is a process to reaching the top.

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“Trust the Climb” takes the Sixers’ phrase and puts a Mountaineer twist on it. It could also be used as a good reminder to Mountaineer fans that the Neal Brown era will be a process, or climb, and that trusting in Brown could pay off in the long run, even if he doesn’t have instant success during his first season or two in Morgantown. Time will tell if “Trust the Climb” will catch on with WVU fans, as “Trust the Process” did with Sixer fans.

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West Virginia pitcher Alek Manoah has become the first Mountaineer to be selected as a First Team All-American three times in his WVU career. He is only the fourth player in program history to be honored as a First Team All-American. Manoah’s career only lasted three seasons, before he was drafted 11th overall by the Toronto Blue Jays in this year’s MLB Draft, but he was very successful during his time in Morgantown. Manoah gained 13 wins and 249 strikeouts during his WVU career. He also owns the WVU record for most strikeouts in one season, after throwing 144 strikes this year, and he is finished his career with 16 starts which ties the record for the most in Mountaineer history. Manoah will likely go down as one of the greatest Mountaineers in WVU baseball history.

The NCAA has made some rule changes in college basketball, and West Virginia coach Bob Huggins hopes that the changes will help bring post play back. Huggins believes that some of the greatest basketball players ever were post players, but the game has gone away from post play in recent years. He also noted that changes made in American basketball should not reflect rules set in Europe, since America has dominated basketball since it was invented.

Tony Caridi and Brad Howe sat down with All-American Alek Manoah for this episode of Three Guys Before The Game. During the conversation, the guys discuss Manoah’s amazing journey to becoming a Mountaineer pitcher and the 11th overall pick in the 2019 MLB Draft. They also discuss how Manoah plans to approach his professional career.

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