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As the Mountaineers begin the climb with Neal Brown, there are a lot of unknowns that the team will have to face.

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Football

For WVU and JMU coaches, opener a battle of multiple unknowns | WV MetroNews

Both West Virginia and James Madison have new coaching staffs this season. As a result, both sides will face unknowns as they begin the 2019 season. Neal Brown believes that the opening game will be about capitalizing on strengths instead of the opponent’s weaknesses.

United Bank Playbook - James Madison Preview | West Virginia University Athletics

The biggest headline of West Virginia’s season opener against James Madison is the debut of Neal Brown as the Mountaineers’ head coach. Brown and the Mountaineers will be taking on an experienced JMU team this week. Check out this comparison of the two squads.

Brown’s first game as WVU coach comes Saturday against James Madison | The DA

The debut of Neal Brown is just days away. Brown is looking to use his experience leading Troy to three consistent 10-win seasons to help WVU compete in the Big 12. Check out what coach Brown had to say about the season opener against JMU.

Game at Mountaineer Field a homecoming for JMU head coach | The DA

James Madison head coach Curt Cignetti has Mountaineer roots. His father, Frank Cignetti Sr., was the head coach at West Virginia for a few years in the 1970’s. Curt Cignetti also played quarterback at WVU.

West Virginia Athletics

Men’s soccer team starts season on the road | The DA

The #23 West Virginia men’s soccer team is ready to kick of the 2019 season. The Mountaineers will start the season this week at Monmouth, followed by a trip to Delaware to take on the Blue Hens next week.

Women’s soccer looking to rebound after loss to Stanford | The DA

The #12 West Virginia women’s soccer team suffer a tough loss to #3 Stanford in its last game. The Mountaineers return home to take on High Point tomorrow. Following Friday’s match, WVU will be taking on another ranked opponent in #6 Virginia on Sunday.

WVU cross country looking for continued success after ‘massive rebuilding’ in 2018 | The DA

The West Virginia cross country team was expecting a rebuild last season, but instead found unexpected success. The Mountaineers competed in the NCAA Regional after finishing fourth in the Big 12 last year. Now WVU is looking to build off of last season’s progress.

2019 Season Preview | West Virginia University Athletics

The West Virginia men’s soccer team is ready to build off of last season’s success. The Mountaineers came away with the Mid-American Conference regular-season championship and made it to the NCAA Tournament. WVU returns nine players who started in at least 15 matches last year.

2019-20 Swimming and Diving Slate Revealed | West Virginia University Athletics

The West Virginia men’s and women’s swimming and diving schedules have been released. This will be the first season for both teams at the Aquatic Center at Mylan Park. There will be nine meets at the Aquatic Center at Mylan Park.

2019 Season Outlook | West Virginia University Athletics

The West Virginia volleyball team is ready to improve this season, after a rough 2018 season. The Mountaineers will have chances to prove themselves in big games against Big 12 opponents such as #4 Texas and #20 Baylor. WVU returns five starters this year.

Around the Big 12

This is the difference between TCU fighting for bowl eligibility or being a Big 12 contender | The Dallas Morning News

What will make the difference for the Horned Frogs to be at the top of the league instead of struggling to compete? That question and more are answered here.

Tech set for first season under Wells’ guidance | The Daily Toreador

Texas Tech is prepared for its first season with Matt Wells as the head football coach. His coaching debut will be in Lubbock against Montana State this week.

Around the NCAA

How Dabo built Clemson into a monster | ESPN

The Tigers have become college football’s improbable superpower. Here’s how a former Alabama walk-on made it happen.

SEC college basketball teams, ranked for the 2019-2020 season | SB Nation

Football will always be king in the Southeastern Conference, but the basketball ain’t bad either.

The Celtics are about to take ‘small ball’ to the extreme | SB Nation

Boston’s most talented lineup is all wings and guards. Can the Celtics turn it into a strength?

Why Andrew Luck’s retirement will not prevent the Colts from hitting their 2019 win total | SB Nation

Luck’s sudden retirement shocked the NFL, and resulted in sportsbooks making big changes to the Indianapolis Colts’ various betting odds. Here’s why they’re now an underrated wager.

Why LaMelo Ball could be a top-5 NBA Draft prospect in 2020 | SB Nation

Scouting LaMelo Ball’s strengths and weaknesses before he starts playing in Australia.


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