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Football

WVU Football Class of 2021 far from a finished product

Even with letters of intent secured from every player that has verbally committed, West Virginia football coach Neal Brown says the current class is far from complete. The ever-evolving transfer market will certainly be a focus for Brown and his staff as they continue with the next phase of this year’s recruiting class.

West Virginia Football Recruiting: Early Signing Period Commits, Signings, Updates, News

The Climb continues as Neal Brown and the Mountaineer coaching staff secure signed National Letters of Intent for West Virginia’s 2021 recruiting class. Check out the latest news and comprehensive analysis of Brown’s second official recruiting class at WVU.

Mountaineers sign No. 1 tackle in state, 15 others on signing day

As abnormal as the 2020 season has been, the Mountaineers look forward to the future with new prospects signing their letters of intent on Early Signing Day. The class includes Spring Valley offensive lineman Wyatt Milum, the top tackle prospect in West Virginia.

Basketball

WVU’s total team effort leads to game-changing runs

They say basketball is a game of runs. That was especially true in #8 West Virginia’s last two wins. On Friday, the Mountaineers were down at the half against North Texas and used an 18-0 run to get a 12-point win. Sunday, it was a 29-10 run in the first half for WVU to help the Mountaineers defeat then-#19 Richmond, 87-71.

WVU women’s hoops moves Ohio game to Monday

The West Virginia women’s basketball team’s Sunday matchup against Ohio has been moved to Monday. The game will tip-off at 2 p.m. ET in Morgantown and will be shown on Big 12 Now on ESPN+. Before the Ohio game, WVU will be visiting Oklahoma State on Friday.

Wrestling

Mountaineers’ 2021 Slate Revealed

West Virginia has announced the 2021 wrestling schedule. This year’s slate will accommodate for a shortened season, with most dates featuring multiple contests. The home schedule consists of one quad and one tri-meet, as well as duals against Big 12 opponents Iowa State and Northern Colorado.

Mountaineers in the Pros: Week 14

In Week 14 of the 2020 NFL Season, 11 former Mountaineers saw action. Tavon Austin made his first appearance of the 2020 season with the Green Bay Packers and Geno Smith saw his first action of the season in the Seattle Seahawks win over the New York Jets. Karl Joseph started at strong safety for the Cleveland Browns and recorded seven tackles, with five solo stops.

Around the Big 12

Big 12 Championship Prediction and Preview: Oklahoma vs. Iowa State

A tumultuous season in the Big 12 will end on Saturday when the Oklahoma Sooners and Iowa State Cyclones meet for the conference championship at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas. The Cyclones will be trying to end Sooners’ stranglehold on the conference title.

Gordon leads young K-State to 74-65 win in Big 12 opener

Kansas State made seven of eight from the line in the last 41 seconds to get past a late Iowa State surge and get a 74-65 win on Tuesday night in a Big 12 Conference opener. DaJuan Gordon scored 15 points and grabbed 11 rebounds for his first career double-double with the Wildcats.

Around the NCAA

Notre Dame vs. Clemson odds, prediction, betting trends for 2020 ACC championship

#2 Notre Dame and #4 Clemson meet on Saturday in the ACC championship game at Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte. This is a rematch of the 47-40 double-overtime thriller in November and it comes with huge College Football Playoff implications.

Florida vs Alabama College Football Picks, Odds, Predictions 12/19/20

#1 Alabama looks to finish 11-0 on the year while advancing to the College Football Playoff as the top seed. #7 Florida needs a win to rebound from an embarrassing loss to LSU and keep its slim playoff hopes alive.

Jackson returns to save Ravens with 47-42 win over Browns

Lamar Jackson emerged from the locker room, saved the game and maybe Baltimore’s season with a 47-42 win over the Cleveland Browns in a wild, back-and-forth Monday night game in which the teams combined to tie a 98-year-old NFL record.

Did Lamar Jackson run off the field to poop? An investigation.

Monday Night Football gave us a great game with the Baltimore Ravens withstanding a late push by the Cleveland Browns, but it was another potential push by the Browns that had everyone talking.

NBA PREVIEW

SB Nation’s experts analyzed their teams ahead of the new season with rankings based off votes from SB Nation Reacts. This is what you need to know about the NBA’s return.


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