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This Isn’t the First Time an Epidemic Ended a West Virginia Season

 In 1918, the a flu epidemic stopped West Virginia’s activities on campus and the Mountaineer football season.

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The 1918 Flu Pandemic Claimed WVU’s Football Season

This isn’t the first time that a West Virginia sports season ended early due to an epidemic. In 1918, the “Spanish Flu” stopped West Virginia’s activities on campus and the Mountaineer football season.


Three Guys Before The Game – WVU Hoops Review (Episode 189)

Tony Caridi, Brad Howe, and Hoppy Kercheval give an overview of the most improbable ending to a season in West Virginia basketball history. The guys share their thoughts on what happened on the court and the unknown that will take months to resolve.

Sports and Society Wait To Return To Normalcy As Virus Upends Daily Living

West Virginia head coach Bob Huggins relayed his disappointed when it became know that the college basketball season was ending abruptly. Coach Huggins was not only disappointed for his team, that had shown improvement in the last week of games and practice, but also the Mountaineer fans.

West Virginia Athletics

Statement from WVU Director of Athletics Shane Lyons

West Virginia University Director of Athletics Shane Lyons announced that the suspension of all team activities will be extended to March 29, which is a date that was set by the Big 12 Conference. The situation will then by re-evaluated by the conference at that time.

Mountaineers Earn 21 All-America Honors

Eight shooters from the West Virginia rifle team earned a combined 21 National Rifle Association and College Rifle Coaches Association All-America honors over the weekend.

Around the Big 12

Big 12 Statement on Athletics Activities

Due to the developments related to COVID-19 the Big 12 Conference has announced that all organized team activities have been suspended until March 29 and will be re-evaluated at that time. In addition, all conference and non-conference competitions are cancelled through the end of the academic year, including spring sports that compete beyond the academic year.

USBWA Names Men’s All-District Teams

The U.S. Basketball Writers Association has released its 2019-20 Men’s All-District Teams which include eight Big 12 players and Baylor coach Scott Drew. The lone West Virginia player to be named was freshman Oscar Tshiebwe.

Around the NCAA

NCAA passes on releasing brackets, so we’ve got you covered

The NCAA tournament selection committee decided not to release any brackets, even though many teams and fans wanted to know if their team would have made it into the tournament this March. But that doesn’t mean that brackets can’t be created without the committee.

NCAA bracket predictions 2020: Who would have won the men’s NCAA tournament?

The week after Selection Sunday is typically reserved for filling out brackets. SB Nation took a projected bracket and went region by region to pick the winners in the hypothetical NCAA Tournament.

9 men’s college basketball stories that didn’t get the ending they deserved

There was so much left to learn about the 2019-20 college basketball season. These are the college basketball stories from this season that we will always wonder about.

How we’re grading every 2020 NFL free agent signing and trade

The start of NFL free agency is proceeding on schedule. Here are the notable deals throughout the league, including both trades and free agent signings.

MLB’s Opening Day has been pushed back. When will baseball start?

The coronavirus pandemic is delaying baseball’s Opening Day. This is the latest news from MLB.

The 3 biggest offseason needs for each NFL team — and how to fix them

Here is how all 32 NFL teams can get better in free agency and the draft.

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