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Jack Fleming called many great plays for West Virginia, but which of them are the most iconic? Check out the top five narrowed down and explained by Hall of Fame coach Don Nehlen.
The COVID-19 pandemic has forced many to change plans, and the West Virginia football team is no exception. Usually, the Mountaineers would be on campus right now, going through spring practices in preparation for the upcoming season. Now, head coach Neal Brown and his staff are scrambling to find solutions for the Mountaineers being off campus as a result of the epidemic.
The Mountaineers received their second commitment for the class of 2021 last week, as Hammond Russell, a defensive end from Dublin, Ohio, committed to West Virginia on Friday. Russell also had offers from Pitt, Michigan State, and Georgia Tech.
Bob Huggins isn’t losing sleep to worry about whether Oscar Tshiebwe will be wearing a West Virginia uniform next season. Tshiebwe entered his name in the NBA Draft last week, but left open the possibility of coming back to WVU after receiving feedback from league front offices. Huggins upgraded that status from “possibility” to “near certainty” in a Monday video conference with reporters.
Coming into this season, the West Virginia men’s basketball team had a lot of uncertainty surrounding the program. With so many new players coming in after a tough year, many people were saying an NCAA Tournament bid of any kind would be a successful season for WVU.
Bob Huggins joins “Three Guys Before The Game” for the first time ever this week. Tony Caridi and Brad Howe talk to Huggs about how he is spending his time in a wide-ranging discussion that includes reality television, basketball, and sandwiches.
Like many of his fellow former McDonald’s All-Americans, West Virginia forward Oscar Tshiebwe announced his decision to declare for the NBA Draft while retaining his NCAA eligibility for next season. WVU head coach Bob Huggins feels that he has the trust of Tshiebwe, and the news of his decision doesn’t worry him.
The West Virginia women’s basketball went through many different phases throughout the 2019-20 season. The Mountaineers had high expectations, aiming to make the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 2017.
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Some words can take on great meaning to people. To West Virginians, there are 12 words used together that generate a wide range of emotions. Those 12 words are “it’s a great day to be a Mountaineer, wherever you may be.”
West Virginia cross country and track head coach Sean Cleary felt that his team had a real chance to win the Big 12 back in August. When the spring outdoor track season was canceled due to concerns of COVID-19, Cleary said he was proud of the team’s response.
With the ruling by the NCAA to award college spring sport athletes another year of eligibility due to COVID-19, West Virginia head golf coach Sean Covich has an interesting situation on his hands. He has two seniors that were planning to graduate in May and move on, but now they could potentially come back to WVU.
West Virginia men’s soccer coach Dan Stratford has announced that defender Zakariya Abdul-Jalil, goalkeeper Marc Bonnaire, defender Brian Brown, forward Nino Civitate, and midfielder Aden Slifer will join the Mountaineers for the 2020 season.
The Cleveland Browns have officially announced the signing of former West Virginia standout Karl Joseph. Joseph is joining the Browns on a one-year contract after spending four seasons with the Raiders.
When the Major League Baseball season eventually gets underway, former University High School and West Virginia infielder Jedd Gyorko will begin his eighth season in the big leagues.
Around the NCAA
All these years later, one of the most fascinating coaching what-ifs in college football history still reverberates from the hills of West Virginia, to Denny Chimes Tower at Alabama, to The Big House at Michigan.
SB Nation will be spotlighting a field of 64 teams in NBA history that did not win a title. At the end, they will hand out a virtual championship trophy to one hard-luck loser.
The quest to uncover the best NBA team to not win a title begins with the teams that suffered mind-boggling playoff disappointments.
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