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Six weeks after the shutdown of all college sports and four months from the scheduled start of football season, West Virginia head coach Neal Brown and his staff continue to project a number of scenarios on how to best prepare the Mountaineers for the 2020 season. Coach Brown is hopeful and cautiously optimistic that WVU will be playing football this year, even if college football is not what teams and fans are used to under normal conditions.
West Virginia head coach Neal Brown covered lots of topics during his 30-minute Zoom visit with the media. Brown said that recruiting is going well, his injured Mountaineers are recovering well during this downtime, and he is hopeful and cautiously optimistic that the season will start on time.
Entering his second season as West Virginia’s defensive coordinator, Vic Koenning has twelve game films and a pair of spring practice tapes to assess a large group of returning players.
West Virginia Athletics
After not bringing home an NCAA National Championship for the first time in five years in 2019, the West Virginia rifle team was itching to get back to the top. When the National Championships were canceled this season, WVU head coach Jon Hammond and the Mountaineers were very disappointed.
The Big 12 has announced that four members of the West Virginia tennis team were named to the Academic All-Big 12 first team. Juniors Giovanna Caputo and Anne-Sophie Courteau, and sophomores Anastasiia Bovolskaia and Nicole Roc were the Mountaineers to receive the honors.
Daryl Worley has found a new NFL team. The former West Virginia defensive back has officially joined the Dallas Cowboys on a one-year deal after spending the last two seasons with the Oakland Raiders.
Around the Big 12
Kansas State announced Wednesday that football coach Chris Klieman and men’s basketball coach Bruce Weber agreed to take 13% salary reductions for the upcoming year because of financial losses related to the coronavirus pandemic.
Kansas athletic director Jeff Long, football coach Les Miles, and men’s basketball coach Bill Self announced Monday will take 10% salary reductions for the next six months in an effort to save the athletic department nearly $500,000.
Around the NCAA
With the coronavirus pandemic affecting sports calendars worldwide, conference commissioners and athletic directors across the United States are considering every alternative to college football’s current August 29 start date, including playing the entire season in the spring of 2021.
SB Nation is celebrating the best, the worst, and the weirdest jerseys this week. Check out the jerseys that will be classic until the end of time, and jerseys that will never be seen again.
Pittsburgh lost a first-round pick and cap space with the Minkah Fitzpatrick trade, but still added depth to the roster.
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