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In the ever-changing landscape of college athletics, student-athletes could soon have the opportunity to capitalize financially from their name, image, and likeness. West Virginia head coach Neal Brown announced Thursday that his team is partnering with brand marketing consultant and author Jeremy Darlow.
Today’s replay is West Virginia’s unforgettable 17-14 victory over fourth-ranked Miami at Mountaineer Field on Nov. 20, 1993. The announced attendance for the game was 70,222, making it the biggest sports event the state has ever seen, but some believe that more than 75,000 fans were packed into the stadium for that late November afternoon.
On this episode of “Three Guys Before The Game,” Quincy Wilson joins the show to discuss the coaching transition from Don Nehlen to Rich Rodriguez. The guys also talk in detail about “the run” Wilson had against Miami.
In his thirteen years on the strength and conditioning staff at West Virginia, Mike Joseph has seen coaching staffs come and go and training methods evolve with regularity. Working through the effects of a pandemic with players scattered across the country is a challenge on another level.
West Virginia’s Chase Harler views the last four years of his basketball career as an invaluable growing experience both on and off the court. The Moundsville native joins this episode of “Three Guys Before The Game” to reflect on his days in Morgantown, which included a near transfer, and culminated with a marriage proposal on the WVU Coliseum floor.
West Virginia Athletics
To help mitigate the financial effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, West Virginia University Director of Athletics and Associate Vice President Shane Lyons has announced athletic staff salary reductions. Lyons, along with football coach Neal Brown, men’s basketball coach Bob Huggins, women’s basketball coach Mike Carey, and baseball coach Randy Mazey will voluntarily take a 10% salary reduction starting on July 1.
One thing Dan Stratford is learning during his first four months on the job as the West Virginia men’s soccer coach is patience. With the country on idle as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, Stratford has been forced to take small steps with his WVU program during a time when he was preparing to make significant strides to prepare for his first season.
Dan Zangrilli reviews the latest West Virginia sports news in the weekly Mountaineer Insider Podcast. This week, Zangrilli examines the budgetary actions director of athletics Shane Lyons announced and he visits with sports branding expert and author Jeremy Darlow, who has partnered with WVU football.
The three seniors on the West Virginia baseball team have been presented with the unique opportunity to play one more season at WVU, but if opportunity knocks, they might just answer. Kevin Brophy is one of those Mountaineers who is currently weighing his options ahead of the MLB Draft in July.
Alek Manoah’s second season of professional baseball was on pause, and the former West Virginia star pitcher says he can’t wait to get back on the mound after an “unbelievable” first season in the minors. After getting drafted by the Toronto Blue Jays in the first round, he went to the single-A Vancouver Canadians.
Around the Big 12
Big 12 Conference commissioner Bob Bowlsby has been in communication with West Virginia state officials and WVU medical personnel. While the Big 12 office, school presidents, and athletic directors are assessing various scenarios for what the 2020 football season could look like, ultimately the Big 12 may not have the final call on how to proceed.
Baylor men’s golfer Colin Kober has been named a finalist for the 2020 Byron Nelson Award. Candidates for the award must be graduating seniors and the selection committee looks the entirety of their athletic careers, as well as their character.
Around the NCAA
“Year Zero” was born out of the accepted idea that not all first seasons are remotely equal. And some programs find themselves in “Year Negative One,” if they are in even worse shape. So which college football teams are in “Year Negative One?”
College football has a knack for propelling stars out of nowhere. Check out the players, teams, and seasons that captured the nation and disappeared just as fast in this college football “one-hit wonder” greatest-hits list.
Do not write off these NBA veterans yet. Each one is positioned to bounce back in 2021, or whenever regular season basketball is played again.
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