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West Virginia head coach Neal Brown made his first appearance on the Pat McAfee Show and gave his thoughts on the latest developments around college football, such as the recently proposed rules regarding name, image, and likeness rights for student-athletes. Brown also extended an invitation to McAfee to lead Mountaineer fans in “Take Me Home, Country Roads,” after a WVU win next season.
Last season, West Virginia ranked 128th in rushing offense with 73.3 yards per game. WVU running backs coach and co-offensive coordinator Chad Scott is hoping to change that with better chemistry and by creating a focus on capitalizing on opportunities.
It has now been nine weeks since the last official team activity in the Milan Puskar Center on March 12. Earlier this week, West Virginia head coach Neal Brown indicated that his players are beginning to exhibit some cabin fever.
Two months have passed since the West Virginia football program concluded their brief spring practice window. In the new reality of virtual meetings, head coach Neal Brown is constantly getting the pulse of his team and hoping to avoid monotony.
As part of Neal Brown’s continued effort to develop his student-athletes beyond the football field, West Virginia announced a partnership with brand marketing consultant and author Jeremy Darlow last week. Darlow has written a pair of best-selling books, “Brands Win Championships” and “Athletes are Brands Too.”
Chase Harler’s final game for West Virginia ended a signature win over #4 Baylor and was preceded by a marriage proposal to his fiancee Lindsey Baker. Harler and Wheeling native Boyd Bibey are now launching a basketball skills development business with a focus on mental health.
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The Mid-American Conference will eliminate postseason tournaments for multiple sports starting in 2021. The WVU men’s soccer team is a member of the MAC since the Big 12 Conference does not sponsor the sport.
The West Virginia men’s basketball, rifle, and golf teams received public recognition recently by the NCAA for their latest multiyear Academic Progress Rate (APR) scores. The three WVU teams posted multiyear APRs in the top 10 percent in each sport.
Eight members of the West Virginia baseball team have been named to the 2020 Academic All-Big 12 Team. Braden Zarbnisky, Tevin Tucker, Zach Ottinger, Dillon Meadows, Brock Helverson, Zach Burns, and Ryan Bergert all made this season’s first team, while Beau Lowery was named to the second team.
Around the Big 12
The 2020 college football season is something that is surrounded by a lot of questions right now due to the coronavirus pandemic. If college football is played, these are the current odds for each Big 12 team to win the conference title. What are West Virginia’s odds?
Each Big 12 basketball program has at least one player primed to take a huge step forward in 2020-21. With West Virginia entering the year with Final Four aspirations, who is the Mountaineer that is ready for a breakout season?
Around the NCAA
A dormant franchise is now selling for boatloads of cash on the secondary market. Why is NCAA Football 14, the last major college sports game, regaining popularity?
Last weekend, Slam Online tweeted some vintage footage of West Virginia Mountaineers and Los Angeles Lakers great Jerry West shooting jump shots and asked the question, “How many points is Jerry West averaging in today’s NBA?” LeBron James even chimed in with his thoughts on Mr. Clutch. How many points do you think West would average in today’s NBA?
The Carolina Panthers are in the middle of a full rebuild with a new coach, a new staff, and Cam Newton is without a team. This tumultuous period in Panthers history could have turned out differently, had the team won Super Bowl 50.
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