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For many years, West Virginia’s best football seasons were usually the ones that were unexpected by the outsiders. College football preseason magazines are beginning to hit newsstands this summer and the first two in circulation, Athlon Sports and Street & Smith’s, are somewhat ambivalent toward coach Neal Brown’s second Mountaineer football team.
West Virginia head coach Neal Brown was a recent guest on The Underdog Podcast. Coach Brown discussed many topics, including his decision to become a football coach once his college playing career at UMass ended in 2002.
This week’s Mountaineer Insider Podcast gets you up to date on the phased return of West Virginia football players beginning June 15. Patrick Johnston, WVU’s director of football operations and internal affairs, discusses the return of players to campus for voluntary workouts.
West Virginia legend Rod Thorn has been selected as a 2020 inductee for the Southern Conference Hall of Fame. Thorn, a Princeton native, was a two-time SoCon Male Athlete of the Year while also helping WVU win three SoCon regular-season titles and two conference tournament championships.
Darris Nichols may have been one of the most productive players in West Virginia basketball history. On this episode of “Three Guys Before The Game,” Nichols comes on to discuss his recruitment by WVU and how patience was the key to his success.
West Virginia’s alumni basketball team just got bigger. Best Virginia has added former WVU forward Logan Routt to the roster for this year’s TBT just months after wrapping up his Mountaineer career.
Around the Big 12
Here is a ranking of the Big 12 Conference teams based on their projected strength of schedule. Will being the only Big 12 team with two Power Five opponents on their nonconference schedule help West Virginia’s strength of schedule?
The Big 12 is a deep league for coaching talent going into college football’s 2020 season. Let’s take a look at which coaches are the best in the league with this ranking of the Big 12’s head coaches.
Around the NCAA
The ingredients that make a college football head coaching job appealing or alarming are even more pronounced at the Group of 5 level. Some face significant challenges, while others are more stable financially and when it comes to being able to recruit. Here is a ranking of the Group of 5 head coaching jobs.
The NCAA Division I Committee for Legislative Relief has given relief to Division I baseball by relaxing some roster restrictions. It has been reported that the normal 35-man roster limit will be completely lifted, allowing teams to have as many student-athletes on their roster that they see fit.
Major League Soccer returns to play with an all-new tournament with regular season points and a spot in 2021 Concacaf Champions League on the line. The MLS will play July 8 to August 11 at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex at the Walt Disney World Resort in Florida.
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