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The West Virginia Department of Intercollegiate Athletics has decided to switch to mobile ticketing for the 2020 football season. Improved health and safety measures, contactless points of entry, added convenience, and ease of flow through the gates are just some of the benefits Mountaineer football fans will experience as a result of the change this fall.
Joseph Boletepeli, a defensive end formerly at NC State, announced Tuesday that he is committed to transfer to West Virginia. Last season Boletepeli had 11 tackles in seven games. This year he will be a redshirt sophomore.
West Virginia consensus All-American cornerback Aaron Beasley is one of 78 Football Bowl Subdivision players on the 2021 ballot for induction into the College Football Hall of Fame. Beasley had 10 interceptions for the Mountaineers in 1994. Former WVU coach Jim Carlen is one of seven coaches on the ballot.
CBS Sports college football writer Dennis Dodd examined the roll of virtual recruiting since the coronavirus shutdown hit the country. West Virginia head coach Neal Brown was among the prominent college football coaches that Dodd polled in his piece.
In this episode of “Three Guys Before The Game,” former Mountaineer, and consensus All-American, Brian Jozwiak takes West Virginia fans for a walk down memory lane. He details his exploits both on and off the field, while also giving insight into a hip injury that suddenly ended his professional career after just 28 games in the NFL after he was the seventh pick in the 1986 draft.
The West Virginia men’s basketball team will return to New York City next season for the second annual Basketball Hall of Fame Invitational at the Barclays Center on December 13. The Mountaineers will be facing Purdue. WVU last played the Boilermakers during the 2013-14 season.
Bob Huggins will soon have the opportunity to start putting the pieces together for West Virginia’s 2020-2021 season with in-person activities. On Wednesday, the NCAA Division I Council approved a start of required activities on July 20. Huggins knows that many of his players have had difficulty finding places to workout individually with the country being shut down.
After months of anticipation, Best Virginia has their first round opponent for The Basketball Tournament (TBT). The West Virginia alumni team will face Herd That, a team made up of mostly Marshall alumni. Some of the former WVU players on Best Virginia’s roster include John Flowers, Da’Sean Butler, and Kevin Jones.
Three months after his collegiate career ended, West Virginia’s Logan Routt accepted an invitation to play with Best Virginia in TBT. Since the end of his last college basketball season, Routt has remained in game shape to prepare for potential professional opportunities abroad.
When play in the German Basketball Bundesliga was stopped due to the COVID-19 shutdown in March, former West Virginia guard Alex Ruoff returned to the United States thinking that the season would be over. Ruoff has now returned to Germany to rejoin his team, Göttingen, and play in the BBL quarterfinals.
Around the Big 12
A recent ruling in federal court could bring the details of Baylor’s internal investigation on its sexual assault policies to light. In a 48-page order issued June 2nd, a federal judge instructed Baylor to turn over all relevant documents, audio recordings, and anything else pertaining to a 2016 investigation into sexual assaults at the school.
The Big 12 Conference has announced a one-year extension to the multi-year agreement for Kansas City to serve as the host site for the Phillips 66 Men’s and Women’s Basketball Championships. The events will remain in Kansas City through 2025.
Around the NCAA
The blueprint for the summer of college football has officially been laid out after the NCAA Division I Council voted to approve an extended preseason. Teams will be allowed to begin up to eight hours of required weight training, conditioning, and film review per week starting July 13th. They will then be allowed to begin “athletically related activities” on July 24th, including weight training, walkthroughs, and team meetings through August 6th, with regular preseason practices beginning on the 7th.
College basketball teams across the country will be allowed to return to the court in July after the NCAA Division I Council approved a plan for the sport’s summer activities. On July 20, teams will be allowed to begin required summer activities, which can last up to eight weeks, until the first day of classes, or until September 15th, depending on which option occurs first.
College football is crowded with stars capable of delivering edge-of-your-seat excitement on any given play. Here are the most exciting players on each of the nation’s top 25 teams entering the 2020 season.
The NBA players will be staying in the best hotels that Walt Disney World has to offer. Here is a look into the hotels and where each team will be staying with the NBA restarts its season at the ESPN Wide World of Sports.
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