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West Virginia’s Darius Stills continues to receive preseason accolades. Phil Steele Magazine listed the senior defensive lineman on its Preseason Defensive All-American Third Team. Stills and sophomore wide receiver Sam James were also named to Steele’s Preseason Big 12 First Team.
The West Virginia men’s basketball team has filled its final open scholarship. Seny Ndiaye, a 6’11” forward from Huntington Prep, has signed with the Mountaineers and will enroll this summer. Ndiaye is the third forward of the WVU’s 2020 class, joining Taj Thweatt and Isaiah Cottrell.
Three Mountaineers from the West Virginia men’s basketball team have been honored by the National Association of Basketball Coaches for their work in the classroom. Juniors Derek Culver, Emmitt Matthews Jr. and Jordan McCabe were named to the 2019-2020 NABC Honors Court.
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Rylee Foster of the West Virginia women’s soccer team and Milica Babic of the WVU rifle team have been named as nominees for the 2020 NCAA Woman of the Year. The award recognizes graduating female student-athletes after they have completed their eligibility and distinguished themselves in academics, athletics, service, and leadership throughout their collegiate careers.
Around the Big 12
Big 12 Media Days, a two-day program featuring press conferences with all 10 of the league’s head coaches and its commissioner, was supposed to take place virtually on July 20th and 21st. But the league announced Wednesday night that it has postponed the event until August 3rd.
A nation-high 50 percent of Big 12 programs placed a quarterback on the 2020 Davey O’Brien National Quarterback Award Watch List. Baylor senior Charlie Brewer, Sam Ehlinger of Texas Iowa State junior Brock Purdy, Spencer Sanders of Oklahoma State, and Texas Tech sophomore Alan Bowman were the five Big 12 quarterbacks on the watch list.
Five Big 12 running backs have been chosen as preseason candidates for the 2020 Doak Walker Award. The conference’s candidates are Oklahoma State junior Chuba Hubbard, Kennedy Brooks of Oklahoma, Texas junior Keaontay Ingram, Breece Hall of Iowa State, and Texas Tech sophomore SaRodorick Thompson.
Around the NCAA
Uncertainty looms ahead of the 2020 fall athletic season as conferences across college sports are making changes due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Here is an update on where each Power Five conference stands ahead of the fall sports season.
What if college football cannot be played this fall? Is spring football really a possibility? After the Big Ten and Pac-12 conferences announced last week that their teams would play only conference games, the 2020 college football season has reached a tipping point.
NBA players stuck in the COVID-19 bubble have been forced to make their own fun, and their first weekend was very entertaining.
SaverLife and Intuit Inc. have made a significant donation to the Lil Tony Webster Forever 5 Scholarship fund. The scholarship fund was set up to honor Webster of Bluefield High School, who passed away in January of 2019 after collapsing during a football workout, and to provide annual scholarships to Mercer County students.
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