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Apparently, Mike Logan’s decision to attend West Virginia was made more in spite than anything else. That is just one of the many revelations the WVU Sports Hall of Fame member and Super Bowl champion shares on this episode of “Three Guys Before The Game.”
West Virginia University Sports Hall of Famer and the founder of the Mountaineer women’s basketball program, Kittie Blakemore has passed away. Blakemore launched the program in 1973 and spent 19 seasons leading the team to over 300 wins.
West Virginia Athletics
The West Virginia women’s tennis team was named an Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) All-Academic Team for the seventh consecutive year. In addition to the team’s accolade, four Mountaineers were named ITA Scholar-Athletes for the 2020 season. Juniors Giovanna Caputo and Anne-Sophie Courteau, as well as sophomores Anastasiia Bovolskaia and Nicole Roc were recognized.
New York Giant and former West Virginia wide receiver David Sills V has been placed on the reserves/COVID-19 list. Sills is the first Giant to be placed on the newly created list, which indicates he either tested positive or was in contact with someone who had tested positive.
Former West Virginia running back Wendell Smallwood has signed a one-year deal with the Pittsburgh Steelers. Smallwood, a fifth-round pick of the Philadelphia Eagles in 2016, won a Super Bowl with the Eagles in 2017 and signed with the Washington Redskins in 2019.
Around the Big 12
Big 12 Virtual Football Media Day will be carried by Big 12 Now on ESPN+ on Monday, August 3rd. Live coverage is scheduled from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. ET.
Oklahoma football coach Lincoln Riley has reportedly agreed to a new six-year contract with a two-year extension. Riley has led the Sooners to three straight College Football Playoff appearances.
Around the NCAA
The ACC board of directors voted Wednesday to proceed with an 11-game football season that begins the weekend of September 12th. FBS independent Notre Dame will also be joining the conference for this season and will play a full league schedule. All ACC schools and Notre Dame will play 10 conference games plus one nonconference game that must take place in the home state of the ACC institution.
The SEC’s plans are in flux heading into a crucial meeting of the conference’s 14 presidents and chancellors this morning. The conference was blindsided yesterday by the ACC, which announced its teams will each play 10 conference games and one non-conference game. Big 12 administrators are scheduled to meet early next week.
The NBA is officially back, kicking off the restart of its season today. Teams have been playing in scrimmages over the past week. Here’s what you need to know about the NBA’s return.
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