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After two weeks of polls and more than 20,000 votes from fans, it is time to reveal the All-Mountaineer Team! Here is the final roster for this fan-selected squad of West Virginia football’s greatest players, including Pat White and Tavon Austin on offense and Sam Huff and Darryl Talley on defense. What do you think of this WVU all-star team?
West Virginia University director of athletics Shane Lyons is part of a five-member football subcommittee of Big 12 athletic directors tasked with determining procedures for postponements, cancellations, and forfeitures this season as a result of the coronavirus.
Four additional members of the West Virginia football team have tested positive for the coronavirus. There are now a total of six Mountaineers to test positive.
West Virginia men’s basketball coach Bob Huggins was a guest on the March Madness 365 Podcast, hosted by Andy Katz. During the show, Katz asked Huggins to break down his best-ever players in 10 different categories. Huggins picked Kenyon Martin, who was the National Player of the Year while he was at Cincinnati, for four of the categories. Check out which three Mountaineers made the list!
West Virginia has postponed the start of men’s basketball team workouts for 14 days following the program’s most recent COVID-19 test results. The Mountaineers were slated to begin workouts this week, but five men’s basketball student-athletes and one staff member have tested positive for COVID-19.
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A total of 356 Mountaineers were named on the Big 12’s 2020 Spring Commissioner’s Honor Roll, which recognizes all student-athletes with a 3.0 grade-point average or higher during each semester. 100 of those 356 WVU student athletes recorded a 4.0 GPA.
Former West Virginia baseball standout Ryan McBroom is one of 60 players that the Kansas City Royals have designated for their 2020 player pool. McBroom expects to be on the 30-player roster when the MLB season begins, and he also expects to remain with the Royals once the roster is eventually narrowed down to 26 players for the remainder of the season.
Former West Virginia pitcher, and Wheeling Park graduate, Michael Grove has been selected for the Los Angeles Dodgers’ 60-man roster. Grove was a second-round pick in the 2018 MLB Draft.
Around the Big 12
Kansas and Kansas State have already shut down voluntary football workouts. But for teams like West Virginia and Iowa State, the number of positive tests remain low as student-athletes continue to train.
Around the NCAA
What would happen if each college football team could play only two games in a season? This would actually be rather easy for the ACC, since many of the games appear interchangeable and some of the conference’s teams have rivals outside of the league.
If Week 1 of the 2020 season takes place as planned, it will include a non-conference match-up between two strong G5 programs. But that might not be a good thing for these teams.
The Kansas City Chiefs and Super Bowl MVP quarterback Patrick Mahomes have reached agreement on a 10-year contract extension that keeps him with the team through the 2031 season. The deal is reportedly worth $450 million and could potentially be worth up to $503 million, with $140 million guaranteed.
This week is Rivalry Week across SB Nation. In order to dig into the rivalries across the NHL, we talked to our NHL team sites about historic rivalries and then asked NHL fans what they thought were hockey’s biggest rivalries.
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