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Football

O-line among camp positives thus far after last year's struggles | Times West Virginian
On a day when there really were no negatives out of West Virginia’s football practice, the biggest positives came from a few of the biggest guys in camp … and from one of the smallest.

Who are West Virginia’s top performers through the first week of fall camp? | WV Illustrated
WVU practiced in pads at Milan Puskar Stadium Saturday for the first time this summer. The Mountaineers practiced in the rain, and while they didn’t tackle, head coach Neal Brown said they simulated several different scenarios, including red zone and two-minute drills.

WVU Football Training Camp Day #5 report | WV MetroNews
After a light walk-through practice on Thursday, WVU head coach Neal Brown picked up the intensity on Day 5 of Mountaineer preseason training camp.

MTSU transfer Zack Dobson catches on at WVU | WV MetroNews
West Virginia’s wide receiver depth chart has added another option with the season set to begin in less than a month. Middle Tennessee State transfer Zach Dobson has arrived on the WVU campus and is going through preseason drills.

WVU football: Neal Brown happy to be 'staying the course' | Charleston Gazette-Mail
While many teams around the country have turned their focus to 2021, the Mountaineers completed their first week of practice Saturday with the Sept. 12 opening game against Eastern Kentucky squarely in front of them.

Sinkfield continues to draw praise, small groups giving WVU coaches a better look | WV MetroNews
Even though Neal Brown’s team was only able to take the field twice in the spring before the pandemic shut down all college sports, their new practice setup for fall camp is making up for some of the lost time.

WVU football: What could game day look like at Puskar Stadium? | Charleston Gazette-Mail
The Big 12 Conference is still pushing forward with a fall football season, and West Virginia is making plans for its 2020 schedule, which features six home games.

OVC moves fall sports to spring, but lets football play fall non-conference games | Charleston Gazette-Mail
While the Ohio Valley Conference postponed fall sports play to the spring, it left a window for its football teams to play at least a couple of games in the fall, which should be good news for West Virginia University’s football schedule.

Revised WVU football schedule does Mountaineers few favors | Charleston Gazette-Mail
With the release of the revised Big 12 Conference schedule this past week, West Virginia University’s football team learned that it would start (at home against Eastern Kentucky) and finish (at Iowa State) its season in the same places as it had originally planned.

New Football Locker Room a Smashing Success With Mountaineer Players | West Virginia University Athletics
Judging from the reaction of the players, Mountaineer football's new locker room is going to be a big hit for many years to come.

Celebration of Life Service Planned For Donnie Young | West Virginia University Athletics
A public memorial service is being planned for long-time West Virginia University football coach and administrator Donnie Young, according to Young's family.

Basketball

Tyrone Sally went through lows and highs in 4 seasons at WVU | WV MetroNews
Tyrone Sally had a number of reasons to move on from the WVU basketball program after his freshman season. The Mountaineers finished 8-20. Sally’s head coach retired in the middle of the season. And an extensive coaching search happened — twice. Sally however stuck it out and became the 41st player in the history of the program to reach the 1,000-point plateau.

Carey adds Perry as an assistant coach with Mountaineers | Times West Virginian
West Virginia University women’s basketball coach Mike Carey announced the addition of Nitra Perry as an assistant coach on Saturday.

West Virginia Athletics

WVU women's soccer team gearing up for unconventional season | WV MetroNews
25 years into her tenure as the only head coach in the history of the WVU women’s soccer program, Nikki Izzo-Brown is preparing for a season that will not end in the NCAA Tournament in the fall. The Mountaineers have reached the NCAA’s in every season since 2000.

Bombs Away! | West Virginia University Athletics
For the first time ever, two former West Virginia University baseball alums hit home runs on the same night in Major League play.

Around the NCAA

Coaches don’t know what to do with themselves if there’s no fall football | Banner Society
From teaching to mowing lawns, it’s about to get creative

How Covid-19 safe are the scenarios in “What’s Your Fantasy?” | Banner Society
A public service message.

Where the Respect on Dame’s Name Comes From | The Ringer
With the Trail Blazers’ backs against the wall, Lillard ripped off one of the best individual runs in recent memory to lift Portland into the playoffs. Those in Oakland who’ve watched Dame’s rise up close explain why that won’t be the first time, or the last time, his resolve will be in the spotlight.

NBA playoff predictions: Kawhi Leonard and the Raptors will meet again in the NBA Finals | SB Nation
Here are our picks for the 2020 NBA playoffs.

Lionel Messi tells Barcelona he wants out - report | Barca Blaugranes
The captain wants to leave now

The Man With His Own Country: Who Was H.P. Lovecraft? | The Ringer
Before tuning into the new HBO series ‘Lovecraft Country,’ it’s worth examining the author who birthed a movement in the horror subgenre while harboring his own personal demons

‘Lovecraft Country’ Premiere: Monsters Fantastic and All Too Real | The Ringer
In the first episode of HBO’s newest series, Tic and Co. venture into unfamiliar territory—and face disturbingly familiar evil


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