West Virginia began its third week of preseason practice on Monday with a full-squad workout. The Mountaineers were coming off an 88-play, two-hour scrimmage inside Milan Puskar Stadium last Saturday. Head coach Neal Brown noted that Darius Stills and Jeffery Pooler Jr. stood out on the defensive line. Brown also said that linebacker Josh Chandler-Semedo, as well as defensive backs Dreshun Miller, Tae Mayo, Tykee Smith, and Sean Mahone stood out as the practice’s top performers on defense.
All the preseason predictions have the Mountaineers finishing near the bottom of the Big 12 standings, but West Virginia is not bound to those predictions. Head coach Neal Brown hopes the team is determined to overachieve relative to outside expectations and actually perform on a level everyone inside the Puskar Center believes is within reach.
West Virginia head coach Neal Brown has said that the Mountaineers have been focusing on situational work. During practice on Monday, they did two-minute, end-of-the-half scenarios, as well as red zone and fundamental activities. Brown also said that WVU concentrated on tempo by getting the units on and off the field quickly.
Around the Big 12
Will Texas be Oklahoma’s biggest challenger to the Big 12 throne? Which second-year coach makes the most progress this season? These questions and more are examined in this Big 12 Conference preview.
Sixty percent of the Big 12 football teams are ranked or received votes in the Preseason Associated Press Poll. #5 Oklahoma led the Big 12, followed by #14 Texas, #15 Oklahoma State, and #23 Iowa State. Baylor and TCU also received votes.
Around the NCAA
The College Football Playoff selection committee still intends to release rankings this fall, even though two of the five major conferences in the sport will not play games. The selection committee announced that it will name four national semifinalists on December 20th. Before that, the committee will release a series of five national rankings leading up to its selection day.
The WVSSAC informed schools in the Mountain State of updated guidelines for athletic competition on Monday. Notably, marching bands will not be allowed to participate at middle and high school sporting events to begin the season. Spectator limits will also be altered further, depending on the County Alert System status of home and away teams.
The Philadelphia 76ers have fired coach Brett Brown, the team announced Monday. Brown’s dismissal is expected to be a precursor for more upheaval for the Sixers, whose senior leadership, including general manager Elton Brand, may begin exploring changes in the front-office structure.
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