Second-year West Virginia head coach Neal Brown concluded preseason training camp Tuesday night under the lights inside Milan Puskar Stadium with some heavy special teams work. In addition to special teams, the Mountaineers also worked extensively on the downfield passing game. Coach Brown believes that there will be a lot of new faces sprinkled in with the veteran players when WVU hits the field on September 12th against Eastern Kentucky.
The Big 12 Conference landed 11 representatives on the Earl Campbell Tyler Rose Award Watch List, including West Virginia quarterback Jarett Doege. The award recognizes the top offensive player in Division I football who also exhibits the enduring characteristics that define Earl Campbell: integrity, performance, teamwork, sportsmanship, drive, community, and tenacity.
Dante and Darius Stills will line up together again this fall in what might be their final season at West Virginia. Fans of high school football in the Mountain State know their story well. They played together at Fairmont Senior, and Dante was the more coveted recruit at that time. His big brother Darius has not forgotten that fact, and his signature sack celebration is a nod to that past.
On this episode of “Three Guys Before The Game,” former West Virginia standout Rasheed Marshall details his career that included an assortment of highs and injury related lows. Marshall discusses how he handled the coaching transition from Don Nehlen to Rich Rodriguez and how he felt pressure coming from the same high school as WVU legend Major Harris.
The Big 12 Conference has announced that West Virginia’s season opener on Saturday, September 12th, against Eastern Kentucky will kick off at noon. The game will be nationally televised on FS1. WVU also decided in August that Mountaineer fans will not be allowed to attend this game.
West Virginia football coach Neal Brown has announced that the Mountaineer Football program has formed a partnership with the team at Athlete Network to engage all current and former WVU football student-athletes with available services and resources at one central location.
The West Virginia volleyball team will be starting its 2020 campaign this month after a tumultuous offseason. This year’s slate is a unique one. The Mountaineers will play a total of 16 contests against their eight in-conference opponents, with each meeting consisting of a back-to-back series. The season starts for WVU on September 24th against Texas Tech.
Around the Big 12
Television selections for the opening week of the Big 12 football season, along with a handful of other select dates, have been finalized by the Conference’s broadcast partners. All non-conference games will be played in the first week of the season with TCU hosting SMU on Friday, September 11th in the Big 12 opener. The remaining nine games will be contested on Saturday, September 12th.
The eighth annual Earl Campbell Tyler Rose Award Watch List has been announced and it includes 11 Big 12 representatives. The nominees must meet one or more of the following criteria: born in Texas and/or graduated from a Texas High School and/or played at a Texas-based junior college or four-year college.
Around the NCAA
College football is no stranger to controversy when it comes to crowning a national champion, but this season could be unlike any other. In an unprecedented year, with the Big Ten and Pac-12 choosing to postpone their seasons, coaches from those leagues are now questioning whether there can be a national champion since they decided not to play in the fall.
West Point will now host at least eight games, if the 2020 season is played entirely. Army flipped nine opponents in six weeks by working with other FBS independents and adding on FCS teams from conferences or states that are still playing football this fall.
As photos circulated of young people gathering outside of bars in Morgantown, West Virginia University president E. Gordon Gee wrote an open letter expressing disappointment. The gatherings were the result of bars reopening in the area, which was quickly reversed after the photos spread throughout social media. While Gee’s disappointment is understandable, many believe that it is not surprising that young people were not social distancing on High Street in Morgantown.
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers continue to go “all in” on the 2020 season, and it is making for a very interesting backfield with an abundance of help for their new quarterback, Tom Brady. Nearly one month after signing six-time Pro Bowl running back LeSean McCoy, the Bucs reached an agreement Wednesday night with Leonard Fournette.
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