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West Virginia co-defensive coordinator Jahmile Addae leaves for Georgia, Mountaineers announce replacement

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Football

Georgia hires WVU’s co-defensive coordinator Jahmile Addae

It was announced Wednesday that Jahmile Addae, West Virginia’s cornerbacks’ coach, will be leaving WVU to be the defensive backs coach at Georgia. Addae also served as co-defensive coordinator for the Mountaineers this season. Although he was only a coach for WVU for two years, Addae was a four-year starter when he played for the Mountaineers from 2002-2005. Ironically, his is final college game came against the Bulldogs in WVU’s win in the 2006 Sugar Bowl in Atlanta.

Brown Announces Defensive Staff Addition | West Virginia University Athletics
West Virginia University football coach Neal Brown has announced that Andrew Jackson will join the Mountaineer coaching staff as an assistant

Basketball

WVU basketball: Miles McBride solidifies Mountaineers’ leadership role

Miles “Deuce” McBride has stepped up as the leader of the #11 West Virginia men’s basketball team, and that was very apparent in WVU’s win over #10 Texas Tech earlier this week. It is sometimes easy to forget that Deuce is just a sophomore and was not a point guard until last season. Over the course of a season and a half, his improvement on the floor is undeniable. Deuce is currently leading the team with 15.9 points, 4.2 assists, and 1.8 steals per game.

Huggins on Texas Tech victory: ‘Well at the end of the game, we wanted Deuce to take over’

#11 West Virginia earned a crucial win on Monday night against #10 Texas Tech for its first top-10 victory of the season. Sophomore guard Deuce McBride hit the game-winning layup with five seconds remaining to cap a 12-point second half comeback by the Mountaineers. WVU head coach Bob Huggins emphasized the Mountaineers being able to knock down shots and avoid beating themselves.

Second-Half Comebacks Now Trending for the Mountaineers

Second-half comebacks are now trending for Bob Huggins’ #11 West Virginia men’s basketball team. Three weeks ago, the Mountaineers overcame an 18-point deficit with 11:15 remaining to stun Oklahoma State 87-84 in Stillwater. On Monday night, WVU was down 73-61 with 7:53 left and went on a 27-14 run to knock off #10 Texas Tech 88-87.

Lady Raiders struggle offensively, fall to West Virginia

The #24 West Virginia women’s basketball team defeated Texas Tech 73-53 on Wednesday. WVU redshirt senior Kysre Gondrezick led the team with 24 points and four assits. Sophomore forward Esmery Martinez also added 16 points and nine rebounds for the Mountaineers. This win was WVU’s seventh in a row to help the Mountaineers improve to 12-2.

‘We wanted Deuce to take over the game’; McBride sparks late WVU rally

Half of West Virginia’s four Big 12 victories have come by erasing sizable second half deficits. In WVU’s latest win over #10 Texas Tech, six Mountaineers scored in double figures, including 24 points from sophomore guard Deuce McBride and 13 from redshirt freshman Jalen Bridges.

WVU basketball: ESPN projects Mountaineers as a No. 4 NCAA seed

The #11 West Virginia men’s basketball team has jumped up to a #4 seed in Joe Lunardi’s ESPN Bracketology.

West Virginia Athletics

No. 4 West Virginia rifle defeats No. 13 Ohio State

The #4 West Virginia rifle team continued its success, winning at #13 Ohio State 4718-4665 on Tuesday. Senior Sarah Osborn led the way for the Mountaineers by finishing first in top individual performance with a score of 1185, while sophomore Calista Smoyer finished second overall scoring 1181.

Trio from WVU baseball earns preseason All-Big 12 recognition

Three players from the #14 West Virginia baseball team have been named to the Preseason All-Big 12 Team. Junior infielder Tyler Doanes, junior catcher/designated hitter Paul McIntosh, and junior left-handed pitcher Jackson Wolf represented the Mountaineers on the team. WVU is one of four Big 12 schools to place at least three players on the team.

Wrestling trio remains steady in national rankings

Three members of the West Virginia wrestling team remain ranked in this week’s national rankings. Redshirt junior Noah Adams continues to rank #1 at 197 pounds, freshman Peyton Hall comes in at #24 at 165 pounds, and redshirt junior Killian Cardinale ranks at #24. Adams is 6-0 on the year and has extended his win streak to 38 in a row.

West Virginia men’s soccer schedule announced

The West Virginia men’s soccer team is returning to the pitch in February, led by first-year head coach Dan Stratford. The defending Mid-American Conference Tournament champions will be playing a double round-robin MAC schedule, as well as nonconference matchups against Coastal Carolina, Charlotte, and Marshall.

Ryan Pritt: WVU’s Noah Adams grapples with fans

West Virginia wrestler Noah Adams took offense to WVU fans criticizing the University’s attempt to incorporate political issues in sports in September. Adams told Mountaineer fans that his success, “will no longer be for you all,” and went on to say, “we don’t need the ‘fans’ anyway.”

Around the Big 12

Reaves’ 23 points, late FT lift Oklahoma over Texas 80-79

Oklahoma senior Austin Reaves scored 23 points and made two free throws with 18.3 seconds left that proved to be the difference in an 80-79 win over #5 Texas. The #24 Sooners notched their fourth straight win and second in a row over top-10 opponents.

Around the NCAA

Cooper lifts Auburn to 88-82 win over No. 12 Missouri

Sharife Cooper had 28 points, eight rebounds, and seven assists to lead Auburn to an 88-82 win over #12 Missouri on Tuesday night. Cooper has now had four 20-point games in his six-game career.

Wall scores 24 to lead Rockets over Wizards 107-88

John Wall scored 24 points to help the Houston Rockets to a 107-88 victory over his former team, the Washington Wizards. At one point in the game, Wall exchanged words with Russell Westbrook, resulting in a double technical call on the two guards.

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