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West Virginia baseball entering season at No. 22 in USA Today coaches poll

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Football

Bishop Named Director of Sports Nutrition for Football | West Virginia University Athletics
West Virginia University coach Neal Brown has announced that Haley Bishop has joined the WVU football program as its director of sports nutrition.

Men’s Basketball

Helpful Culver hopeful Ndiaye will 'not actually play, but produce' | EerSports.com
Freshman forward learning the hard way.

Capacity Increase Planned for Feb. 13 | West Virginia University Athletics
West Virginia University and its Department of Intercollegiate Athletics plan to increase capacity for events in the WVU Coliseum to 2,800 spectators, beginning with the Mountaineer men's basketball game against the Oklahoma Sooners on Feb. 13.

Mountaineer Insider Podcast – Holly Rowe | West Virginia University Athletics
On this week's Mountaineer Insider Podcast, our Dan Zangrilli catches up with popular ESPN sports telecaster Holly Rowe to get her thoughts on the West Virginia University men's and women's basketball teams.

Baseball

WVU Slotted No. 22 in USA TODAY Coaches Poll | West Virginia University Athletics
The West Virginia University baseball team appears at No. 22 in the USA TODAY NCAA Baseball Coaches Poll, which was released on Thursday.

Randy Mazey expects NCAA Power 5 talent level to be "through the roof" in 2021 | WV MetroNews
When Randy Mazey was hired to lead the WVU baseball program in the summer of 2012, he inherited a program that was picked last, unanimously, in the Big 12 preseason coaches poll the following spring.

WVU's Bergert out for the year | Times WV
Just two weeks before his season is to begin, West Virginia baseball coach Randy Mazey announced Thursday that he will be without two of his top players for the entire season.

West Virginia Athletics

Mountaineer Tennis Unveils Spring Schedule | West Virginia University Athletics
West Virginia Director of Athletics Shane Lyons announced the spring 2021 tennis schedule on Thursday.

Around the Big 12

Big 12 Tournament: Should the Big 12 Cancel It? | Heartland College Sports
With just over a month left until the men’s Big 12 Championship in Kansas City, conference games are about to take on a new meaning and intensity.

How the Buccaneers went from 7-9 to the Super Bowl in one year | SB Nation
It wasn’t just because of Tom Brady.

The Keys to Super Bowl LV | The Ringer
Tom Brady vs. Patrick Mahomes is a dream matchup come true, and on Sunday, they’re squaring off with a championship on the line. Here’s what both of their teams need to do to win.

LeBron James called NBA All-Star Game ‘a slap in the face.’ He’s right | SB Nation
After canceling All-Star festivities earlier this year because of the pandemic, the NBA is now hosting an All-Star Game no one wants in Atlanta.

‘The deal is done’ between AEW and New Japan | Cageside Seats
KENTA’s arrival means that AEW and NJPW now have a working relationship, but we’ll have to wait for the global pandemic to end before it can fully develop.

Country Music’s Morgan Wallen Reckoning | The Ringer
The biggest star in the genre was caught on tape using a racial slur this week. The backlash has been swift and severe, but what happens next?


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