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With the upcoming West Virginia football spring game scheduled for Saturday, fans are beginning to create expectations for the Gold-Blue game and the 2021 college football season. Some of the key things to watch for on Saturday include the potential quarterback battle between Jarret Doege and Garrett Greene, how the defensive line is adjusting without Darius Stills, the offensive line’s development, and how the defense looks without some of last year’s other key players.
The West Virginia football team entered the spring without many questions on who would be taking first-team reps at quarterback. Jarret Doege spent the 2020 season as the full-time starter after earning three starts in 2019 in place of Austin Kendall, and he is back again in 2021. Despite the questionable ending to his season, Doege has been named one of the most improved players this spring by head coach Neal Brown.
After a one-year hiatus due to COVID-19, West Virginia will hold its annual Gold-Blue Spring Football Game on Saturday at 1 p.m. in Morgantown. The stadium will operate at approximately 25% capacity. Tickets for the game are still available for just $10 each. The game will also be streamed on Big 12 Now on ESPN+.
West Virginia football coach Neal Brown has announced that Charles Woods, a redshirt junior defensive back from Dallas, Texas, has signed a grant-in-aid and will transfer to WVU from Illinois State. Woods will have two years of eligibility remaining to play during a three-year period.
West Virginia safeties coach Dontae Wright thinks that freshman Davis Mallinger is going to surprise people on special teams this season.
West Virginia men’s basketball coach Bob Huggins sure is taking advantage of the transfer portal this offseason. WVU landed its third transfer commitment on Wednesday when former DePaul forward Pauly Paulicap announced his intention to join the Mountaineers. Paulicap joins the Mountaineers with four years of Division I basketball experience, three with Manhattan and one with DePaul.
Charlie Huggins, the father of West Virginia men’s basketball coach Bob Huggins, has passed away. The legendary high school basketball coach was a three-time state champion in Ohio. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the entire Huggins family.
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The West Virginia baseball team has lost three straight Big 12 series and is set to face the Kansas State Wildcats in a three-game series starting on Friday in Manhattan, Kansas. WVU has yet to get in a rhythm since starting conference play, as it has gone 3-7 in its last 10 games for a 5-7 Big 12 record. The Mountaineers are currently 14-16 overall.
The West Virginia baseball team has added a home game against in-state foe Marshall on Tuesday, May 11th, at Monongalia County Ballpark in Morgantown. Overall, WVU leads the all-time series, 49-25, including two wins earlier this season to give the Mountaineers 10 wins in the last 12 meetings with the Thundering Herd.
Olympic sports at West Virginia are starting to wrap up for the spring, but they are not done yet. Here is what you might have missed last week and what to look out for this week.
Around the Big 12
Texas is planning for 100% capacity at DKR-Texas Memorial Stadium this football season. Texas limited its football attendance to 25% for the 2020 season because of the pandemic. Alabama, Clemson, and Oklahoma have also said that they want to open their stadiums 100% this fall.
Oklahoma Athletics Director, Joe Castiglione, announced Friday that OU is planning on filling the Gaylord Family-Oklahoma Memorial Stadium to its full capacity this football season.
TCU men’s tennis player Juan Martin has been issued a public reprimand for his conduct during Friday’s match at Texas Tech. The reprimand is in addition to a two-match suspension levied by TCU in response to Martin spitting on a Red Raider fan while leaving the court.
Around the NCAA
A decade into his coaching career, former West Virginia point guard Darris Nichols is headed back to his hometown. Nichols was introduced on Wednesday as the new head coach at Radford. Nichols has been an assistant coach with the Florida Gators since 2015. He has also coached at Louisiana Tech, Wofford, Northern Kentucky, and WVU.
Florida forward Keyontae Johnson, who was hospitalized after collapsing during a game in December, has announced that he is waiting for medical clearance to return to the team for next season. Johnson said that he has been progressing, and his family has said that his collapse was unrelated to COVID-19.
Indiana and Notre Dame have scheduled a home-and-home series in football for 2030 and 2031, marking the first time the in-state teams will meet since 1991.
A college football supporter sees eerie parallels between the failed Super League and recent football conference realignment.
Jedd Gyorko played his high school and college baseball in the city of Morgantown and returned to Mon County in the offseason throughout his 11-year professional career. Gyorko decided to stay home after an eight-year run in Major League Baseball. Last week, the former WVU infielder was named the fifth manager of the West Virginia Black Bears.
NFL owners approved a series of new rules on Wednesday for the 2021 season, including one that will expand the influence of replay officials amid ongoing demands from coaches for more oversight of game-day officials.
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