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The Charlotte Sports Foundation has announced that West Virginia will play Tennessee in the 2028 Duke’s Mayo Classic in Charlotte, North Carolina. This is the second regular season matchup in Charlotte between the Mountaineers and the Volunteers. The two teams played at Bank of America Stadium in September of 2018 in front of 66,793 fans, and WVU won the game 40-14. It was the first and only time the two schools have faced off on the gridiron. The Mountaineers will be designated as the home team for this game.
West Virginia football coach Neal Brown was a guest on “MetroNews Talkline” on Monday morning and said that spring practice had particularly great value considering his team missed all but two spring workouts last season due to the pandemic.
A visit with West Virginia’s Darius Stills highlights this episode of “Three Guys Before The Game.” The All-American joins the show to talk about his transition to professional football and predictions for next season’s Mountaineer football team.
The 2021 NFL Draft will begin tonight. Although West Virginia fans will probably not hear any names taken early in the first round, there is still a high likelihood that at least one Mountaineer will hear their name called this weekend.
Bits and pieces, notes and nuggets from a watch, and a couple of re-watches, of West Virginia’s Gold-Blue scrimmage and competitions.
West Virginia Athletics
Sophomore right-handed pitcher Jacob Watters of the West Virginia baseball team has been named to the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association’s Stopper of the Year Midseason Watch List. The Rocky Gap, Virginia, native is 3-0 with a 1.23 ERA in 11 appearances for the Mountaineers this season.
The West Virginia baseball team enters this weekend’s matchup against #5 TCU reeling, after losing four straight conference series. WVU has struggled since it began conference play in late March, as it has only won one series against a Big 12 opponent.
The West Virginia golf team finished ninth at the Big 12 Championship, matching its best finish in 2018. The Mountaineers shot +67, tying WVU’s best 72-hole total in the Big 12 Championship, also in 2018.
West Virginia men’s soccer coach Dan Stratford’s first season leading the Mountaineers was not a disappointment, as WVU came away with a 6-3-1 overall record, and a 4-3-1 Mid-American Conference record.
West Virginia Athletics is starting to hit the peak of its spring season as programs across the department embark on their postseasons. Here is what you may have missed and what to look out for this week.
Former West Virginia star Jevon Carter’s unwavering intensity has the Phoenix Suns playing some of their basketball of the season. In a recent five game stretch, Carter has averaged 12.4 points, 3.4 rebounds, 1.4 assists, while shooting 54.8% from the field and 48.5% from three-point range, in only 20.5 minutes per game.
Currently, there are 19 former West Virginia football players on NFL rosters. Before the 2021 NFL Draft selections are made this weekend, here is a look at where WVU is represented at the next level.
Around the Big 12
In a battle that came down to the final hole, Oklahoma State held off Oklahoma and Texas to capture its 11th Big 12 Men’s Golf Championship title and 56th conference crown overall. The Cowboys finished +9 at the 6,947-yard, par-70 Prairie Dunes Country Club to earn the Big 12’s automatic bid to the NCAA Division I Men’s Golf Championship.
The 2021 Big 12 Tennis Championship All-Tournament team has been announced. Baylor headlined the men’s team with five selections, while Texas led the women’s team with four.
Iowa State’s Roshon Roomes and Texas’ Tara Davis collected Big 12 Outdoor Track & Field Athlete of the Week accolades after their standout performances last week.
Texas has claimed the Big 12 Boat of the Week honor.
Around the NCAA
The NCAA’s first-time transfer exemption is now officially official. Following an announcement from the Division I Board of Directors, this rule, which allows student-athletes to compete immediately after their first transfer to another school, now applies to all athletes in all sports.
LSU is removing attendance limitations and its mask mandate for all outdoor athletic activities. That means that the Tigers could seat as many as 102,321 fans during home football games. Normal tailgating activities on campus were also cleared to resume.
Fully vaccinated SEC staff and players will no longer have to quarantine following an exposure to someone with COVID-19. The Sun Belt has also said that fully vaccinated people do not have to be in the testing protocol and are not subject to contact tracing.
The Marquette men’s basketball team has added former Oklahoma forward Kur Kuath to its roster. Kuath averaged 5.1 points, 3.8 rebounds, 1.5 blocks, and 17.1 minutes per game for the Sooners this past season.
The Carolina Panthers have traded quarterback Teddy Bridgewater to the Denver Broncos for a sixth-round pick in the 2021 NFL Draft.
All is well between the Seattle Seahawks and Russell Wilson. According to the team’s top two decision-makers, there was never any real thought to trading their franchise quarterback.
The Brooklyn Nets have clinched a playoff berth. They are the first Eastern Conference team to confirm a spot in the NBA’s postseason.
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