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Sporting News recently revealed its Preseason Top 25 Quarterbacks for 2021 and West Virginia’s Jarret Doege made the list at #23. Doege finished last year’s abbreviated season ranked 16th in passing yardage with 2,587 and 23rd in yards per game with 258.7, while leading the Mountaineers to a 6-4 record.
West Virginia lost its leading tackler from a year ago to the NFL, linebacker Tony Fields. The good news for the Mountaineers is that they have a very capable player taking over Fields’ role in Josh Chandler-Semedo. WVU currently has six linebackers on its roster, only two, including Chandler-Semedo, are veterans with starting experience.
The West Virginia football program has announced that Tony Thompson will join the staff as a special teams analyst.
The Big 12 Conference and West Virginia have announced the 2021 women’s soccer conference schedule. WVU’s nonconference schedule will be announced at a later date.
West Virginia’s Miles “Deuce” McBride recently participated in a pre-draft workout for the Boston Celtics. Former star WVU guard Joe Mazzulla currently works as an assistant coach for the Celtics and was recently interviewed for the team’s head coaching vacancy after Brad Stevens moved to the front office as director of basketball operations.
Former Mountaineer forward Derek Culver has completed a pre-draft workout with the Cleveland Cavaliers. Culver earned All-Big 12 First Team status last season after averaging 14.3 points and 9.4 rebounds per game. He ranked second in scoring and first in rebounding for WVU.
Best Virginia and Herd That, the West Virginia and Marshall men’s basketball alumni teams, have been drawn into the same half of the bracket of the West Virginia Regional for The Basketball Tournament (TBT). 16 teams will compete at the Charleston Coliseum and Convention Center from July 17th to July 21st.
Second-seeded Best Virginia will officially tip off TBT 2021 against WoCo Showtime, a Wofford alumni team, on July 17th at 2 p.m. ET on ESPN.
It was a tough day out on the diamond for former West Virginia pitcher Alek Manoah. The Blue Jays starter allowed four home runs before being tossed in game two of the series against the Baltimore Orioles.
Around the Big 12
Baylor forward Matthew Mayer will withdraw from the NBA Draft and return to school. Mayer averaged 8.0 points, 3.7 rebounds, and 1.2 steals in 16 minutes per game for the Bears, who won the national championship in April.
Around the NCAA
In a ruling that could help push changes in college athletics, the Supreme Court unanimously sided with a group of former college athletes in a dispute with the NCAA over rules limiting certain compensation.
College sports’ most powerful conference commissioners appear to be divided on the best way to move forward with name, image and likeness rule changes as the industry enters a crucial 10-day period for defining the future parameters for amateurism in the NCAA.
Trae Young made a late three-pointer and scored 21 points to help the Atlanta Hawks win for the third time in the series in Philadelphia, a 103-96 victory over the top-seeded 76ers on Sunday night in Game 7.
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