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Football

Roster Review: Receivers

Nine different West Virginia wide receivers finished with 100 or more receiving yards in 2020 and a dozen caught at least one pass. Regardless of who was out on the field at the position, one thing seemed to stay consistent: there were dropped passes. They plagued the corps all season, so consistency was the top priority this spring.

Mountaineer Secondary to Enjoy Some Good Fortune in 2021

West Virginia has the good fortune of having Nicktroy Fortune back for his junior season at right cornerback this fall. The Roswell, Georgia, resident started all 10 games last year and has now played in 21 for his career heading into the 2021 season.

Games for Homecoming and Mountaineer Week announced

West Virginia has announced that the 2021 Homecoming football game will be on Saturday, October 2nd against Texas Tech and the Mountaineer Week game will be against Oklahoma State on November 6th.

WVU football officially adds new enrollees to roster

A group of nine Mountaineer football recruits have officially enrolled at WVU. The group includes Wyatt Milum, the top college prospect in West Virginia in his class.

OL Maurice Hamilton commits to WVU

Maurice Hamilton, a three-star offensive lineman from Cleveland, Ohio, has committed to West Virginia.

WVU football recruit Coleman wins NJCAA national title with Hutchinson Community College

A West Virginia football commit won the junior college national championship on Saturday. Defensive back Caleb Coleman and Hutchinson Community College defeated Snow College 29-27 to claim the NJCAA title.

Basketball

2 incoming WVU hoops freshmen arrive on campus

The West Virginia men’s basketball team is rolling out the carpet to welcome a pair of newcomers to campus. The program has announced that freshmen Kobe Johnson and Seth Wilson have arrived in Morgantown.

West Virginia Athletics

Twenty-one Mountaineer rowers named to Academic All-Big 12 teams

21 members of the West Virginia rowing team have been named to the 2021 Academic All-Big 12 Rowing Teams.

2021-22 Cheer Teams Announced

The West Virginia Spirit Program has announced the Gold and Blue Cheerleading Teams.

Orioles place former Mountaineer Means on 10-day injured list

Former Mountaineer and current Baltimore Orioles pitcher John Means has been placed on the 10-day injury list with a left shoulder strain.

Cashin named a 2021 Olympic Qualifier

Former West Virginia Track and Field athlete Amy Cashin is a 2021 Tokyo Olympic qualifier. Cashin shaved 15 seconds off of her personal best time in the 3,000-meter steeplechase run to qualify with the Australian national team.

Around the Big 12

Texas and Texas Tech Advance to NCAA Super Regionals

Texas and Texas Tech have punched tickets to the NCAA Championship Super Regionals. This is the third-consecutive tournament and fourth out of the last five with at least two Big 12 teams in the NCAA Championship Super Regionals.

2020-21 Big 12 Men’s Golf National Honors

Three Big 12 golfers made the PING All-America First Team. West Virginia’s Mark Goetz also made the Midwest All-Region Team.

Around the NCAA

Alabama Crimson Tide extend football coach Nick Saban’s deal through 2028 season

Nick Saban, who has led Alabama’s football program to six national championships, has been rewarded with a contract extension that will take him through the Crimson Tide’s 2028 season.

Marshall AD Mike Hamrick stepping down to take on new role at school

Marshall athletic director Mike Hamrick is stepping down at the end of the month to become special assistant to university president Jerome Gilbert for one year.

Sources: Aaron Rodgers not expected to join Green Bay Packers as mandatory minicamp begins Tuesday

Aaron Rodgers is not expected on the practice field when the Green Bay Packers open their minicamp Tuesday, making it the first mandatory offseason event that the quarterback will have skipped.

New York Knicks’ Tom Thibodeau named Coach of the Year for second time

For the second time in his career, and a decade apart, Tom Thibodeau was named the NBA’s Coach of the Year.

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