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West Virginia’s Alonzo Addae started 10 games last year at free safety and finished second on the team with 66 total tackles, while his 6.6 tackles-per-game average ranked 12th in the Big 12. Now Addae is one of the older players on a Mountaineer defense and the team will need him to step up as a leader.
When Alonzo Addae joined the Mountaineers in 2019, his older cousin Jahmile Addae was on the defensive staff. Although Jahmile is now coaching at Georgia, Alonzo still has someone he considers family on the team and that is WVU’s new linebacker Deshawn Stevens.
Former Mountaineer Osman Kamara has joined the West Virginia football program’s administrative staff as the assistant director of player relations/transition coordinator.
West Virginia head football coach Neal Brown has announced that David Faulkner has joined the Mountaineer coaching staff as the special assistant to the head coach.
West Virginia senior safety Sean Mahone has been named Academic All-America second team presented by the College Sports Information Directors of America.
West Virginia men’s basketball coach Bob Huggins has seen quite a bit of changes since his college basketball coaching career began in 1981. One of the biggest changes Huggins is now facing is the mentality of young players transferring when things don’t go their way and the dwindling attitude of winning games for the fans and the team.
While West Virginia’s men’s basketball alumni team rolled by Southern Elite in Beckley, Friday’s game against the Underground Kings played out in far different fashion. Underground Kings jumped out to an 11-0 lead and led by eight points after the first quarter, before Best Virginia’s defense turned the game in its favor, allowing it to pull away for a 77-63 victory.
Former West Virginia pitcher Alek Manoah started in his eighth game for the Blue Jays on Friday against the Tampa Bay Rays. The Toronto rookie struck out nine batters and only gave up three hits in 3.2 innings. He now has a total of 52 strikeouts in 40.1 innings pitched this season, with an ERA of 2.9.
Former West Virginia women’s basketball player Bria Holmes has started in five of 17 games for the Los Angeles Sparks this season and is currently averaging 4.9 points and 2.8 rebounds per game. Former Mountaineer Kysre Gondrezick is averaging 1.9 points per game for the Indiana Fever.
Sophomore Nicole Payne of the West Virginia women’s soccer team has been invited to join the Nigeria Women’s National Team when it participates in a World Cup qualifier training camp.
Around the Big 12
A former Kansas football player says the university offered him more than $50,000 in benefits if he left the program and stayed quiet about harassment he experienced from four other players on the team.
The Oklahoma football team was chosen to win the conference title in the Big 12 Football Preseason Poll for the sixth straight year.
Kansas State’s Jordan Wicks and Texas’ Ty Madden were taken in the opening round of the 2021 MLB Draft.
Around the NCAA
Former LSU left tackle Dare Rosenthal has announced that he will transfer to play football at Kentucky.
Alabama beat Clemson on the recruiting trail for five-star defensive end Jeremiah Alexander.
Former Georgia receiver Demetris Robertson has announced that he will transfer to Auburn.
Giannis Antetokounmpo led the Bucks with 41 points and 13 rebounds in Milwaukee’s 120-100 win over the Phoenix Suns in Game 3 of the NBA Finals. Antetokounmpo’s back-to-back 40-point, 10-rebound games put him with Shaquille O’Neal as the only two players in NBA history to achieve that stat line in The Finals.
The Stanley Cup was dented during the Tampa Bay Lightning’s championship celebration.
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