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Football

Explosive plays, improved red zone and third down execution key for West Virginia’s offense

For West Virginia to rise to the upper tier of the Big 12 Conference in 2021, it will have to improve offensively, which starts with producing more big plays. And with the concerted effort for WVU to increase explosive plays, better red zone and third down execution is also imperative to the offensive success.

The WVU Seeker - New Technology Introduced for On-Field Player Development

New technology is being used by the West Virginia football program this summer. The WVU Seeker is the world’s first robotic quarterback that provides unlimited practice opportunities and can be calibrated to pass, punt, or kickoff to any part of the field.

West Virginia Athletics

2021 WVU women’s soccer nonconference slate announced

West Virginia has announced the 2021 women’s soccer nonconference schedule. The nine nonconference matches include home games against Virginia, Penn State, Georgetown, Duquesne, Kent State, Buffalo, and Saint Francis, many of which will be streamed on Big 12 Now on ESPN+.

From WVU to the Black Bears, Mountaineer ballplayers get taste of minors

Four Mountaineer baseball players have spent the summer with the West Virginia Black Bears in the MLB Draft League, a showcase league constructed to give exposure for college baseball players to professional scouts.

Pitcher Zach Ottinger to return to WVU baseball

After four Mountaineer pitchers got the call from the pros, one is coming back to Morgantown. Zach Ottinger has announced that he will return to West Virginia for his senior season after going undrafted in the 2021 MLB Draft.

Mountaineers again earn ITA academic honors

The West Virginia women’s tennis team has been named an Intercollegiate Tennis Association All-Academic Team for the eighth consecutive year.

Padres lock in on WVU arms, select Bergert in sixth round

West Virginia pitcher Ryan Bergert was selected by San Diego in the sixth round of the 2021 MLB Draft at #190 overall. That pick slot is valued at approximately $250,100. Bergert joins fellow Mountaineer Jackson Wolf, who was drafted by the Padres with the 129th pick.

Dodgers select Madison Jeffrey in 15th round of MLB Draft

West Virginia reliever Madison Jeffrey was the third Mountaineer drafted in the 2021 MLB Draft after being selected by the Los Angeles Dodgers in the 15th round. The right-hander had been on professional radars all year, speaking to scouts as early as this past fall.

Dodgers double up, select Tulloch in 17th round

Like the San Diego Padres, the Los Angeles Dodgers drafted two Mountaineers in the 2021 MLB Draft. LA selected WVU pitcher Adam Tulloch in the 17th round.

Around the Big 12

Big 12 Boss Bowlsby in Favor of 12-Team College Football Playoff

Big 12 commissioner Bob Bowlsby is reasonably confident that the conference will always have at least one school in the mix if the College Football Playoff is expanded to 12 teams.

Big 12 Media Days: Here’s what to expect

The unofficial start to the college football preseason is upon us, as the Big 12 Conference has started its annual media days, hoping to set up the storylines for the upcoming 2021 season.

38 Big 12 Players Selected in 2021 MLB Draft

A total of 38 Big 12 players were drafted in 20 rounds of the 2021 MLB Draft, which is a conference record.

Around the NCAA

Clemson makes DC Brent Venables the highest-paid assistant in college football

Defensive coordinator Brent Venables became the highest-paid assistant football coach in the country when Clemson approved a contract extension that will pay him $2.5 million per year through 2026.

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