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Football

Major Harris’ No. 9 to be retired by West Virginia

One of the more popular and accomplished players in West Virginia football history, quarterback Major Harris, will have his #9 retired on November 6th when the Mountaineers host Oklahoma State.

Another Major Accomplishment for a Mountaineer Legend

Former Mountaineer legend Major Harris gave West Virginia fans some of their greatest football memories during his time as WVU’s quarterback. Now Major’s number will be retired by WVU and he will be honored for all of his accomplishments.

New diet helps Ford-Wheaton ‘feel better than ever’ ahead of junior season

Ahead of his junior season at West Virginia, Bryce Ford-Wheaton is following a strict diet, similar to what he saw from veteran Mountaineer wideouts in his days as a newcomer.

Basketball

Sean McNeil returning for final season at West Virginia

After learning that Miles “Deuce” McBride would remain an early entry in the NBA Draft, West Virginia received positive news when guard Sean McNeil officially announced his intention to return to WVU for a third and final season with the Mountaineers. McNeil was the team’s fourth-leading scorer last season with 12.2 points per game and made a team-high 69 three-pointers, while shooting nearly 39 percent beyond the arc.

West Virginia Athletics

WVU Athletics Facilities: An In-Depth Look

The first edition of the in-depth look at West Virginia’s athletics facilities will examine where those facilities were in 2012 during WVU’s first season of competition in the Big 12 and the many obstacles it had to overcome in trying to catch up to its peers.

WVU Athletics Facilities: An In-Depth Look, Part II

This edition of the in-depth look at West Virginia’s athletics facilities will detail all of the improvements that have taken place since WVU made the move to the Big 12 in 2012.

WVU Athletics Facilities: An In-Depth Look, Part III

The final edition of the in-depth look at West Virginia’s athletics facilities will take a peek into the future and examine what Shane Lyons envisions for WVU’s facilities and the need for continued support from Mountaineer Nation.

Morris Recognized as CoSIDA Academic All-American

Senior defender Kevin Morris of the West Virginia men’s soccer team has been named to the Academic All-America First Team, as selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America.

Brewster Garners Academic All-America Honors

Junior defender Jordan Brewster of the West Virginia women’s soccer team has been named to the 2020-21 Academic All-America Third Team, as selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America.

Mountaineer Rookies Honored by Big 12

63 West Virginia freshmen student-athletes were named to the 2020-21 Academic All-Big 12 Rookie Team.

Manoah breaks two franchise records on Friday night

Former West Virginia pitcher Alek Manoah set two franchise records for the Toronto Blue Jays last week. The records included striking out seven consecutive batters and throwing the most strikes through seven straight starts with 43.

Best Virginia gearing up for start of TBT

Best Virginia is preparing play in The Basketball Tournament (TBT), with the West Virginia alumni team facing WoCo Showtime, a squad comprised largely of Wofford alums. Best Virginia’s official roster lists guards Chase Harler, Alex Ruoff, Juwan Staten, Jaysean Paige, Tarik Phillip, and Teyvon Myers, along with forwards Nathan Adrian, Jonathan Holton, John Flowers, Kevin Jones, Sagaba Konate, and center Logan Routt.

Around the Big 12

Kansas Jayhawks’ Jalen Wilson withdraws from NBA draft

Jalen Wilson withdrew from the NBA Draft on Friday and announced that he would return to Kansas for his sophomore season, providing more experience on the wing for a rebuilt team that should begin among the top five in the nation.

Oklahoma Sooners land No. 25-ranked prospect Derrick Moore, two DBs

Oklahoma had some recruiting fireworks on the Fourth of July, getting commitments from three prospects, led by defensive lineman Derrick Moore. Moore is the fourth-ranked defensive end the #25-ranked prospect overall.

Around the NCAA

Ohio State Buckeyes power forward E.J. Liddell withdraws from NBA draft to return for junior season

Ohio State power forward E.J. Liddell has announced that he will withdraw from the NBA Draft and return to school. Liddell was named First Team All-Big Ten after a breakout season in which he averaged 16.2 points and 6.7 rebounds per game.

J.T. Tuimoloau, No. 4-ranked prospect in 2021 class, commits to Ohio State Buckeyes

Ohio State got a late addition to its 2021 recruiting class on Sunday when five-star defensive lineman J.T. Tuimoloau committed to the Buckeyes.

NBA Finals preview capsule: Breaking down Suns vs. Bucks

The NBA Finals will start on Tuesday when the second-seeded Phoenix Suns host the third-seeded Milwaukee Bucks. Milwaukee is seeking its first NBA title in 50 years, and Phoenix is seeking its first in franchise history.

QB Trevor Lawrence signs $36.8 million rookie contract with Jacksonville Jaguars

Jacksonville Jaguars quarterback and #1 overall pick Trevor Lawrence has signed a four-year rookie contract, clearing the way for him to attend the start of training camp in three weeks.

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