Charleston Daily Mail | Mike Casazza: WVU figures out financials as NCAA figures out its future

Even in the presence of swirling story lines that seem destined to forever change the relationships between colleges and student-athletes, there remains some static at West Virginia University. More than two years ago, the athletic department began making budgetary plans to accommodate a $2,000 stipend for those on scholarship. The Mountaineers never stopped running the numbers.

As the NCAA’s plan went back them, that extra bit of money would account for the difference between what a scholarship provides and the true value of what it costs a student-athlete to live on campus. It was forward thinking encouraged by the NCAA’s then-bold move in October 2011 to allow the stipend. Before that Christmas, 160 schools voted to override the legislation, which was the first of a few defeats for the proposal.

The Mountaineers, though, were preparing for what they believed was inevitable, and they’ve revisited the topic again. It’d be silly not to because every available indication suggests anything or everything beneath the NCAA umbrella could change, whether it’s letting student-athletes form unions or treating those on scholarship as employees.

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The Charleston Gazette | Holgorsen: Graduate transfer rule may be on the way out

Dana Holgorsen seems to be a fan of the NCAA’s graduate transfer rule, perhaps because in his limited experience with it at West Virginia he’s always been on the receiving end and not the giving side.

He wonders, however, how long the rule will remain in place. As more and more players elect to take advantage of it, the noise from those coaches and schools that have lost players grows. And when noise grows, it can often result in new legislation.

“I think that’s becoming more and more popular. I don’t know if the NCAA is going to address it or not,’’ the West Virginia coach said Tuesday on the Big 12’s annual post-spring practice teleconference. “It’s a topic of discussion that I think the NCAA probably needs to get a handle on.’’

via The Charleston Gazette | Holgorsen: Graduate transfer rule may be on the way out.

Baseball Routs Maryland at Hawley Field – WVU Athletics

The offense had 16 hits and sophomore left-hander Ross Vance struck out six as the WVU baseball team routed Maryland, 14-2, on Tuesday evening at Hawley Field.

Eight different Mountaineer batters scored at least one run and seven had multi-hit games as WVU improved to 20-16 overall. Maryland dropped to 24-15, finishing with seven hits.

via Baseball Routs Maryland at Hawley Field – WVU Athletics.

Holgorsen Big 12 Teleconference Remarks – WVU Athletics

West Virginia coach Dana Holgorsen's Tuesday morning comments on the Big 12 Conference football coaches' teleconference to wrap up spring practice.

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Tennis Places Four on Academic First Team – WVU Athletics

The West Virginia University tennis team had four members named to the 2014 Academic All-Big 12 First Team, announced by the conference office today.

Sophomores Hailey Barrett, Irinka Toidze and Vivian Tsui, along with junior Ikttesh Chahal, were named to the team.

Last season, Chahal, an exercise physiology major, was one of two Mountaineers named to the first team.

First-team members consist of those who have maintained a 3.20 or better grade point average (GPA), while second-team selections hold a 3.00 to 3.19 GPA.

To qualify, student-athletes must maintain a 3.00 GPA or higher, either cumulative or the two previous semesters, and must have participated in 60 percent of their team’s scheduled contests. Freshmen and transfers are not eligible in their first year of academic residence. Senior student-athletes who have participated for a minimum of two years and meet all the criteria except percent of participation are also eligible.

via Tennis Places Four on Academic First Team – WVU Athletics.

WVU Baseball Confident Heading into Showdown with Marshall

West Virginia had no issues getting runs across the plate Tuesday night at Hawley Field as the Mountaineers hammered the visiting Maryland Terrapins 14-2.

The run total in the past two games for WVU is up 23 and for a team that had once struggle to hits into men crossing home plate, it’s a positive sign for the direction Randy Mazey’s squad is heading.

 Offense is contagious and when one guy sees another guy get a swing off, it kind of filters its way through the dug out,” Mazey said after Tuesday’s win over Maryland. “Everybody right now is going up there with the intention of really getting their swing off and getting a good pitch to hit. That’s been our hitting philosophy all along, it’s just now starting to come to fruition.”

West Virginia now sports a 20-16 record with four games remaining in its current homestand. Next up, a quick turnaround to host Marshall Wednesday night at 6 p.m.

via WVU Baseball Confident Heading into Showdown with Marshall – WVU Football, WVU Basketball, News – Mountaineer Sports.

VIDEO INTERVIEWS: WVU Routs Maryland at Hawley Field

The offense had 16 hits and sophomore left-hander Ross Vance struck out six as the WVU baseball team routed Maryland, 14-2, on Tuesday evening at Hawley Field. Eight different Mountaineer batters scored at least one run and seven had multi-hit games as WVU improved to 20-16 overall. Maryland dropped to 24-15, finishing with seven hits.

“Offense is contagious and when one guy sees another guy get his swing off and drive the ball, it filters its way through the dugout,” coach Randy Mazey says. “Everybody is going up right now with the intention of getting their swing off and getting a good pitch to hit. That’s been our hitting philosophy all along, it’s just now starting to come to fruition.”

via VIDEO INTERVIEWS: WVU Routs Maryland at Hawley Field – WVU Football, WVU Basketball, News – Mountaineer Sports.

WVU’s Garrison Motivated to Return to Old Form

Dustin Garrison is no stranger to a competitive backfield. It has defined his career at West Virginia University, whether it was his freshman season or now as he prepares to take the field as a redshirt junior.

The faces and the abilities may have changed since 2011, but Garrison has been a constant. He has been a back-up, a starter, a record-breaker, a frequent visitor to the training room, a spectator and now he returns to his role as a back-up with a clean bill of health.

To call it a roller coaster would be cliché, but it would also be accurate.

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WV MetroNews – Despite reports of flipping to Alabama, 4-star Durante still committed to WVU

West Virginia four-star commitment Jovon Durante endured an interesting Easter weekend, reportedly flipping to Alabama and then refuting those reports as inaccurate.

AL.com reported that Durante—a Miami-area receiver who pledged to WVU last July—was among five high-profile 2015 recruits who committed to the Crimson Tide following Saturday’s A-Day spring game. But Durante subsequently denied those reports, though he was on campus in Tuscaloosa and reportedly maintains an interest in Alabama.

via WV MetroNews – Despite reports of flipping to Alabama, 4-star Durante still committed to WVU.

WV MetroNews – WVU batters Terps 14-2 for biggest blowout since 2011

Solid in his second straight midweek start, Ross Vance appears to have pitched himself into West Virginia’s weekend rotation.

Vance fired six innings of three-hit ball and leadoff batter Bobby Boyd hit his first homer in exactly two years as the Mountaineers pummeled Maryland 14-2 on Tuesday night at Hawley.

West Virginia (20-16), which won for the fourth time in five games, racked up 16 hits while posting its largest margin of victory since a 20-6 win over Eastern Michigan on March 22, 2011. Enjoying a blowout was an unexpected luxury against the Terrapins (24-15), who entered the day at No. 19 in the RPI.

via WV MetroNews – WVU batters Terps 14-2 for biggest blowout since 2011.

Charleston Daily Mail | WVU basketball: Second warrant issued for signee Phillip

A spokesperson at the Mecklenberg County (N.C.) Sheriff’s Office told the Charleston Daily Mail on Monday that a second warrant previously was issued for the arrest of West Virginia basketball signee Tarik Phillip.

Phillip now faces two charges for failing to appear at separate court dates for alleged offenses while he attended Queen City Prep, in Charlotte, N.C., for the 2011-12 season.

He’s since attended a pair of junior colleges and last week signed with the Mountaineers as part of the incoming recruiting class.

Phillip, 20, was an honorable mention All-American and his conference’s player and freshman of the year this past season.

via Charleston Daily Mail | WVU basketball: Second warrant issued for signee Phillip.

Charleston Daily Mail | Chuck McGill: Peeking at WVU, MU spring football

There’s little reason to believe West Virginia and Marshall will get on the same football field anytime soon, so let’s tackle the state’s only two Division I programs in one column and empty the spring notebook.

First, what’s up with those little red silicone bracelets the Mountaineers’ coaching staff debuted during spring drills? Fourth-year coach Dana Holgorsen wore one on his right arm during the Gold-Blue spring game April 12. The assistants sport them, too. The acronym “WTF” is in white lettering on the bracelet.

It doesn’t mean what one might think.

“It’s win, trust, finish,” said JaJuan Seider, WVU’s running backs coach.

Whew, OK.

via Charleston Daily Mail | Chuck McGill: Peeking at WVU, MU spring football.

The Charleston Gazette | Dave Hickman: Catering to fans; Phillip’s issues

Cleaning out a crowded notebook and a cluttered mind:

In case you hadn’t noticed, there seems to be a changing attitude within West Virginia University’s athletic department.

It’s not all that subtle, either.

Call it an attempt to reconnect with the fan base if you will. WVU officials insist it isn’t some concerted effort, but still the signs are everywhere.

via The Charleston Gazette | Dave Hickman: Catering to fans; Phillip’s issues.

WVU Hosts Maryland and Marshall at Hawley Field – WVU Athletics

The WVU baseball team will begin a five-game week by hosting Maryland on Tuesday at Hawley Field for a 6 p.m. first pitch. The Mountaineers will then play Marshall on Wednesday at 6 p.m.

WVU (19-16, 4-7 Big 12) is coming off a weekend in which it went 2-1 at Oklahoma. The Mountaineers batted .333 as a team, led by senior left fielder Jacob Rice, who hit .533 (8-for-15) with four runs, two doubles, four RBIs and two stolen bases. Junior center fielder Bobby Boyd hit .500 (9-for-18) with two runs, one double and one stolen base.

Boyd leads the team overall at a .380 batting average. He also leads the team with 15 stolen bases, while senior first baseman Ryan McBroom is hitting .331 with seven doubles, six home runs and 36 RBIs.

Sophomore left-hander Ross Vance (1-0) will get the start against Maryland after pitching a complete game last Tuesday against Ohio State, striking out 14. Vance allowed one run on eight hits with two walks.

Wednesday’s starter has not been decided.

via WVU Hosts Maryland and Marshall at Hawley Field – WVU Athletics.

Rice Named Big 12 Co-Player of the Week – WVU Athletics

Senior outfielder Jacob Rice has been named the Big 12 Co-Player of the Week for his performances last week against Ohio State and Oklahoma.

Rice batted .533 (8-for-15) with four runs, two doubles, four RBIs and two stolen bases in the four games last week, leading WVU to a 3-1 record. Rice had three multi-hit games, including a three-hit performance on Saturday against Oklahoma with one run and one RBI.

TCU’s Garrett Crain also earned co-player of the week honors.

Rice and the Mountaineers (19-16, 4-7 Big 12) return to action tomorrow, at 6 p.m., at Hawley Field against Maryland.

via Rice Named Big 12 Co-Player of the Week – WVU Athletics.

Volleyball Tallies Two Wins to End Spring – WVU Athletics

The West Virginia volleyball team competed in its final tournament of the spring season this past weekend at George Washington University in Washington, D.C.

“This weekend was a great test for us. We played four teams with very different styles of play, which tested our defense at times,” says coach Jill Kramer. “It showed us some areas where we've grown, and where we still need improvement. We played very well offensively and have continued to gain rhythm in some new set plays we've been working on.”   

The Mountaineers finished the weekend with two wins, one tie and one defeat. WVU defeated George Mason and Howard, split its two sets with George Washington and fell to American.

American finished last season with 34 wins, including an appearance in the NCAA tournament third round.

via Volleyball Tallies Two Wins to End Spring – WVU Athletics.

Fan Experience Committee Forming – WVU Athletics

The West Virginia University Department of Intercollegiate Athletics is forming a fan experience committee to discuss the needs of Mountaineer fans with the hopes of enhancing the fan experience at its events.

This is a great opportunity for Mountaineer fans to have their voices heard. The Mountaineer Fan Experience Committee is established for fans to provide valuable input to the athletic department on various topics.

The committee will be comprised of 12-15 members including, fans, faculty and students, season ticket holders, corporate partners and University administration. The group will meet on Saturday, May 3 and Saturday, June 21, in Morgantown.

Topics of discussion will include pregame activities, tailgating, in-game activities, season ticket holder benefits, student engagement and concession items.

via Fan Experience Committee Forming – WVU Athletics.

Former Mountaineers Make Mark in WVU Practice

The annual spring game at West Virginia University is not only a chance for fans to get a look at the team that will take the field in the fall, it’s also a who’s who of former Mountaineer stars.

Distinguished football alumni return for the Gold-Blue Game each year to roam around their old stomping ground, reunite with past teammates and reconnect with their university.

This year, head coach Dana Holgorsen had another request of them. He reached out to some Mountaineers who are currently playing professional football and asked them to come be around the squad during their Thursday practice just two days before the spring game.

via Former Mountaineers Make Mark in WVU Practice – WVU Football, WVU Basketball, News – Mountaineer Sports.

WV MetroNews – Offensive line: Are Mountaineers vulnerable up front?

Today continues a position-by-position examination of where the West Virginia football team stands after spring practice.

The eight-day video series scours the two-deep as the Mountaineers glimpse ahead to the 2014 season, Dana Holgorsen’s fourth at the helm.

via WV MetroNews – Offensive line: Are Mountaineers vulnerable up front?.

The Charleston Gazette | Arrest warrant out for latest signee Phillip

Apparently West Virginia’s newest basketball signee comes with a bit of legal baggage.

Tarik Phillip, the junior college guard who signed a letter of intent with WVU last week, has a warrant out for his arrest after not appearing for a case in North Carolina more than two years ago. He was arrested in February of 2012 on a charged of larceny from a person, allegedly for taking an iPhone.

The case is listed as “closed/cleared” by police in Gaston County, N.C., but when contacted by the Dominion-Post of Morgantown officials in magistrate’s court there said no verdict had ever been reached and that there was an order out for Phillip’s arrest for failure to appear.

They also called the charge “a low-class felony.’’

via The Charleston Gazette | Arrest warrant out for latest signee Phillip.