Charleston Daily Mail | WVU FOOTBALL: Healthy, comfortable Trickett begins camp as starter

West Virginia took care of the biggest piece of offseason business June 24, long before the Mountaineers started preseason practice Thursday at Mountaineer Field. Clint Trickett was named the starting quarterback despite missing spring football and watching Paul Millard, Skyler Howard and Logan Moore attempt to distinguish themselves in his absence.

Never, though, did one of them do enough to keep Dana Holgorsen from pulling the trigger from a distance. While Holgorsen never saw Trickett play in the 15 spring practices, he saw a scenario in which a healthy Trickett was the best option for an offense that needed a figurehead.

Holgorsen just needed a healthy Trickett following surgery in January to repair damage done to the AC joint, labrum and rotator cuff in his right/throwing shoulder. The fifth-year senior was given the green light just before Holgorsen named him the starter and Trickett took it from there during workouts. He began his second season with the Mountaineers as the unquestioned leader throwing crisp passes in easy drills Thursday.

via Charleston Daily Mail | WVU FOOTBALL: Healthy, comfortable Trickett begins camp as starter.

The Charleston Gazette | Few surprises as WVU football practice begins

West Virginia officially held its first practice of the preseason Thursday afternoon, and for the most part there were no big surprises.

In other words, almost everyone who was supposed to be there was there, and just about everything that can be accomplished in a non-padded practice was realized.

“I thought we had a good first day,’’ coach Dana Holgorsen said. “But everybody in the country has a good first day.’’

There are some personnel issues, although nothing that can’t be overcome. Perhaps the most significant is that redshirt freshman inside receiver Jacky Marcellus is out for the season with a knee injury.

via The Charleston Gazette | Few surprises as WVU football practice begins.

Watch Holgorsen Media Conference: Practice No. 1 – WVU Athletics

Coach Dana Holgorsen addresses the media following practice No. 1 on Thursday, July 31.

via Watch Holgorsen Media Conference: Practice No. 1 – WVU Athletics.

Watch Football Practice Sights and Sounds – WVU Athletics

Sights and sounds from West Virginia's first day of football camp inside Milan Puskar Stadium. The Mountaineers open the 2014 season in Atlanta against No. 2-ranked Alabama on Saturday, August 30. For season tickets contact the Mountaineer Ticket Office toll-free at 1-800-WVU GAME or by logging on to http://www.WVUGAME.com.

via Watch Football Practice Sights and Sounds – WVU Athletics.

MBB Non-Conference Schedule Announced – WVU Athletics

West Virginia University Director of Athletics Oliver Luck has announced the 2014-15 men’s basketball non-conference schedule.

The Mountaineers will play 13 non-conference contests, including home games against LSU, Virginia Tech, Monmouth, Lafayette, College of Charleston and Wofford.

WVU will open the regular season at home with a pair of games at the Coliseum: Friday, Nov. 14 vs. Monmouth and Sunday, Nov. 16 vs. Lafayette. The Mountaineers will return to Madison Square Garden to participate in the Gotham Classic against NC State. WVU will play three games in San Juan, Puerto Rico, at the Puerto Rico Tip-Off. The brackets have not been announced, but the field will feature Boston College, College of Charleston, Connecticut, Dayton, George Mason, New Mexico, Texas A&M and WVU.

The Mountaineers will play two more neutral site games in Charleston against Marshall and VMI. WVU will play a road game at Northern Kentucky on Sunday, Dec. 7.

West Virginia will play one exhibition game against Shepherd on Sunday, Nov. 9.

via MBB Non-Conference Schedule Announced – WVU Athletics.

Quick Hits: WVU Football Opens Fall Camp in Morgantown

The West Virginia University football team kicked off the opening day of Fall Camp on Thursday, surrounded by blue skies and a group of Mountaineers with something to prove.

Here are some of the biggest takeaways from day one of camp:

via Quick Hits: WVU Football Opens Fall Camp in Morgantown – WVU Football, WVU Basketball, News – Mountaineer Sports.

WV MetroNews – WATCH: Holgorsen kicks off preseason camp

Dana Holgorsen answered questions regarding injuries, attrition and early standouts on Thursday night following the first practice of West Virginia’s preseason camp.

via WV MetroNews – WATCH: Holgorsen kicks off preseason camp.

WV MetroNews – In & Out: Smallwood back in the fold as Marcellus lost for season

While West Virginia coach Dana Holgorsen spotted abundant reasons for optimism Thursday, the first day of preseason camp also revealed a nugget of severe injury news.

Redshirt freshman Jacky Marcellus, projected to be a versatile component at slot receiver, will miss the season after undergoing knee surgery.

“He’s out until January,” Holgorsen said.

The 5-foot-8, 175-pound Marcellus was featured on Jet sweeps, reverses and quick screens during the spring, as coaches sought to utilize his quick-twitch elusiveness. While the injury discards an offensive weapon, Holgorsen said West Virginia’s inside receiver depth remains better than at any point during his previous three seasons. That’s saying something considering Tavon Austin was here for two of those seasons.

via WV MetroNews – In & Out: Smallwood back in the fold as Marcellus lost for season.

Fueling the Mountaineers – WVU Athletics

On Aug. 1 the NCAA is deregulating the rules that have previously been in place regarding student athlete meals. With the passing of this legislation, student-athletes around the country will be allowed to receive unlimited meals and snacks incidental to their athletic participation. Some may think that this came in response to Shabazz Napier, men’s basketball player from the University of Connecticut, who said during an interview following UConn’s national championship that he “goes to bed hungry”, however this has been a topic of discussion for many years.

I expect many factors will influence the decisions being made from various institutions to address the nutritional needs of their student-athletes.

What do these changes mean for our student-athletes on campus?

via Fueling the Mountaineers – WVU Athletics.

WV MetroNews – After 2 weekend commitments, Mountaineers’ 2015 class ranked 26th

Following weekend commitments from Martinsburg safety Deamonte Lindsay and offensive guard Jah’shaun Seider of Glades Central, Fla., West Virginia’s 2015 recruiting class ranks 26th nationally, according to Rivals.com.

With 16 nonbinding pledges, the Mountaineers hope they’re building toward one of the top-rated recruiting classes in program history. They currently own the No. 2 class in the Big 12—one notch behind No. 25 Texas and one spot ahead of No. 27 TCU—though it’s a long way until national signing day in February.

West Virginia seemed to be the obvious frontrunner for the three-star Seider, who’s the brother of WVU running backs coach JaJuan Seider. Yet scholarship offers from LSU, Louisville and Ole Miss gave the 6-foot-2, 287-pound Seider plenty of options. He also is bein recruited by Minnesota, South Florida, Illinois, Marshall, Cincinnati and others.

via WV MetroNews – After 2 weekend commitments, Mountaineers’ 2015 class ranked 26th.

Charleston Daily Mail | Judge denies request to void WVU, IMG contract

A state judge has denied a West Virginia Radio Corp. request to throw out the media rights contract between West Virginia University and its multimedia partner IMG College.

Business Court Division Judge Thomas Evans issued the ruling Thursday, which clears the way for WVU’s athletic department to continue working with IMG and its partners to broadcast and promote WVU sporting events.

For more than a year, West Virginia Radio, owned by Morgantown businessman John Raese, has been in a protracted legal battle with the university over its handling of outsourcing the athletic department’s multimedia rights.

West Virginia Radio, which had for decades worked with WVU’s Mountaineer Sports Network to broadcast football and basketball games on radio, was an early but unsuccessful bidder for those rights.

via Charleston Daily Mail | Judge denies request to void WVU, IMG contract.

WV MetroNews – Judge allows IMG contract with WVU to stand

A Monongalia County judge’s ruling will allow West Virginia University’s third-tier rights agreement with IMG College to continue, denying a motion for summary judgment by West Virginia Radio Corp.

The university has 11 years remaining on the $86.5 million, 12-year agreement enacted with IMG in the summer of 2013. Business Court Circuit Judge Thomas Evans validated the contract, which resulted from a second round of bidding last year after the state attorney general’s office nixed the first request for proposal process.

MORE: Read the 24-page ruling

After West Virginia Radio, the parent company of MetroNews, contested elements of the first round of bidding, State attorney general Patrick Morrisey said in April 2013 his office found “significant errors and sloppiness” in Oliver Luck’s handling of the initial bidding. Then-WVU president Jim Clements removed Luck and other members of an evaluation panel from taking part in the second round of bidding.

via WV MetroNews – Judge allows IMG contract with WVU to stand.

WV MetroNews – Martinsburg’s Lindsay gets offer and commits to WVU

Martinsburg athlete Deamonte Lindsay committed over the weekend to WVU’s 2015 recruiting class. The standout rising senior received an offer from WVU on Saturday, following a camp in Morgantown.

The 6-foot-2, 190 pound Lindsay finished the 2013 campaign with 1,200 yards rushing and 15 touchdowns, helping lead the Bulldogs to their fourth straight Class AAA state championship.

via WV MetroNews – Martinsburg’s Lindsay gets offer and commits to WVU.

McBroom Excelling in Pro Ball – WVU Athletics

This past spring fans were able to see Ryan McBroom of the WVU baseball team put on a hitting clinic. Now fans in The Great White North are able to witness the power-hitting first baseman as a member of the Vancouver Canadians.

After being selected by the Toronto Blue Jays in the 15th round of June’s MLB Draft, McBroom was assigned to the Canadians, the Blue Jays Short Season minor league affiliate.

His manager, Josh Schneider, was happy when McBroom walked in the clubhouse on June 19, as it gave him a much needed power threat in the middle of the lineup.

“He has six of our 14 team home runs so far. He’s a really aggressive hitter and I think once everybody sees him, they will adjust their approach to him,” Schneider says. “Depending on how he adjusts, if his approach continues to be what it is, his numbers will stay pretty consistent to where they are now.”

via McBroom Excelling in Pro Ball – WVU Athletics.

Patrick Beilein Accepts Position with Utah Jazz

Patrick Beilein will leave West Virginia Wesleyan for a job with the NBA’s Utah Jazz, according to multiple reports.

Beilein, the former WVU guard, has accepted a position on Quin Snyder’s staff, working in a player development and video coordinator role. Snyder is entering his first season as Utah head coach after serving last year as an assistant on Atlanta’s staff.

In two seasons with the Bobcats, Beilein turned a losing program into one that posted a 22-9 overall record in 2013-14.

via Patrick Beilein Accepts Position with Utah Jazz – WVU Football, WVU Basketball, News – Mountaineer Sports.

WVU Ballpark Rendering Surfaces as Construction Continues

A new rendering of West Virginia’s baseball park surfaced today as work continues throughout the summer months to get the project finished in time for the upcoming season.

The composite image shows the stadium from left field, complete with a large Flying WV mowed into the outfield at center. A scoreboard looms over the wall in left-center while the clubhouse and other facilities are located just beyond the outfield.

The image reveals lawns down each baseline for fans to sit down and enjoy the games from the grass in addition to the seats below the press box and the concessions behind home plate.

It is an impressive mock-up and shows just what kind of view could be afforded visitors with West Virginia’s green hills rising up in the distance.

via WVU Ballpark Rendering Surfaces as Construction Continues – WVU Football, WVU Basketball, News – Mountaineer Sports.

Aliquippa’s Dravon Henry Emerging as Next WVU Freshman Starter – WVU Football, WVU Basketball, News – Mountaineer Sports

Under Head Coach Dana Holgorsen, the Mountaineer Football program has not only played, but also started several freshmen on defense.

Karl Joseph got the ball rolling in 2012, starting as a true freshman at the free safety position. Not only did Joseph start, but he also made a major impact in several games.

Then in 2013, Daryl Worley continued the trend by earning a starting role at cornerback. Worley impressed the coaching staff so much that he was considered possibly the team’s best cover corner on the roster at last season’s end.

But now in 2014, there’s a new member to the freshman movement. His name is Dravon Henry, a true freshman from the storied high school program of Aliquippa, Pennsylvania.

via Aliquippa's Dravon Henry Emerging as Next WVU Freshman Starter – WVU Football, WVU Basketball, News – Mountaineer Sports.

WV MetroNews – NAPA Auto Parts Gold and Blue Now: Friday, July 25

In this edition of the NAPA Auto Parts Gold and Blue Now, Dana Holgorsen discusses the pressure that comes with his job at West Virginia.

We also hear from Daryl Worley who is really looking forward to defending some of the top wide receivers in the country this season.

via WV MetroNews – NAPA Auto Parts Gold and Blue Now: Friday, July 25.

The Charleston Gazette | Healthy Trickett key to Mountaineers’ hopes

Dana Holgorsen was talking Tuesday about how his quarterback, Clint Trickett, might be able to stay out of the kind of trouble that plagued him last season.

And no, he wasn’t talking about Twitter.

The subject was injuries.

Reviewing Trickett’s performance last season by any metrics or in any fashion requires one to first take into account his health. Regardless of whether one is making the case for Trickett (1,605 yards passing, clutch performances in wins over Oklahoma State and TCU) or against him (just a 52.8 percent completion percentage, as many interceptions as TDs), one overriding issue must be taken into account.

Trickett was 100 percent healthy and functional for less than one full game.

via The Charleston Gazette | Healthy Trickett key to Mountaineers’ hopes.

WVU’s White Much Wiser in ’14 – WVU Athletics

West Virginia’s Kevin White admits he’s a much wiser man heading into his senior season in 2014.

White, the Mountaineers’ 6-foot-3-inch, 208-pound senior wide receiver, finished third on the team in 2013 with 35 receptions, good for 507 yards and a team-best five touchdowns – solid numbers for just about any wide receiver not playing in a Dana Holgorsen offense.

Of course, Holgorsen’s wide receivers have been known through the years for their massive production, and White, a Lackawanna College transfer, was expected to be the next great one when he arrived last winter.

And while there were signs of progress, a slip screen here for a touchdown in the spring game, a seven-catch college debut there at Oklahoma, or a 130-yard receiving performance out in Waco, there were just as many instances when White disappeared altogether.

There were drops, wrong routes, misreads and bad releases that comes from a general lack of experience playing in a pass-centric system – things such as sitting in coverages, finding the soft spot in defenses, getting off the line of scrimmage properly or catching the football at its highest points, things all new to White.

via WVU's White Much Wiser in '14 – WVU Athletics.