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.

Marable Qualifies for U.S. World Team – WVU Athletics

WVU assistant coach Nick Marable will represent the United States at the upcoming 2014 World Wrestling Championships after winning Phase II of the Senior Men’s World Team Trials Thursday evening in Fargo, N.D.

The U.S. Open Champion at 70 kilograms (154 pounds), Marable bested James Green of Titan Mercury Wrestling Club to earn his spot on Team USA. Green won the Challenge Tournament earlier in the day for the chance to take on Marable, who is currently ranked the nation’s number one grappler in his weight class.

“It has been a pleasure working with Nick the past year and a half, and today we proved our philosophy that ‘consistency wins,’” said WVU head coach Sammie Henson, who coaches Marable through Sunkist Kids. “This is a new era for the Mountaineers and Nick is a prime example that our system wins. Now, we will get to work preparing him for the World Championships as well as training and recruiting future Mountaineers to buy in and win under our system.”

via Marable Qualifies for U.S. World Team – WVU Athletics.

New Ballpark Construction Update – WVU Athletics

Construction began on March 17 when crews began to bore down to the mine voids, filling it with flowable fill. The mine remediation lasted until June 5 with crews using 15,000 cubic yards of concrete and grout. With grout holes every 30 feet in a grid pattern, there was a total of 35,000 linear feet that was bored.

“Why you may not have been able to see the action, there was a tremendous amount of work effort exerted just to get the site prepped and ready for the new construction,” Linn says.

Additionally, it took two weeks to complete dynamic compaction in the area of the clubhouse. This was done by using a weight attached to a crane and allowing it to free fall to consolidate the unsuitable fill material and making it suitable for bearing capacity.

via New Ballpark Construction Update – WVU Athletics.

WVU’s Holgorsen: Tough Non-Conference Schedule Only Way to Improve

College Football coaches can be judged in a variety of ways: their win/loss record, rapport with the fan base, or even the caliber of players they recruit, to name a few.

As of late, another form of judgment has surfaced: strength of schedule.

By simply looking at a team’s schedule, one can gain an understanding of a coach’s philosophy. College Football features coaches, who, year-in and year-out, have tough non-conference opponents, while others schedule FCS opponents or non-power conference teams.

Dana Holgorsen used Tuesday’s Big XII Football Media Days to announce loud and clear that, under his watch, the West Virginia Mountaineers will continue to play against the best, regardless of the difficult league schedule.

via WVU’s Holgorsen: Tough Non-Conference Schedule Only Way to Improve – WVU Football, WVU Basketball, News – Mountaineer Sports.

WV MetroNews – NAPA Auto Parts Gold and Blue Now: Thursday, July 24

In this edition of the NAPA Auto Parts Gold and Blue Now, Kevin White discusses what his recent conversations have been like with Clint Trickett.

We also hear from Daryl Worley who has high praise for true freshman defensive back Dravon Henry.

via WV MetroNews – NAPA Auto Parts Gold and Blue Now: Thursday, July 24.

Football Series With NC State Announced – WVU Athletics

West Virginia University Director of Athletics Oliver Luck has announced that the Mountaineers will play a home-and-home series with NC State.

The Mountaineers are scheduled to play NC State in Raleigh on Sept. 15, 2018, and then play host to the Wolfpack on Sept. 14, 2019.

“I am excited about this series, because it gives our football program and our fans an outstanding home-and-home series with a team from the ACC,” says Luck. “WVU has a lot of alumni living in North Carolina, especially in the triangle region, so it gives our fans a game that is close. We have had a competitive games over the years with NC State, and this is a chance to restart the series.”

via Football Series With NC State Announced – WVU Athletics.

Charleston Daily Mail | WVU FOOTBALL: Regular season still important

Bill Hancock is the executive director of the College Football Playoff and he has a particularly pointed opinion about the four-team tournament that will crown a national champion for the next 12 years.

He doesn’t think it’s the most important part of the season.

“Our regular season is a treasure,” he said. “It is the best in sports, and college football’s identity is Saturdays. Its identity is not this postseason tournament. We have to protect our regular season.”

Hancock said Tuesday at the Big 12’s annual media days here that the four-team format is locked in for the first 12 years and is “not going to expand” to add length to the postseason and diminish and jeopardize what happens before it.

“I don’t think a four-team tournament erodes it, but there is a threshold beyond which playoff size would erode the regular season,” said Hancock, formerly the head of the Bowl Championship Series, which was replaced after 16 years by the playoff. “You don’t want to play too many games. You just can’t cross that threshold. Four doesn’t.”

via Charleston Daily Mail | WVU FOOTBALL: Regular season still important.

The Charleston Gazette | Dave Hickman: Some to miss start of WVU camp

Cleaning out a crowded Big 12 media days notebook:

West Virginia’s football team is a week away from reporting for preseason camp, but not everyone will be there. Dana Holgorsen said Tuesday that four members of the recruiting class are still not eligible, but he’s not given up hope on any.

Offensive lineman Dontae Angus and wide receiver Jacob McCrary, both freshmen, have not made it through the NCAA Clearinghouse. Cornerback Jaylon Myers and offensive lineman Justin Scott have not made it out of junior college. None will be brought to school until and unless they are fully eligible.

Graduate transfer defensive end Shaquille Riddick is in Morgantown, but he’s not eligible to practice until he officially graduates from Gardner-Webb. He’s completing his requirements on line and should be available at or near the start of camp.

Meanwhile, linebacker Jared Barber still hasn’t been cleared to participate after knee surgery and Brandon Golson has not been cleared after missing the spring game. Expect Golson to make it back before Barber. Everyone else should be good to go.

via The Charleston Gazette | Dave Hickman: Some to miss start of WVU camp.

Holgorsen to Appear on ESPN Special – WVU Athletics

West Virginia University football coach Dana Holgorsen will appear today on ESPN’s annual mid-summer college football coaches’ “car wash” – in which guests appear across multiple programs and platforms over one day.

Holgorsen will join other college football coaches at ESPN’s Bristol, Conn., headquarters from July 21-31. Last summer, ESPN hosted 50 coaches from July 22-August 1.

“The college football car wash has grown in scope and interest from the conferences, teams and fans every year and will feature an extensive lineup of 63 coaches from five conferences over nine days this summer,” says ESPN spokesperson Michael Humes. “We are excited about the increasing interest, expanding participation and look forward to having the Big 12 schools on campus this this year.”

via Holgorsen to Appear on ESPN Special – WVU Athletics.