No. 8 Women’s Soccer Welcomes Baylor – WVU Athletics

With the 2014 Big 12 Conference regular-season title in hand, the No. 8-ranked West Virginia University women’s soccer team plays host to Baylor in its regular-season finale on Friday, Oct. 31, at 7 p.m., at Dick Dlesk Soccer Stadium.

Admission is free, courtesy of United Bank.

It’s “Senior Night,” and midfielder Ali Connelly, defender Jess Crowder, goalkeeper Katie Osterman and forward Kate Schwindel will be honored prior to first kick. It’s also “Alumni Night,” and past members of the WVU women’s soccer program will be recognized at halftime.

Fans are encouraged to celebrate Halloween at DDSS Friday night, and all are invited to wear their Halloween costumes. Youth fans may attend Trunk or Treat in the Coliseum band parking lot starting at 5:30 p.m. Additionally, the Mountaineer Maniacs will award prizes at halftime for the top-three costumes.

The Mountaineers (13-2-2, 6-0-1) look to become just the seventh team in Big 12 history to win the regular-season title without a loss, a feat the squad also achieved in 2012. The team has not dropped a home conference match since Oct. 2, 2009, a span of 25 matches.

via No. 8 Women's Soccer Welcomes Baylor – WVU Athletics.

New Faces, Same Goals Await 2014-15 WVU Men’s Basketball

If West Virginia University basketball fans are wondering what this year's team is going to look like, then look no further than Head Coach Bob Huggins for the answer.

On second thought, Huggins admitted he's still trying to figure out what this year's team is capable of. With so many new faces with so little game experience, he's left guessing at the possibilities for the 2014-15 Mountaineers.

“How we're going to react when there are people in the stands and the lights come on,” Huggins replied when asked what he's unsure about with this year's WVU team. “How we react to changing defenses. We've worked the last couple days against zones, which you wonder if you can make enough shots. But we're able to do things that we couldn't do before. We're able to throw it into the interior of the defense and score, which we couldn't do before.”

“So we're better in a lot of areas, I think,” Huggins concluded.

via New Faces, Same Goals Await 2014-15 WVU Men’s Basketball – WVU Football, WVU Basketball, News – Mountaineer Sports.

WATCH: WVU Women’s Basketball Prepares for Upcoming Season

WVU Women's Basketball Head Coach Mike Carey is back at it in 2014-15, leading the Mountaineers towards another run at a Big 12 Conference Championship.

West Virginia won its first Big 12 Conference regular season championship in school history one year ago. But most of the players to lead Carey's team to the title have all graduated.

Asya Bussie, Christal Caldwell, Brooke Hampton, Jess Harlee and Taylor Palmer all played significant roles on last season's team, and all have moved on due to graduation.

via WATCH: WVU Women's Basketball Prepares for Upcoming Season – WVU Football, WVU Basketball, News – Mountaineer Sports.

WV MetroNews – Dynamic Boykin brings purple rain of touchdowns

“He’s the most improved player in college football,” West Virginia coach Dana Holgorsen said of Boykin, whose future seemed to be at receiver when these teams met in Fort Worth last November. Boykin caught 11 passes worth 100 yards that afternoon, making the most of a positional swap as Casey Pachall took the snaps.

Pachall’s graduation hardly bequeathed the job to Boykin. Instead he was viewed as the second choice to the newly arrived Matt Joeckel, whose two seasons behind Johnny Manziel at Texas A&M provided operational training for the type of spread attack TCU was installing.

Yet it was Boykin who looked most comfortable—and most dangerous—driving the new offense. The success he enjoyed against Samford, Minnesota and SMU to begin the season was encouraging (79-of-123 with eight TDs, one INT and 286 average yards), yet it wasn’t validated until he kept up the pace against Oklahoma, Baylor and Oklahoma State (67-of-124, six TDs, two INTs, 338 yards). Then came last week’s Heisman-launching head-spinner: Throwing for 433 yards and seven touchdowns in an 82-27 flogging of Texas Tech.

via WV MetroNews – Dynamic Boykin brings purple rain of touchdowns.

Charleston Daily Mail | WVU FOOTBALL: TCU linemen make each other better

They play on opposite sides of the ball at TCU, but they’re on the same page about one thing.

Center Joey Hunt and defensive tackle Chucky Hunter can drive one another crazy.

“Off the field, we’re boys, but we’re both competitors and we both get heated out there,” Hunt said. “There are scuffles once in a while, but that’s because we both want to win and we both know only one of us is going to, which means the other one isn’t going to like it. When I win, Chuck gets mad. When Chuck wins, I get upset.”

They rattle one another on purpose, but they also do it with a purpose.

“The great thing about having good teammates is they want to make you better as a player,” Hunter said. “Joey makes my game so much better.”

Though their rise and their ranking this season is linked to a redesigned offense, the Horned Frogs have long been renowned for defense. Hunter, preseason first-team all-Big 12, is merely the latest defensive lineman to make a name for himself under coach Gary Patterson.

via Charleston Daily Mail | WVU FOOTBALL: TCU linemen make each other better.

Charleston Daily Mail | WVU FOOTBALL: Kevin White on Kevin White clash looms vs. TCU

Kevin Whites are going to be busy Saturday.

West Virginia’s star receiver, who was held to season-low totals of three receptions and 27 yards in Saturday’s win against Oklahoma State, was the first receiver to reach 1,000 yards and is still third nationally in receiving yards per game and second in receptions.

TCU cornerback Kevin White has 25 tackles, two interceptions and four pass break-ups.

They’ll see one another Saturday when 20th-ranked WVU plays host to the 10th-ranked Horned Frogs at Mountaineer Field. The game will be televised on ABC.

The players with the same name have similar games, too.

“He’s very hands-on,” said WVU’s White. “He’s quick out of his breaks and a lot of times he beats the receiver out of his breaks. He has good hands. He plays the ball really well. He talks trash. He’s a good player.”

via Charleston Daily Mail | WVU FOOTBALL: Kevin White on Kevin White clash looms vs. TCU.

The Charleston Gazette | Double-teaming White opens up other facets of WVU offense

But pay too much attention to White and WVU has proven it can adapt. For the Mountaineers, it’s simply a matter of adjusting on the fly.

“There’s a gray area, kind of. You want to get your best players the ball as much as you can,’’ said quarterback Clint Trickett. “But if they’re just going to completely give it away and let you do something else that’s going to be successful, you’ve got to do what’s going to be successful.

“I think Kevin knows that, I know that. The way he’s played is getting a lot of attention, whether it’s from media or defensive coaches.’’

For the most part last week Trickett, who has a considerable amount of leeway in where he goes with the ball on each play, just let White hog those two defenders and ignored him. He did go to White downfield once in the second half and just overthrew him near the goal line, but that was almost accidental.

via The Charleston Gazette | Double-teaming White opens up other facets of WVU offense.

The Charleston Gazette | WVU notebook: Holgorsen not anxious about CFP rankings

The first set of rankings from the College Football Playoff committee were released Tuesday night and West Virginia, ranked No. 20 in the latest Associated Press poll, was also listed at No. 20 on the playoff list.

Dana Holgorsen, though, said he wasn’t exactly on pins and needles waiting.

“I know this sounds like coachspeak, but I’m not too concerned with it at this point,’’ the West Virginia coach said. “They’re not asking me what my opinion is on it. I mean, Oliver Luck’s on the committee and he’s not asking me what my opinion is on it, either.’’

One of the 12 members of the committee is Luck, the WVU athletic director.

The committee will rank a Top 25 each week now through the end of the regular season. Those rankings will not only determine the four teams selected for the first-ever playoff at the FBS level, but the participants in the four other New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day bowls. This year the playoff semifinals will be in the Rose and Sugar bowls. The other bowl matchups determined by the rankings are the Fiesta, Cotton, Chick-fil-A and Orange.

“It’s going to be good for the media, it’s going to be good for college football,’’ Holgorsen said. “But we’re going to worry about the things that we can control, which is all about TCU.’’

via The Charleston Gazette | WVU notebook: Holgorsen not anxious about CFP rankings.

Men’s Soccer Nets Third Straight Win at Penn – WVU Athletics

A goal in the eighth minute of play gave the West Virginia University men’s soccer team a 1-0 win at Penn on Tuesday evening.

The victory was the third straight for the Mountaineers, who improved to 9-6-1.

“We’ve had to become more of a resilient squad,” coach Marlon LeBlanc said. “We’ve lost some guys to injury and we’ve asked some guys to step up and play bigger roles and bigger parts. I think they’ve done that. As the year has gone on, we have settled in to our team and settled in to our style.”

via Men’s Soccer Nets Third Straight Win at Penn – WVU Athletics.

Big 12 Visits Morgantown for Campus Tour – WVU Athletics

The tour began with a visit to Stepping Stones, a non-profit recreational center for people with disabilities. Senior Averee Fields spent time with a handful of athletes playing basketball.

The Big 12's Wendell Barnhouse sat down with interviews with Coach Mike Carey and select athletes inside the Basketball Practice Facility to preview the upcoming 2014-15 season. 

Crystal Leary interviewed teammate Linda Stepney.  Fields answered rapid fire questions, while Preseason Big 12 Player of the Year Bria Holmes sat down for questions about the upcoming year. 

via Big 12 Visits Morgantown for Campus Tour – WVU Athletics.

WATCH: WVU Football Players, Coaches Look Ahead to Showdown Agai – WVU Football, WVU Basketball, News – Mountaineer Sports

West Virginia University football players and assistant coaches spent time talking with the local media on Tuesday afternoon, preparing to host No. 10 TCU for a 3:30 ET kickoff, which will be televised nationally on ABC.

via WATCH: WVU Football Players, Coaches Look Ahead to Showdown Agai – WVU Football, WVU Basketball, News – Mountaineer Sports.

WV MetroNews – WVU at No. 20 in college playoff rankings; Shell ‘ready to go’ vs.TCU

West Virginia weighed in at No. 20 in the first-ever College Football Playoff rankings, and a number of teams ahead of the Mountaineers look quite familiar.

In compiling a 6-2 start, West Virginia has faced No. 6 Alabama, No. 13 Baylor and No. 18 Oklahoma. Yet to come are games against No. 7 TCU on Saturday and vs. No. 9 Kansas State on Nov. 20, both of whom have a legitimate shot to crash the national semifinals should they win out.

While it’s hard to envision any scenario whereby the Mountaineers climb into the Final Four discussion, they are riding a four-game winning streak and control their own destiny in the Big 12 title race. ESPN’s simulations give West Virginia a 9.6 percent chance of winning out, which is better odds than K-State (3.4 percent). TCU’s chance of going unbeaten over its final five games stands at 30.4 percent.

Kickoff time for West Virginia-TCU is 3:30 p.m. on ABC.

via WV MetroNews – WVU at No. 20 in college playoff rankings; Shell ‘ready to go’ vs.TCU.

WV MetroNews – Holgorsen welcomes ‘national attention’ for TCU, hopes Chestnut can return

At the top of Dana Holgorsen’s wish list this week? For West Virginia’s offensive line to pass protect better than it did in Stillwater, for Clint Trickett to unchain himself from analysis paralysis, and for Terrell Chestnut to clear concussion protocols.

Those were the talking points Tuesday during Holgorsen’s weekly news conference, a preview of No. 20 West Virginia welcoming No. 10 TCU for a showdown of teams on an eerily similar three-year arc since joining the Big 12.

Both teams went 7-6 in 2012 with the Frogs winning an overtime game 39-38 in Morgantown. Both squads slumped to 4-8 in 2013 with the Mountaineers claiming an overtime win 30-27 in Fort Worth. Both squads already own six victories this season to rank among the Big 12′s biggest surprises.

West Virginia is 10-13 all-time in its new conference, while TCU is 9-13—records on the rise as they chase a conference championship.

via WV MetroNews – Holgorsen welcomes ‘national attention’ for TCU, hopes Chestnut can return.

Charleston Daily Mail | WVU FOOTBALL: Roles reversed as Mountaineer defense, TCU offense take turn in spotlight

Perhaps it’s happened sooner than expected, especially considering how they fared last season, but West Virginia and TCU were brought to the Big 12 three seasons ago for occasions like this Saturday.

The 20th-ranked Mountaineers play host to the 10th-ranked Horned Frogs and the winner gives itself a considerable chance to win the conference. Both were 4-8 overall last season and 2-7 in the conference, that following the debut season when both were 7-6 overall and 4-5 in the conference.

With reputations to consider, they rebuilt themselves to fit a profile. One is doing it with breathtaking offensive exploits. The other is putting unshakable trust in a dominant defense.

One is WVU and the other one is scoring all the points.

“I think we’re to the point in this program where the coaches have the defensive guys playing so well that if we do have an off day as an offense, we can still win the game,” offensive coordinator Shannon Dawson said, “which is awesome.”

via Charleston Daily Mail | WVU FOOTBALL: Roles reversed as Mountaineer defense, TCU offense take turn in spotlight.

The Charleston Gazette | Similar path to success for WVU, TCU

For a couple of programs that seemed to hit close to rock bottom a year ago, West Virginia and TCU have come a long way in a rather short amount of time.

“Yeah, it really is pretty neat,’’ WVU coach Dana Holgorsen said Monday.

What’s neat for Holgorsen is that on Saturday his Mountaineers (6-2, 4-1 Big 12) will play TCU (6-1, 3-1) in front of what should be a packed house at Mountaineer Field, with ESPN’s College Gameday in town and the 3:30 p.m. game broadcast nationally on ABC. WVU is ranked No. 20 this week, TCU No. 10.

A year ago, both were 4-8 and were so discombobulated that they each tried desperately to give away their game with each other before West Virginia won in overtime. Just a year earlier, both were 7-6 and played a similar game of giveaway before TCU won in overtime.

Yes, both have come a long way. And they’ve probably done it just a bit faster than either expected.

“I said this three or four weeks ago and I think Dana said the same thing,’’ said TCU coach Gary Patterson. “I told people it was going to take three to five years.’’

via The Charleston Gazette | Similar path to success for WVU, TCU.

The Charleston Gazette | Dave Hickman: Is Herd where WVU was two years ago?

There’s something rather fascinating to me about this being a week when West Virginia faces TCU a few days after the College Football Playoff committee begins ranking what it believes to be the best teams in the country.

Bear with me here for a moment because the juxtaposition of the two is what I find interesting, but it’s also rather subtle.

Just to be clear, the first set of rankings is set to be released tonight. Four days later, WVU and TCU play at Mountaineer Field in a game that matches two Top 25 teams and generates enough buzz that ESPN has deemed it worthy of one of its prized College Gameday spots.

Here’s the question I have: Had this been three years ago when West Virginia was in the Big East and TCU was in the Mountain West, would it have been deemed as significant? More to the point would the CFP committee, had it existed then, have believed it to be relevant?

I think the answer to the first question would have been yes. The second? Not so much.

via The Charleston Gazette | Dave Hickman: Is Herd where WVU was two years ago?.

Bevin Named Athlete of the Week – WVU Athletics

Senior Andy Bevin of the men’s soccer team has been named the VSR Student-Athlete of the Week following his five-point performance in two wins last week.

Bevin scored the game-tying and game-winning goals in a 2-1 comeback victory at No. 12 Penn State on Wednesday evening. Bevin then assisted on the game-winning goal in a 2-1 win against Bowling Green on Saturday.

Bevin leads the team with nine goals, seven assists and 25 points. He has cracked the Top 10 in nearly every career offensive category, ranking No. 8 in goals (27), No. 3 in assists (18) and No. 7 in points (72). Bevin also ranks highly in the NCAA Active Career Leaders as he is No. 7 in points, No. 9 in goals and No. 16 in assists.

via Bevin Named Athlete of the Week – WVU Athletics.

The Cost of the Cost of Attendance – WVU Athletics

The Big 12 Conference recently hosted a workshop at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C. to examine some of the prevailing issues in collegiate sports today.

Last month, the Big 12 hosted a similar forum in New York City.

The No. 1 issue on the minds of athletic directors across the country right now is the pending financial implications the Ed O’Bannon lawsuit and other lawsuits currently under adjudication are going to have to their departments’ bottom line.

More to the point, how much will these court decisions ultimately cost and at what cost?

via The Cost of the Cost of Attendance – WVU Athletics.

Big 12 Teleconference: Holgorsen Talks Turnaround

WVU Head Football Coach Dana Holgorsen spoke on the Big 12 Teleconference on Monday morning, discussing a number of things, including the resurgence of not just the Mountaineers, but also the TCU Horned Frogs.

Below is the dialogue between Holgorsen and the respective media during Monday's call.

via Big 12 Teleconference: Holgorsen Talks Turnaround, Previews No. – WVU Football, WVU Basketball, News – Mountaineer Sports.

WV MetroNews – Do spread attacks make 100-point game inevitable? Holgorsen says no

After TCU became the seventh FBS team to score 80 points since 2000, is a 100-point game inevitable?

“I don’t think so,” said West Virginia coach Dana Holgorsen, who evaluated TCU’s 82-27 win over Texas Tech in preparation for Saturday’s matchup. “I mean, 82 is awful high. There’s things that have to exist on all three sides of the ball to hit a number that is that high.”

Mathematically, the quick-striking Frogs had a shot at the century mark. They piled up 785 yards, had four touchdown drives of 46 seconds or less, and three more that required under 2 minutes. Yet despite the record output for a Big 12 conference game, TCU’s offense wasn’t perfect: It settled for three field goals and punted twice.

And while the Frogs generated four turnovers, they did not benefit from any defensive scores.

via WV MetroNews – Do spread attacks make 100-point game inevitable? Holgorsen says no.