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.

Top-Ranked Marable to Compete at World Team Trials – WVU Athletics

West Virginia University wrestling assistant coach Nick Marable will compete in the 2014 United States World Team Trials this week in Fargo, N.D., for a chance to represent Team USA at the 2014 World Wrestling Championships.

WVU head coach Sammie Henson will accompany Marable, who is representing Sunkist Kids Wrestling Club at the competition.

The trials will take place, Thursday, at the Fargodome with the Men’s Freestyle Challenge Tournament starting at 9:30 a.m., followed by the Men’s Freestyle Finals at 3:15 p.m. Qualifiers will compete in the challenge tournament with the winner advancing to the Final Wrestle-Off to face Marable, who earned an automatic berth after winning the U.S. Open earlier this year. The finals will follow a best-of-three format.

via Top-Ranked Marable to Compete at World Team Trials – WVU Athletics.

Yoga, ‘Stache Grooming and Socks — Nick O’Toole Does Big 12 Med

Scan the list of Big 12 Media Day participants and you’ll find the star quarterbacks, the hard-hitting defensive studs, some exciting running backs and flashy wide receivers and – a punter?

That confused reaction was likely rampant as anyone outside of West Virginia looked at the Mountaineers’ Nick O’Toole listed as one of three players joining the two-day event.

What does it say about the team that one of its perceived three best is just a specialist, not even worthy of a place on offense or defense?

For one, it says that he is quite good at the position he plays. Another reason he tagged along on the trip is because O’Toole is well-spoken and well-versed on the subject of the 2014 Mountaineers. He also just so happens to be a total character and the owner of an ever-evolving mustache.

via Yoga, 'Stache Grooming and Socks — Nick O'Toole Does Big 12 Med – WVU Football, WVU Basketball, News – Mountaineer Sports.

Holgorsen: Mountaineers “Very Motivated” for 2014 – WVU Football, WVU Basketball, News – Mountaineer Sports

Hope springs eternal at conference media days and Tuesday was no different for the West Virginia contingent as they looked ahead to the 2014 season.

Head coach Dana Holgorsen opened his press conference telling the media how excited he and his team are to enter year No. 3 in the Big 12 as he focused on a few key reasons why he believed this year’s schedule would play out far differently than the one in his rearview.

“A lot has been made of the disappointing seasons that we’ve had the last couple of years,” Holgorsen said. “Each and every game we’ve been in until the end. Our guys have played hard, they’ve fought hard. The one thing that I appreciate about our guys is that they’re very motivated going into this season.”

A theme that both Holgorsen and the rest of his staff have played up throughout the offseason is how much more depth and experience the roster has compared to each of the prior two seasons in the Big 12.

via Holgorsen: Mountaineers "Very Motivated" for 2014 – WVU Football, WVU Basketball, News – Mountaineer Sports.

WV MetroNews – Freshman working as starter at safety; 4 signees could miss start of WVU camp

Four-star defensive back Dravon Henry, who arrived on campus only six weeks ago, seems primed to become an instant-impact recruit for West Virginia.

“Right now, he’s running with the ones at free safety,” coach Dana Holgorsen said Tuesday. “I don’t know if that’s going to remain because we can’t get out there to coach them and really film it and see how they’re doing. But right now he’s in the mix at free safety as a starter.”

A consensus top-200 national recruit according to Rivals, Scout, ESPN and 247Sports, Henry was a two-way star at Aliquippa (Pa.) High School where he rushed for 5,454 career yards. He also could factor in West Virginia’s return game, especially with Wendell Smallwood’s status made murky by a witness tampering charge in Delaware.

Holgorsen said Henry and four-star quarterback William Crest are two standouts who “bring more to the table” than some of the freshmen forced into early action during recent seasons.

via WV MetroNews – Freshman working as starter at safety; 4 signees could miss start of WVU camp.

WV MetroNews – No need to ‘stache this guy from the media

“I’ve had a blast talking to all the reporters,” O’Toole said late Tuesday afternoon. “I’m a punter so they don’t really ask me a lot of questions about football, which is fine.”

A more pertinent topic was his mustache, which has evolved from bold and bushy last season to handlebar haughty this summer. (What does a fellow on the Ray Guy watch list use to style his boomstache? Why it’s all there in a tin of Uppercut pomade.)

This trip to Dallas culminated a long-shot dream O’Toole first dared to ponder last summer, when he enrolled at West Virginia in time to watch online as Quinton Spain and Karl Joseph did their interview tour.

“I thought to myself that would be awesome, but there’s no way a punter will ever go,” he said.

via WV MetroNews – No need to ‘stache this guy from the media.

WV MetroNews – NAPA Auto Parts Gold and Blue Now: Wednesday, July 23

In this edition of the NAPA Auto Parts Gold and Blue Now, Dana Holgorsen discusses the progress of Dravon Henry this summer.

We also hear from Kevin White as he sends a message to the University of Alabama.

via WV MetroNews – NAPA Auto Parts Gold and Blue Now: Wednesday, July 23.

Big 12 Media Days 2014: II of II « WVU Sports with Mike Casazza

Mike Casazza, always a great source of in depth analysis.

You are looking live as the Big 12′s bowl hardware, which, you know, we haven’t really seen, but is on display today in the hallway outside the media rooms here at the Omni in Dallas. The second and final day starts here soon with Walt Anderson, the coordinator of officials. Dana Holgorsen speaks at 11 a.m.

I’m here all day.

via Big 12 Media Days 2014: II of II « WVU Sports with Mike Casazza.

Luck Offers Insights on Bowlsby Comments – WVU Athletics

Big 12 Commissioner Bob Bowlsby, a native of Iowa and a former college wrestler, is known as being a “straight shooter,” and he didn’t disappoint earlier this week at the conference media days in Dallas when he delivered a healthy dose of “straight talk.” He sounded the alarm about the future viability of many Olympic sports on college campuses around the country. Due in large part to the increased costs emanating from the legal challenges that the NCAA and its member schools are facing, Bowlsby worries that many of the less popular Olympic sports may face the chopping block.

 

Bowlsby has a unique viewpoint when it comes to Olympic sports on campus since he also serves on the United States Olympic Committee Board of Directors. He is well aware that college athletic programs are an integral part of the mosaic that puts the United States team at or near the top at almost every Summer Olympics. Eight-five percent of United States Olympians are trained in collegiate programs. It would not be a stretch to say that if the collegiate rug got pulled out from under the feet of our aspiring Olympic athletes, we would not have the same level of success that we have come to expect. According to Bowlsby, “if track programs and wrestling programs and swimming programs begin to go away, there will be significant damage to our international efforts. In the end, it’s a somewhat zero-sum game. There’s only so much money out there . . .  I think over a period of time what we’ll find is that instead of keeping a tennis program, they are going to do the things it takes to keep the football and men’s and women’s basketball programs strong.”

via Luck Offers Insights on Bowlsby Comments – WVU Athletics.

Holgorsen: Trickett Ready to Lead in ’14 – WVU Athletics

West Virginia is now beginning year three in the Big 12 Conference and Mountaineer coach Dana Holgorsen says he has never been more excited about going into a season than he is right now.

“I think our players in our locker room understand what the Big 12 is all about,” Holgorsen said during Tuesday morning’s Big 12 media day gathering at the Omni Hotel in downtown Dallas. “They understand how challenging it is.”

Holgorsen pointed out that 55 players on his current roster have played in at least one Big 12 game, including quarterback Clint Trickett, recently named as the team’s starter heading into the season opener against Alabama.

All eyes are certainly going to be on Trickett, the one-time Florida State transfer who has been playing catch up here at WVU ever since he arrived on campus last August.

via Holgorsen: Trickett Ready to Lead in '14 – WVU Athletics.

Fleming Signs With Yankees – WVU Athletics

Second baseman Billy Fleming of the West Virginia University baseball team has signed a professional contract with the New York Yankees, foregoing his upcoming senior season.

“Ever since I was a little kid, it’s been my dream to play professional baseball,” Fleming says. “It is still surreal that I get to chase my dream, but I am ready to get after it. I loved my three years at WVU and want to thank all the coaches that made it possible for me to achieve my dream.”

Last season at WVU, Fleming earned All-Big 12 First Team and ABCA/Rawlings All-East Region First Team honors, ranking No. 2 in the Big 12 with a .351 batting average. The Churchville, Pa., native added eight doubles, one triple, two home runs and 30 RBI.

“Billy Fleming is one of the best baseball players I’ve ever coached, and also one of the best kids,” coach Randy Mazey says. “He was a great a Mountaineer and we’re really going to miss him in our program, but I wish him all the luck in the world. I really think his desire is going to carry him a long way in professional baseball.”

via Fleming Signs With Yankees – WVU Athletics.

OU Football Coach Bob Stoops Talks at Big 12 Media Day

Watch full video of Oklahoma Football Coach, Bob Stoops, as he addresses the press at 2014 Big 12 Media Day.

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TCU Football Coach Patterson Speaks at Big 12 Media Day

Watch full video of TCU Football Head Coach, Gary Patterson, talk to the media at Big 12 Media Day 2014.

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WV MetroNews – Holgorsen trumpets Trickett’s leadership: ‘People follow him’

Dana Holgorsen, explaining his midsummer appointment of Clint Trickett as West Virginia’s starting quarterback, said he was trying to combat the team’s leadership void.

“The leadership aspect of it is something that we were missing,” Holgorsen said Tuesday at Big 12 media days. “We had a bunch of guys coming back that played a lot of football but there wasn’t any leadership that was present at the quarterback spot, at the skill spot.

“(Trickett) will be able to take that to another level. People follow him. He understands what it takes to be successful.”

A fifth-year senior transfer coming off an underwhelming debut season at WVU, Trickett reportedly has recovered after missing spring practice with shoulder surgery.

“He’s healthy, 100 percent,” Holgorsen said. “Arm strength is awesome, body weight is good.”

via WV MetroNews – Holgorsen trumpets Trickett’s leadership: ‘People follow him’.

WV MetroNews – Tennessee-West Virginia finalize 2018 season opener in Charlotte

Continuing its quest for high-profile neutral-site games, West Virginia has agreed to face Tennessee in 2018 at the home of the NFL’s Carolina Panthers.

The matchup, in the works for months, was confirmed Tuesday morning by ESPN’s Brett McMurphy, and Belk Bowl officials subsequently slated the game for the opening weekend of Sept. 1, 2018.

The game would mark the Mountaineers’ fifth neutral-site game in seven years—three of those at FedExField in Landover, Md. (vs. James Madison in 2012, BYU in 2016 and Virginia Tech in  2017). The Mountaineers are less than six weeks away from opening the 2014 season against Alabama in Atlanta.

“Our players enjoy playing in NFL Stadiums and this a great matchup for our program,” said West Virginia coach Dana Holgorsen. “We recruit the state of North Carolina and Charlotte is a strong football area. Our fans have always supported us strongly in previous games in Charlotte and I think this is a matchup that they will really enjoy.”

via WV MetroNews – Tennessee-West Virginia finalize 2018 season opener in Charlotte.

WV MetroNews – Gundy, Holgorsen face thorny decisions with arrested running backs

Oklahoma State coach Mike Gundy waffled Monday on the status of four-star freshman running back Devon Thomas, who’s accused of brandishing a gun during a home burglary and firing at a victim as he drove away.

Dana Holgorsen has his own pending dilemma involving an incarcerated running back, Wendell Smallwood, and West Virginia’s coach is taking a Gundy-like wait-and-see approach.

Both coaches know more about the situations than does the public. Both players are linked to crimes that were life-threatening or, in Smallwood’s case, life-ending. Both coaches are inviting external criticism by not moving to suspend or dismiss the players.

via WV MetroNews – Gundy, Holgorsen face thorny decisions with arrested running backs.

WV MetroNews – NAPA Auto Parts Gold and Blue Now: Tuesday, July 22

In this edition of the NAPA Auto Parts Gold and Blue Now, Big 12 Commissioner Bob Bowlsby discusses the changes coming to the college athletics.

We also hear from Kansas linebacker Ben Heeney who is still relishing KU’s victory over WVU last fall.

via WV MetroNews – NAPA Auto Parts Gold and Blue Now: Tuesday, July 22.