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.

Campus Connection: Weekend Notebook – WVU Athletics

West Virginia’s series victory at Oklahoma this weekend has given the Mountaineers a big RPI boost, according to Boyd’s World.

WVU is now 33rd after Saturday’s come-from-behind, 9-5 victory over the Sooners in Norman with a long home stand on the horizon against some quality opponents.

On Tuesday, the Mountaineers will face 24-13 Maryland, which has already claimed the first two games of a three-game series against Georgia Tech and will go for the series sweep today in College Park. The Terps currently have an RPI of 17, according to Boyd’s World.

After facing Marshall in Morgantown on Wednesday, West Virginia will battle Kansas State in a three-game Big 12 weekend series at Hawley Field. The Wildcats currently have an RPI of 59, according to Boyd’s World, but sit at the bottom of the league standings with a 4-8 recording that includes a 1-5 mark in league road games.

via Campus Connection: Weekend Notebook – WVU Athletics.

The Charleston Gazette | Syvertson used punting to get foot in the door with Mountaineers

There has come a point in every one of West Virginia’s spring football games over the years when a player does something and everyone in attendance is left wondering, “Who is that guy?’’

And yes, it happened a week ago when the Mountaineers finished their spring drills with the Gold-Blue game.

In the second half, in the middle of the defensive unit, there was a No. 42 making plays both good and bad, at least once on the same snap. He would finish the afternoon with three tackles, one of them an 8-yard sack of quarterback Skyler Howard and another a 3-yard loss pinned on transfer running back Rushel Shell.

But according to the roster distributed that day, the only No. 42 on the defensive team was punter Houstin Syvertson, the walk-on from Shady Spring. He was even listed as a punter on that roster. It couldn’t have been him, right?

Wrong.

via The Charleston Gazette | Syvertson used punting to get foot in the door with Mountaineers.

The Charleston Gazette | Luck encouraging fans to join amateurism debate

If you’re fascinated over the debate sparked by Northwestern athletes’ attempt to unionize, you’re not alone.

You should talk to West Virginia athletic director Oliver Luck.

In fact, he’s encouraging it.

Recently, Luck sent an email to all Mountaineer Athletic Club Directors (those who donate at least $3,500 annually) asking their opinion on the topic.

“What prompted that,” Luck said, “is in the next six months, there will be a lot of discussions among athletic directors, commissioners and university presidents. And it hit me we really don’t know what our fan base is thinking, so we sent that out.”

via The Charleston Gazette | Luck encouraging fans to join amateurism debate.

Comeback Leads to Series Win at Oklahoma – WVU Athletics

The WVU baseball team tied a season high with 18 hits to defeat Oklahoma, 9-5, on Saturday afternoon at L. Dale Mitchell Park.

The win gives the Mountaineers their second Big 12 series win of the season and improves the overall record to 19-16 and 4-7 in conference play. Oklahoma drops to 25-16 overall and 5-7 in Big 12 play.

Junior center fielder Bobby Boyd and junior right fielder Brad Johnson each had four hits, and senior left fielder Jacob Rice finished with three hits. Junior catcher Cam O’Brien drove in five runs and Johnson scored twice.

Oklahoma jumped out to a 4-0 lead through two innings, highlighted by back-to-back home runs off the bats of Mac James and Hunter Haley in the bottom of the first.

After the West Virginia offense produced eight two-out hits in the first five innings, they scored three runs apiece in the sixth and seventh innings to take a 6-4 lead.

via Comeback Leads to Series Win at Oklahoma – WVU Athletics.

Track Earns Several Top Finishes – WVU Athletics

The West Virginia University track and field team claimed several top-10 finishes at the Larry Ellis Invitational in Princeton, N.J., this weekend.

Senior Chene Townsend led the Mountaineers with three top-10 finishes. In the women's 100 meter hurdles, Townsend took second with a season-best 13.54. She followed the performance in the hurdles with a second-place finish in the 100 meter dash, crossing the line in 11.9. The time was the fastest recorded this outdoor season by WVU, and Townsend's first appearance in the event this year. Her third top finish came in the 200 meter dash, running a 25.02 to earn 10th place.

Senior Stormy Nesbit earned second-place honors with a season-best triple jump of 12.66 meters. Her previous long of the season came on April 5 when she jumped 12.59 meters.

Competing in the 4×400 meter relay, the team of sophomore Christa D'Egidio, sophomore Alyssa Scherich, senior Arielle Gaither and freshman Bria Welker claimed fifth-place overall, and first in its heat, with a 3:52.66, setting a new season-best for the Mountaineers.

via Track Earns Several Top Finishes – WVU Athletics.

WATCH: The WVU Coaches Show

In case you missed it on television, be sure to catch this week's episode of The WVU Coaches Show in its entirety on WVi.

via WATCH: The WVU Coaches Show – WVU Football, WVU Basketball, News – Mountaineer Sports.

WV MetroNews – O’Brien’s big day highlights series-clinching comeback at Oklahoma

Back in his home state, Cam O’Brien homered and drove in a career-high five runs, sparking West Virginia’s comeback for a series-clinching 9-5 win at Oklahoma on Saturday.

The Mountaineers (19-16, 4-7) matched their season-high with 18 hits and rallied from four runs down to take two of three in the series.

“That’s what you call a character win,” said West Virginia coach Randy Mazey. “A game like that shows the character of your team. That’s the grind-it-out, relentless mentality we’ve talked about from the first day of our program.”

via WV MetroNews – O’Brien’s big day highlights series-clinching comeback at Oklahoma.

Charleston Daily Mail | Mike Casazza: NCAA change could shift recruiting practices

On Tuesday, the NCAA didn’t merely budge. It relented. The governing body of college sports adopted a handful of shrewd rules that, it says, enhance the well-being of student-athletes. Chief among them is the one that will allow for all-you-can-eat conditions at your favorite athletic department.

It is long overdue, and it’s had the NCAA’s attention for months. Before UConn guard Shabazz Napier said at the Final Four he sometimes went to bed hungry because his scholarship didn’t cover enough food. Before WVU football coach Dana Holgorsen told me in July he had walk-ons and scholarship players who were starving at the end of a long day for the same reasons Napier claimed.

Now student-athletes and walk-ons are on track to have unlimited meals and snacks, provided the idea survives the override period (not guaranteed) and is approved later this month (more likely than not). Thank Napier for giving the topic attention. Thank Holgorsen for being bold enough to point out the problem. Thank their brethren who have said the same without the same spotlight.

But believe it or not, it’s wise to thank the NCAA.

via Charleston Daily Mail | Mike Casazza: NCAA change could shift recruiting practices.

Sloanhoffer’s Career Ends at NCAAs – WVU Athletics

West Virginia University senior Hope Sloanhoffer ended her Mountaineer career with a 38.725 showing at the 2014 NCAA National Championships, tonight, at the Birmingham Jefferson Convention Center.

Sloanhoffer, a Cornwall, N.Y., native, finished 19th in the all-around in tonight’s semifinal session. She just missed earning All-America honors, as she finished ninth on vault with a season-best 9.875 score. The top-eight places, including ties, earn All-America awards.

“I couldn’t be more proud of Hope,” says Mountaineer coach Jason Butts. “This was her first time at this event in this exciting environment, and for her to hit her first three routines was great. That fall on beam was so uncharacteristic, but she will not be defined by it. I’m very happy for the night she had.”

via Sloanhoffer's Career Ends at NCAAs – WVU Athletics.

Baseball Falls at Oklahoma in Eighth Inning – WVU Athletics

The WVU baseball team fell 5-3 in a back-and-forth game against Oklahoma on Friday evening at L. Dale Mitchell Park.

Tied 3-3 in the bottom of the eighth inning, Oklahoma’s Mac James launched a two-run home run over the left field fence to give the Sooners the go-ahead lead.

The series is now tied after WVU won the first game, 7-0, on Thursday evening. West Virginia (18-16, 3-7 Big 12) finished with six hits and did not record an error for the third-straight game. The Sooners improved to 25-15 overall and 5-6 in Big 12 play.

Junior left-hander Harrison Musgrave (3-3) dropped his second-straight Big 12 contest, pitching eight innings and allowing five runs on eight hits with five strikeouts and two walks.

via Baseball Falls at Oklahoma in Eighth Inning – WVU Athletics.