A meeting that wasn't, the Big 12, Dr. Seuss and a Hose tribute
YE OLDE NOTEBOOK:
Raised some eyebrows. Kind of like if Brooke Hogan held a seminar on the evils of reality TV.
But never fear, Mountaineers fans.
"They didn't have one," said WVU coach Bob Huggins. "That's just Truck."
Bryant has been part of WVU's ongoing problems. But so too have all of the Mountaineers, save for Kevin Jones.
"Been trying to figure out how to score," Huggins said.
The eyes certainly say that's WVU's problem, but the stats still say otherwise. Heading into the weekend, the Mountaineers were No. 4 of 16 Big East teams in scoring offense - and No. 11 in scoring defense. They were No. 6 in field goal percentage - and No. 14 in field goal percentage defense.
There are, however, two glaring deficiencies concerning WVU's offense - 3-point field goal percentage (No. 13, 32.5 percent) and free throw shooting (No. 14, 65.1 percent).
"There's nothing wrong with Deniz," Huggins said. "Kevin [Noreen] had surgery the day after [the Pitt game]. They told me it went well, but I don't know what that means. They said it's more than likely he's out for the rest of the year."
We've profiled Cook here before, but a call was placed to Aaron Pauley, his coach, for an update.
"He comes and goes," Pauley said. "He's still learning. But he lost a few more pounds. He's under 300 now and able to get up and down the floor a little bit better."
Pauley said the freshman is averaging between 17 and 18 points.
Anyway, the program is shooting another video to "Oh, the Places You'll Go" by Dr. Seuss. Author Homer Hickam and America's Got Talent winner Landau Eugene Murphy Jr. have volunteered to read.
As has state legend Jerry West.
Should again be worth a watch. A fund-raiser, by the way, is being held March 15 at Brickstreet Insurance.
The Golden Bear men's team is having a fine year, but won't participate in postseason games. The reason: the school sought a return to NCAA Division II status in the offseason and was ruled ineligible for postseason play by the NAIA. Games also don't count in its conference (the Mid-South) standings. Basically, the NAIA and Mid-South are calling Tech's season a mirage.
The players, though, know it is not a mirage. Senior Josh Proctor told the Gazette's Rick Ryan the team remains motivated by setting its "own goals" and has kept an unofficial count on games against Mid-South opponents. A celebration is forthcoming if the count indicates they'd have won a league title if eligible.
"Our [athletic director Frank Pergolizzi] said he'd get us some rings if we win the conference," Proctor said.
Good for Pergolizzi. Good for the Golden Bears. And raspberries to those who ruled the team ineligible and, especially, the yahoos who decided it best to pull Tech out of the West Virginia Conference way back when. I shall never understand that decision.
A bow of the head for the passing of longtime UPI state sports editor Dan Hose.
Hose was a true gentleman who remained such even within these brash, look-at-me times. He not only covered state sports, but also helped with the staging of them. After retiring, for instance, he would shepherd players and coaches to postgame press conferences at the state basketball tournaments and introduce them to the media.
He was a true southern gentleman in southern West Virginia, and he'll certainly be missed.
Reach Mitch Vingle at 304-348-4827, firstname.lastname@example.org or follow him at twitter.com/MitchVingle.