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Mitch Vingle: State recruiting, Capital and Dante’s inferno
Mitch Vingle: State recruiting, Capital and Dante’s inferno

Capital High football coach Jon Carpenter struggled with a sinus infection on Thursday.

In fact, he had to see a doctor. Yet don’t sell him short. He can still smell a Division I recruit a mile away.

What’s nice for him? He...

Mitch Vingle: State recruiting, Capital and Dante’s inferno
Mitch Vingle: State recruiting, Capital and Dante’s inferno

Capital High football coach Jon Carpenter struggled with a sinus infection on Thursday.

In fact, he had to see a doctor. Yet don’t sell him short. He can still smell a Division I recruit a mile away.

What’s nice for him? He...

Mike Casazza: This year’s Mountaineers have a familiar feel

MORGANTOWN — His fifth season as West Virginia’s football coach begins in an unusual, though promising, position. The situation on offense, where he’s made his name, is the best available example....

Mitch Vingle column: It’s go time for the Big 12

MORGANTOWN — On Tuesday, West Virginia had its game week press conference.

That’s because, finally, it’s game week.

And for the Big 12, it’s go time.

Time to go and win....

Mitch Vingle: WVU’s new starters, recruiting and Switzer
Mitch Vingle: WVU’s new starters, recruiting and Switzer

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Ye olde notebook:

WVU football coach Dana Holgorsen has stars in his eyes.

Four stars, to be exact.

Last week, the Mountaineer coach said he had three starting positions still open on offense. Then, on...

Doug Smock: Purdue assistant once left mark on Herd stadium
Doug Smock: Purdue assistant once left mark on Herd stadium

Here’s hoping that Taver Johnson’s upcoming visit to Joan C. Edwards Stadium is more peaceful than his last.

Johnson is in his second season as defensive backs coach at Purdue, which brings him to Huntington for the Sunday...

Mitch Vingle: The game within WVU’s opening game
Mitch Vingle: The game within WVU’s opening game

The 3-3-5 odd stack always seemed to make sense for West Virginia University’s football program.

For whatever reason, the Mountaineers have difficulty landing multiple fine defensive linemen, so the scheme helps with that. In addition,...

Frank Giardina: Time for football talk, old and new

Football thoughts I think as our state eagerly awaits the college football season:

n When the Marshall-Purdue football series was first announced in January 2010, I remember a statewide radio talk show host making...

Chuck McGill: New staff, higher bar as season kicks off
Chuck McGill: New staff, higher bar as season kicks off

The lead story in Friday’s Charleston Gazette-Mail sports section tackled — hey, it’s football season — the topic of the new.

New coaches, new season, new opportunities. We’re all 0-0.

That seems apropos, ...

Mitch Vingle: WVU, Baylor, Big 12 and learning lessons
Mitch Vingle: WVU, Baylor, Big 12 and learning lessons

WVU athletic director Shane Lyons spent Monday and Tuesday of this week at Big 12 meetings in New Orleans.

The league has a partnership with the Sugar Bowl, which hosted a dinner, and it was a good time for the ADs to get their heads together....

Rick Ryan: Football games a spiritual event for many fans

The moment when you really know there’s something spiritual about football:

Have you ever surfed the AM radio dial late one autumn night from your car and come across one of those fire and brimstone preachers ranting about something in...

Mitch Vingle column: Could this be Worley’s last WVU go-around?
Mitch Vingle column: Could this be Worley’s last WVU go-around?

MORGANTOWN — West Virginia football coach Dana Holgorsen walked out of his press conference Tuesday after saying his team was ready to move on to Georgia Southern.

Then in strode standout cornerback Daryl...

Mitch Vingle: Ga. Southern coach maneuvering through rain drops
Mitch Vingle: Ga. Southern coach maneuvering through rain drops

Georgia Southern coach Willie Fritz has experienced much sunshine in his career.

Except, that is, for lately.

“We’ve had a lot of rain,” Fritz said Monday. “We’ve had to switch our practice schedule...

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