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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...

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...

Mike Casazza column: Conferences should be worried about future TV deals

MORGANTOWN — What the Big 12 offered West Virginia four years ago was help in fighting two battles.

The first was against finances. College sports is a spend-to-win business, and cash didn’t flow to...

Doug Smock: McManus, offensive line among camp winners
Doug Smock: McManus, offensive line among camp winners

HUNTINGTON — Marshall’s preseason camp is in the books, with an asterisk.

The fall semester begins today, but the Thundering Herd has an extra week before the season opener Sept. 6 against Purdue. And...

Frank Giardina column: 1975 WVU team is one to remember

In 1975, the college football landscape was much different than it is today.

Today. every team with six wins expects a bowl bid. In 1975, bowl bids were actually earned as there were only 11 bowl games.

The landscape was also different at ...

Ryan Pritt column: Saints end Greenbrier stay on good note with Patriots

WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS — The New Orleans Saints’ tour of duty at The Greenbrier came to an end Thursday with a shared practice with the New England Patriots for the second straight day.

Most Saints...

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