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Mike Casazza: WVU AD Lyons ponders Big 12’s future

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MORGANTOWN — Shane Lyons was in Phoenix at the beginning of the week while another round of conference expansion obsession began. Soon, West Virginia’s athletic director will be...

WVU’s Smallwood, Kwiatkoski and Dillon selected in NFL Draft

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At the outset, when Wendell Smallwood decided against his senior season at West Virginia, the defense of the Big 12’s rushing title and the pursuit of the conference player of the year award, he couldn’t ha...

Raiders take WVU’s Joseph in first round of NFL Draft

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Karl Joseph’s college career ended on Oct. 6 and in a completely illogical manner. He tore the ACL in his right knee with a simple slip in a non-contact drill, and it happened on a Tuesday, no less, when the West ...

Long road leads WVU’s Dillon to NFL Draft doorstep

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The NFL draft begins Thursday night in Chicago, a three-day, seven-round event that features only the first round on opening night. West Virginia defensive back K.J. Dillon will not be watching.

WVU holds off Herd 9-8

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MORGANTOWN — Both times the West Virginia and Marshall and baseball teams played last season, the result was a one-run game with each side getting one win. When the Mountaineers travel...

Gibson: WVU defense 'not very good right now'

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MORGANTOWN — Spring football ended only Saturday for West Virginia, and the regular season doesn't begin for another 132 days, when the Mountaineers begin with a non-conference game aga...

WVU soph wideout Jennings steps up on final day of spring drills

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WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS — The explanation from Gary Jennings following his performance in the Gold-Blue Game here at The Greenbrier was both succinct and sufficient.

Positions up for grabs as WVU enters spring game

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WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS — Saturday is the spring game for West Virginia, but today is also about tomorrow. The Mountaineers conclude spring football with their 15th and final practice at...

WVU football coaches prep for post-spring recruiting

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MORGANTOWN — Spring football ends for West Virginia with Saturday’s Gold-Blue Game at The Greenbrier, but future football begins soon thereafter.

Mike Casazza: Meadows finds way to WVU’s long snapper job

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MORGANTOWN — Early on in his journey to Division I college football, Nick Meadows identified the obstacles. He knew he wasn’t going to overcome them, so he found a way aro...

Devin Williams signs with agent, closes door on WVU return

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MORGANTOWN — Devin Williams, a second-team all-Big 12 pick this past season, will not return to West Virginia for his senior season.

Molina finally gets shot as WVU’s kicker

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MORGANTOWN — Even in the middle of a situation that was far from normal, all that Mike Molina could do was the usual. Same practice routine. Same swings of his right leg. Same obsessing over film from practice. Sa...

Mountaineer receiver benefits from dance studies

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MORGANTOWN — If there’s any justice in college football, Ricky Rogers will score a touchdown this season because no one on West Virginia’s roster is more qualified for th...

WVU kicker Lambert suspended for 3 games

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MORGANTOWN — West Virginia kicker Josh Lambert will not play in the team’s first three games of the 2016 season after the rising senior was found to be in violation of the Big 1...

WVU’s Brown changes diet, approach before senior year

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MORGANTOWN — How is it that someone who’d been on campus since 2012 plays better in his 40th game than he did in the first 39? How do you convince a 300-pounder to drop his life...

Early enrollees adjust quickly for Mountaineers

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MORGANTOWN — West Virginia welcomed nine freshmen to the football team in January, players who enrolled early not to escape high school but to accelerate college during the 15 spring p...

Mike Casazza: Benton has the look to be WVU linebacker

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MORGANTOWN — Al-Rasheed Benton is, if nothing else, honest.

WVU lineman Cajuste makes up for lost time

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MORGANTOWN — If there is an adjective to best describe an offensive lineman, and especially one charged with protecting his quarterback’s blind side, it’s one that won&#x...

Mountaineers using drone technology for coaching, marketing, recruiting

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MORGANTOWN — No matter how far the rich contracts, the corporate interference, the extravagant facilities and the convoluted governance move the game from its simple roots, some of col...

Mike Casazza: Seider handles new reality at running back

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MORGANTOWN — For years now, the conversations one could have with Ja’Juan Seider at this time of the season were about what the West Virginia running backs coach would do with a...

WVU football: Bosch precedent may bode well for Grier

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MORGANTOWN — Almost immediately upon discovering Wednesday that quarterback Will Grier would transfer to West Virginia, attention shifted to when the former Parade Magazine national hi...

WVU’s Crest getting used to different roles

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MORGANTOWN — William Crest makes everything he’s experienced sound so simple. To him, he’s a football player who’s playing college football at West Virginia. To others, it’s a bit more ...

WVU football adds Florida QB transfer, receivers coach

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MORGANTOWN — The West Virginia football program added two to its ranks Wednesday, including a former starting quarterback for a top 10 SEC team.

WVU’s Shell adds weight, physicality to his game

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MORGANTOWN — When Rushel Shell returned from spring break late last month, he stepped on a scale and saw he was 3 pounds heavier than when he left campus for the weeklong break from sc...

WVU suspends four for spring football

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MORGANTOWN — West Virginia has suspended four players for spring football, coach Dana Holgorsen announced Saturday, which was the team’s sixth practice and the first open to the...

Holgorsen, Wickline shared ideas, philosophies long before WVU

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MORGANTOWN — This couldn’t have been a simple move for Joe Wickline, a celebrated offensive line coach coming to a team that already had an offensive line coach. He took over as...

WVU AD Lyons amends contracts for three football assistants

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MORGANTOWN — West Virginia athletic director Shane Lyons amended the contracts for three football coaches last month and granted two of the assistants raises.

WVU baseball looks to rebound with weekend home series

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MORGANTOWN — On Tuesday, eight pitchers combined to walk 11 batters, and West Virginia University’s baseball team lost a non-conference home game in extra innings to a sub-.500 ...

Mike Casazza: WVU’s Caponi isn’t used to losing

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MORGANTOWN — Last winter, not long after he arrived to coach West Virginia’s safeties and not long before he began his first spring with the Mountaineers, Matt Caponi found hims...

WVU’s Williams declares for the NBA Draft

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MORGANTOWN — West Virginia forward Devin Williams, who had 16 double-doubles and was second-team All-Big 12 this season, announced Tuesday he’s entering the NBA draft and sugges...

WVU will use spring to sort out offensive line

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MORGANTOWN — West Virginia didn’t throw the football too often last season, passing on just 42.43 percent of downs. That ranked No. 100 out of 128 teams. But there was a justifi...

Mike Casazza: Big 12 has work to do in NCAA tournament

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MORGANTOWN — This hasn’t been the best month for the Big 12 and its basketball coaches. This March and the three Marches before it.

WVU could return starting five if Williams stays

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MORGANTOWN — So little made sense in the West Virginia locker room Friday night that it wasn't a place to find explanations for what just happened, never mind what happens next.

WVU players: We overlooked Stephen F. Austin

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BROOKLYN, N.Y. — The worst thing to happen to Stephen F. Austin in its rather uncomplicated win in the first round of the NCAA Tournament Friday was also the worst thing to happen...

Stephen F. Austin upsets WVU in NCAA tournament

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BROOKLYN, N.Y. — Of all the people and pundits watching the NCAA Tournament, nobody should have been more surprised than West Virginia’s players and coaches after the No. 3 seed w...

WVU/NCAA notebook: WVU, SFA like to press, but in different ways

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BROOKLYN, N.Y. — Stephen F. Austin leads the nation in forced turnovers per game. West Virginia ranks second. Observers of Friday night's NCAA Tournament game at the Barclays Center wil...

Numbers game: WVU is 24-1 in games with leads of 10-plus points

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BROOKLYN, N.Y. — There are no magic numbers in the ever-unpredictable NCAA Tournament.

Huggins' key to advancing: 'You have to make open shots'

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BROOKLYN, N.Y. — Considering his luck, or lack thereof, it was fair to ask Bob Huggins if health is the most important part of a long NCAA Tournament run.

WVU begins tough bracket journey with Stephen F. Austin

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MORGANTOWN — Whether it was the roster or travel or the Big 12 competition, West Virginia has come to understand this basketball season was never going to be easy.

Galloway leaves WVU football job for Louisville

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Lonnie Galloway, who on Feb. 16 signed a contract extension to cover him through 2017, is leaving the West Virginia football coaching staff. He was named co-offensive coordinator and received a multi-year contract with a...

WVU is a No. 3 seed in the NCAA tournament, will face Stephen F. Austin

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MORGANTOWN — West Virginia’s reward for finishing the regular season ranked No. 10 in the polls and the RPI, in second place in the top-rated RPI league and as runner-up in the Bi...

Jayhawks finish off Mountaineers; WVU awaits NCAA tourney destination

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. — This Kansas team can finish.

The top-ranked Jayhawks, who once stood 5-3 in Big 12 play as people penned eulogies about their streak of regular-season co...

Upon further review, Mountaineers in Big 12 title game

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. — West Virginia won and lost and then won the Big 12 semifinal Friday night.

WVU takes first Big 12 step

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. — West Virginia crossed another item off its list.

Mike Casazza: Carter confident as WVU enters Big 12 tournament

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. — West Virginia is in prime time Thursday night, playing a quarterfinal game in an event that crowns a champion in the toughest college basketball league in the ...

WVU notebook: Holton ready to roll for Big 12 tournament

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Jon Holton gave his coach a scare by leaving the past two games with injuries, but the West Virginia forward declared himself...

‘Bouncing around’ got WVU’s Paige recognized

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KANSAS CITY – The first time Jaysean Paige climbed the steps and ducked through the door and inside the chartered jet that takes West Virginia’s basketball team to wherever it pla...

Can WVU earn No. 1 seed from committee?

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MORGANTOWN — One of the hallmarks of the season so far is how the West Virginia men’s basketball team unearths and embraces sources of slight and disrespect. Throughout the regular season, the Mountaineers cl...

WVU hires Dolphins’ assistant Blue Adams to coach cornerbacks

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MORGANTOWN — West Virginia completed its coaching staff by naming Miami Dolphins assistant coach Danny “Blue” Adams its cornerbacks coach.

WVU carrying momentum into Big 12 tournament

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MORGANTOWN — On Jan. 12, West Virginia beat No. 1 Kansas for its first win against a top-ranked team in 33 seasons. It was the team's most emphatic statement to that point that it was m...