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Mitch Vingle

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WVU hoops team rolling dice in Vegas


By entering the Continental Tire Las Vegas Invitational, WVU basketball coach Bob Huggins gambled on his team faring well in Sin City.

Forget tough odds on the tables. The Mountaineers will find tough teams there.<...

Mitch Vingle: WVU getting to the meat of schedule


MORGANTOWN — It was a Monday night game, much like that in Charleston a week prior. WVU, now ranked No. 22 in the USA Today coaches poll, drew but 6,196 to the Coliseum to play and, eventually, whip Bethune-Cookma...

Mitch Vingle: Matchups for WVU-Kansas


West Virginia’s passing game continues to decline as its rushing offense continues to improve. After the Texas game, the Mountaineers fell from No. 47 nationally to No. 63 and are now averaging 227.8 yards a game....

Mitch Vingle: Sparring with Huggins over Charleston jab


The nice thing about WVU basketball coach Bob Huggins is he can take criticism.

He’ll grumble about it in the short term. (Oh, how he can grumble about it in the short term.) But in the long run, he’s...

Mitch Vingle: WVU had to work for win against James Madison


WVU’s basketball team wasn’t exactly at its best Monday night at the Charleston Civic Center.

Playing a Colonial Athletic Conference team, the Mountaineers, ranked No. 22 in the most recent coaches&#x...

Mitch Vingle: Holgorsen, special teams catch big wave in WVU win


MORGANTOWN — Cowabunga, dude.

After West Virginia handled Texas before 56,736 Saturday at Milan Puskar Stadium, there were happy faces on the winning Mountaineers. There were who...

WVU football notebook: TD was especially sweet for Barber


MORGANTOWN — As best as linebacker Jared Barber can remember, West Virginia’s first defensive touchdown of the season was the first touchdown of any kind for Barber since he was...

Mitch Vingle: Analyzing the matchups for WVU vs. Texas


West Virginia’s pass offense continues to struggle, even though the Mountaineers pounded the ball and ran in a win over Texas Tech. QB Skyler Howard was 12-of-23 passing with two picks in that game. WVU’s p...

Mitch Vingle: WVU bowls, signings and draft picks


Ye olde notebook:


It might be chilly now, but, for the WVU football team, the sun is shining a bit more. The Mountaineers are 4-4 and need two victories with four games remaining to be assured of a bowl ber...

Women’s basketball: Inexperienced WVU counting on Bria Holmes


West Virginia women’s basketball coach Mike Carey provides a warning label to those planning to attend early season Mountaineer games.

“You better wear helmets if you’re going to be in the firs...

Mitch Vingle: WVU-TCU matchups


Much has changed for West Virginia’s passing attack from the first three games. In the last three games _ all losses _ QB Skyler Howard’s completion percentage has been 49 percent. In the first three, it wa...

Mitch Vingle: WVU’s Lyons on coaching rumor, issues


Allow me a few moments and I’ll explain how rumors not only get started, but take flight.

Unfounded rumors, that is. If you’re an elder, you might even pass this on to your kids in hopes they’l...

WVU’s Holgorsen scrambling to improve pass attack


West Virginia football coach Dana Holgorsen is searching for answers.

It’s apparent in his use of personnel. Six players — not counting punter Nick O’Toole — have carried the ball. And, ...

WVU’s Holgorsen heaps praise on Baylor after loss to Bears


It wasn’t bad enough for West Virginia coach Dana Holgorsen that he sat through last Saturday’s 62-38 pasting of his Mountaineers.

Mitch Vingle: Luck settling as NCAA’s No. 2 man


Oliver Luck spent the end of last week driving from Indianapolis to Morgantown. One of his sons, Addison, is finishing his senior year at Morgantown High.

If you don’t know, there is athletic skill throughou...

Mitch Vingle: WVU-Baylor matchups


On paper, this is Baylor’s soft spot. The Bears are No. 81 nationally in passing yards allowed per game (234.6) and No. 65 in pass efficiency defense. The problem with that: Many of the Bears’ starters have b...

Mitch Vingle: What a coaching change would cost WVU


You have to be a special cat to be a Power 5 college football coach.

And to be a successful coach at WVU, where the recruiting base is limited, you really have to be a special cat.

Today, though, many are won...

Mountaineer Gameday: Oklahoma State-WVU matchups


WVU rushing offense vs. OSU rushing defense

West Virginia has a clear leader at running back: Wendell Smallwood, the nation’s No. 28 rusher, averaging 110.5 yards a game and 6.3 per carry. He’ll be a ...

Mitch Vingle: Special teams again throw scare into WVU


MORGANTOWN — In the old days, one could walk around neighborhoods in the Mountain State and hear Jack Fleming call the play-by-play of WVU football games.

On Saturday, I imagined folks across the state were ...

Mitch Vingle: Nuggets culled from WVU hoops news


We in the newspaper business like to think of ourselves as watchdogs.

With that, yes, we bark a lot.

Once in a while, though, something nice happens. And I have not one, but two treats to share with you today...

WVU basketball lands commitment from Bender


West Virginia men’s basketball coach Bob Huggins was after two big men for the 2016 class.

First, he picked up a commitment from Mali product Sagaba Konate of Kennedy Catholic High in Pennsylvania.


Mountaineer Gameday: WVU-Oklahoma matchups


WVU run offense vs. Oklahoma run defense

This might be the most fascinating ‘watch’ of the game. West Virginia hasn’t exactly had an electric ground game. Ex-five star recruit Rushel She...

WVU basketball lands 2016 power forward


West Virginia coach Bob Huggins has said he needs a pair of big men in his recruiting class of 2016.

On Thursday night, he secured one of the two.

Sagaba Konate, a 6-foot-9 power forward from Kennedy Catholic...

Mitch Vingle: WVU’s Lyons dealing with the serious -- and not so serious


Catch WVU athletic director Shane Lyons if you can.

He’s in his office. Or inducting school Hall of Fame figures. Or at Big 12 athletic directors meetings in Dallas.

It’s as if he were on a fast...

Mitch Vingle: WVU football, basketball, state recruiting -- and more


Ye olde jammed notebook:

* West Virginia will host more than Maryland’s football team this weekend.

Much, much more.

First, Dana Holgorsen and staff are hoping to host some very big name recruits...

Carte says Charleston definitely bidding on Super Six


The University of Charleston Stadium at Laidley Field is wrapping up installation of new lights.

That, according to facility manager Doug Carte, has Charleston’s upcoming Super Six football bid all aglow.

Mitch Vingle: With ‘off’ week, Beetle, hoops recruiting and notes


The views from here:

* We’ve just gotten started with the college football season and already there’s a week off. WVU has a bye it really doesn’t need. Meanwhile, Marshall, well, plays N...

Mitch Vingle: Charleston’s Elmores and the dark side of athletics


Gay Elmore Jr. would not comment on this column.

It’s understandable. It involves the tragic passing of his father, aka his best friend, Gay Sr. And it involves the alma mater he loves, Virginia Military Ins...

Legg very familiar with Marshall’s opening opponent


When Purdue visits Huntington on Saturday, it will mark the first time a Big Ten school has visited Joan C. Edwards Stadium.

Someone working at Joan C. Edwards Stadium, however, certainly has visited Purdue.


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...

WVU season ticket sales slightly down again


WVU football fans might be buying their team as a Big 12 surprise this season.

The problem for the school, though, is they’re not buying many tickets to see their team.

According to WVU associate athle...

Belichick, Brady, Pats join Saints at Greenbrier


The Hoodie is in West Virginia.

Ditto Tom Brady — and not the “sketchy” version drawn while the quarterback was in court recently.

The Super Bowl champion New England Patriots have joined...

WVU-Florida State deal falls through, but Lyons trying


Many have tried.

Once again, though, an effort has failed to match the football programs of West Virginia and Florida State during the regular season.

The Palm Beach (Fla.) Post recently reported the sides we...

Mitch Vingle: Big 12 recruiting woes; Marshall’s Sept. 6 game


It’s been just a little hectic at 1001 Virginia St. East in the last couple of days.

As you know, there is no more Charleston Gazette. There is no more Charleston Daily Mail. There is a Gazette-Mail, and tha...

WVU hoops preparing for Bahamas trip


Next month, WVU’s basketball team will leave Morgantown behind for a trip to the Bahamas.

And Mountaineer coach Bob Huggins is hoping the team leaves something else in the rearview mirror.

“The ...

Prized WVU hoops recruit Ahmad cleared to play


West Virginia basketball coach Bob Huggins’ summer received a little sunshine on Wednesday.

According to the coach, prized 2015 recruit Esa Ahmad, Ohio’s back-to-back player of the year, was officiall...

Greenbrier Classic: Tiger calls performance ‘a great sign’


WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS — Tiger Woods was not the winner of the 2015 Greenbrier Classic.

In your mind.

In his mind, the week was a complete success. And he indeed was a winne...

Big 12 notes: WVU gets hoops visitor


The Big 12 men’s basketball coaches gathered on Monday — at least via teleconference.

Away from the phone, though, probably proved more interesting for Mountaineer coach Bob Huggins. The news from Mor...

West experiences ‘special moments’ in NBA title ride


WVU basketball coach Bob Huggins couldn’t contain his pride. A picture came across his phone showing former Mountaineer player Jonnie West holding the NBA’s Larry O’Brien Championship Trophy early We...

Stephen Curry may splash down at Greenbrier Classic


A purse of $6.7 million brings out many terrific golfers.

But this year’s Greenbrier Classic just might include a terrific basketball player as well.

Greenbrier names Trevino pro emeritus


If only Sam Snead were still around. One can only imagine the boisterous conversations he would have had upon welcoming Lee Trevino to The Greenbrier.

The 74-year-old “Merry Mex” has been named golf p...

Dominican pitcher flashes ‘electrifying stuff’ in Power win


When watching television, the Pittsburgh Pirates management can skip right on past the Gem Shopping Network.

See, they already have Yeudy Garcia.

Stashed in relative obscurity on the West Virginia Power roste...