West Virginia State University already has a former athlete in the Basketball Hall of Fame. There’s a good chance the Yellow Jackets soon will have one in the Pro Football Hall of Fame as well.
The college football season looms closer with each day, but the first day of classes at West Virginia University for 2020 is Wednesday. Normally, that’s a cause for celebration, but that celebration takes a more cautious tone in the time of COVID-19.
Ask athletic coaches one of the things they like the most about their respective seasons, and one of the answers near the top likely will be “routine.”
Someone last week asked me if we were going to see football played this fall. The best response I could give was a shrug of my shoulders.
In the wake of the Big Ten and Pac-12 each announcing they were jettisoning their 2020 non-conference schedules due to the coronavirus pandemic, much of the regret came from the loss of some marquee matchups: Alabama versus Southern Cal, Notre Dame versus Wisconsin, Ohio State versus Oregon.
The job of stewarding a Power 5 football program is no small one. Neal Brown knew that when he signed the contract that made him West Virginia University’s coach. The full weight of that job hit him square in the face this week.
I would really love for sports to return in full force sometime soon. It would be great to see all the major professional and college sports come back when they’ve planned to do so. Count me as hopeful.
When the folks who aren’t fans of changes in name, image and likeness rules in the NCAA — changes that would allow student-athletes to market themselves and profit off their names, images and likenesses — offer their counterpoints, they often talk about unfairness. They say that the bulk of …
When I heard that the North-South football and basketball all-star game organizers would try to hold those events despite the complications of the coronavirus pandemic, I thought it was a noble undertaking.
I know everyone wants a triumphant return of sports, that glorious day when the games we all love come back, when folks who mark their calendars every year for opening day get their wish and stands are full and crowds are loud. The balance of the sporting world is restored and every team in …
You already could argue that West Virginia is the cradle of college football coaches. Nick Saban, Jimbo Fisher, Lou Holtz and Fielding Yost head a strong list. But can it also be considered a crucial spot on the map for the most influential offense in decades?
The news that broke Wednesday — that the NCAA Board of Governors supported sweeping rules changes to allow student-athletes to profit off their names, images and likenesses — was no surprise. It was inevitable.
Nearly every Football Bowl Subdivision athletic director agrees that there will be a college football season in the 2020-21 NCAA calendar, and there’s good reason for that.
My first story assignment on my first day as an intrepid Charleston Daily Mail sports reporter in 2012 was a doozy. I had to call Jim Justice — long before he was Gov. Jim Justice, just billionaire owner of The Greenbrier Jim Justice — and ask him how, after a derecho tore through the Old Wh…
As Adam Sutton weaved through the neighborhoods near Bridge Road last Sunday afternoon, he’d see family friends and neighbors leave their homes. Some cheered. Some held signs. He waved as he ran past.
As far apart as we’re supposed to be in the throes of the coronavirus pandemic, there are plenty of ways that we’ve all been able to come together — at least in a virtual sense.
Last Thursday, my work day began standing at an entrance to the Charleston Coliseum basketball court. To my side was West Virginia Secondary School Activities Commission Executive Director Bernie Dolan.