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Rick Ryan: Another coup for ‘Superman’ Justice

WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS — Saints coach Sean Payton, flanked by reporters, was in the midst of his first media conference of training camp at The Greenbrier the other day when his remarks were interrupted by a shrill...

Rick Ryan: Another coup for ‘Superman’ Justice

WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS — Saints coach Sean Payton, flanked by reporters, was in the midst of his first media conference of training camp at The Greenbrier the other day when his remarks were interrupted by a shrill...

Frank Giardina: Hard Times, Raw Beef, Chop Chop and other sports nicknames

Last week, southern West Virginia lost one of our all-time great sports nicknames with the passing of longtime NFL assistant coach Jim “Raw Beef” Myers.

The son of a Boone County farmer, “Raw Beef” starred at Scott...

Tommy Atkinson: Open notes on Brand, Evans, Davis and Anania

DANIELS — If Christian Brand thought winning his first West Virginia Open was tough, he’s also getting a lesson on the school of hard knocks at the professional level.

The former Capital High School...

Mitch Vingle: MU bowl hopes, WVU absences and Trickett

The views from here:

n If Marshall coach Doc Holliday is seeking a way to motivate his team, I suggest he examine the new College Football Playoff rules.

In sum, this year’s Thundering Herd team has a...

Dave Hickman: Some to miss start of WVU camp

DALLAS — Cleaning out a crowded Big 12 media days notebook:

West Virginia’s football team is a week away from reporting for preseason camp, but not everyone will be there. Dana Holgorsen said Tuesday...

Dave Hickman: Bowlsby says NCAA enforcement broken
Dave Hickman: Bowlsby says NCAA enforcement broken

DALLAS — There are so many game-changing issues facing college athletics these days that one of the more traditional bones of contention is almost getting lost in the shuffle.

Remember when cheating was what...

Doug Smock: Rouse finally gets his preseason ‘cred’
Doug Smock: Rouse finally gets his preseason ‘cred’

BETTING POOL material: Which hits the proverbial table first, Dana Holgorsen’s head or the first blueprints for a new, enormous indoor practice facility at West Virginia University?

Sorry, folks, couldn’t help myself there. I shall ...

Norman Chad: Presenting the Mount Rushmore of Mount Rushmores

EARLIER THIS YEAR, LeBron James told NBA TV that the NBA’s “Mount Rushmore” would include Michael Jordan, Larry Bird, Magic Johnson and Oscar Robertson. Asked if he’d ever make his way onto it, LeBron said,...

Mitch Vingle: Saints, Luck and explaining the Sugar Bowl
Mitch Vingle: Saints, Luck and explaining the Sugar Bowl

Ye olde notebook:

n Louis Armstrong music had been playing in my head.

Finally, I figured out why. This is the week the NFL’s Saints come marching in to West Virginia.

Prepare yourselves for a...

Frank Giardina: Thinking of ‘Hoss,’ Switzer, Shannon and Caruthers

Here are some rambling and random summer thoughts:

n On Aug. 30, West Virginia’s football team will be a decided underdog against Alabama in Atlanta. But if you are a Mountaineer fan and looking for...

Mitch Vingle: News from Motown, AAU circuit and lingerie football
Mitch Vingle: News from Motown, AAU circuit and lingerie football

While still mourning the loss of comic hero Archie, who was fatally shot ...

n Thankfully for sports writers in the Mountain State, an endless stream of news flows from Morgantown...

Mitch Vingle: WVU and football ticket sales

There seems to be outrage in some quarters over WVU’s current football season ticket sales.

“Basically we’re at 29,100 right now,” Mountaineer associate athletic director Matt Wells said Tuesday. “We are down....

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