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Attitude, energy good as Mountaineers eye Towson

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MORGANTOWN — As it turns out, Dana Holgorsen’s job didn’t become that difficult Sunday after all.

That was the day the West Virginia coach had pointed to more than ...

Holgorsen focused on avoiding letdown

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MORGANTOWN — It would be easy, perhaps, for West Virginia’s football team — not to mention its supporters — to get wrapped up in what can only be regarded as a pos...

WVU notebook: Mountaineers weren’t lacking confidence vs. Tide

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MOrGANTOWN — If nothing else, there was confidence in the air when West Virginia took the field against Alabama Saturday at the Georgia Dome.

In fact, there may have been cockine...

WVU hangs with No. 2 Alabama before falling 33-23

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ATLANTA — A lot of things could have happened to West Virginia’s football team Saturday afternoon at the Georgia Dome, and by all rights more of them were bad than good.

A...

Mountaineers open with mighty Alabama

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ATLANTA — West Virginia begins its 2014 football season here today in far from what could be considered enviable or optimal conditions.

Yes, the Mountaineers have been presented ...

WVU notebook: New coordinators debut on both sides

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ATLANTA — Much has been made of the fact that when Alabama’s offense lines up against West Virginia’s defense today, both units could be a bit of a mystery.

That&#x...

WVU cornerback, safety jobs still up in the air

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MORGANTOWN — As Dana Holgorsen contemplated the question of who would be assigned to cover Alabama’s All-America wide receiver Amari Cooper Saturday, he predictably mentioned so...

WVU notebook: Trickett ready for first contact in awhile

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MORGANTOWN — Clint Trickett hasn’t been in a live game since the final one of last season against Iowa State.

That doesn’t make the West Virginia quarterback unusua...

WVU’s Worley tasked with covering Tide’s Cooper

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MORGANTOWN — On an Alabama team chock full of potential All-Americas — there are no less than eight on Phil Steele’s preseason first and second teams — perhaps the...

Who’s up first for ’Bama? Holgorsen not dwelling on Tide’s QB decision

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MORGANTOWN — To say that Dana Holgorsen isn’t concerned with which of Alabama’s two quarterbacks starts against West Virginia Saturday wouldn’t be entirely accurat...

Joseph comfortable with rules entering season

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MORGANTOWN — When West Virginia lines up against all of the talented players Alabama has to offer on offense Saturday at the Georgia Dome, the Mountaineers are going to need some speci...

With a year at WVU under his belt, WVU’s White aims higher

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MORGANTOWN — Of all the players who were supposed to have a positive impact on West Virginia’s rebuilt offense a year ago, perhaps the most disappointing in regard to the result...

Mountaineers put focus on finishing

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MORGANTOWN — Last season, West Virginia’s football team held a lead in 10 of its 12 games.

The Mountaineers held fourth-quarter advantages in seven of those 12 games and w...

WVU’s Holgorsen keeps Alabama’s strength in perspective

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MORGANTOWN — From Tony Gibson’s vantage point, preparing for Alabama in 10 more days presents all sorts of challenges, not the least of which is simply figuring out what the Tid...

WVU defense showing signs of improvement

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MORGANTOWN — It would have been difficult for Tony Gibson to walk off the field Saturday with anything but a smile on his face.

West Virginia’s rookie defensive coordinato...

Questions loom as WVU camp ends

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MORGANTOWN — West Virginia finished 17 days of preseason camp Saturday with a depth chart beginning to take a more concrete shape, but still with plenty of unanswered questions about e...

WVU's Barber, Townes likely out for season

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MORGANTOWN — With preseason camp winding down, West Virginia coach Dana Holgorsen seems to have come to a few decisions regarding those who will get playing time.

He’s als...

Mountaineer basketball schedule looks familiar

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MORGANTOWN — West Virginia’s Big 12 basketball schedule this season looks a lot like the one from last year.

Specifically, it starts with the same two-game road trip to TC...

WVU’s Alford feels at home on the outside

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MORGANTOWN — Mario Alford fully understands what it’s like to be a square peg forced into a round hole.

He spent much of his first season at West Virginia in that position...

WVU notebook: Blocking skill will determine Smith’s backfield workload

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MORGANTOWN — Dreamius Smith is West Virginia’s leading returning rusher. He was also listed No. 1 on the team’s depth chart heading into preseason camp.

But his pos...

Transfer DE Riddick provides speed on pass rush

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MORGANTOWN — The first time Shaquille Riddick appeared on Tony Gibson’s radar, the West Virginia defensive coordinator was in Florida on a recruiting trip. It was early May of t...

Five experienced backs vying for playing time, carries with Mountaineers

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MORGANTOWN — For those looking to get a handle on just how things are progressing as far as the competition is concerned among West Virginia’s deep corps of running backs, JaJua...

Pressure on WR Thompson to recreate preseason success when games matter

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MORGANTOWN — So many of West Virginia’s wide receivers have something to prove this fall, it’s hard to know where to start naming them.

At the top of the list are p...

Long snapper DePalma’s been perfect, but wants to get better

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MORGANTOWN — Perhaps the best testament to John DePalma’s skills as a long snapper comes from one of the two players to whom he fires the ball between his legs.

It concern...

WVU notebook: Brown’s back, this time at defensive end

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MORGANTOWN — West Virginia’s defense dealt with more than its share of injuries a season ago. One of the most significant blows didn’t even happen on the field.

The...

Crest not ruled out as WVU’s return guy

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MORGANTOWN — Dana Holgorsen finally answered the burning question in West Virginia’s preseason camp Thursday.

Well, sort of.

A day after special teams coordinator Jo...

Holgorsen on board with schedule plan

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MORGANTOWN — Dana Holgorsen is now officially on record as favoring a move toward Power 5 conference schools playing only fellow members in football.

It’s not exactly a fi...

WVU freshman Henry in battle for safety job

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MORGANTOWN — The opening few days or even weeks of a college football preseason camp can be deceptive, especially where freshmen are concerned.

Because they’re usually bra...

WVU offensive line could be a plus

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MORGANTOWN — This isn’t the first year that Dana Holgorsen has touted his offensive line as improved and perhaps even a strength of West Virginia’s football team.

I...

WVU notebook: Holgorsen hoping to make the most of contact limitations

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MORGANTOWN — There is a fine line between getting ready to play and staying healthy enough to play during a month of preseason football practice.

“The goal is to get out o...

Rose, Brown switch roles on WVU defensive line

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MORGANTOWN — Pay no attention to the published depth chart where West Virginia’s defensive line is concerned.

It’s not that it’s a work in progress, but rath...

Mountaineers kickers sport experience

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MORGANTOWN — In so many ways, West Virginia’s kicking game these days is just like the rest of the team.

In other words, it’s deep and experienced, but it still has...

Harler is WVU’s first 2016 basketball commitment

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Wheeling Central’s Chase Harler has become West Virginia’s first commitment to the basketball recruiting class of 2016.

Harler, a 6-foot-3 guard who averaged 22 points per game as a sophomore, scored ...

Freshman Henry vying for playing time

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MORGANTOWN — With all of the experience West Virginia has nearly across the board — and with an eye toward not wanting to throw youngsters into the fire until they’re rea...

Trickett battling back

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MORGANTOWN — Clint Trickett knew the question was coming, so when it wasn’t thrust upon him right off the bat, he was understandably grateful.

“How was your first p...

WVU notes: Smith shows up with new looks

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MORGANTOWN — Dreamius Smith showed up for fall camp at West Virginia looking different for two reasons. Both were intentional, but one he’s happy about and the other he’s...

Few surprises as WVU football practice begins

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MORGANTOWN — West Virginia officially held its first practice of the preseason Thursday afternoon, and for the most part there were no big surprises.

In other words, almost every...

Mountaineers’ non-conference basketball schedule finalized

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MORGANTOWN — Home games against LSU and Virginia Tech, a trip to Madison Square Garden to face N.C. State, another to Puerto Rico and two games in Charleston are included among West Vi...

Fewer holes to fill, fewer headaches for Mountaineers

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MORGANTOWN — In a lot of ways, the preseason camp that West Virginia’s football team begins today will be like any other under Dana Holgorsen.

There will be installation a...

Holgorsen: Stay the course

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MORGANTOWN — As he prepares to begin what very well could be a make-or-break fourth season as West Virginia’s head coach, Dana Holgorsen knows how quickly things can change.

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Healthy Trickett key to Mountaineers’ hopes

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MORGANTOWN — Dana Holgorsen was talking Tuesday about how his quarterback, Clint Trickett, might be able to stay out of the kind of trouble that plagued him last season.

And no, ...

Healthy Trickett key to Mountaineers’ hopes

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MORGANTOWN — Dana Holgorsen was talking Tuesday about how his quarterback, Clint Trickett, might be able to stay out of the kind of trouble that plagued him last season.

And no, ...

Bowlsby sounds warning: Change is coming

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DALLAS — Bob Bowlsby is likely to get considerable argument from those who would suggest that other options should first be explored, but on Monday he still sounded what was meant as a...

Big 12 notes: Baylor still swinging for the fences

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DALLAS — Baylor won its first conference championship in 33 years in 2013 and when the Big 12 media days began here Monday, the Bears were still first.

No, not in the preseason p...

Plenty of storylines to follow as Big 12 media days begin

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MORGANTOWN — There will be no shortage of talking points and angles when the Big 12’s annual football media days begin this morning in Dallas.

There just don’t figu...