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WVU’s White will be ready when Aggies get physical


MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Deshazor Everett has a pretty simple plan in place for the times that he lines up against Kevin White.

It’s pretty much the same plan he always has....

Liberty Bowl notebook: Practices upbeat for Mountaineers


MEMPHIS, Tenn. — It’s pretty much unheard of for coaches to bemoan a team’s preparation for a football game, especially a bowl game.

They’re pretty muc...

Ready or not, Howard’s the WVU QB


MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Dana Holgorsen admits that there was a time when he wasn’t sure if Skylar Howard was ready to step into the role as West Virginia’s backup quarterb...

Fifth concussion knocks Trickett out of Liberty Bowl


MEMPHIS, Tenn. -- Not only will Clint Trickett not play in Monday’s Liberty Bowl, he won’t be playing football again. Ever.

The West Virginia quarterback said Friday that he is officially retired from...

Mountaineers healthy going into bowl


MORGANTOWN — If nothing else, West Virginia’s football team seems to be healthy as it prepares for Monday’s Liberty Bowl matchup with Texas A&M.

Quarterback Cli...

Mountaineers get a break after lopsided win over Wofford


MORGANTOWN — Well, if nothing else, West Virginia’s basketball team seems to have earned the four-day holiday break it now enjoys.

Bob Huggins sent his players on their ho...

Holton found range vs. NC State


MORGANTOWN — It was a couple of weeks ago that Bob Huggins threatened to pull the plug on Jonathan Holton.

Oh, he was still going to play the 6-foot-7 junior forward. After all, ...

WVU defense, halfcourt offense combine to beat N.C. State 83-69


NEW YORK — West Virginia leads the nation in steals and Saturday night at Madison Square Garden North Carolina State found out what a lethal weapon that can be.

And Mark Gottfrie...

WVU forces 16 turnovers, leads Wolfpack at halftime by 9


NEW YORK -- West Virginia cranked up its pressure defense midway through the first half tonight to take at least temporary control of its Gotham Classic game with North Carolina State at Madison Square Garden.

The ...

Dave Hickman Liberty Bowl column: Schemes very similar for WVU, Aggies


MORGANTOWN — Kevin Sumlin is no different than almost any other coach in the country in that if he sees something he likes, he’ll try to replicate it.

Offensively, that has meant that his Texas A&...

Mountaineers, N.C. State up for challenge at the Garden


NEW YORK — Neither Bob Huggins nor Mark Gottfried shy away from setting up challenging non-conference schedules. They don’t necessarily schedule a murderer’s row, but all...

WVU’s Trickett cleared to play in bowl


MORGANTOWN — Dana Holgorsen said Thursday that Clint Trickett has been cleared to play in the Liberty Bowl.

But whether that means he will start — or even play — wh...

Holgorsen in no hurry to replace Dawson


MORGANTOWN — Dana Holgorsen isn’t going to sweat losing his offensive coordinator.

For starters, the timing of Shannon Dawson’s move to a job as the offensive coord...

WVU AD Luck stepping down, taking NCAA post


MORGANTOWN — Oliver Luck never seemed like a lifer in his job as West Virginia’s athletic director.

That had nothing to do with his ties to the school — which are d...

Dawson leaving WVU for UK job


MORGANTOWN — Shannon Dawson is leaving West Virginia’s football coaching staff.

Dawson, the team’s offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach, is going to Kentuck...

Gibson’s new WVU contract worth $2.1 million


MORGANTOWN — Tony Gibson won’t be the richest assistant football coach in the country, but he’s a lot closer to the top than the bottom now.

Gibson’s new thr...

Gibson’s new WVU contract worth $2.1 million


MORGANTOWN — Tony Gibson won’t be the richest assistant football coach in the country, but he’s a lot closer to the top than the bottom now.

Gibson’s new thr...

WVU outlasts Marshall in Capital Classic


To the naked eye — and to most of those in a crowd of 10,749 at the Civic Center — Sunday’s Capital Classic was typically fast and furious.

West Virginia, as is its wont, pressed from the openi...

WVU, Marshall both sloppy and tied at half


West Virginia was pretty much following its usual form in the first half today and Marshall was taking advantage at the Civic Center.

In other words, the Mountaineers were forcing all sorts of turnovers, but failin...

Capital Classic: Civic Center ‘like playing at home’ for Mountaineers


Gary Browne has played enough games in the Charleston Civic Center that he can honestly consider it a home away from home — or for a Puerto Rican living in West Virginia, at least a home court away from his home c...

Chit-chat over between Liberty Bowl coaches


MORGANTOWN — Kevin Sumlin has a word of advice not just for his Texas A&M players, but for West Virginia’s, too, leading up to the Liberty Bowl.

“Both teams nee...

Holgorsen-Spavital jousting underway


MORGANTOWN — If nothing else, the buildup to West Virginia’s game with Texas A&M in the Liberty Bowl began on a lighter note.

Call it friendly fire. Or trolling, perha...

WVU will face Texas A&M, Spavital in Liberty Bowl


West Virginia’s one-year football bowl drought will end in Memphis against an unfamiliar opponent but with a fairly familiar face.

The Mountaineers Sunday accepted a bid to the Liberty Bowl, which will be pl...

WVU shakes off slow start, pulls away from Northern Kentucky 67-42


HIGHLAND HEIGHTS, Ky. — In some ways, the mismatch that was West Virginia’s game with Northern Kentucky Sunday night became obvious right from that start.

And yes, that means in an ugly, torturous, ne...

WVU accepts bid to Liberty Bowl


West Virginia’s one-year football bowl drought will end in Memphis.

The Mountaineers this afternoon accepted a bid to the Liberty Bowl, which will be played at 2 p.m. Monday, Dec. 29.

The opponent was ...

Mountaineers trek to Northern Kentucky tonight


HIGHLAND HEIGHTS, Ky. — West Virginia will try to shake off its first loss of the season tonight in what might appear to be an odd location.

And it is, for all practical pu...

LSU erases big deficit, hands Mountaineers 1st loss


MORGANTOWN — It stands to reason that what should have upset Bob Huggins most about his team’s first loss of the season Thursday night was the play of West Virginia’s def...

Up and down Tigers visit WVU


MORGANTOWN — The LSU team that West Virginia faces tonight at the Coliseum has been alternately impressive and not so much so through the first seven games of the season.

As luck...

Big 12 to add aid increases, longer scholarships


MORGANTOWN — The Big 12 Conference — and thus, by extension, West Virginia — took the first official steps Monday toward providing its student-athletes with far more fina...

Holgorsen downplays talk of QB controversy


MORGANTOWN — Dana Holgorsen was quick to attempt to put to rest any hint of a quarterback controversy Saturday following West Virginia’s regular-season finale at Iowa State.


Howard steps in, leads WVU past Iowa State 37-24


AMES, Iowa — Skyler Howard is pretty much what one would expect from a guy who arrived at West Virginia from California.

Laid back.

No, he’s not from the West ...

Iowa State a breather of sorts for Mountaineers


AMES, Iowa — There is an argument to be made — a good one, by the way — that the football schedule West Virginia has faced this season is the most difficult of any ...

WVU notebook: Mountaineers face another elusive QB


AMES, Iowa — There seems no question at all that West Virginia’s defense has been playing very well this season. The Mountaineers are light years ahead of the porous units...

Petteway poised to make first career start


MORGANTOWN — There never seemed much doubt that Shaq Petteway was going to play a lot of football for West Virginia.

A week into his first preseason camp as a true freshman in 20...

Mountaineer Gameday: Rhoads’ days at Iowa State could be numbered


MORGANTOWN -- When West Virginia visits Iowa State this weekend, it might be to say goodbye to an old nemesis.

Paul Rhoads might survive to see yet another season with the Cyclones, but the odds of that grow longer...

Trickett will start if he’s cleared to play


MORGANTOWN — Dana Holgorsen made it clear Tuesday that Clint Trickett remains West Virginia’s starting quarterback.

That doesn’t necessarily mean, though, that he w...

Holgorsen still not sure about his QB


Dana Holgorsen apparently has not ruled out the possibility of handing over the job as West Virginia’s starting quarterback to Skyler Howard, regardless of the health of Clint Trickett.

Then again, it sounds...

Staten leads WVU to tournament title


SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico — If West Virginia discovered nothing else while spending nearly a week in the Caribbean, it was that it might have the makings of a pretty good basketball team.

Oh, sure, it learned a ...

Baseball bug never bit WVU’s Browne in native Puerto Rico


SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico — To say that Gary Browne was no good at baseball just wouldn’t be true.

Shoot, not to play to stereotypes or anything, but the guy is an athle...

Mountaineers face UConn for tournament title


SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico — Jevon Carter and Ryan Boatright have a lot in common, beginning with the fact that both are from Chicago.

Another connection? Carter plays summer ba...

Freshmen help WVU beat BC


SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico — Bob Huggins didn’t really want to find out what it might be like if West Virginia had to play the final, decisive minutes of a close game without ...

Mountaineers run away for 91-65 win over George Mason


SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico — West Virginia’s basketball team can’t play much better than it did in the first half against George Mason Thursday night.

Shoot, even ...

Mountaineer, K-State defenses in spotlight tonight


MORGANTOWN — Perhaps nothing better illustrates the difference between the West Virginia and Kansas State football programs quite like the way the two teams play defense.

That wa...

WVU’s Macon back for Puerto Rico trip


SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico — Stretches of the season like the one that begins tonight for West Virginia’s basketball team are one of the reasons Bob Huggins wanted to get bigge...

WVU notebook: Open week helped Mountaineers recover


After six straight weeks without a break, West Virginia’s football team surprisingly didn’t have anyone limping around on crutches or scheduled for surgery.

That doesn’t mean, however, that the...

Dave Hickman, Gameday column: Snyder’s teams typically sound and disciplined


MORGANTOWN — Bill Snyder is old enough that he’s been able to retire, have a road and a stadium named after him, get bored and start the process all over again.

The 75-yea...

Home finale for ‘odd class’ of WVU seniors


MORGANTOWN — Dana Holgorsen managed to sum up the senior class that will play for the final time on Mountaineer Field Thursday night rather succinctly.

“Senior night is ob...

K-State QB dangerous, like Klein


MORGANTOWN — No one will ever confuse Jake Waters with Kansas State’s last high-profile quarterback.

At just 6-foot-1 and 210 pounds, he’s not exactly Optimus Klein...

Defense, rebounding carry WVU past Lafayette


MORGANTOWN — After two games, this much is obvious about West Virginia’s basketball team:

Bob Huggins was right about it.

The veteran coach said long before the Moun...

Smith could be in line for more carries


MORGANTOWN — Perhaps a week of rest and recovery will change things, but there seems at least a chance that there could be a new order to West Virginia’s running back rotation t...