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Trickett will start if he’s cleared to play

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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...

Mountaineers need to find range today vs. Lafayette

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MORGANTOWN — After Bob Huggins watched his West Virginia basketball team suffer through arguably one of the worst shooting performances of a career that has now reached 1,043 games, he...

K-State presents another strong defense for WVU

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MORGANTOWN — Excluding the opening game against Alabama, West Virginia’s offensive production has dropped off rather precipitously as the season has gone along.

In the fiv...

WVU needs rally to win

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MORGANTOWN — Leave it to Juwan Staten to find the silver lining surrounding even the darkest of clouds.

He and his West Virginia teammates nearly did the unthinkable Friday night...

Seldom-used players getting more work during WVU’s bye week

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MORGANTOWN — West Virginia’s football team gets back to work today after an abbreviated off week and the hope is that a light schedule and a couple of days off was the best medi...

WVU overcomes awful shooting to beat Monmouth

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MORGANTOWN — West Virginia dug itself a huge hole Friday night in its season opener against Monmouth. The Mountaineers recovered in time to salvage the win, but it was by no means easy...

Mountaineers open season tonight vs. Monmouth

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MORGANTOWN — If there is a phase of West Virginia’s game that concerns Bob Huggins right now, it is his team’s half-court game on both ends of the floor.

The Mounta...

Ahmad jewel of Huggins’ latest recruiting class

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MORGANTOWN — Bob Huggins signed two high school players to letters of intent Wednesday, the first day of the NCAA’s fall signing period.

Included is the jewel of his class...

Holgorsen says WVU headed in right direction

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MORGANTOWN — When West Virginia concluded a 4-8 season just less than a year ago — on the heels of a 2-6 finish to the previous season — Dana Holgorsen was squarely on th...

WVU, K-State licking wounds

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MORGANTOWN — West Virginia coach Dana Holgorsen and Kansas State’s Bill Snyder have a lot in common this week.

They both face the prospect of trying to regroup teams that ...

Mountaineer mistakes carried into 2nd half vs. Texas

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MORGANTOWN — Dana Holgorsen called the first half of West Virginia’s loss to Texas Saturday “a good old-fashioned butt kicking.’’ He could have used the sam...

Texas runs over WVU 33-16

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AUSTIN, Texas — All season long, West Virginia had managed to avoid the kind of complete meltdowns — and letdowns — that occasionally marked its past two seasons.

WVU notebook: Mountaineers weren’t at their smartest

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AUSTIN, Texas — For most of the season, West Virginia has been a pretty smart football team. Yes, the Mountaineers have turned the ball over more than they should, but they gener...

Mountaineers host Shepherd in basketball exhibition today

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MORGANTOWN — All things considered, Bob Huggins would probably prefer to have two closed scrimmages against top-notch competition in the preseason rather than use one of those opportun...

Texas defense provides litmus test for WVU offense

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AUSTIN, Texas — It’s been a week now since TCU’s defense exposed a myriad of flaws in West Virginia’s offense, from a penchant for turnovers to struggles bot...

WVU needs production out of backs

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AUSTIN, Texas — The last time West Virginia played at Texas, Andrew Buie carried the ball 31 times and gained 207 yards in a 48-45 Mountaineer win.

Don’t expect the ...

WVU to face Missouri in 2016, ’19

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AUSTIN, Texas — West Virginia’s primary objective in putting together football schedules is to maintain a solid strength of schedule while also playing as many home games ...

WVU’s Trickett hopes to bounce back from rough game vs. TCU

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MORGANTOWN — The issue of Clint Trickett being a game manager came up again this week in the wake of West Virginia’s loss to TCU and the team’s preparations for a game Sa...

Ankle will limit WVU’s Staten in exhibition

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MORGANTOWN — Bob Huggins said Thursday that his West Virginia basketball team is ready to get its season started, but his best player isn’t.

The Mountaineers will play an ...

Dave Hickman: Texas needs to find footing at home

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MORGANTOWN — At first glance, it would appear that Texas has a lot going for it this week against West Virginia.

After nine games, the Longhorns are starting to get more comfortable with first-year coach Cha...

Turnover disparity catches up to WVU

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MORGANTOWN — It is, without question, a recipe for disaster.

Through the first nine games of the season, only five teams in all of major college football have turned the ball ove...

Defenses ganging up on White

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MORGANTOWN — There seems little question that as West Virginia attempts to go forward after a demoralizing loss to TCU, the most significant questions center on the offense.

And ...

Texas provides challenging test for Mountaineers

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MORGANTOWN — If West Virginia’s football team has proven nothing else through the first two months of the season it has shown it has a short memory.

The Mountaineers have ...

WVU offense had no answer against TCU

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MORGANTOWN — A month and a half ago, when West Virginia lost its second game of the season to a team ranked among the top four in the country, Dana Holgorsen tried to put it in perspec...

WVU falls to No. 10 TCU on final play, 31-30

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MORGANTOWN — West Virginia’s football program has spent the majority of its first three years in the Big 12 attempting to get its defense up to speed in order to compete on a le...

WVU notebook: Mountaineers held Boykin in check (mostly)

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MORGANTOWN — All things considered, Trevone Boykin could have hurt West Virginia a lot worse than he did Saturday.

Yes, the TCU quarterback got it done when he had to, throwing a...

TCU still a defensive power

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MORGANTOWN — The conversations this week regarding West Virginia’s game with TCU today have seemed almost to come from one of those parallel universes in the old Star Trek serie...

WVU notebook: Offensive versatility makes TCU tough

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MORGANTOWN — To say that West Virginia’s defense faces a stiff challenge today against TCU would be an understatement.

For the second time in three games, the Mountaineers...

WVU freshman safety hitting his stride

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MORGANTOWN — There was never a time when West Virginia’s coaches didn’t believe that Dravon Henry would be a star on the back end of the Mountaineers’ defense.

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WVU notebook: TCU keeping teams on their toes with trick plays

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MORGANTOWN — Gary Patterson is not averse to running the occasional trick play. A few weeks ago in a home game against Oklahoma, the TCU coach came up with a doozy.

Running back ...

Mountaineer Gameday, Dave Hickman column: TCU coach has been on both ends of blowouts

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MORGANTOWN — Gary Patterson swears the topic of discussion never changes among his coaches. When they prepare for a game, the only thing that matters is the bottom line.

“...

TCU’s Boykin creeping into Heisman Trophy talk

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MORGANTOWN — Regardless of what Trevone Boykin does against West Virginia Saturday afternoon, the Mountaineers have likely seen it before — both the good and the bad.

Two ...

Double-teaming White opens up other facets of WVU offense

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MORGANTOWN — Kevin White enjoyed himself Saturday afternoon in Stillwater, Oklahoma.

It had nothing to do with basking in the sun and heat and even less with his work load, which...

WVU notebook: Holgorsen not anxious about CFP rankings

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MORGANTOWN — The first set of rankings from the College Football Playoff committee were released Tuesday night and West Virginia, ranked No. 20 in the latest Associated Press poll, was...

Similar path to success for WVU, TCU

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MORGANTOWN — For a couple of programs that seemed to hit close to rock bottom a year ago, West Virginia and TCU have come a long way in a rather short amount of time.

“Yea...

Run game became WVU’s primary weapon against Oklahoma State

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MORGANTOWN — For weeks now, Dana Holgorsen and the rest of West Virginia’s coaching staff have been trumpeting the success of the team’s running game.

They’v...