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2nd-half pressure carries WVU past Texas Tech 77-58

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MORGANTOWN — Perhaps there have been better stretches of basketball played by West Virginia this season — and given the remaining schedule there might need to be a few more ...

Huggins: Texas Tech no pushover

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MORGANTOWN — When Bob Huggins is asked to compare the Big 12 to some of the other conferences he’s been a part of over the years — and to most leagues, for that matter &#...

Phillip joins Mountaineer list of top scorers

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MORGANTOWN — Through the first 20 games of the season, six different players have led West Virginia’s 17-win basketball team in scoring.

None came as more of a surprise th...

Mountaineers land ugly 65-59 win at K-State

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MANHATTAN, Kan. — The first half might have set records for artistic absence, if such a statistic were possible to record.

The second half was a whole lot better, but still...

K-State looks to skirt press vs. WVU

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MANHATTAN, Kan. — If Bruce Weber is nothing else, he is a realist.

His Kansas State basketball team hosts No. 17 West Vi...

Miles’ performance a dream come true

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MORGANTOWN — For Daxter Miles, the way West Virginia’s game with TCU played out Saturday was better than any dream he’s ever had.

And Miles has had plenty of dreams...

Freshmen carry Mountaineers to improbable OT win over TCU

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MORGANTOWN — Daxter Miles isn’t a geology major, but he does know some of the basics.

“Diamonds are made from pressure, right?’’ he asked.

Indee...

Rested Mountaineers host TCU today

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MORGANTOWN — Bob Huggins had a fairly simple plan for the week of down time his West Virginia basketball team had after last weekend’s 27-point drubbing at Texas.

“...

Staten, Mountaineers have time to regroup

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AUSTIN, Texas — There’s probably no good reason to be alarmed at the result of West Virginia’s trip here this weekend, even if it did result in by far the Mountaineers’ worst loss of the seaso...

Texas blasts No. 16 WVU 77-50

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AUSTIN, Texas West Virginia thought it might have the answer to an enormous Texas team that last year imposed its will on the Mountaineers th...

Mountaineers hope pressure will counter Longhorns’ size

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AUSTIN, Texas — West Virginia had no success whatsoever playing Texas a year ago. The teams lined up three times and the Longhorns were never threatened.

Not only did the ...

Texas presents a big change of pace for WVU

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MORGANTOWN — West Virginia’s basketball team is in the early stages of what constitutes as close to a breather as there is in the Big 12 this season, at least in terms of sheer ...

Mountaineers run away from Sooners 86-65

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MORGANTOWN — Usually it takes West Virginia’s press a while to really affect an opponent.

Mountaineer coach Bob Huggins likes to call it a cumulative effect, and he’...

Another tough Big 12 test for Mountaineers

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MORGANTOWN — Both Lon Kruger and Bob Huggins have already discovered what everyone has been preaching about what life is going to be like in the Big 12 this season.

With seven of...

Huggins doesn’t want loss to linger

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MORGANTOWN — After his team had squandered an opportunity to make a real mark early in the Big 12 season by losing to Iowa State Saturday night at the Coliseum, Bob Huggins was feeling...

Shooting woes doom Mountaineers in loss to Iowa State

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MORGANTOWN — West Virginia’s win streak came to an end Saturday night, the victim of the one area of its game the Mountaineers sorely lack — a shooting touch.

Nearl...

No. 17 Iowa State begins WVU’s tough stretch

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MORGANTOWN — Now the real fun begins for West Virginia’s basketball team.

Or at least the real challenge.

Fifteen games into the season, the Mountaineers have lost j...

WVU makes Tall hire official

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MORGANTOWN — West Virginia made official Wednesday the hiring of Bruce Tall as the school’s defensive line coach.

In doing so, though, coach Dana Holgorsen did nothing to ...

Tall hired; creates WVU quandary

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MORGANTOWN — With a series of moves and the stroke of a few pens, Dana Holgorsen has managed to both stabilize his coaching staff and create a bit of a quandary.

The West Virgin...

Mountaineers grind out 7th straight win

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LUBBOCK, Texas — West Virginia plugged in one part and unplugged another Monday night, but it didn’t really make much of a difference against outmanned Texas Tech.

T...

Country roads take Shane Lyons home as WVU’s new AD

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From all indications, West Virginia University feels as if it hit a home run with its choice of a new athletic director.

The man who will fill the job couldn’t be much happier either.

“This univ...

Lyons’ style: Listen first, then lead

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To say that there was a difference in management styles between West Virginia’s two most recent athletic directors would be an understatement.

Ed Pastilong, who served in the job as long as anyone ever had, ...

Staten expected back as WVU visits Texas Tech

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LUBBOCK, Texas — If Juwan Staten doesn’t regress, chances seem pretty good that his absence from West Virginia’s lineup will be just a one-game blip on the radar.

That’s good news, of co...

WVU fills in for Staten, defeats TCU 78-67

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FORT WORTH, Texas — At halftime of West Virginia’s Big 12 opener against unbeaten TCU Saturday, Bob Huggins made a fairly dramatic change in the way he looked, ditching th...

Browne steps up big for Mountaineers

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FORT WORTH, Texas — Trent Johnson has been around long enough apparently to know that when Bob Huggins says he likes something, he must really like it.

Take this yearȁ...

WVU opens Big 12 basketball season at unbeaten TCU

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FORT WORTH, Texas — There’s an argument to be made that the TCU team that West Virginia faces today is no different than the TCU team of last season.

It’s pro...

WVU pulls away, routs Virginia Tech 82-51

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MORGANTOWN — West Virginia muddled through a first half Tuesday afternoon in which it made nearly as many errors as Virginia Tech. Because of that, the teams’ game at the Colise...

Mountaineers have big holes to fill on offense

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MORGANTOWN — In the aftermath of yet another disappointing end to a season, Dana Holgorsen and his returning players managed to look forward.

After all, that was far preferable t...

Mountaineers fall to Texas A&M 45-37 in Liberty Bowl

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MEMPHIS, Tenn. — In a lot of ways, it was surprising that West Virginia lost Monday’s Liberty Bowl to Texas A&M by just a touchdown.

After all, consider that the Mountaineers’ heretofore so...

Liberty Bowl notebook: Texas A&M student assistant benched after striking WVU player

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MEMPHIS, Tenn. — To say that things got a little chippy at times during West Virginia’s 45-37 loss to Texas A&M in the Liberty Bowl Monday would be an understatement.

More than a few times, player...

Mountaineers host Williams, Virginia Tech today

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By all rights, West Virginia’s game with Virginia Tech today should not be terribly competitive.

The Mountaineers are 11-1 and ranked No. 17 in both the Rating Percentage Index and the Associated Press Top 2...

WVU, Texas A&M face off in Liberty Bowl

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MEMPHIS, Tenn. — West Virginia and Texas A&M play today in the 56th Liberty Bowl amidst a bevy of unknowns.

There are the identically-schemed offenses and the interpersonal relationships among the coachi...

Texas A&M simplifying approach to defense

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MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Most of the conversation leading up to today’s Liberty Bowl has revolved around the mostly-identical concepts employed by both West Virginia and Texas A&M on offense.

Given that W...

WVU’s White will be ready when Aggies get physical

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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...