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Crest gives glimpse of versatility in Gold-Blue game


MORGANTOWN — To say that William Crest was the star of West Virginia’s spring game Saturday would be quite a stretch.

After all, he had just 78 yards of offense. And even ...

Consistency and depth keys in rebuilding WVU receiving corps


MORGANTOWN — Few things were more important to West Virginia’s offense this spring than to reconstruct the receiving corps.

Heading into today’s spring-ending Gold-...

WVU Football: Place-kick holder job open


MORGANTOWN — Dana Holgorsen has managed to make a running joke of his relationship with kicker Josh Lambert, which he tries to insist is no relationship at all.

Holgorsen tabs Howard as WVU’s starting quarterback


WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS — Skyler Howard was far from perfect Saturday when West Virginia’s football team scrimmaged in front of a couple thousand sunbaked fans at The Greenbrier.<...

Mountaineers work out today at Greenbrier


MORGANTOWN — West Virginia’s football team takes its spring practice road show to The Greenbrier today.

Actually, the Mountaineers are making a whole weekend of it in conj...

Top JUCO scorer Myers joins Mountaineers


MORGANTOWN — The leading scorer in junior college last season is now officially on his way to West Virginia.

Teyvon Myers signed his letter of intent Wednesday afternoon at Willi...

Dolan named new head of SSAC


ROANOKE — Professionally speaking, Bernie Dolan has spent every bit of the past three decades dealing with exactly the types of issues his new job entails.

The 54-year-old lifelo...

Overflow crowd on hand as WVU wins opener at Monongalia County Ballpark


MORGANTOWN — That Field of Dreams movie set, the one out in the middle of an Iowa cornfield, had nothing on West Virginia’s new baseball home.

Well, nothing except the cor...

WVU football: Holgorsen thinking small on punt returns


MORGANTOWN — West Virginia tried five different punt returners in 2014.

Almost none of the results were pretty.

Defense turns in impressive performance during WVU scrimmage


SHEPHERDSTOWN — As an offensive-minded coach, it wasn’t surprising prior to Saturday’s public workout at Shepherd University to hear Dana Holgorsen sing the praises of wh...

Mountaineers take road trip to Shepherdstown


MORGANTOWN — It used to be that road trips in football were limited to a handful of journeys in the fall. For the second straight year, West Virginia is making them in the spring.


Mountaineers pulled together in time for long WNIT run to finals


MORGANTOWN — After West Virginia’s women’s basketball team had survived a second overtime game in four days to advance to the Women’s National Invitation Tournament ch...

Charleston to host WVU and UCLA Saturday in WNIT finals


MORGANTOWN — The Women’s National Invitation Tournament championship game is coming to Charleston. West Virginia saw to that Wednesday night.

The first step, actually, was...

Mountaineers host Temple in WNIT semis


MORGANTOWN — Make no mistake about it. If Mike Carey had his druthers, he and his West Virginia women’s basketball team would not be playing in the semifinals of the Womenȁ...

WVU’s miles can learn from pregame remarks


CLEVELAND — It was in the wee hours of Friday morning that Daxter Miles broke out his best Marshawn Lynch impersonation.

West Virginia had just suffered that crushing 78-39 loss ...

No. 1 Kentucky smashes WVU in Sweet 16


CLEVELAND — This was certainly not the way West Virginia envisioned ending its season, but at least the Mountaineers went quickly.

In fact, it was only a matter of minutes after ...

WVU’s best hope: Wear down Kentucky to the finish


CLEVELAND — There are plenty of things other than West Virginia’s press that will influence the outcome of the Mountaineers’ Sweet 16 game with unbeaten Kentucky tonight....

WVU notebook: Miles says Kentucky’s ‘going to be 36-1’


CLEVELAND — If there had been a pool prior to West Virginia’s Sweet 16 media session Wednesday on which a Mountaineer would say something to spark even more interest in tonight&...

Kentucky’s strength is shutting down opposition


MORGANTOWN — When West Virginia beat Kentucky in Syracuse for a spot in the 2010 Final Four, the Mountaineers had trouble getting the ball to the basket.

Trouble? For a while it ...

WVU smashes Maryland with defense, wins 69-59


COLUMBUS, Ohio — If Bob Huggins were a collector of artifacts, here’s all he would need to hang up on his wall to commemorate the way his 2014-15 team played the game — the boxscore from West Virgini...

NCAA: Miles, Mountaineers ready for Trimble, Terrapins


COLUMBUS, Ohio — The way Daxter Miles figures it, there’s really only one down side to West Virginia facing Maryland here tonight in the NCAA tournament.

“It ...

WVU basketball notebook: Pressure may not be big advantage vs. Terps


COLUMBUS, Ohio — As is the case with every game West Virginia plays, style is of course a hot topic of conversation.

Tonight’s NCAA tournament game against Maryland ...

WVU holds off Buffalo 68-62 in NCAA tournament


COLUMBUS, Ohio — To say that Devin Williams had a roller coaster of a final few minutes in West Virginia’s NCAA tournament opener against Buffalo Friday would be an unders...

WVU notebook: Health remains a concern for Mountaineers


COLUMBUS, Ohio — Bob Huggins has been in a lot of NCAA tournaments and the results have usually been mixed. He’s won some and lost some, occasionally in easy fashion but m...

Buffalo’s Moss provides test for Mountaineers


COLUMBUS, Ohio — Justin Moss looks a lot like the mid-major version of Rico Gathers.

The hair’s not quite as long and the beard not quite as intimidating. More than ...

Officiating will be key for Mountaineers vs. Buffalo


MORGANTOWN — By the time West Virginia tips off in the NCAA tournament Friday afternoon against Buffalo, both teams will know pretty much all there is to know about the other.


Mountaineers dig in for ‘two-game tournament’


MORGANTOWN — Bob Huggins will coach in his 21st NCAA tournament this week, a stretch spanning 30 years with three different schools, 27 wins and 20 losses.

And over that time, th...

WVU NCAA opponent Buffalo short on depth but not on talent


MORGANTOWN — The Buffalo team that West Virginia plays in the first round of the NCAA tournament isn’t especially deep, but the Bulls do have both size and athleticism, are expe...

No. 5 seed WVU draws Buffalo and will play in Columbus


MORGANTOWN — West Virginia got just the kind of location its fans will love in the NCAA tournament. The seed isn’t bad, either.

The opposition? Well, there’s good n...

Holgorsen placing early emphasis on turnovers


MORGANTOWN — It was easy for Dana Holgorsen to decide where to put the emphasis when his team began spring drills Sunday.

All he had to do was take a look at last year’s N...

Pressure could give WVU edge in NCAA tourney


MORGANTOWN — When West Virginia learns its NCAA tournament pairing this evening, this much is a virtual certainty — the first-round opponent will not have intimate knowledge of ...

WVU awaits NCAA seeding


MORGANTOWN — As West Virginia awaits Sunday’s NCAA tournament selections, there are plenty of things to ponder.

At the top of the list, of course, is health. Juwan Staten ...

Baylor pulls away, ousts WVU in Big 12 tourney


KANSAS CITY, Mo. — For all that Daxter Miles and Jevon Carter have learned and for as far as they have come while playing increased roles for West Virginia, the two freshmen stil...

WVU gets commitment from nation’s JUCO scoring leader


KANSAS CITY, Mo. — West Virginia’s basketball team lost a game Thursday afternoon, but a short time later gained what could be a valuable piece to next year’s puzzl...

WVU gets 3rd shot at Baylor in Big 12 tourney


KANSAS CITY, Mo. — There are plenty of issues with which West Virginia must deal in facing Baylor for the third time this season in today’s Big 12 tournament quarterfinals...

Mountaineers vying to bolster NCAA seed in Big 12 tourney


KANSAS CITY, Mo. — As his team heads into postseason play, Bob Huggins isn’t sure what to make of its mental makeup.

On one hand, one of the motivations that is comm...

Lots of familiar faces for start of WVU spring drills


MORGANTOWN — Dana Holgorsen still has an empty assistant coach’s office in the Puskar Center, but by the time spring drills begin Sunday, he’ll have an even bigger empty ...

Staten, Huggins garner Big 12 honors


MORGANTOWN — Juwan Staten’s numbers this season didn’t approach those of a year ago, but the coaches who had to play against him still realized his value to West Virginia...

With senior guards out, WVU ropes Cowboys 81-72


MORGANTOWN — No Juwan Staten? No Gary Browne? No seniors on Senior Day?

No problem for West Virginia.

Well, OK, there were a few problems. But in the end they were minor on...

WVU seniors might sit out Senior Day


MORGANTOWN — The possibility looms large that West Virginia’s basketball team will play its Senior Day contest today without any of its seniors on the floor.

Juwan Staten?...

WVU freshman guards need to step up again


MORGANTOWN — As West Virginia approaches Senior Day, it’s anything but the seniors who are at the center of the team’s fortunes.

That could change, of course. In fa...

Miscues, missed FTs proved costly vs. Kansas


MORGANTOWN — Effort can be a wonderful thing. Given relatively equal amounts of talent and coaching, it can also be the difference between winning and losing.

On Tuesday night in...

WVU takes Kansas to OT before falling 76-69


LAWRENCE, Kan. -- In the end, Bob Huggins’ assessment was as succinct and on point as it possibly could have been.

That didn’t make it an...

WVU’s Staten, Browne doubtful tonight vs. Kansas


LAWRENCE, Kan. — The way Daxter Miles figures it, West Virginia’s basketball team is more than just Juwan Staten and Gary Browne.

He’s right, of course. The M...

WVU freshmen asked to do far more on the fly


WACO, Texas — The notion that West Virginia’s performance against Baylor Saturday was a preview of next season just doesn’t seem fair.

Yes, it was a game played almost in its entirety without t...

Baylor drops short-handed Mountaineers 78-66


WACO, Texas — West Virginia’s basketball team found out Saturday what things might have been like this season without its two senior leaders.

For the most part it wa...

Big 12 title still within Mountaineers’ grasp


MORGANTOWN — The way Bob Huggins looks at it, things couldn’t be lined up much better for West Virginia’s basketball team heading into the final three games of the season...