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Is WVU’s basketball team being respected — or disrespected?

Is WVU’s basketball team being respected — or disrespected?

When the national poll rankings came out today, Monday, Feb. 17, WVU fell among men’s college basketball teams to No. 17, according to the writers (A.P.), and to No. 18, according to the coaches (USA Today). A friend wrote on Twitter that shows national respect for the Mountaineers. Believe it or not, though, it really… Continue Reading

Sifting through WVU basketball stats; recruiting news

Sifting through WVU basketball stats; recruiting news

As TV character Jethro Bodine once famously said, I may not know new math, but I sure know how to cipher. (Jed Clampett in reply: “If brains was lard, Jethro couldn’t grease a pan.”) So I put pen to paper and exercised my “goes intos” regarding this WVU men’s basketball team. While the Mountaineers, now… Continue Reading

Super Bowl MVP Mahomes, WVU and lessons learned

Super Bowl MVP Mahomes, WVU and lessons learned

I love a good epiphany. And since moving to Wheelhouse Creative, the state’s most creative marketing and advertising agency, I’ve had many – about the field, about life outside sports journalism. Like one experienced in regard to businesses with good products. I’ve seen so many companies with great products or services unrecognized or misunderstood. Businesses… Continue Reading

The reason Kobe Bryant’s death hits close to home in W.Va.

The reason Kobe Bryant’s death hits close to home in W.Va.

Natives of West Virginia are well aware “Mountain State connections” always seem to be present in national sports stories. It’s true so often, in fact, many joke about the phenomenon. But on this day no one is joking about those connections. No one is smiling. In fact, Jerry West, our favorite sports son, has been… Continue Reading

Huggins and the Hall of Fame; Big 12; XFL rules twists

Huggins and the Hall of Fame; Big 12; XFL rules twists

I’ve been writing about it for years. It’s time for WVU coach Bob Huggins to be inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. Strike that. It’s way past time he be inducted. I’ve looked into it. I’ve prodded Mountaineer officials. I’ve explained the process. (There are screening committees. There is a Board of… Continue Reading

The timing of WVU’s significant financial sports agreement

The timing of WVU’s significant financial sports agreement

It’s sort of like a furiously unwrapped present that was then shoved out of sight, to the back of the Christmas tree. Yet a significant marketing agreement was unveiled this past Monday for WVU Athletics. Athletic director Shane Lyons and staff announced it will continue to work with Learfield IMG College for multimedia rights representation… Continue Reading

A final call on WVU’s football season, Neal Brown

A final call on WVU’s football season, Neal Brown

When shaping my final summation of WVU’s 2019 football season, I went old school. I researched. I looked at the big picture. What I found is Neal Brown and staff did a very nice job this past season. Let’s stop here though — because one could point to many numbers to dispute that. Like the… Continue Reading

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