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A W.Va. sports hall of fame that’s thriving

A W.Va. sports hall of fame that’s thriving

They made me smile. All the Facebook posts, that is, about the West Virginia Sports Legends Hall of Fame ceremonies at the Beckley-Raleigh County Convention Center this past weekend. Eight-seven folks were inducted. Yes. Eighty-seven. As in 87. “It was wonderful,” South Charleston High athletic director Bryce Casto, one of the 87, told me Monday.… Continue Reading

Catching up with Huggins; congratulating Nehlen

Catching up with Huggins; congratulating Nehlen

It had been a while since I thought about the WVU men’s basketball team. Yet last week I had a chance to talk to Mountaineer coach Bob Huggins. And it opened my eyes to the wheels that have been turning since last season’s disappointing 15-21 record. For instance, I knew the roster had undergone a… Continue Reading

The myth, the legend that was Kerry Marbury

The myth, the legend that was Kerry Marbury

If you check the Wikipedia page for Marion County, you’ll see an incredible list of notable native athletic names. Listed are Pro Football Hall of Fame members Sam Huff and Frank Gatski, Alabama coach Nick Saban, Olympic gold medal winner Mary Lou Retton and ex-Michigan coaches Fielding Yost and Rich Rodriguez. Yet if you ask… Continue Reading

Bell and other WVU Where-Are-They-Nows

Bell and other WVU Where-Are-They-Nows

The sighting was quite by accident. I’d exhausted Twitter, Facebook, etc., on my phone and took the next step — to the local newspaper sports section. There, I spotted an Associated Press feature on officials written by friend Ralph Russo. In my travels covering WVU, I’d frequently run into Ralph so I thought I’d give… Continue Reading

Ranking WVU’s 2019 football opponents

Ranking WVU’s 2019 football opponents

Through the years, I’ve written for Athlon Sports, mostly for its preseason football and basketball editions. And once again this year, despite my career change, I again helped, previewing WVU’s upcoming football season. I also continue to keep up with the rest of the Big 12 and, to a lesser degree, the entire college football… Continue Reading

Ranking WVU’s sports gut punches

Ranking WVU’s sports gut punches

When it comes to being a WVU sports fan, I’m reminded of an old Sam Kinison standup comedy bit. The one where Kinison emits a tiny, cute voice that’s supposed to lure him to the door of love – for the ninth time. The bit in which he opens the door. And the bit in… Continue Reading

Time to give WVU’s Lyons his share (of credit)

Time to give WVU’s Lyons his share (of credit)

I remember the day Oliver Luck announced he was leaving as West Virginia University’s athletic director. “Oof,” I thought. “Good luck replacing Ollie. All he did was finagle WVU into the lucrative Big 12 – rather than tread water in the soon-to-be AAC – and set Mountaineer facility building on the right course.” Later, in… Continue Reading

WVU baseball, football ticket sales up; bid in for regional

WVU baseball, football ticket sales up; bid in for regional

WVU senior associate athletic director Matt Wells has been dodging tornados and thunderstorms while in Oklahoma City for the Big 12 baseball tournament. There’s nothing but sunshine around him, though, on this Tuesday in regard to the Mountaineer baseball and football programs. On Tuesday morning, WVU coach Randy Mazey was named the league’s Coach of… Continue Reading

A moment that defines new Cavs coach John Beilein

A moment that defines new Cavs coach John Beilein

Consider this an open letter to Cleveland Cavaliers fans. As a marketing and advertising man living in Wheeling, W.Va., perhaps it’s not my place to address the group. But allow me to recreate a moment. One of 17 years ago. One that will give you insight into your new coach. See, I was a sports… Continue Reading

Big 12, Mountain State and league news

Big 12, Mountain State and league news

I always found spring conference meetings mostly overlooked in regard to college athletics reporting. It’s shocking, I know, because sports writers should be dashing to cover a bunch of old men (mostly) burning through universities’ cash at ritzy places like Scottsdale, Arizona, right? Who wouldn’t want to lurk about hotel lobbies hoping for morsels of… Continue Reading

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