WVU's Hogan charged with DUI
MORGANTOWN, W.Va. -- West Virginia cornerback Brandon Hogan was arrested early Sunday and charged with driving under the influence.
He remains an active member of the roster, pending further consideration by Coach Bill Stewart.
"I have been made aware of the situation and am gathering facts at this time," Stewart said in a statement to the Daily Mail.
"I will take appropriate action when all the facts are in."
The senior starter from Manassas, Va., was pulled over at 3:17 a.m. by Morgantown police. He was driving the wrong way on Spruce Street, a one-way street in downtown Morgantown, according to Lt. Harold Sperringer.
Sperringer said Hogan, 22, was processed without incident and later arraigned and released on bond.
The 5-foot-11, 190-pound Hogan has had academic and conduct issues at WVU in the past, as well as an unexplained personal issue that kept him from practicing for and playing in the 2008 Continental Tire Bowl in Charlotte, N.C.
He was issued a citation for public urination and disorderly conduct in April, and that came after he had been held out of spring practice because he was out of shape and Stewart said Hogan was not fully engaged in academics.
After that, when Hogan wasn't in study halls and tutoring, Stewart was making him run the stadium steps. Stewart said he was assisting Hogan and not punishing him.
Hogan has been able to avoid suspension in the past, due in part to his relationship with Stewart, who recruited him in northern Virginia.
The state's player of the year as the quarterback for undefeated state champion Osbourn High in 2006, Hogan played receiver as a WVU true freshman and was moved to cornerback in 2008.
He developed into an NFL prospect on defense with 134 tackles, four interceptions and 18 pass break-ups the previous two seasons.
Hogan, who is also WVU's main punt returner, was on the preseason watch list for the Jim Thorpe Award given to the country's top defensive back. He had 11 tackles and one interception the first two games this season.
The No. 21 Mountaineers (2-0) have more depth at cornerback this season than they did the firsts two years the current coaching staff was on campus.
Redshirt freshman Brodrick Jenkins briefly supplanted Hogan on the first team in preseason camp. Jenkins and sophomore Pat Miller have played meaningful snaps this season.
WVU also uses Brantwon Bowser as an extra defensive back in passing situations.
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WVU'S FIRST date with LSU is going to require late-night viewing.
The Southeastern Conference TV plans for Sept. 25 were finalized Monday, and the WVU-LSU game at 92,400-seat Tiger Stadium will have a 9 p.m. (EDT) airtime. The date in Baton Rouge - between teams that are currently nationally ranked - will be televised by ESPN2.
The Mountaineers play host to LSU next season to complete the two-year deal.
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SATURDAY SEES WVU and Maryland resume a series that had the schools playing one another every year from 1980-2007 before taking a break the past two years.
The game at Mountaineer Field will be the first of what is for now an eight-game series. The schools announced a four-year extension Monday to the current four-year deal.
The Terrapins play host to WVU in 2011 and 2013 in the current deal and in 2014 and 2017 as part of the extension. WVU has upcoming home games in 2012, 2015 and 2016.
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RUNNING BACK Noel Devine was named the Big East's offensive player of the week Monday. Devine had 174 all-purpose yards against Marshall, including his 17th West Virginia game with at least 100 yards rushing.
Devine carried 23 times for 112 yards and a touchdown and caught 10 passes for 62 yards. Both receiving numbers were career highs.
Devine is now No. 7 in Big East rushing history and remains No. 5 on WVU's all-time rushing list with 3,604 yards. He trails Steve Slaton (3,923), Amos Zereoue (4,086), Pat White (4,480) and Avon Cobourne (5,164).
Cobourne had 28 100-yard games. Devine also trails White (17) and Slaton and Zereoue (21). Devine moved to No. 2 on the all-purpose yardage list (4,825) by passing Slaton (4,775). Cobourne is No. 1 at 5,623.
Contact sportswriter Mike Casazza at firstname.lastname@example.org or 304-319-1142. His blog is at blogs.dailymail.com/wvu.