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CHARLESTON defensive coordinator George Shehl will be named the head football coach at West Virginia Wesleyan during an 11 a.m. press conference Wednesday at the school campus in Buckhannon.
Shehl, who has served on Coach Pat Kirkland's staff at UC since they arrived in 2011, replaces Jonas Jackson, who resigned after two seasons guiding the Bobcats.
The UC 3-3-5 defense under Shehl this past season was first in the West Virginia Conference in points surrendered (15.8 per game), allowed the fewest yards (264.5) and ranked second in run defense (100.7).
The Bobcats finished 3-8 overall and 2-6 in the conference last season, including a 28-23 home defeat to Charleston.
Shehl didn't return calls seeking comment.
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WEST LIBERTY'S second-leading scorer, Cedric Harris, was arrested and charged with driving under the influence when Ohio County Sheriff's deputies noticed his crashed car on North Fork Road near West Liberty at around 1 a.m. Thursday. Authorities said he had a blood alcohol level of 0.13.
Maureen Zambito, West Liberty's director of media relations, released this statement: "West Liberty University is aware of an off-campus incident with one of its students and we are investigating the matter. We want to respect his student rights under the federal privacy law and have no further comment at this time."
Harris is his team's second-leading scorer at 16.6 points per game, while averaging 3.4 rebounds and almost two assists.
The Hilltoppers (8-0, 4-0), who reached the Elite Eight last year, have won by an average of 39.4 points, which includes three consecutive wins by an average of 60 points with Harris in the lineup. They earned a 105-98 home victory over Glenville State on Saturday night without Harris, the only time they haven't won by a game by more than 10 points this season.
West Liberty's next two games are Dec. 17-18 in San Juan, Puerto Rico before the Christmas break.
Harris is suspended pending a meeting of West Liberty's judicial board on Thursday.
West Liberty Coach Jim Crutchfield could not be reached for comment.
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