CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- If you're into West Virginia University athletics and occasionally peruse the Internet, you might want to check out the birth and rebirth of separate websites.
The official athletic website of the Mountaineers has been rebranded WVUsports.com after the school obtained the domain name to make the switch. It had previously been known as MSNsportsNET.com.
A new conference affiliation provided the opportunity to give the site a fresh look, according to Matt Wells, the assistant athletic director for marketing and sales.
"We thought about it for a while and we thought it was in our best interest to change the name," he said. "We liked our old design, but the timing was right to make this change."
WVU officially joined the Big 12 on July 1, which is around the time WVUsports.com domain name began leading traffic to the old MSNsportsNET.com. The redesigned look soon followed.
Another website Mountaineer fans might find interesting is EERhub.com, a ticket exchange website created by Jason Cantrell, who is an assistant principal at Herbert Hoover.
The Clay County native and WVU grad said he's had the idea to start the website for years. He grew weary of tales of fees from sites like StubHub when fans living just miles apart needed to sell or purchase tickets from one another.
"It's easy to go to the site, click on a game and see the contact information," he said. "There are seating charts right there. It's a common place for Mountaineer fans to sell extras or find a game they want to go to.
"The reception has been positive."
Cantrell personally posts the listings as he receives them and removes them as transactions are completed.
There are no fees and Cantrell doesn't make money from the venture.