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Mike Casazza

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WVU FOOTBALL: Pressure defense pays off for Mountaineers

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Mountaineers stuck to the plan with success against Maryland

WVU FOOTBALL: Sooners preparing for ‘disrespectful’ fans

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MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — West Virginia and Oklahoma will play their third nationally televised night game in as many years when the Mountaineers play host to the No. 4-ranked Sooners Saturday.

The 7:30 p.m. kicko...

WVU FOOTBALL: West Virginia shows grit in late win

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MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — Whether the post-game walk was from the field to the locker room, the stands to the parking lot, the press box to the interviews or the sofa to the refrigerator, the observation seemed the same...

WVU FOOTBALL: Mountaineers pile up offensive plays, upset Edsall

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MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — West Virginia’s offense made history in Saturday’s victory against Maryland. The Mountaineers made Randy Edsall mad in the process.

WVU snapped the ball a school-record 108 ...

WVU FOOTBALL: Mountaineers survive miscues, edge Maryland on last-second field goal

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COLLEGE PARK, Md. ­— The most remarkable occurrence among the many that happened here Saturday was not that West Virginia won against a team that held it without a point and just 175 yards of offense last sea...

WVU FOOTBALL: Holgorsen’s plan changes with confident offense

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COLLEGE PARK, Md. — While it’s easy this week to remember the score from last time West Virginia played Maryland in football, it’s just as convenient, and ultimately more useful, to remember the resp...

WVU FOOTBALL: Maryland outcome important; Holgorsen calls Crest ‘dynamic’

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MORGANTOWN — West Virginia and Maryland have played 21 times in the past 22 seasons, including 20 regular-season games. The Mountaineers are 13-7 in those games as they prepare for Saturday’s noon game at B...

WVU FOOTBALL: Mountaineers seek big plays vs. Terrapins

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MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — When West Virginia beat Maryland in 2012, Baltimore native Tavon Austin had a lot to do with it. He caught touchdown passes covering 44, 34 and 24 yards.

Those were three of the four pas...

WVU FOOTBALL: Tonkery injury might not hurt Mountaineers

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MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — West Virginia’s only injury scare so far this season doesn’t seem so scary.

Mountaineers coach Dana Holgorsen said at his weekly press conference Tuesday that fifth-year se...

WVU FOOTBALL: Holgorsen wary of Trickett running the ball

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MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — Baylor beat Northwestern State on Saturday without quarterback Bryce Petty, the preseason Big 12 player of the year who hurt his back in the opener against SMU.

Texas lost to BYU on Satu...

WVU FOOTBALL: Growth of White, Thompson important to WVU’s pass success

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MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — A year ago, West Virginia was urging Kevin White to simply catch the passes thrown his way. He finished three games with two catches, two with one and one with none, and he ended his first seas...

WVU FOOTBALL: Mountaineers execute on offense, defense in 54-0 rout of Towson

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MORGANTOWN, W.Va. ­— There are many ways to illustrate the many edges West Virginia held over Towson Saturday night, and it’s shortsighted to pick just one after the Mountaineers pummeled their Footbal...

MOUNTAINEER GAMEDAY: Many Mountaineers could play vs. Towson

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MORGANTOWN — Two numbers matter for West Virginia on Saturday when it plays host to Towson at Mountaineer Field.

Neither is the Tigers’ ranking in the Football Bowl Subdivision, that being No. 19 in ...

WVU FOOTBALL: Mountaineers address blitz issues for Towson game

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Team missed on six attempts against Alabama last week

WVU FOOTBALL: Trickett tries to gain momentum vs. Towson

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MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — If last week was Clint Trickett’s second chance to make a first impression, Saturday’s game against Towson is his first shot at a second opportunity.

West Virginia’s...

WVU FOOTBALL: Personnel changes evident in first game

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MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — Saturday’s loss to No. 2 Alabama came with two players who used to be regulars playing limited roles for West Virginia.

Sophomore receiver Daikiel Shorts, who tied for the team le...

WVU FOOTBALL: Shell makes his mark for Mountaineers

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Pitt transfer was given the ball more than any other Mountaineer against Alabama

WVU FOOTBALL: Trickett is ‘No. 1 difference’ for Mountaineers’ offense

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MORGANTOWN — Clint Trickett set a career high in passing yards — for a second straight game — and looked like the player his coaches and teammates spoke so glowingly about throughout a month of prese...

WVU FOOTBALL: Mountaineers a mixed bag against Alabama

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Some good, some bad for WVU against Alabama

WVU FOOTBALL: Mountaineers miss opportunities, fall to No. 2 Alabama in season opener

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ATLANTA — Up until one momentous, prolonged and ultimately decisive sequence Saturday, West Virginia withstood Alabama and many of the challenges that come with opening the season in a neutral-site game that feels...

WVU FOOTBALL: Offense’s tempo could help Mountaineers succeed against Alabama

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MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — There is folly involved with suggesting Alabama’s defense has a weakness. This, after all, is the same football program that led the nation in scoring defense and total defense in 2011 a...

WVU FOOTBALL: Crook gets closer to setting o-line rotations

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MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — West Virginia is two days away from opening the season against No. 2 Alabama in the Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game (3:30 p.m., ABC), but offensive line coach Ron Crook is still coming up with a plan ...

WVU FOOTBALL: Trickett expected to be able to adjust on the fly

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Holgorsen, Dawson expect quarterback to be able to make adjustments on the fly

WVU FOOTBALL: Mountaineers’ Week 1 opponent reloads with NFL-caliber talent

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MORGANTOWN ­— Alabama returns seven players who started at least 10 games last season and seven others who started at least five times, though one is a long snapper and one is a tight end who might be supplan...

WVU FOOTBALL: Holgorsen has shown ability to adapt, grow as Mountaineers’ coach

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MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — Brian Mitchell has gotten to know Dana Holgorsen at two different times in his coaching career. The first version was the one most have come to recognize and expect.

It was 2006 and Mitc...

WVU FOOTBALL: Alabama still uncertain about starting quarterback

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MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — No one has to tell West Virginia about the misery of not knowing who will start at quarterback, but the Mountaineers are about to agonize over preparations for an opponent that hasn’t na...

MINOR LEAGUE BASEBALL: Morgantown welcomes Pirates’ affiliate to town

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New York-Penn League club will play in new stadium at Granville’s University Town Center

WVU FOOTBALL: Can Mountaineers mimic Sooners team that beat Alabama?

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MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — There are 10 games on this opening weekend of the college football season featuring a pair of teams from the five major conferences. Not one of those games has a bigger underdog than West Virgi...

WVU FOOTBALL: Variables of Kiffin, QB make Alabama offense a mystery

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MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — Every day throughout preseason practice, Tony Gibson would gather West Virginia’s defense, put what happened that day to the side and turn the group’s attention to the future. Eve...

Morgantown’s Wolfley has always been ‘a WVU guy’

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Morgantown’s Wolfley has always been ‘a WVU guy’

WVU FOOTBALL: Assistant coach Bradley gets comfortable in new role

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Football veteran from Penn State settles into new role with Mountaineers

WVU FOOTBALL: Opposing Big 12 players explain Mountaineers’ struggles on defense

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Big 12 opponents explain struggles

WVU FOOTBALL: Glowinski makes transformation from junior college transfer to NFL prospect

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Redshirt senior makes transformation from junior college transfer to NFL prospect

WVU FOOTBALL: Calicchio awarded with scholarship

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MORGANTOWN, W.Va. ­­­— For the second time in as many weeks, West Virginia coach Dana Holgorsen has given a walk-on a scholarship. Fifth-year senior Mike Calicchio was rewarded this week and is now ...

WVU FOOTBALL: Tonkery shines in preseason camp

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Former Bridgeport High standout fought through injuries to be ready for senior season

WVU FOOTBALL: Holgorsen clarifies ‘lie’ statement

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MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – Two days after giving what he thought was a harmless and honest response to a question about recruiting advantages gained from the summer’s NCAA legislation reform, West Virginia coach D...

WVU FOOTBALL: Dillon mum on sprained ankle

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MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – K.J. Dillon declines to say what happened on a trip back to home in Florida that left him with a sprained ankle, but the junior safety also stops short of saying it did anything more tha...

WVU FOOTBALL: Crest, Henry are top candidates to play as true freshmen

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MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — West Virginia began the final week of preseason football camp a day later than expected. Coach Dana Holgorsen gave the Mountaineers the day off Sunday and then practiced twice Monday.

Th...

WVU FOOTBALL: Early downs hurt Mountaineers last season

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MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — There are ways to describe West Virginia’s offense in 2013. Shannon Dawson opts for the easiest.

“Bad,” the WVU offensive coordinator said.

There are ways to ex...

WVU FOOTBALL: As camp progresses, Holgorsen eyes mental toughness

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MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — West Virginia entered the second week of preseason practice Thursday with a lighter workout that didn’t feature full pads or heavy hitting. The Mountaineers had gone full-contact with fu...

WVU FOOTBALL: Howard trims down, finds home on defensive line

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MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — This was exactly what ought to be expected from a young football player meeting with reporters for the first time at the college level.

Sophomore Darrien Howard, a nose guard at West Vir...

WVU FOOTBALL: White wants to be ‘the guy’ at receiver

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MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — To be fair, Clint Trickett asked for this.

It was West Virginia’s quarterback who came up with clever way to spend more time with his big receiver, Kevin White. Trickett was the o...

WVU FOOTBALL: Kicker Lambert draws praise from special teams coach

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MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — Under other circumstances, a special teams coordinator calling his placekicker a “flatliner” would suggest that kid’s time spent kicking for that coach had met its death. W...

WVU FOOTBALL: Camp different for Trickett with no competition for starting job

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MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — The last time Clint Trickett was squarely situated as the starting quarterback for his football team, Dana Holgorsen was the offensive coordinator at the University of Houston and the player he...

WVU FOOTBALL: Mountaineers focusing on finishing

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MORGANTOWN – Monday was West Virginia’s fifth preseason football practice, but the Mountaineers have had a specific mentality since the first day of spring football five months ago. Players and coaches show...

WVU football: Special teams one of many areas benefitting from experience

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MORGANTOWN — A year ago, West Virginia played its second season as a member of the Big 12 with only 33 players who’d been in a Big 12 game. This fall, there will be 55 such players on the roster, a differen...

WVU FOOTBALL: Healthy, comfortable Trickett begins camp as starter

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MORGANTOWN ­— West Virginia took care of the biggest piece of offseason business June 24, long before the Mountaineers started preseason practice Thursday at Mountaineer Field. Clint Trickett was named the st...

WVU FOOTBALL: Players coming and going at camp

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MORGANTOWN — West Virginia’s football roster grew and shrunk unexpectedly Thursday, the first day of preseason practice. Coach Dana Holgorsen announced three additions, two players who have yet to arrive, a...

WVU FOOTBALL: Defense a focal point as preseason camp begins

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Mountaineers start camp today in Morgantown.

WVU ATHLETICS: Secondary violations extremely common with thorough NCAA rules

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MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — On July 25, 2013, Lacey Gibson, West Virginia University’s associate athletic director for compliance, had a meeting with Tomi Oliverio, the director of operations for the women’s...