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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...

WVU FOOTBALL: Regular season still important

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Hancock says Saturdays will still overshadow new 4-team playoff

WVU FOOTBALL: Mountaineers to play Tennessee in 2018

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DALLAS — West Virginia and Tennessee will each make at least $2.5 million for their season-opening game in 2018, and excitement among the fans could deliver an additional $700,000.

The matchup, offici...

WVU FOOTBALL: Holgorson: No rolling through the Big 12

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DALLAS — By the end Tuesday, Dana Holgorsen had mastered the response to the question most often asked of the West Virginia head coach: Have the Mountaineers adjusted to life in the Big 12?

“I&...

Big 12 Media Days: TCU feels settled entering third year in league

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DALLAS — West Virginia’s football team gets its turn today at the second and final day of the annual Big 12 media days. The Mountaineers were nevertheless part of the conversation Monday.

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WVU FOOTBALL: Coach ‘aware’ of Smallwood charges

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DALLAS — Six days after one of his key offensive players was arrested for allegedly intimidating a witness to a murder case, West Virginia coach Dana Holgorsen said Sunday that he couldn’t really sa...

WVU FOOTBALL: Mountaineers picked eighth in preseason Big 12 poll

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For the second time in as many seasons, West Virginia was picked eighth in the Big 12 media’s preseason poll released by the conference Thursday. WVU was almost a unanimous pick for eighth place. Fifty-six of the ...

WVU FOOTBALL: Mountaineers get $2.5M guarantee for FedEx Field matchup vs. Hokies in 2017

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MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — West Virginia has added a game to the revived series against Virginia Tech.

The two schools announced Tuesday they will open the 2017 season against one another at FedEx Field, home of t...

WVU BASKETBALL: Staten comes full circle at LeBron camp

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MORGANTOWN, W.Va — Before Juwan Staten was one of 30 college players invited to last week’s LeBron James Skills Academy, he was one of 80 high school players invited to the event in 2010.

When Staten...

WVU FOOTBALL: Smallwood will be charged with a felony, could face up to two years in prison

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Could face up to two years in prison

WVU FOOTBALL: Running back position has no shortage of talent

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MORGANTOWN — West Virginia feels good enough about the quarterback position to have named Clint Trickett the starter three weeks ago, only days before the coaches took a two-week break from summer workouts. They m...

WVU FOOTBALL: As season tickets decline, athletic department adapts to boost sales

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Ticket saless are at nine-year low

WVU’s Daryl Worley aims high during preseason

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MORGANTOWN — ­The college football offseason has arrived at the beginning of the end. The first two preseason awards watch lists were released Monday and the last of the 15 will be unveiled July 18. There has...

Mike Barwis set for reality show debut

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Former WVU coach’s show to air on Discovery Channel