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WVU’s O-line has greatly improved, but it’s “not to the finish line yet”

West Virginia’s offensive line has taken a long journey during the Neal Brown era. In Brown’s first season, the Mountaineers were among the worst rushing teams in the country. They sat dead last in the Big 12 in 2019 with 879 yards on the ground — for reference, Iowa State was the second-worst running team […] → Read More

Second-half surge by WVU brings Black Diamond Trophy back to Morgantown

The Black Diamond Trophy is headed back to Morgantown after West Virginia topped Virginia Tech 33-10 at Lane Stadium on Thursday. The Hokies (2-2) were among the best in the country at stopping the run until the Mountaineers (2-2) came to Blacksburg. WVU more-than quintupled the Hokie defense’s rushing average, combining for 218 yards on […] → Read More

WVU enters sold-out Lane Stadium to defend Black Diamond Trophy

West Virginia’s rivalry road tour continues (and ends) on Thursday when the Mountaineers (1-2, 0-1 Big 12) head to Lane Stadium to face Virginia Tech (2-1, 1-0 ACC). Kickoff is set for 7:30 p.m. ET on ESPN. WVU gears up for its second rivalry clash this season after a heartbreaking loss at Pitt to open […] → Read More

WVU football dominates Towson for first win

MORGANTOWN, W. Va. — Neal Brown said WVU’s third game was going to be about the Mountaineers. His team followed through, dominating Towson 65-7 for its first win of the season. West Virginia scored points on its first six drives, five of which ended in touchdowns. The first came on a methodical 10-play drive to […] → Read More

Bob Huggins now has a holiday in West Virginia

Henceforth, Sept. 10 will be known as Bob Huggins Day in the state of West Virginia. WVU men’s basketball announced on social media that Gov. Jim Justice has declared Saturday as the state’s first “Bob Huggins Day” to commemorate the legendary Mountaineer coach’s induction into the Basketball Hall of Fame. Huggins will be the third […] → Read More

JT Daniels named WVU’s starting QB

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – JT Daniels will call the signals against Pitt. WVU head coach Neal Brown announced Monday that the transfer quarterback will start in the Mountaineers’ week one clash against Pitt. Daniels beat out three other candidates for the job this preseason. “JT earned the right to start. He’ll be our starting quarterback,” Brown […] → Read More

ESPN College GameDay to kick off Backyard Brawl

The 2022 WVU football season will start off with a lot of cameras. ESPN announced Thursday that it will host College GameDay Built by The Home Depot in Pittsburgh on Thursday, Sept. 1. Rece Davis, Lee Corso, Kirk Herbstreit, Desmond Howard and David Pollack will be live outside of Acrisure Stadium at 6 p.m. ET […] → Read More

Roush is “thrilled” to receive rifle as 68th Mountaineer Mascot

The rifle has officially been passed and West Virginia University has a new Mountaineer Mascot. Mary Roush, a freshman from Mason, West Virginia, officially became WVU’s 68th mascot on Friday when she received the rifle from Colson Glover at the Passing of the Rifle ceremony. Roush is the youngest Mountaineer and the third woman to […] → Read More

Report: JT Daniels to transfer to WVU

West Virginia is adding a new quarterback — and this one comes to Morgantown with a ring on his hand. Georgia quarterback JT Daniels will transfer to West Virginia for the 2022 season, according to a report from ESPN’s Pete Thamel. Daniels confirmed the report on his social media and has two years of eligibility […] → Read More

WVU men’s hoops misses out on NIT bracket

WVU men’s basketball’s season is most likely over after missing out on the 2022 National Invitational Tournament. The Mountaineers were left out of this year’s field after finishing with a 16-17 overall record and a 4-14 Big 12 mark this season. WVU officials reportedly did not intend to play in the CBI this year, which […] → Read More

10 Mountaineers to participate in Polar Plunge

A group of 10 student-athletes from West Virginia University will participate in and contribute to the Polar Plunge at Cheat Lake on Feb. 19, Country Roads Trust announced on Friday. Five Mountaineer football players will make the jump along with five other WVU student-athletes. They will also contribute a total of $1,000 of their NIL […] → Read More

Transfer running back Wilkerson picks WVU football

Neal Brown is adding another transfer running back to his roster — and this time, he’s getting a fresh talent. Sy’Veon Wilkerson officially announced his intention to join the Mountaineers on Tuesday night after a breakout freshman season with Delaware State in 2021. He is the fifth Division I transfer to select the Mountaineers this […] → Read More

#TakeMeHome22: Live tracker for WVU football’s National Signing Day

The hard work of WVU football coach Neal Brown and his staff culminates today as his 2022 class begins to take shape on the start of the early signing period. West Virginia patiently waits to see if its 18 committed prospects will solidify their commitment to the program with a signature. Before today, Brown’s 2022 […] → Read More

Pat McAfee announces massive donation to WVU Medicine Children’s

More than a decade after leaving Morgantown, former West Virginia kicker Pat McAfee remains one of the biggest fan favorites to wear the Old Gold and Blue. He solidified that status on Thursday, when he announced in a video that he and his show would donate $1 million to WVU Medicine Children’s as part of […] → Read More

Kerry Martin enters transfer portal

West Virginia sophomore safety Kerry Martin Jr. announced that he will be leaving the Mountaineers on Wednesday. Martin did not travel with the team for its game against Baylor on Saturday. Head coach Neal Brown attributed his absence to illness in his Tuesday press conference, and noted that he practiced on Monday — but not […] → Read More

WVU women’s hoops picked fourth in Big 12 preseason poll

Basketball season is fast approaching, and expectations for the season are already starting to mount. The West Virginia women’s hoops squad was selected to finish fourth in the Big 12 preseason poll on Thursday, the conference announced. That is a one-spot upgrade from the 2020-21 preseason, and the Mountaineers ended up finishing in second during […] → Read More

Old rivalry between West Virginia, Maryland opens new season in College Park

West Virginia football fittingly embarks on its 130th season by reigniting one of its oldest rivalries with the Maryland Terrapins on Saturday. Kickoff is set for 3:30 p.m. ET on ESPN. As each program enters the third season under their respective head coaches, they are both looking to an important 2021 campaign to show marked […] → Read More

Report: Big 12 executives to meet regarding potential Texas, Oklahoma exodus

The college sports news cycle went into a frenzy on Wednesday after rumors that Texas and Oklahoma are reportedly considering major moves to the SEC began making the rounds across the web. The news seemed to have caught everyone from fans to executives off guard — prompting the Big 12 to schedule a meeting for […] → Read More

Once again, Big 12 officials address “horns down” gesture

West Virginia wide receiver David Sills made headlines across college football with a simple hand gesture in 2018. After scoring West Virginia’s first touchdown in the first quarter of a 42-41 victory over Texas, Sills flashed a “horns down” hand signal, a spoof on the Longhorns’ famous “horns up” gesture. Sills didn’t get away with […] → Read More

Neal Brown sets the stage for 2021: Season goal “is to prove them wrong”

There’s no doubt that Neal Brown’s West Virginia football team took some positive steps in 2020, and the head coach is looking to keep that trend going into 2021. The Mountaineers were selected sixth in the 2021 Big 12 Preseason Poll this summer, marking the highest such ranking for WVU since Brown’s hiring in 2019. […] → Read More