Monday, April 2, 2012
Thursday, March 15, 2012
Tuesday, March 13, 2012
Tuesday, March 6, 2012
Monday, March 5, 2012
Tuesday, February 14, 2012
Sat. Sept. 8 Open
Sat. Sept. 15 vs. James Madison + TBA
Sat. Sept. 29 Baylor # TBA
Sat. Oct. 6 at Texas TBA
Sat. Oct. 13 at Texas Tech TBA
Sat. Nov. 10 at Oklahoma State TBA
Sat. Nov. 17 Oklahoma TBA
Sat. Nov. 24 at Iowa State TBA
Sat. Dec. 1 Kansas TBA
“This closes a chapter and opens a new one filled with exciting possibilities for WVU’s future. I’ve heard from Mountaineer fans across the country who have made it very clear that they are proud and honored to be heading into the Big 12.”
The settlement allows WVU to leave the Big East for the Big 12 on July 1, but WVU will have to pay the Big East $20 in damages.
WVU, however, will get half of that payment from the Big 12, sources say. $5 million will be a direct gift while the remaining $5 million will be returned to the Big 12 in future years by WVU taking a smaller payout from the league.
Friday, February 10, 2012
The Big East will make about $20 million from the resolution, with WVU paying $11 million.
The source said the Big 12 would handle the remaining amount and the Mountaineers will enjoy full membership in that conference beginning July 1.
The source said WVU's early exit from the Big East is no longer conditional upon Boise State joining the Big East as a replacement in 2012.
So, as one chapter closes, another begins for WVU...a chapter that will take them west. Trips to the Northeast will be replaced with trips to Texas and the heartland of America. And, anyone not excited has something wrong with them.
The new rivals will be some of the most tradition-rich teams in college sports. Kansas is a basketball Mecca, Oklahoma is 8th all-time in football victories, Texas is 2nd all-time, and Oklahoma State ranks 4th all-time in National Championships for all sports.
That's just a little example of the tradition of winning the Big 12 has. WVU will jump in with every sport they have, and should be competitive in most. There is also word that Oliver Luck is looking to bring back a Men's Golf team. As for Men's Soccer (which the Big 12 doesn't have) look for a new home in Conference USA or the MAC. Rifle will also stay put.
These are exciting times for Mountaineer fans. The school is coming off an Orange Bowl win, both basketball teams are competitive, both soccer teams are strong, and the remaining Olympic sports should only get better with the move to the Big 12.
So, sit back, relax, and enjoy the transition to the big, bad Big 12.
Tuesday, February 7, 2012
There's no way West Virginia dismisses Florida State unless the Mountaineers are absolutely certain they won't be a part of the Big East in 2012 and has a guarantee from the Big East. We could see that Thursday.
It could be that the two sides have already reached a proposed settlement and that they'll submit it to the judge that requested this hearing.
That judge will then agree or disagree with the proposal and make sure the terms are fair and equal for both sides and any third parties that may be involved and affected by the conclusion.
It seems that the biggest fact is the FSU angle. Casazza is right on the money with saying what he did about the FSU game. WVU would never sacrifice the game (and certainly the money they will have to give up) if they didn't have some clear indication the Big 12 is in their immediate future.
It would also be nice if WVU and FSU could clear this up quickly, so the story can be put out quickly. Casazza also points out that WVU could get away free, if FSU could find a comparable opponent.
No matter what happens, look for more news to break this week about the future.
Thursday, February 2, 2012
Wednesday, February 1, 2012
Tuesday, January 31, 2012
Thursday, January 5, 2012
Wednesday, January 4, 2012
The Miami Herald's Preview.
The Washington Post's Preview.
The Boston Globe's Preview.
The Seattle Times' Preview.
Tuesday, January 3, 2012
Hey, another recruiting story about Geno Smith and Tajh Boyd.
The Alston-Boyd Connection.
Wes Tonkery will get the start for the injured Terrence Garvin.
The KC Star breaks down the Holgorsen Offense.
What is this defense you speak of?
It will be a homecoming for many Mountaineers.
Monday, January 2, 2012
When: Wed, 8:30p, ESPN
Line: -3 Clemson
West Virginia Players to Watch:
Geno Smith, QB: 3,978 yards, 25 TD, 7 INT
Shawne Alston, RB: 354 yards, 10 TD
Tavon Austin, WR: 2,294 all-purpose yards, 7 total touchdowns
Stedman Bailey, WR: 67 rec, 1,197 yards, 11 TD
Clemson Players to Watch:
Tajh Boyd, QB: 3,578 yards, 31 TD, 10 INT
Andre Ellington, RB: 1,062 yards, 10 TD
Sammy Watkins, WR: 77 rec, 1,153 yards, 11 TD
Andre Branch, DE: 78 total tackles, 16 TFL, 10.5 sacks
Welcome to the BCS, Dana. You'll love it here...and the fans will love you even more if this becomes a constant. Of course, it will be much more difficult when WVU moves to the Big 12, but for now the Mountaineers will be a force every year in the weak Big East. Holgorsen did well to silence critics in year one, but by his own admission he'd tell you the team needs to get better. There were certainly some inconsistencies in all facets of the game, but a strong finish propelled WVU into the Orange Bowl. Now, how do Holgy's boys close out the season.
Shawne Alston, it's your time to shine. Especially with the injury to Dustin Garrison. Alston won't be the fastest guy out there, but the junior has been a very solid piece to Holgorsen's offense. Alston does have 10 touchdowns this year, and is very effective on short-yardage. Now they will look for Alston to hopefully break a few tackles and help WVU control the clock...and the scoreboard.
West Virginia's defense will be in a battle to try to slow down the tiger attack. Clemson is more balanced than possibly any team WVU has faced this season, with elite plamakers at all the skilled positions. Sammy Watkins might be the best receiver in college football, and he's a freshman. Andre Ellington rushed for over a 1,000 yards this season. Meanwhile, former WVU commit, Tajh Boyd has had a breakout year throwing for 31 touchdowns. The Mountaineers may have to sacrifice some aggression if things are slipping early. If this is Jeff Casteel's final game has DC, let's hope it's his finest hour.
What if we're all wrong? What if neither offense shows up, and the game ends 10-6? Or both defenses just dominate, and neither team scores 20. That would be epic. Hell, even Dabo Swinney thinks it's going to be a shootout. So, whats the possibility of the unexpected? Slim to none. Don't be crazy, take the over.
Wait, Brodrick Jenkins and Sammy Watkins were high school teammates? I haven't heard this yet.
J.D. Woods excited to play in Bowl and potentially start.
Alston to get the start with Garrison being injured.
Dana Holgorsen on the right amount of preparation.
Hey, a WVU article from Big 12 country...sweet
Interesting take on WVU from the view of officials.
Follow the press conference live this morning on the Orange Bowl Facebook page.