July 17, 2013 |
BOB HUGGINS is the king of second chances. The West Virginia basketball coach believes that with tough love, he can find a way to get through to almost any player. Aaric Murray was always going to be one of Huggins' most difficult projects. After two seasons at La Salle that included moments of brilliance followed by days of dysfunction, Murray transferred to WVU in 2011. He sat out one season, played last season, went to school and graduated. Huggins, however, announced yesterday that, by mutual agreement, Murray will not be using his last season of eligibility at WVU. Murray is free to play anywhere else this season and be immediately eligible.
March 2, 1990 |
Dale Hodges' numbers last night: 27 points, 18 rebounds. Final score in the last regular-season Atlantic Ten Conference contest for the 24th-ranked Hawks: St. Joseph's 80, West Virginia 60. Sounds like another razzle-dazzle high-powered act on Hawk Hill, right? Well, don't jump to conclusions. St. Joseph's (22-5, 16-2) had to rely on defense most of the evening to stay ahead until another Hodges milestone occurred with 13 minutes, 48 seconds left to play and her team ahead, 46-28.
February 6, 2011 |
Maalik Wayns got the word at a team meeting a few days ago. Villanova coach Jay Wright decided he needed a taller, more defense-oriented starting lineup, and the switch meant the 6-foot-2 point guard would come off the bench. "At first, I was in shock," admitted Wayns, the sophomore from Roman Catholic High. But Wayns adapted to the new role quickly and quite nicely. He sparked the 12th-ranked Wildcats with a team-high 17 points Saturday and played a key role in a 19-3 run that helped his team put away No. 25 West Virginia, 66-50, before a crowd of 16,106 at the Wells Fargo Center.
February 24, 2005 |
Kevin Pittsnogle scored all but two of his 22 points in the second half to help West Virginia rally from 14 points down and surprise No. 18 Pittsburgh for the second time this season, 70-66, last night in Pittsburgh. West Virginia trailed by 56-42 before riding Pittsnogle's exceptional outside shooting during a 28-10 run that saw Pittsburgh held without a field goal for the final 7 minutes, 26 seconds. "It's why people love college basketball," West Virginia coach John Beilein said.
November 24, 1987 |
Contrary to all the fuss being made in the preseason, there's no truth to the rumor that a certain Eastern basketball league has been renamed the "Temple and Atlantic 9 Conference. " The Owls, coming off a 32-4 season and No. 8 national ranking, are a near- unanimous selection to win the Atlantic 10 championship. And conference officials are delighted with the attention that has been directed the A-10's way because of Temple. So the tendency might be to overlook the other teams in the conference.
September 2, 2012 |
MORGANTOWN, W.Va. - Whether it's the Orange Bowl or playing at home, No. 11 West Virginia is comfortable with scoring a point a minute. Geno Smith threw for 323 yards and four touchdowns to lead the Mountaineers to a 69-34 win over Marshall on Saturday in the Mountaineers' highest-scoring opener. West Virginia coach Dana Holgorsen will have plenty of things to tweak after the opener. Just not his quarterback's play. Smith kept the momentum going from his six-TD performance in the Orange Bowl, when West Virginia beat Clemson, 70-33.
January 25, 1989 |
Blue-chip football prospect James Spears came back to Glen Mills School from a weekend recruiting trip to the University of Maryland with his mind made up. He's going to West Virginia. Spears, a 6-foot, 6-inch, 220-pound senior defensive end and tight end with 4.65-second speed in the 40, decided yesterday to cancel his last two recruiting trips - to Syracuse and Georgia - and verbally commit to the Mountaineers. As of last night, Glen Mills officials had not been able to reach West Virginia coach Don Nehlen or anyone on his staff to tell them of Spears' decision.
April 27, 2011
La Salle transfer Murray to visit West Virginia The Aaric Murray school tour will continue this weekend at West Virginia, the Daily News has learned. Earlier, Murray visited Oklahoma State. Kansas was on his itinerary last weekend, but he did not take that visit. Murray, after playing two seasons at La Salle, is transferring. He scored 851 points and took 444 rebounds, but this transfer was not about numbers. It was about performance, along with interaction with coaches and teammates.
October 29, 2011 |
The Big 12 welcomed West Virginia from the Big East and bid goodbye to Missouri before the Tigers even had a chance to make their move to the Southeastern Conference official. Now that the poaching of the Big East seems to be over, the beleaguered league is not backing down. It has been busy courting six schools and says it was braced for the latest loss. And despite what the Big 12 says, the Big East plans to keep West Virginia for two more years - just as it has vowed to keep Pittsburgh and Syracuse away from the Atlantic Coast Conference until 2014.
January 28, 2000 |
When Holy Cross wide receiver Isaac Irby signs a letter of intent with West Virginia on Wednesday, he will become the seventh Tom Maderia-coached player to continue his football career in Morgantown. The four who have exhausted their eligibility graduated. Two are in medical school. Another is in the NFL. Tailback Avon Cobourne might be on a fast track to the NFL after leading the Big East in rushing (113.9 yards per game) as a freshman last fall. The union that appears to be as blissful as ever is anything but, however, if you listen to Maderia and Holy Cross offensive coordinator Joe Taffoni.