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.
January 3, 2006 |
The powers that be at Conwell-Egan High School decided to move last night's basketball game against visiting North Catholic up an hour - from 7:30 to 6:30 - so that fans would be able to get home in time to watch the Sugar Bowl in its entirety. The reason: Freshman running back Steve Slaton stars for West Virginia. If the unprecedented time change had not been made, the fans at the basketball game would have missed Slaton's 52-yard touchdown run on West Virginia's fourth play of the game.
January 17, 1992 |
Temple's women's basketball game against visiting West Virginia at McGonigle Hall last night was close and hard-fought, but totally lacking in suspense. There seemed no doubt that the Mountaineers would win - they did, 71-54 - even when the Owls were in position to make a run in the second half of the Atlantic Ten game. Several times Temple (5-9 overall, 2-2 league) had a chance to create a stir by pulling within six points, but never did. Each opportunity was thwarted by missed fouls shots, missed field goals, or a clutch Mountaineers shot.
July 7, 2010 |
These last few weeks, Aaron Brown desperately tried to referee a serious wrestling match inside his head. Is it Temple, where he could stay close to his Darby home; or is it West Virginia, a Big East program that went deep into the NCAA Tournament and plays regularly on national TV? After a few mind bends, changing his direction hour to hour, sometimes minute to minute, the 6-5 Penn Wood senior swingman ended his internal debate by calling Mountaineers coach Bob Huggins on Sunday night to give an oral commitment that he will attend West Virginia next fall.
October 18, 2011 |
Nate Smith, a speedy wide receiver and defensive back, is set to become the sixth member of Archbishop Wood's senior class to make an oral commitment to a Division I-A football program. Tuesday, in a 1:30 p.m. conference in the Warminster school's auditorium, the 6-foot, 190-pounder is expected to announce his decision to play for West Virginia, according to sources. Smith, projected as a defensive back in college, also considered Temple, believed to be the runnerup for his services; Michigan State; South Carolina; and Toledo, among others.
October 14, 2004 |
Rasheed Marshall rushed for 110 yards and threw a touchdown pass and Mike Lorello had two interceptions, leading West Virginia to a 31-19 victory last night over Connecticut in the Mountaineers' Big East opener. Marshall repeatedly rescued an offense that sputtered for almost three quarters. With leading rusher Kay-Jay Harris sidelined with injuries, Marshall and Jayson Colson kept the 17th-ranked Mountaineers' ground game going, racking up 309 yards rushing. Colson finished with 111 yards and one TD. West Virginia (5-1, 1-0)
February 13, 2003 |
Rutgers, which is ranked No. 23 but has some idea of showing up in Atlanta for the NCAA Women's Final Four, maintained its focus last night. The Scarlet Knights handled West Virginia, 65-50, in a Big East Conference basketball game at the Louis Brown Athletic Center. By halftime, Rutgers (15-5 overall, 8-2 Big East) had a solid hold on the game at 33-18. Its lead grew by as many as 23 points in the second half before shrinking to 12 twice. But each time the game got closer in the final five minutes, the Scarlet Knights had answers.
March 5, 1998 |
One by one, they took the door marked "Exit" from the Big East tournament. First went Miami and, with it, any hope that the conference would get a fifth team in the NCAA tournament. Then went 22d-ranked West Virginia, now entering the postseason on a three-game skid. As a result, for your television viewing enjoyment this afternoon, the Big East tournament will bring you a quarterfinal game matching its bottom two seeds - No. 12 Rutgers and No. 13 Georgetown. Parity? Mediocrity?
February 24, 1989 |
St. Joseph's coach Jim Boyle thought 11th-ranked West Virginia was ripe for an upset last night. But all Boyle got was another loss in this increasingly frustrating season. West Virginia (23-2), the winner of 22 consecutive games, overcame a slow and sloppy first half to beat the Hawks, 65-50. St. Joseph's is now 6-19 overall and 3-13 in the Atlantic 10. The Mountaineers, 16-0 in the conference, clinched the league's regular-season title with the win. "The setting was perfect," Boyle said.