The Times West Virginian

Bob Herzel

July 31, 2013

WVU loses Big East records

MORGANTOWN — It was a tough day for West Virginia in the Big East on Tuesday.

What’s that? You say they are no longer in the Big East.

Right ... and neither are the records they set.

The Big East has become the American Athletic Conference and it has decided to start anew, not recognizing the records that carry over from the Big East.

Probably a good move considering that there are no original Big East members left; only Louisville, Cincinnati, Rutgers and Connecticut play in the new conference, and Rutgers joins the Big Ten next year.

But where does that leave WVU’s history?

Among others, running back Avon Cobourne is the all-time leader in the Big East in career rushing yards with 5,039 on a record 1,023 attempts; quarterback Pat White holds not only the record for average yards per rush at 6.55 for his career but also for touchdowns with 103; and Geno Smith possesses the single-season record for passing yards at 4,352 with a single-season record of 346 attempts.

Oh, yes, also don’t let us forget that Vaughn Rivers set the record for punt returns with 41 in 2007, a sign of how strong that defense was and how daring he was returning them.

None of those records are listed any longer in the conference’s media guide.

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Rivalry? What rivalry?

Certainly not West Virginia and Texas, not after Longhorns football coach Mack Brown offered the following inspirational quote on his Twitter account:

“You can’t get much done in life if you work only when you feel good.” — Jerry West

That, of course, is West Virginia’s own Jerry West.

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West Virginia received a commitment from two offensive linemen Tuesday, giving them five in their 2014 class.

First came two-star Walter Rauterkus of Avon, Ohio, who stands 6-6 and weighs 295 pounds and is said to be a 4.0 student.

The second is Jamie Herr of Elkton, Md., a 6-foot-5, 276-pounder who attends Eastern Christian Academy. WVU also got two recruits in the 2013 class from that school in Daikiel Shorts and Wendell Smallwood.

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