MORGANTOWN — He probably won’t play this week.
He probably won’t play this year, although it would not make much sense to bet against him avoiding a redshirt season by playing at least on special teams because, well, he is a freshman who is a special player.
It’s difficult to even figure out a way to characterize Branko Busick, a freshman linebacker out of Steubenville, Ohio, other than to say he is just that ... a character.
After a brief sitdown with him, the best way to describe him is that he is a professional wrestler waiting to happen, which is not surprising, since his father is — or was — Big Bully Busick, one of the baddest of the bad when he came to the professional wrestling circuit.
There are certain images you take out of your first face-to-face meeting with Busick, a 6-foot-1, 215-pound specimen.
The first comes when you ask him about his family.
“There’s me, my dad, my mom, my brother and our pet,” he answers.
“Yeah, a 200-pound English mastiff,” he says. “You ought to try wrestling that around.”
Eh, no thanks.
Then there’s the idea that he is going to move from football to coach Craig Turnbull’s wrestling team after the season, and this isn’t just some football player turned wrestler. Turnbull has ideas that he can become something special at that sport, too.
Certainly it’s no gimmick.
Of course, Busick has no idea how he’s going to make it work with overlapping seasons and school work and the like.
“I’m pretty curious to see how it works myself,” he said. “I got in the (wrestling) room a little bit and it felt great. Then football time came around and that now comes first.”
Of course, football and wrestling aren’t enough, either.
MORGANTOWN — He probably won’t play this week.
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HERTZEL COLUMN: NCAA football is thriving in the digital age
The other day Baylor football coach Art Briles walked into his graduate assistants’ office and had to laugh at what he saw.
“There’s five guys sitting in there — a couple of GA’s and some office personnel — and they all are within a foot and a half of each other and not a one of them is talking to each other,” Briles said, describing the scene “Every one of them is on the phone.”
O’Brien leads WVU baseball past Marshall
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West Virginia’s fans have spoken, perhaps not verbally but nonetheless have had their voices heard, over the past few years as attendance has fallen at the Mountaineers’ football and basketball games.
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The ink had barely dried on the final reports out of West Virginia’s spring practice when thoughts turned forward toward the lazy, hazy days of late summer, days that will bring us into football season with a game that can either change the entire image of WVU football or sour it even further.
HERTZEL COLUMN: Watson tees off a new century at The Greenbrier
You knew this was going to be one of those unpredictable, memorable days when you drove into the Greenbrier Resort and headed to the Old White Golf Course and found the best parking place in the joint.
As Bob Uecker would say, right there in the front rooooow.
HERTZEL COLUMN: Under pressure, NCAA decides to change rules
At first glance, it appears that they do not go hand-in-hand, a pair of rules changes the NCAA’s Legislative Council approved this week, sending them off for what seems to be smooth sailing toward becoming rules.
HERTZEL COLUMN: WVU gymnast hopes to stick her final landing
The reaction, one suspects, was the same as most people who see either a picture of West Virginia University gymnast Hope Sloanhoffer or meet her for the first time in person — a quick double take, maybe even stumbling over the first few words of an introduction.
Bussie looks forward to WNBA
On Tuesday, the weather turned cold, the wind blew and amongst the raindrops that fell a few snowflakes fluttered quietly to Earth.
It was as if it was a celebration of Asya Bussie being drafted on Monday night by the Minnesota Lynx, champions of the WNBA, with the third selection of the second round, the 15th overall pick of the draft.
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