- Bob Herzel
HERTZEL COLUMN: Smallwood puts future in jeopardy
The last thing West Virginia’s struggling football program needed as twilight was setting on Bastille Day in Morgantown was to have one of its own whisked off to the North Central Regional Jail on a fugitive warrant from another state, especially a player who had figured to play a key role in the resurrection of a program gone bad.
WVU player arrested in Delaware case
West Virginia University running back Wendell Smallwood has been arrested by university police and is being held at North Central Regional Jail awaiting extradition on a felony warrant out of Delaware.
WVU hoping to add two non-conference contests
West Virginia is nearing the completion of deals to play football games against long-time rival Virginia Tech, now in the Atlantic Coast Conference, and Tennessee of the Southeastern Conference, according to a source close to the negotiations.
An announcement is expected shortly.
HERTZEL COLUMN: MLB All-Star game biggest celebration of top athletes
You will pardon me if I find something else to do when the Pro Bowl rolls around, or if I try to find a “Three Stooges” marathon when it’s time for the NHL All-Star game. As for the NBA All-Star game, I’d rather watch a replay of a four-year-old Uruguay-Ethiopia World Cup soccer match in which I knew the outcome.
Howes learns to ‘never settle’ as WVU administrator
You probably don’t know much about Terri Howes, even though she is a rather high-ranking executive in the West Virginia University athletic department.
“I like it that way,” she said, sitting in a large office at the Coliseum, decorated with pictures and memorabilia, a jar of candy sitting by the door for visitors to dip into.
HERTZEL COLUMN: Rich Rod’s return not impossible
As you may guess, in the wake of LeBron James’ decision to let bygones be millions and return to his rooters in Cleveland, more than once was I approached with someone wanting to know if this opened the door for a return to West Virginia University of their once-reviled coach Rich Rodriguez.
HERTZEL COLUMN: Trickett best option as a leader
In the end, West Virginia University’s decision to place the mantle of starting quarterback upon veteran Clint Trickett was less about quarterback than it was about leadership.
This is not to say that Trickett lacks the talent to succeed as quarterback in coach Dana Holgorsen’s system.
HERTZEL COLUMN: Celebrate every day like it’s the Fourth of July
Happy birthday, America.
Here is my gift to you:
“Nighttime in Morgantown, West Virginia, on the campus of West Virginia University. Halloween weekend and the goblin riding in on a broom is wearing a sport coat, a sweater and red tie. His graying hair is parted neatly on the left side and topping off a prominent nose and persistent frown is a pair of eye glasses, the trademark of one of the most successful football coaches — Joe Paterno.
HERTZEL COLUMN: Getting WVU ‘right first’ is top priority
As one can imagine, with Alabama awaiting West Virginia University when the 2014 football season emerges from its summer-long womb, much of the talk has centered around the Crimson Tide, including the coaches beginning to force-feed the summer scouting report to the Mountaineers.
The Greenbrier owner Justice focuses on boosting state’s image
In sports, the word “love” belongs to tennis.
“Fifteen-love, Mr. McEnroe,” the scorekeeper will say.
But tennis does not have exclusive rights to the word, for Jim Justice has brought it into the world of golf.
You might know the name Jim Justice. In fact, if you are from West Virginia, you might even know this giant of a man yourself, for he gets around.
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