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HERTZEL COLUMN: Mazzulla reflects on tourney run
This is Final Four weekend, to many sports fans the greatest weekend of the year, and if it’s that special to fans, think what it is to the athletes who perform there.
That’s what was going through an idle sports writer’s mind this week, leading him in the direction of Joe Mazzulla, today an assistant coach at Fairmont State but in another life the man maybe most responsible for getting West Virginia University into the Final Four during the magical season that was 2009-10.
Thousands on hand for WVU spring football practice
This was what Dana Holgorsen had in mind when he decided to turn his spring practice into a traveling show, the third and final open practice before the spring game coming to the state capital and being welcomed by the citizens like a tax cut.
HERTZEL COLUMN: Bussie eyes life after WVU basketball
The end, right now, is a blur for Asya Bussie.
In her dreams it was supposed to be a vivid memory, a run deep into the NCAA Tournament, certainly as a No. 2 seed to the Elite Eight but with a team she was sure was good enough to go even further.
HERTZEL COLUMN: Musgrave throws life a change-up
West Virginia University’s Harrison Musgrave is different.
Not that he had a choice. He’s left-handed and a pitcher.
Say no more.
You can go back as far as you want in time.
Mazey going back to his roots during road trip
West Virginia University’s surging baseball team heads to Fort Worth, Texas, this weekend to play what is both an important and an emotional three-game series, important to the team in its quest to gain a place in the NCAA championships and emotional to its coach, Randy Mazey, for it brings him to the place he called home for the six years before being named WVU’s head coach in June 2012.
Smallwood brings versatility to WVU offense
A year ago much was made of Charles Sims’ transfer from Houston to West Virginia University, but much of it was miscast for he was seen mostly as a running back who would be able to help out in the passing game.
No one really understood, however, just how versatile and talented he was, almost defining what coach Dana Holgorsen was looking for in what can only be labeled the running back of the future.
HERTZEL COLUMN: Baseball in summer would drive in fans
The great Roger Angell, the groundbreaking essayist of the New Yorker magazine who this year won the J.G. Taylor Spink Award for his career accomplishments as a baseball writer, changed the art of baseball writing forever back in 1972 with his first book on baseball.
He titled it “The Summer Game.”
HERTZEL COLUMN: Rare optimism surrounds WVU for next season
The pain from the past basketball season has turned to numbness at West Virginia University, a 17-16 team that failed to reach the NCAA Tournament or advance in the NIT and was stunned when its No. 2 scorer was transferring, as it heads into the off-season.
With all of that facing the Mountaineer team as it goes into the off-season, it seems rather strange that it heads there with far more optimism than you ever would expect from a team that has managed to win only half of its 98 games over the past three seasons.
HERTZEL COLUMN- McCutchen not satisfied with just an MVP award
They stood there at home plate, the Pirates past and the Pirates present, two of the brightest stars in the baseball galaxy on hand for opening day.
Pirates reflect on their past on Opening Day
OK, it wasn’t the national holiday Ozzie Smith and the Budweiser people wanted to make Opening Day, but at PNC Park they were celebrating as if it was the Fourth of July, complete with an American flag being parachuted into the park, Christmas and, of course, St. Patrick’s Day.
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