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HERTZEL COLUMN: In Pittsburgh, a legend lost, another born
There was a certain kind of unjust irony Friday, sometime around 11 p.m., that as Pittsburgh’s athletic future was being born with Pirates’ outfielder Gregory Polanco using the fifth hit of his fourth major league game as a game-winning home run to beat Miami in the 13th inning, word was beginning to break of the death of the man who built the greatest era in Pittsburgh’s sports history.
WVU players leaving their mark on the world
Eat your heart out, Tony Caridi.
We remember the days when John Flowers was playing basketball at West Virginia, living life above the rim, blocking shots and creating some monstrous dunks.
HERTZEL COLUMN: Huggins’ hip surgery symbol for turning over new leaf at WVU
QUESTION: What does former President George H. W. Bush, actress Jane Fonda, singer Billy Joel, rocker Eddie Van Halen, former football player Mike Ditka and West Virginia basketball coach Bob Huggins have in common?
ANSWER: New hips.
Basketball more than a career for Thorn
It never was easy being Rod Thorn.
When you’re the best high school basketball player in your state, when you are probably the best high school baseball player in your state, when you are a solid student, life can’t be anything but fun.
HERTZEL COLUMN: Move to Big 12 better than what could have been
What if …
That’s the thought that came to mind when Oliver Luck revealed to Brett McMurphy of ESPN.com this week that he came up with a plan to merge the leftovers of the Big 12 and Big East after Syracuse and Pitt had decided to jump to the ACC and had Texas and Oklahoma gone off and joined the Pac-12, as they threatened to do.
HERTZEL COLUMN: Pirates’ Polanco is a picture-perfect prospect
On Tuesday evening there moved on Twitter a captivating photograph from deep within the bowels of PNC Park — yes, even beautiful structures such as Pittsburgh’s gem of a stadium have inner passages that can be called nothing less than bowels — the kind of photograph that belongs in the Hall of Fame of Baseball Photographs, if there was one.
HERTZEL COLUMN: O’Bannon suit could change NCAA landscape
It showed up out of nowhere, unexpectedly landing in what is today’s version of a mail box, this public correspondence from West Virginia Athletic Director Oliver Luck on the school’s athletic website, labeled “An Open Letter to Mountaineer Nation.”
HERTZEL COLUMN: Harris finds new home at Michigan St.
Eron Harris apparently has found a home and it is going to be very interesting to see if it works out any better than his home in West Virginia.
Harris, who announced he was leaving Bob Huggins and the Mountaineers two and a half months ago, has settled on Michigan State, according to a tweet in which he said he was becoming a Spartan and reports by both ESPN and the Indianapolis Star.
Huggins’ hip surgery goes smoothly
West Virginia basketball coach Bob Huggins underwent surgery early Monday morning to replace his right hip.
The procedure went smoothly and he was doing fine after surgery, according to his family.
Huggins had been bothered by the hip for a number of years.
HERTZEL COLUMN: Bulger: Use of pain medication common in NFL
Former West Virginia University quarterback Marc Bulger put up some truly amazing numbers in an eight-year career in the NFL.
• He threw for 22,814 yards.
• He threw 122 touchdown passes.
• He broke approximately 20 bones.
• He suffered from four to nine concussions.
• He took more pain medicine than he would care to mention.
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