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HERTZEL COLUMN: O’Toole moves beyond scars of WVU’s bad year
The talk was supposed to be about Nick O’Toole’s punting, which was far too big a part of West Virginia’s season last year, considering that the offense just didn’t live up to advertisements, but it soon changed.
Standing there on the field in Charleston last Saturday, following the final open practice before today’s 1 p.m. Gold and Blue Spring Game at Milan Puskar Stadium, you couldn’t help but notice a pair of scars under his closely cropped hair that went from ear to ear and forehead to the back of his head.
HERTZEL COLUMN: Orlosky takes center stage in WVU O-line
With an acknowledged lack of depth and experience at offensive tackle, much pressure falls on the center of the West Virginia offensive line ... and we mean that in both aspects of the word center.
Indeed, the men in the middle — guards Quinton Spain and Mark Glowinski — must stand strong, but the true center, Tyler Orlosky, will be the center of attention, so to speak.
WVU adds Georgia Southern to 2015 football schedule
West Virginia University has added Georgia Southern to its 2015 football schedule as a non-conference opponent, but before you dismiss that as another runaway Mountaineer victory, consider that’s what Florida was thinking last year.
HERTZEL COLUMN: Spring sports ‘oasis’ solves two problems
In the midst of Oliver Luck’s Tuesday morning press conference to put forth the details of the $106 million facilities improvement plan, an idea was put forth from the media peanut gallery in the form of a question.
The question was asked in the midst of conversation about expanding the parking area around the Coliseum, an admitted problem by the athletic director and one that well might be part of why attendance has fallen at men’s basketball games over the past few years.
Dillon learns to deal with diabetes
What does West Virginia safety/linebacker K.J. Dillon have in common with Arthur Ashe, Bobby Clarke, Jay Cutler, Buster Douglas, Walt Frazier, Catfish Hunter, Billie Jean King, Adam Morrison, Ron Santo, Jack Tatum, Smokin’ Joe Frazier, Sugar Ray Robinson and, of all people, Ty Cobb and Jackie Robinson?
WVU unveils plans for new facilities
Back in the 1950s, Rosemary Clooney, whose nephew is the actor George Clooney, had a hit song entitled “This Ole House” and Tuesday morning in his “ole house,” the West Virginia University Coliseum, you could almost hear athletic director Oliver Luck singing the lyrics as he explained the plans for $106 million in improvements that will be performed on Milan Puskar Stadium, the Coliseum and the other athletic facilities.
HERTZEL COLUMN- Golson puts missteps behind him
As journeys go, Brandon Golson’s may not have been quite as adventurous as Lewis and Clark’s or Marco Polo’s, but in football terms the West Virginia linebacker’s travels to Morgantown have been anything but a walk in the park.
HERTZEL COLUMN- WVU’s Shorts, Smallwood continue exodus together
The first most have heard about Eastern Christian came through a Sports Illustrated story back in August of 2012.
HERTZEL COLUMN- Calicchio hopes to answer call for Mountaineers
The first thought that comes to mind as Michael Calicchio approaches — his white No. 63 West Virginia jersey having darn near as many Xs in its size designation as the defense has on the chalkboard on the locker room wall, as in Size: XXXXXXLarge — is that he surely is going to greet you with the words “You rang?”
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.
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