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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.
Four WVU players selected in final day of MLB Draft
It was a banner day for West Virginia University in the Major League Baseball Draft Saturday as four more players were selected, easing the memory of the colossal collapse down the stretch that kept the team out of the NCAA Tournament while tying the school record for most players drafted with six.
HERTZEL COLUMN: Noreen: Loyalty is often missing
In the crazy, transient world that college basketball has become, we decided to reach out for some sanity.
In truth, it wasn’t hard to find, even here, where players have been moving in and moving out as if this were Marriott University instead of West Virginia University.
WVU’s Musgrave, Boyd taken in 8th round of MLB draft
West Virginia University outfielder Bobby Boyd and left-handed pitcher Harrison Musgrave were selected in the eighth round of the major league baseball draft on Friday.
Boyd, the leading hitter in the Big 12 as a junior, was selected by the Houston Astros with the 226th pick of the draft, while Musgrave was picked by the Colorado Rockies seven picks later, at No. 233.
HERTZEL COLUMN: Can you weigh a college athlete’s worth in money?
A few weeks back, former West Virginia University quarterback Pat White set a buzz through college football circles when he claimed he had been offered a Corvette – presumably a red one – by Alabama while being recruited.
While this claim died a quick and harmless death in the media, the coaching staff in Alabama long since gone and White’s collegiate career having been played out without any evidence of any wrongdoing on anyone’s part, it did lead to the hottest topic in college athletics today.
WVU’s Fleming faces major (league) dilemma
A case can be made for junior second baseman Billy Fleming as West Virginia University’s best player last season on a team that was heavy in talent.
He finished second in the Big 12 in batting with a top-heavy .351 average, which put him just behind teammate Bobby Boyd and just ahead of teammate Ryan McBroom in the conference batting race while playing a solid and fundamentally sound second base.
HERTZEL COLUMN: Pirates can learn from Jeter’s story
Much has been made over the past month about the Pittsburgh Pirates’ reluctance to promote their wunderkind outfielder Gregory Polanco from the Indianapolis Indians of the International League, where he seemingly is leading the league in everything except for broken bats.
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