The Times West Virginian

Bob Herzel

Bob Herzel
  • 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.

    April 4, 2014

  • 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.

    April 4, 2014

  • 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.

    April 3, 2014

  • 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.”

    April 3, 2014

  • 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.

    April 2, 2014

  • 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.

    April 1, 2014

  • 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.

    April 1, 2014

  • Juwan Staten.jpg WVU’s Staten decides to return for senior season

    The West Virginia University basketball program, which has not had much good news over the past couple of years, got the best news it could have gotten as All-Big 12 point guard Juwan Staten announced Sunday that he will return for his senior season.

    March 31, 2014 1 Photo

  • Turnbull: Luck called me ‘too old’ to coach

    Craig Turnbull, fired this week after 36 years as West Virginia University’s wrestling coach, said Sunday that Athletic Director Oliver Luck said he was “too old” and had “been around too long” during a meeting late in the 2013 season and refused to consider an offer from the coach to have an orderly transition that would end with him retiring following next season.

    March 31, 2014

  • HERTZEL COLUMN- Speed read: After slow start, Alford finds niche

    The legendary Hall of Fame pitcher Satchel Paige used to say that his one-time Negro League teammate and Hall of Fame outfielder Cool Papa Bell was so fast so that “he could turn out the light and jump in bed before it got dark.”

    March 31, 2014

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