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FURFARI COLUMN- WVU men’s performance most impressive in upset win
The West Virginia University men’s basketball team’s thrill-filled 92-86 upset of nationally No. 8-ranked Kansas here last Saturday has to be one of the school’s all-time greatest triumphs.
FURFARI COLUMN: Women’s finale fitting as all-time Coliseum great
If you weren’t among the thrilled, extremely vocal 5,502 fans at the WVU Coliseum last Tuesday night, you missed one of the most memorable sports events in that 44-year-old arena’s history.
The No. 7 nationally ranked West Virginia University women’s basketball team’s capture of the Big 12 Conference regular-season co-championship beating Kansas 67-60 on Senior Night was followed by a wild, wonderful celebration.
FURFARI COLUMN: Ex-WVU star loves coaching at FSU
Joe Mazzulla, a native of the Providence, R.I., area, now is in his first year as an assistant men’s basketball coach at Fairmont State University.
He had made his coaching debut during a two-year hitch as a member of the staff at Glenville State.
FURFARI COLUMN: Gee: Athletics must be ‘fully integrated into the life of the university’
Dr. E. Gordon Gee, now the acclaimed permanent president of West Virginia University for the second time, has a history of national involvement in intercollegiate athletics as well as academic affairs.
FURFARI COLUMN: Holgorsen’s idea on practices good but not original
Dana Holgorsen, West Virginia University’s young head football coach, apparently has had a sudden change of heart toward the media and perhaps to those in a shrinking fan base.
With spring football practice starting on Sunday, Holgorsen has decided to open four of the permitted 15 practice sessions completely to the public as well as recognized reporters.
FURFARI COLUMN: Jim Ritchie was WVU standout in Jerry West era
Jim Ritchie, a resident of nearby Pt. Marion, Pa., was an outstanding basketball player at West Virginia University on the highly successful teams in 1958-59, 59-60 and 60-61.
The 6-foot-4 forward helped the Mountaineers to records of 29-5, 26-5 and 23-4. The Philadelphia native also played one year on a freshman team and was redshirted as a sophomore.
FURFARI COLUMN: McPherson recalls dramatic recruitment of Dale Blaney
Gary McPherson, longtime top assistant to former West Virginia University men’s head basketball coach Gale Catlett, recently recalled his somewhat dramatic recruitment of the great Dale Blaney at Hartford, Ohio, in the early 1980s.
FURFARI COLUMN: World-famous Heater about to turn age 72
Did you ever wonder what is the all-time highest number of points scored in a boys’ high school basketball game?
Thanks to friend Dr. Larry Schwab, I found out who set the world record, and retired attorney John Skinner of Charles Town helped by discovering that person’s telephone number for me.
FURFARI COLUMN: Carey, Huggins have WVU teams on hot rolls
Coach Mike Carey of the West Virginia women’s nationally No. 13 ranked basketball team could be the best he’s had in 13 years at the helm.
“I am very pleased where we are this season,” he said earlier this week. “We have five seniors and they have done a great job leading this team.”
FURFARI COLUMN- Holliday has Marshall’s 10-4 team back intact this year
John “Doc” Holliday, Marshall University’s outstanding head football coach, was asked earlier in the week, what were the keys to his 2013 team’s 10-4 record?
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