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FURFARI COLUMN: Dr. Gee talks about his philosophy on college athletics
Dr. Gordon Gee, West Virginia University’s interim president, had some interesting observations about intercollegiate athletics on Tuesday in his office.
First of all, he confirmed that when he was at Ohio State as president, he was asked if he was going to fire the school’s head football coach.
FURFARI COLUMN: Treatment of Mike Parsons a real shame
For several months it has been rumored that well-liked Mike Parsons would be leaving West Virginia University after nearly 35 years as an outstanding member of the athletic department staff.
As you may have heard, the Charleston native now has been notified that his contract as longtime deputy director of athletics will not be renewed June 30, 2014. They’ve cleaned out his desk in the Coliseum.
FURFARI COLUMN- Geno Smith showed stance and class in airplane issue
I am so proud of Geno Smith, the New York Jets’ rookie quarterback, for standing up for his rights in a recent incident as an airplane passenger.
FURFARI COLUMN: Carey masterful vs. Top 25 foes
Mike Carey, the veteran head coach of the nationally No. 18-ranked West Virginia University women’s basketball team, is seemingly putting that program into a peak pitch.
For starters, the highly respected, popular Clarksburg native has guided his talented teams to 26 of the 36 WVU program’s wins over Top 25-ranked teams.
FURFARI COLUMN: Dr. McKown recalls bizarre NCAA rules of the 1950s
Dr. Charles McKown, now the veteran vice president for health sciences at Marshall University, was an outstanding baseball outfielder at West Virginia University in the 1950s.
After all these years, the southern West Virginia native still has some not-so-fond memories of the NCAA. So I thought readers might be interested.
FURFARI COLUMN: Jerry West: ‘Coaches really emphasize defense’
Hall of Famer Jerry West had some interesting observations about college basketball in a recent telephone interview.
“It’s a different type of game today,” he said when asked why most shooters today do not have the consistency percentage-wise as when he played back in 1950s, ’60s and ’70s.
FURFARI COLUMN: WVU women prove most deserving of Top 25 ranking
Hopefully, the West Virginia University women’s basketball team will be finally nationally ranked when the polls are updated on Monday.
The Mountaineers are now 15-2 overall and 4-1 in the Big 12 Conference after Wednesday night’s 73-59 shocking upset victory at No. 13-ranked Iowa State in Ames, Iowa.
FURFARI COLUMN: Some observations, facts and opinions
Here are a few short items in which you may be interested:
• The West Virginia University men’s basketball team’s performance in Monday night’s 80-69 loss to Texas at home was its poorest in a long time.
FURFARI COLUMN- Justin Mazzulla following in his brother’s footsteps
Joe Mazzulla was one of the finest point guards in West Virginia University’s men’s basketball program in many years during the 2007-11.
FURFARI COLUMN- WVU-OSU was a wonderful masterpiece
OK, so it is becoming something of an old story for the West Virginia University men’s basketball team to lose winnable games it could have won.
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