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Mickey Furfari

Mickey Furfari
  • 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.

    March 5, 2014

  • 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.

    February 28, 2014

  • 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.

    February 22, 2014

  • 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.

    February 16, 2014

  • 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.

    February 14, 2014

  • 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.”

    February 12, 2014

  • 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?

    February 10, 2014

  • FURFARI COLUMN- West sees WVU getting better

    Jerry West, the greatest basketball player in West Virginia University history, will tell you that he hasn’t given up on the inconsistent men’s team at his alma mater.

    February 5, 2014

  • 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.

    January 31, 2014

  • 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.

    January 30, 2014

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