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June 10, 2014

HERTZEL COLUMN: Harris finds new home at Michigan St.

MORGANTOWN — 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.

Harris was supposed to visit former WVU coach John Beilein at Michigan over the weekend but did not make the visit.

Harris averaged 17.2 points a game at WVU last season but apparently was not at ease with the coaching methods of Huggins.

“We respected (Huggins’) coaching style but it probably wasn’t the best fit,” Harris told The Star on May 7. “Looking for that right fit as far as a coach goes is probably the biggest thing.”

Interesting he should wind up under Tom Izzo at Michigan State, who may be the only coach in America as intense as Huggins and who also stresses defense as strongly as does Huggins.

Huggins’ biggest problem with Harris was his defensive play.

Over the weekend, Huggins completed his recruiting class by adding a small forward with the movie star name of BillyDee Williams from South Plains Community College in Texas. Out of Orlando, Florida and Iowa Western Community College, he averaged 10.4 points a game while shooting 40 percent from 3 at South Plains as the sixth man.

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Coincidence?

I think not.

West Virginia pitcher Sean Carley was informed that he had been drafted by the New York Yankees while he was in a barber’s chair, getting his mullet and goatee cleaned up.

They had been his signature items, making him look nearly exactly like the foul-mouthed fictional HBO former pitcher Kenny Powers of the series “Eastbound & Down.”

It’s an image Carley promoted, being a hard-throwing pitcher himself.

Pictures of the two have gone viral on the Internet, a lot of coverage for a 14th-round pick.

Now what was coincidental about Carley being in a barber chair when he learned the Yankees had drafted him?

The Yankees require their players to be neatly groomed without facial hair … you might remember when outfielder Johnny Damon came over from the Red Sox and shaved.

It won’t be hard, though, for Carley. He transferred to WVU from the Air Force Academy, which also had a code.

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