Stringing together some odds and ends that may be of interest:
• Did you know that the total annual pay of each of the coaches with teams in the NCAA Basketball Tournament averages $1.47 million? One wag suggested that perhaps we should start referring to a head football or basketball coach simply as “Mr. Millionaire.” He thought that would be appropriate — I didn’t.
• All four of the head coaches whose team made it to this weekend’s Final Four at Atlanta certainly are being paid well. Rick Pitino of Louisville is receiving $5 million, Jim Boeheim of Syracuse $1.9 million, John Beilein of Michigan $1.9 million and George Marshall of Wichita State $1.2 million.
• Like a lot of West Virginia basketball fans, if not all, I’ve been pulling for Coach Beilein and his Wolverines. He’s not only a great coach but a fine gentleman. He certainly did an excellent job as WVU’s head coach as Gale Catlett’s successor from 2002-03 through 2006-07. He was here five seasons and posted a record of 104-60.
Taking over the men’s program after an 8-20 season, Beilein performed absolute wonders. His teams enjoyed records of 14-15, 17-14, 24-11, 22-11 and 27-9. WVU won the National Invitation Tournament championship for only the second time since 1942, the school’s first-ever NIT title. It also reached the NCAA Tournament Sweet 16 and Elite Eight under Beilein’s guidance in two NCAA appearances.
• If you’re interested in purchasing a season ticket for WVU’s six home football games, the cost could be $365 — even without a donation to the Mountaineer Athletic Club. But the ticket probably would be in the end zone. If you wanted to buy only one ticket to the most popular home game — if available — I’m told it would cost you $80. Season ticket orders are now being accepted at WVU for the 2013 campaign.
• Some of the college/pro football “experts” continue to degrade West Virginia University’s great, graduating quarterback, Geno Smith, on radio and TV. I contend it’s a really sad, unfair attack on his ability and, most certainly, his character, But I did hear one analyst on ESPN say during a three-man discussion that he thinks Geno Smith would be the only QB picked in the first round of the upcoming NFL draft.
• I have resorted to a Freedom of Information Act request just once in my lengthy career as a sports writer and columnist. I was under the belief that the person or organization receiving such a legitimate request has only five days to respond.
And if there’s no response in five days, a possible penalty could be imposed. But the last time I looked, WVU has yet to settle 33 FOIA requests from a local newspaper.
Why? I don’t know. I’m just asking.
Stringing together some odds and ends that may be of interest:
Pitching pushes North past Monarchs in game two of doubleheader: PHOTOS
North Marion coach Vic Seccuro wanted to send a message to his team, telling them to focus, bear down and grit out a victory.
After falling 13-8 to Braxton County in game one of a Saturday doubleheader, the Huskies bounced back to beat John Marshall, 4-2, Saturday at North Marion High School.
Bees split with Oak Glen on Senior Day: PHOTOS
Twice on Saturday the East Fairmont softball team found itself leading Oak Glen 3-1 in the seventh inning.
The situation was the same in both games of the doubleheader. The way the Bees’ handled it, though, was quiet different.
Lady Huskies fall to Ritchie County late, 5-4: PHOTOS
It couldn’t have happened the way it did even if No. 6 Ritchie County had drawn it up.
The bases were loaded. There were no outs. And by a swing of bad luck a fly ball was dropped in the outfield as two runs came across to score, propelling the Rebels to a 5-4 win over No. 9 North Marion in the final game of the Diamond Dawg Tournament at North Marion High School Saturday.
HERTZEL COLUMN: Watson tees off a new century at The Greenbrier
You knew this was going to be one of those unpredictable, memorable days when you drove into the Greenbrier Resort and headed to the Old White Golf Course and found the best parking place in the joint.
As Bob Uecker would say, right there in the front rooooow.
Arrest warrant out for WVU recruit
West Virginia University’s newest men’s basketball recruit, Tarik Phillip, has an order out for his arrest in North Carolina, according to a story in The Dominion-Post, which said three Gaston County Magistrate office spokespersons confirmed.
WVU baseball powers past Oklahoma, 9-5
The WVU baseball team tied a season high with 18 hits to defeat Oklahoma, 9-5, on Saturday afternoon at L. Dale Mitchell Park.
The win gives the Mountaineers their second Big 12 series win of the season and improves the overall record to 19-16 and 4-7 in conference play. Oklahoma drops to 25-16 overall and 5-7 in Big 12 play.
Blue Jackets edge Pens, 4-3, in double OT
Matt Calvert banged home a rebound 1:10 into the second overtime and the Columbus Blue Jackets earned the first playoff victory in franchise history with a 4-3 win over the Pittsburgh Penguins on Saturday night.
Braun homers twice, rallies Brewers over Pirates, 8-7
Ryan Braun hit two homers, including a two-run shot with two outs in the ninth inning that sent the Milwaukee Brewers over the Pittsburgh Pirates 8-7 Saturday night.
Braun has five home runs this season after being suspended for the last 65 games of 2013 following Major League Baseball’s investigation into the Biogenesis drug scandal.
North Marion goes 2-for-2; Fairmont Senior 0-for-2 in tournament
A day after an 11-0 mercy-rule victory at Philip Barbour, the North Marion Huskies were at it again.
Chelsi Latocha threw three no-hit innings, Shelby King drove in five runs in the first inning and the Huskies rolled to a 20-0 victory over the winless Fairmont Senior Polar Bears in the Diamond Dawg Tournament at North Marion High School.
Brewers’ Lohse beats Pirates again
Kyle Lohse pitched effectively into the seventh inning, Carlos Gomez homered and the Milwaukee Brewers beat the Pittsburgh Pirates 5-3 Friday night.
Lohse (3-1) improved to 11-2 in his career against the Pirates, allowing one earned run in a win against them for the second time in six days.
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