PITTSBURGH — Take me home, country roads.
Get me out of here.
It was insanity.
It is insanity.
After spending an evening on city roads, all I can say is, West, by God, Virginia.
Pittsburgh may be a nice place to visit, but I wouldn’t want to park there, at least not on the Parkway West, which is exactly what those who made the trek from Morgantown to Pittsburgh did.
Normally, it’s an hour and a half drive.
And, it was an hour and a half drive … from where I-79 just outside Pittsburgh turned into the Parkway West. The rest of the way … bumper to bumper to bumper to bumper to bumper.
Thank God, I’m a country boy.
Oh, thanks to ESPN, we still made the game between West Virginia University and Pittsburgh, our nerves a little frazzled and our gas needle far closer to empty than it needed to be, but the 9 p.m. start allowed everyone a chance to inhale those exhaust fumes and study the good-looking blonde in the car alongside you … for 45 minutes.
Somehow, right now, it doesn’t seem worth it.
Not with way West Virginia let this one slip away.
Nine days after beating their arch-rival Pitt, by 19 points at home, they drove all the way up here to blow a basketball game they had won.
And they took their darn time blowing it.
One overtime. Two overtimes. Three overtimes.
By the time it ended, 98-95, today was tomorrow and West Virginia’s No. 4 ranking was yesterday.
Almost no matter what happens from here on can’t salvage the damage done this week.
Lose to Villanova. Lose to Pitt.
Thank goodness they had only two games scheduled.
This one seemed so easy.
Truck Bryant sank a pair of free throws with 1:11 left in regulation, the Mountaineers led, 66-59.
PITTSBURGH — Take me home, country roads.
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At first glance, it appears that they do not go hand-in-hand, a pair of rules changes the NCAA’s Legislative Council approved this week, sending them off for what seems to be smooth sailing toward becoming rules.
Means, WVU baseball shut out Oklahoma
Junior left-hander John Means of the WVU baseball team threw eight shutout innings and the Mountaineers had a five-run first inning en route to a 7-0 victory over Oklahoma on Thursday evening at L. Dale Mitchell Park.
The Mountaineers (18-15, 3-6 Big 12) broke a six-game Big 12 losing streak after being swept by TCU and Oklahoma State in back-to-back weekends. WVU had 16 hits and did not make an error for the second-straight game.
FURFARI COLUMN: Dr. Graber disagrees with Gee’s stance on Turnbull firing
Dr. Stephen Graber, an associate professor at the West Virginia University School of Medicine, is among the latest WVU teachers to deplore Oliver Luck’s firing of veteran wrestling coach Craig Turnbull.
He raised some significant questions about that issue last Monday in a meeting of the WVU Faculty Senate.
Huggins signs junior college guard
Coach Bob Huggins completed his 2014-15 West Virginia University recruiting class on Wednesday and deemed it a success after receiving a signed letter of intent from junior college guard Tarik Phillip.
Phillip joins Jevon Carter of Maywood, Ill., and Daxter Miles of Baltimore’s Dunbar High and out of Notre Dame Prep in Massachusetts in the 2014-15 recruiting class.
HERTZEL COLUMN: WVU gymnast hopes to stick her final landing
The reaction, one suspects, was the same as most people who see either a picture of West Virginia University gymnast Hope Sloanhoffer or meet her for the first time in person — a quick double take, maybe even stumbling over the first few words of an introduction.
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Stringing together some odds and ends which may be of interest to you:
• A beautiful lady came up to my table last Sunday at brunch in the Village of Heritage Point’s main dining room with a message.
Bussie looks forward to WNBA
On Tuesday, the weather turned cold, the wind blew and amongst the raindrops that fell a few snowflakes fluttered quietly to Earth.
It was as if it was a celebration of Asya Bussie being drafted on Monday night by the Minnesota Lynx, champions of the WNBA, with the third selection of the second round, the 15th overall pick of the draft.
WVU’s Harlee named Big 12 Scholar-Athlete
The Big 12 Conference announced its Scholar-Athlete of the Year recipients for the 2014 winter sport season, and West Virginia University senior Jess Harlee earns the honor for women’s basketball.
Harlee was selected as the award winner based on a vote of each respective sport’s head coaching group, with coaches not permitted to vote for their own student-athletes.
Gyorko, Padres agree to extension
Jedd Gyorko, who hasn’t hit much of anything with a .178 start on this season, hit the jackpot on Monday, signing a six-year contract extension with the San Diego Padres for $35 million with a one-year club option at $13 million.
HERTZEL COLUMN- Spring game showed defense has improved
From Dana Holgorsen’s viewpoint, which was standing right behind the offense, West Virginia’s Gold-Blue Spring Game on Saturday was a rousing success for it showed very little of what the Mountaineers will be in this coming season, probably not even showcasing the man who will direct the offense in the quarterback position.
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