So are all of the expected West Virginia University football recruits.
The same cannot be said for basketball.
On Tuesday, freshman Darrien Howard, a beast of a linebacker at 6-2 and 250 pounds out of Dayton, Ohio’s, Chaminade-Julienne High, showed up in the student directory, which would indicate he had obtained clearance to enroll in school.
Howard was the last football recruit expected to enroll, meaning coach Dana Holgorsen landed every one of the members of this year’s recruiting class.
Howard is expected to leave his Dayton home Thursday.
“It’s a big relief. It feels so good to get this over with. The weight was really killing me. Now I actually get a chance to go down there, and it’s a great feeling,” he told WVSports.com
Basketball coach Bob Huggins, however, has two recruits who are not included in the student directory.
It doesn’t mean they won’t be by Friday, which is the final day they can enroll, so they still may be awaiting clearance.
But as of Wednesday afternoon, neither Elijah Macon nor Jonathan Holton was listed as part of the student body.
Macon is becoming basketball’s Tevita Finau, a football player who three times was supposed to enroll at WVU and never did, winding up eventually at Utah and then as a teammate of Geno Smith on the New York Jets.
Macon, a 6-4, 250-pound forward, was originally in Huggins’ 2012 recruiting class but did not qualify, forcing him back to prep school.
At the time he said he would honor the commitment this year and did, but has not yet enrolled.
Holton is the former Rhode Island star who was arrested for posting sex tapes online and then arrested again on a charge of stealing a laptop.
According to the Providence Journal, Holton pleaded no contest to one count of video voyeurism and the robbery charge was thrown out. He was placed on two years probation.
A talented player, Holton led Rhode Island in rebounding as a freshman.
West Virginia University women’s soccer forward Frances Silva has been named one of 30 candidates for the 2013 Senior CLASS Award.
The award recognizes student-athletes that have excelled in four areas - classroom, character, community and competition.
“When you have an athlete represent our university and our women’s soccer program with an award that recognizes excellence in the classroom and on the field, the only thing that comes to mind is how proud I am,” said coach Nikki Izzo-Brown. “It is a huge reflection of Frances’ character, excelling both in the classroom and on the playing field. All her hard work has paid off, and it is a tremendous award for her to be nominated for.”
Silva graduated in three years with a bachelor’s degree in broadcast journalism, while maintaining a 3.97 cumulative grade-point average. In 2013, she received the Jerry P. Wilkins Scholarship and was the Dr. Gerald Lage Award winner, the highest academic honor given by the Big 12 Conference. Silva is currently a graduate student pursuing a master’s degree in sport management.
In the community, Silva has been involved in numerous youth camps and clinics to help teach the game of soccer. She also has been active, along with her teammates, in raising money to fund research for a cure for breast cancer. The women’s soccer program has raised more than $100,000 for the cause.
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Staten overlooked for Big 12 Player of the Year
West Virginia’s point guard Juwan Staten was overlooked by the Big 12 Coaches in the Player of the Year voting Sunday, the award going to Iowa State’s Melvin Ejim, but Staten was named to the All-Big 12 first team and the All-Defensive team.
Mountaineers stun No. 8 Kansas, 92-86
The missing link finally showed itself for West Virginia University on Saturday, maybe just in time to save the season for the Mountaineers.
“Better late than never,” is the way WVU guard Eron Harris put it after freshman center Devin Williams stepped out of the shadows and put together the game everyone has been waiting for in leading the Mountaineers to a crucial 92-86 victory over Kansas.
Fairmont native named next Mountaineer
The riffle has been passed.
Fairmont native Michael Garcia was named West Virginia University’s new Mountaineer Saturday.
The announcement came at the eight minute mark of the men’s basketball team’s eventual 92-86 upset win over No. 8 Kansas at the WVU Coliseum.
HERTZEL COLUMN: Eron Harris bounces back to spark WVU
One minute and forty-seven seconds had ticked off the Coliseum clock on Saturday afternoon and things were off to the kind of start most people had expected, Kansas in the lead, albeit as slender as a one-point lead can be.
That was when Juwan Staten spotted Eron Harris open beyond the 3-point arc.
Staten plans to test NBA after season
To the surprise of no one, West Virginia University guard Juwan Staten is going to explore his opportunities in the NBA at the end of this season, a season in which he has become perhaps the best player in the Big 12.
WVU women outlast TCU to advance in Big 12 tournament
In the afternoon, West Virginia’s men’s team gave up a career-high 41 points to Andrew Wiggins but found a way to tough out a victory over Kansas.
Then Saturday evening, the West Virginia women’s team gave up a career-high 32 points to Zahna Medley but found a way to tough out a victory over TCU in the second round of the Big 12 Women’s Basketball Championships in Oklahoma City.
HERTZEL COLUMN: Buie returns to WVU after a year away
It’s nearly every little boy’s dream to become a college football athlete, to play in a stadium before 60,000, 70,000, 100,000 fans, to wear the colors of a university proudly. There are cheerleaders and groupies; there’s your name in headlines, your picture in the newspapers.
WVU looks to back up Huggins’ prediction
It was after Kansas defeated West Virginia University, 83-69, a month ago in Lawrence, Bob Huggins reached into his deep library of inspirational sayings and came out with one from Abe Lemons, of all people, the one-time Texas coach who never was at a loss for words.
TCU tough matchup for WVU women
West Virginia University women’s basketball coach Mike Carey is trying to find a happy balance now for his team as it enters its second season, the Big 12 Tournament.
HERTZEL COLUMN: Huggins just wants WVU to compete
In the end, with Bob Huggins, they count victories and losses, and he has always been one to pile up the victories while keeping the losses to a minimum, at least until the last two seasons at West Virginia University.
And, in the end, when he tries to analyze why the losses have come rather than the victories, he comes to understand that he just doesn’t have the manpower to compete.
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