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WVU Sports

July 27, 2012

Smith brushes off Big 12 honor

Senior QB  putting focus on season


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The NCAA has approved a transfer waiver request for West Virginia University men’s basketball player Matt Humphrey.

Humphrey, a 6-foot-5, 195-pound senior guard, will be eligible to compete for the Mountaineers this season. A Chicago native, Humphrey completed his undergraduate degree with a bachelor of arts in human development from Boston College in 2012. He will pursue a master’s degree at WVU this year.

As a junior at Boston College in 2011-12, Humphrey started 29 games and was second on the team in scoring at 10.3 points per game. He led the Eagles in minutes played (30.3) per game and steals (34), was second on the team in 3-point field goals made (55) and was third on the team in assists (50).

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Funny, isn’t it, how the Big 12 and WVU can let us all know they will play three Big Monday basketball games on ESPN … and each is what figures to be a big time game.

On Jan. 28 the Mountaineers and Bob Huggins take on Kansas in the first-ever meeting between the two schools. Then a week later, on Feb. 4, it’s Texas they face, and who could ever forget the 2006 Sweet 16 showdown between the two teams when Kevin Pittsnogle’s long-distance 3 tied the game only to have Kenton Paulino hit one on top of him at the buzzer.

And then WVU meets Huggins’ old team, Kansas State, on Feb. 18, but that game lost some luster when Huggins’ former assistant Frank Martin quit and left for South Carolina this year.

All games will be played at 9 p.m.

Staying up late is going to be unintended consequence of moving to the Big 12, where most everyone is on Central Time and therefore gets a later time slot than the Big East.

But if they can give us this much notice on those games, how come they failed to put out any kind of release that WVU’s first football meeting with Iowa State in Ames, Iowa, had been changed to a day game the Friday after Thanksgiving rather than on the Saturday it had been announced as being played?

If you made plans, better change them.

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