Rumors, rumors, rumors.
In this Internet era, rumors reside everywhere, not just in “ruming houses,” so to speak, and many of them are swirling around the West Virginia University basketball program.
The Mountaineers are in need of a point guard, with Joe Mazzulla gone and Truck Bryant showing himself to be better as the off guard, so what better place to begin that right here in West Virginia, where Mike Casazza of the Daily Mail in Charleston conjured up the ghost of last year’s hot recruit, Noah Cottrill.
“Consider the whispers Noah Cottrill has retreated to Michigan to be with his older brother and address the personal issues that forced his exit from WVU this past season, in order to get back with the team,” Casazza wrote. “If his return is no longer an impossibility and he is welcomed back, WVU has a shooter it really needs as well as another piece for what may be a fresh approach next season.”
While this would seem like a longshot, coach Bob Huggins has been known to be compassionate, and if Cottrill can convince him that his personal problems are behind him, Huggins might be willing to welcome him back, perhaps first as a walk-on.
Then came word out of Dayton, Ohio, that the Flyers’ point guard Juwan Statten, a prime recruit a year ago, is leaving that program because he didn’t feel it was the right fit.
Statten led the Atlantic 10 in assists but did not shoot well and was reportedly unhappy that he wasn’t given more freedom to freelance. Huggins, as anyone who has watched him knows, doesn’t have a whole lot of freelancing, but he is a player’s coach and does not hear many complaints about it.
The Dayton Daily News suggested that Statten might be interested in West Virginia.
WVU has a top point guard in this recruiting class in Jabarie Hinds, but it would be best if Huggins could break him in more slowly and have a player like Statten, who would not be eligible for a year, to work with and push him in his development.
Rumors, rumors, rumors.
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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.
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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.
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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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