MORGANTOWN — West Virginia University will hold the annual Gold-Blue spring football scrimmage on Friday, April 30, at Mountaineer Field at Milan Puskar Stadium.
Festivities are set to begin at 7 p.m., with an old timers game featuring former Mountaineer players. The intrasquad scrimmage under the lights will conclude WVU’s spring football drills. The offense will be wearing gold uniforms, and the defense will don the blue uniforms.
Fans are encouraged to attend the Mountaineer Fan Festival in the stadium lot adjacent to the Ronald McDonald House from 5:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m., featuring inflatable games for kids and an autograph session with select former Mountaineer football players.
Tickets are available for $5 each. They can be purchased at the Milan Puskar Stadium gate on game day or in advance the week of the game at the Mountaineer Ticket Office located in the WVU Coliseum. WVU students will be admitted free with a valid ID. Stadium parking information will be released at a later date.
Once again this year, there will not be an autograph session following the game, and fans will not be permitted on the field. Mountaineer Football will conduct its annual Fan Day in August with details being released later this summer.
Proceeds from the Gold-Blue Game again will benefit WVU Children’s Hospital. The Mountaineers have donated $597,032 to Children’s Hospital during the past 25 years.
Thomas on Lott Watch List
NEWPORT BEACH, CA — West Virginia’s J.T. Thomas has been named to the 2010 Lott Trophy Watch List it was announced today in Newport Beach by Ronnie Lott and the Pacific Club IMPACT Foundation.
Thomas is a 6-2, 225-pound linebacker from Ft. Lauderdale, Fl. who was second on the team with 76 tackles last season.
Sponsored by The Pacific Club IMPACT Foundation, the award is given to a player who exhibit’s the same characteristics Lott embodied during his distinguished career: Integrity, Maturity, Performance, Academics, Community and Tenacity. Voters for the award include selected members of the national media, previous finalists, members of the Pacific Club IMPACT Foundation Board of Directors, the Legends Coaches and distinguished alumni of various schools around the nation.
WVU hosts No. 12 Louisville
MORGANTOWN —The West Virginia University baseball team plays host to No. 12 Louisville this weekend at Hawley Field.
WVU (16-17, 3-6) faces UofL beginning this Friday at 7:05 p.m. The event is the first “Dollar Night” of the season, with all tickets, hot dogs, popcorn and Coca-Colas available for purchase for just one dollar each. Saturday’s contest begins at 3 p.m. and promotes Alumni Weekend, with former Mountaineers in attendance being recognized during the game. The three-game set ends on “Youth League Sunday” with a 1 p.m. start, as any youth baseball players wearing their game jersey will receive $1 admission.
The Cardinals (26-6, 6-3) have one of the country’s best résumés, going 5-0 against the Big Ten, taking two of three at then-No. 17 Mississippi and owning a series victory against 25th-ranked Connecticut. UofL also defeated No. 19 Western Kentucky, 7-6, on Wednesday evening.
All three games this weekend will air on WAJR, with Kyle Wiggs on the call.
WVU receives 10-year recertification
MORGANTOWN — West Virginia University received unconditional recertification Thursday from the NCAA Division I Committee on Athletics Certification, recognizing that the University’s athletic program is in “substantial conformity with operating principles” adopted by Division I schools.
The full NCAA announcement is available here.
“This unconditional certification is an important indication that we have a very solid athletic department,” President James P. Clements said. “Many people were involved in the process, including faculty, staff, students and administrators. This collaboration demonstrated the integration of athletics with the broader mission of the University.
“I am extremely pleased we achieved certification and want to thank everyone who helped with process and especially those who work hard everyday in the athletic department,” Clements said.
The purpose of athletics certification is to ensure integrity in the institution’s athletics program and to assist institutions in improving their athletics departments, the NCAA said.
WVU was one of the first schools to volunteer for the NCAA’s pilot certification program in 1991, and was one of five schools originally certified. WVU’s program was recertified by the NCAA in 1996 and then again in 2001.
This round of recertification began two years ago with a self-study of governance and commitment to rules compliance, academic integrity, as well as gender and diversity and student-athlete well-being.