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  • FURFARI COLUMN: All-time WVU great QB Bernie Galiffa dies at 63

    It was very sad to learn that Bernie Galiffa, one of the most outstanding quarterbacks in West Virginia University football history, had passed away.
    The three-year letterman for famed coach Bobby Bowden died last Thursday in Wilmington, N.C., at the age of 63.

    April 4, 2014

  • Smallwood brings versatility to WVU offense

    A year ago much was made of Charles Sims’ transfer from Houston to West Virginia University, but much of it was miscast for he was seen mostly as a running back who would be able to help out in the passing game.
    No one really understood, however, just how versatile and talented he was, almost defining what coach Dana Holgorsen was looking for in what can only be labeled the running back of the future.

    April 3, 2014

  • HERTZEL COLUMN: Baseball in summer would drive in fans

    The great Roger Angell, the groundbreaking essayist of the New Yorker magazine who this year won the J.G. Taylor Spink Award for his career accomplishments as a baseball writer, changed the art of baseball writing forever back in 1972 with his first book on baseball.
    He titled it “The Summer Game.”

    April 3, 2014

  • HERTZEL COLUMN: Rare optimism surrounds WVU for next season

    The pain from the past basketball season has turned to numbness at West Virginia University, a 17-16 team that failed to reach the NCAA Tournament or advance in the NIT and was stunned when its No. 2 scorer was transferring, as it heads into the off-season.
    With all of that facing the Mountaineer team as it goes into the off-season, it seems rather strange that it heads there with far more optimism than you ever would expect from a team that has managed to win only half of its 98 games over the past three seasons.

    April 2, 2014

  • WVU sweeps season series against Pitt

    The West Virginia University baseball swept the season series against Pitt with a 6-4 victory on Tuesday evening at Charles L. Cost Field.
     The Mountaineers improved to 16-8 overall and won 2-0 in the season series after winning 6-3 last Tuesday in Morgantown. Pittfell to 15-12 overall and was issued its first home loss this season.

    April 2, 2014

  • FURFARI COLUMN: Is $106 million in facilities updates really key to WVU sports success?

    You may have heard or read that West Virginia University Department of Intercollegiate Athletics is planning to spend $106 million for major projects.
    According to published reports, that is to improve athletic facilities, including Mountaineer Field at Milan Puskar Stadium and the WVU Coliseum (yet to be named for a rich donor).

    April 2, 2014

  • Juwan Staten.jpg WVU’s Staten decides to return for senior season

    The West Virginia University basketball program, which has not had much good news over the past couple of years, got the best news it could have gotten as All-Big 12 point guard Juwan Staten announced Sunday that he will return for his senior season.

    March 31, 2014 1 Photo

  • Turnbull: Luck called me ‘too old’ to coach

    Craig Turnbull, fired this week after 36 years as West Virginia University’s wrestling coach, said Sunday that Athletic Director Oliver Luck said he was “too old” and had “been around too long” during a meeting late in the 2013 season and refused to consider an offer from the coach to have an orderly transition that would end with him retiring following next season.

    March 31, 2014

  • HERTZEL COLUMN- Speed read: After slow start, Alford finds niche

    The legendary Hall of Fame pitcher Satchel Paige used to say that his one-time Negro League teammate and Hall of Fame outfielder Cool Papa Bell was so fast so that “he could turn out the light and jump in bed before it got dark.”

    March 31, 2014

  • NCAA, administrators enjoy handsome financial benefits while athletes go unpaid

    It came, perhaps, at the very moment the NCAA didn’t need it to come, a moment when the organization’s fate was beginning to teeter under pressures that were long brewing and, to be honest, long overdue.
    It came out of Ohio State after the fruits of Logan Stieber’s long, hard drive to the 141-pound NCAA wrestling championship were reaped … those fruits being a medal, a handshake and adulation among his peers and wrestling fans.

    March 30, 2014

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