Dan Dakich Says He Destroyed West Virginia’s Basketball Program

Morgantown, West Virginia - Yesterday, Dan Dakich, host of the show "Don't @ Me with Dan Dakich", accused Bob Huggins of cheating and said that Huggins did not belong in the Hall of Fame. Today, Dakich took a shot at the West Virginia basketball program. Dakich, who temporarily replaced Gale Catlett as the head coach of the Mountaineers, quit and resigned from the position after only 8 days on the job. Dakich has consistently taken jabs at West Virginia University over the years, but today, he suggested that him leaving the program has ruined it. "Watching hoops thinking how badly me resigning from WVU destroyed that program...Bless their little hearts." Dakich was the head coach at Bowling Green from 1997-2007 and was the interim head coach at Indiana in 2008. He accumulated a 159-144 record with only 1 NCAA Tournament appearance (0-1) and two NIT appearances (0-2). https://twitter.com/dandakich/status/1636818131690635283?s=20

Women’s Basketball Coach Seems to Be Leaving WVU

According to several reports, WVU’s Women’s Basketball Coach Dawn Pluitzuweit has emerged as a top candidate for the vacant head coaching gig with Minnesota’s women’s basketball team. https://twitter.com/jrallstarmn/status/1636859105678700547?s=46&t=cXIQ4JQG-pp-P6qrRwLwjw   The news was first reported by Minnesota Jr. All-Star Girls Basketball. Plitzuweit has been in Morgantown for one season, finishing 19-12 overall with a 10-8 conference record. The Lady Mountaineers lost earlier today in the Round of 64 in the NCAA Women’s Tournament. Stay tuned to The Voice of Motown for updates on the situation.

Dan Dakich Takes a Shot at Tony Caridi

Cover Photo: The Athletic  Morgantown, West Virginia - Dan Dakich has created quite a stir among West Virginia fans in the past couple of days. Following West Virginia’s loss to Maryland in the 1st round of the NCAA Tournament, Dakich, who was named the head coach at West Virginia after Gale Catlett’s departure and quit after 8 days with the program, accused Bob Huggins of being a cheater, then followed that up by saying that him leaving the West Virginia basketball program “destroyed it.” Now it appears that he’s going after longtime West Virginia radio play by play announcer and “Voice of the Mountaineers” Tony Caridi. Caridi, who is one of the most respected people in the industry, apparently said the following about Dakich at one point during his career on air: “Dan Dakich was the best thing that never happened to WVU.” When a fan brought that up on social media yesterday, Dakich replied by saying, “Hahahaha….I kicked him out of the weight room…he was spying on us…so funny watching him slink out…tough guy later but scared to death.” Caridi has yet to respond to the allegation and likely will take the high road and ignore Dakich. See the full quote below: https://twitter.com/dandakich/status/1636835068541804545?s=46&t=USDKe35TLtcCPitgUlQ1PA

BREAKING: Plitzuweit Leaves WVU

According to The Athletic, WVU Women’s Head Basketball Coach Dawn Plitzuweit is set to accept the same position at Minnesota. This comes after rumors flooded the internet of the move yesterday. https://twitter.com/chanteljennings/status/1637106779577282560?s=46&t=cXIQ4JQG-pp-P6qrRwLwjw Plitzuweit spent one season in Morgantown. After compiling a record of 19-12 and 10-8 in Big 12 play, the Lady Mountaineers were selected to the NCAA Women’s Tournament. They lost in the Round of 64 to Arizona, 75-62. https://twitter.com/gopherwbb/status/1637111630944165888?s=46&t=cXIQ4JQG-pp-P6qrRwLwjw   Stay tuned to The Voice of Motown for updates.

Former Coach Rumored to Return to WVU

(Photo by WVU Athletics) After just one season in Morgantown, WVU Head Women’s Basketball Coach Dawn Plitzuweit accepted the same position with Minnesota. The Lady Mountaineers, who finished the 2022-23 season with a 19-12 record, are now without a coach for the second straight year. While names like Glenville State’s Kimberly Stephens have been kicked around, it appears that one very familiar coach could potentially be in line to take over the program. That person is Mike Carey. Carey, who spent 21 seasons in Morgantown, retired following the 2021-22 season. Plitzuweit was hired to replace him, and it now appears that the roles may reversed this time. According to Connect-Bridgeport, Carey is interested in a return to WVU. Following a year out of coaching, the outlet reports that Carey is interested in a return to coaching and will listen to calls from teams within the area. WVU Athletic Director Wren Baker announced this evening that the athletic department will conduct a nationwide search to find their next head coach. One could certainly expect Carey to be on the list of coaches contacted.  

West Virginia Forward Enters the Transfer Portal

Morgantown, West Virginia - Moments ago, Joe Tipton of On3Sports.com announced that West Virginia forward Jamel King plans to leave the West Virginia basketball program and enter the transfer portal. King, a 6'7 sophomore from Uniontown, Alabama, played in eight games this season, averaging 1.6 points, 0.6 rebounds and 0.3 assists per game for the Mountaineers. King's departure opens up another roster spot for West Virginia to add a more experienced player in the transfer portal. Bob Huggins and his staff have been very active already in the offseason, contacting virtually every major player who has entered the portal. King had the following to say about his departure: "Thank you Mountaineer Nation for everything. These last two seasons have been really hard not playing and competing with the guys I call my brothers. I also want to thank WVU for the experience and opportunity that has been provided to me." https://twitter.com/TheScottWhittle/status/1637821952164233217?s=20 https://twitter.com/TiptonEdits/status/1637822470848692226?s=20

Top West Virginia Women’s Head Coach Candidate Headed Elsewhere

Morgantown, West Virginia - The name that immediately popped up to fill the vacant women's head coach position at West Virginia when Dawn Plitzuweit left for Minnesota was current Glenville State head coach Kim Stephens. However, according to a report from Sun Belt Hoops Podcast's Jake Griffith, Stephens has already accepted another head coaching position. Stephens, who has led the Lady Pioneers to a 112-10 record in seven seasons and won the 2022 NCAA Division II Championship last season, has reportedly accepted the head coach position at Marshall. According to Griffith, "Stephens asked Marshall to hold the announcement until the Pioneers' season ended; however, now it could come as soon as today." West Virginia director of athletics Wren Baker spoke briefly of Stephens yesterday, saying that he was familiar with her work and respected what she's done at Glenville State. While Stephens was the favorite to land the position, Baker said that he will do a nationwide search for the best possible fit for the Lady Mountaineers. https://twitter.com/jakegriffithpxp/status/1638210160928903171?s=20

A New Leader Emerges to Become West Virginia Women’s Basketball Head Coach

Morgantown, West Virginia - Earlier today, it was revealed that Glenville State head coach Kim Stephens intends to take the head coach position at Marshall. Initially considered a favorite to land the vacant position at West Virginia, Stephens is reportedly no longer an option for the Mountaineers. With that said, West Virginia's director of athletics Wren Baker has said that he will conduct a nationwide search for the next head coach for the Lady Mountaineers. One name that has been mentioned as potentially being a favorite now is current Stephen F. Austin head coach Mark Kellogg. According to Mitchell Northam, Kellogg is a name to watch for the opening. Wren Baker hired Kellogg when he was at Northwestern Missouri State and he has been extremely successful at Stephen F. Austin since taking over there. Since 2016, Kellogg has had seven seasons with 23 or more wins and has appeared in the NCAA Tournament twice during that time. Kellogg has 168-48 overall record, a 105-20 conference record and was named the WAC Coach of the Year for the 2021-2022 season. https://twitter.com/primetimeMitch/status/1638286854712598532?s=20 Baker announced that he's had "not hundreds of people interested in the position but thousands who have expressed interest", so there will be tremendous competition to be the next head coach at West Virginia, but Mark Kellogg certainly checks a lot of boxes for the Lady Mountaineers.

West Virginia Point Guard Enters the Transfer Portal

Morgantown, West Virginia - Moments ago, freshman point guard Josiah Davis announced that he is leaving the West Virginia basketball program and entering the transfer portal. Davis, a 6’3 guard out of Kitchener, Ontario, played sparingly in six games for the Mountaineers this season, averaging 0.8 points, 0.3 rebounds and 0.2 assists per game in 1.5 minutes per game. https://twitter.com/voicemorgantown/status/1639361973761499158?s=46&t=USDKe35TLtcCPitgUlQ1PA

West Virginia Guard Enters the Transfer Portal

Morgantown, West Virginia - Moments ago, freshman point guard Josiah Davis announced that he is leaving the West Virginia basketball program and entering the transfer portal. Davis, a 6’3 guard out of Kitchener, Ontario, played sparingly in six games for the Mountaineers this season, averaging 0.8 points, 0.3 rebounds and 0.2 assists per game in 1.5 minutes per game. https://twitter.com/voicemorgantown/status/1639361973761499158?s=46&t=USDKe35TLtcCPitgUlQ1PA

Top Transfer Guard Visiting West Virginia

Morgantown, West Virginia - According to multiple reports, Kerr Kriisa, one of the top players in the transfer portal, will visit Morgantown this weekend and will be hosted by Jose Perez. Kriisa, a 6'3 guard from Estonia, is known for his brash personality and fiery temperament on the court. He averaged 9.9 points and a PAC-12-best 5.1 assists per game while shooting 77% from the foul line and 37% from three point range, and has been the Wildcats' starting point guard for the past two seasons. The fact that Kriisa is being hosted by Jose Perez is also outstanding news for the West Virginia basketball program. Perez has not yet publicly revealed whether he will return to play for the Mountaineers next season or consider professional options. However, him hosting Kriisa is a tremendous sign that he intends to stay in Morgantown to finish his collegiate career. https://twitter.com/WVUBarstool/status/1639373171823345666?s=20 https://twitter.com/ej_stevenson5/status/1639385469556514816?s=20 https://youtu.be/2GtUf0mQk4A

WVU Women’s Basketball Loses Top Recruit

(Photo via WVU Recruiting)  The West Virginia University Women’s Basketball team has taken yet another blow. Grace Grocholski, a 2023 shooting guard prospect from Wisconsin, announced via Twitter that she has decommitted from WVU. https://twitter.com/grocholskigrace/status/1638930771250659329?s=46&t=cXIQ4JQG-pp-P6qrRwLwjw She claims Dawn Plitzuweit’s departure as why she will no longer be attending WVU. Grocholski is a top 100 prospect, according to ESPN, and was WVU’s highest rated recruit in the 2023 class. WVU is in the midst of a national search to find a replacement for Plitzuweit.

Update on Star Guard Kerr Kriisa

Morgantown, West Virginia - Star transfer guard Kerr Kriisa is currently in Morgantown and from all indications, he has very much enjoyed his visit. Kriisa has been seen in multiple locations throughout Morgantown with West Virginia guard Jose Perez, who is hosting him during the weekend. Kriisa, a 6'3 guard from Estonia, is known for his brash personality and fiery temperament on the court, and averaged 9.9 points and a PAC-12-best 5.1 assists per game while shooting 77% from the foul line and 37% from three point range last season at Arizona. Kriisa is considered one of the top players in the transfer portal and will gain significant attention from top programs around the country, but it appears that he has narrowed his interest to West Virginia and Xavier. Xavier's head coach, Sean Miller, coached Kriisa at Arizona and has major interest in bringing his former player to his new school. With that said, On3.com has listed Kriisa as 100% likely to end up transferring to West Virginia. Bob Huggins has prioritized Kriisa in the transfer portal with starting point guard Kedrian Johnson graduating and if he's able to bring Kriisa to West Virginia, he will have likely found his new starting point guard. Kriisa, who has two years of eligibility remaining, is one of the finest true point guards in college basketball. He is tremendous at distributing to teammates and can shoot the lights out from three point range. https://twitter.com/voicemorgantown/status/1640023695589605377?s=20

Mountaineers Land Top Transfer Guard

Morgantown, West Virginia - Bob Huggins has worked another miracle in the transfer portal, landing the top transfer guard in college basketball, Kerr Kriisa! Kriisa, a 6'3 guard from Arizona, just announced that he has committed to play for the West Virginia Mountaineers! Kriisa, who averaged 9.9 points and a PAC-12-best 5.1 assists per game while shooting 77% from the foul line and 37% from three point range last season for Arizona, has been the Wildcats' starting point guard for the last two seasons and will almost certainly start at point guard for the Mountaineers next season. With Kedrian Johnson and Erik Stevenson graduating, and Josiah Davis entering the transfer portal last week, the Mountaineers currently have Kriisa, Joe Toussaint, Seth Wilson and Kobe Johnson returning, as well as transfers Jose Perez and Omar Silverio, at the guard position. Landing Kriisa is an absolutely huge get in the transfer portal and shows that Bob Huggins and his coaching staff can still bring the top, most highly-coveted players in the nation to West Virginia. https://twitter.com/voicemorgantown/status/1643671486916435983?s=20 https://twitter.com/TiptonEdits/status/1643670552660303872?s=20

Emmitt Matthews Makes Wild National Championship Prediction

Cover Photo: James Knable  Morgantown, West Virginia - Emmitt Matthews Jr.'s collegiate playing days are over, but he is now making some noise off the court. Matthews, who played four seasons with the Mountaineers and one season with the Washington Huskies during his five-year career, averaged 10.2 points and 3.9 rebounds per game last season for West Virginia. Matthews made a very interesting prediction on who he thinks will win the national championship next season. Matthews posted the following message on his personal social media account: "Kentucky might win it all next year if Oscar (Tshiebwe) comes back." As you likely remember, Oscar Tshiebwe left West Virginia in the middle of his sophomore season and transferred to play for the Kentucky Wildcats. Tshiebwe went on to win the national player of the year award last season and 16.5 points and 13.7 rebounds per game for the Wildcats this season. Because of the COVID extension from the 2019-20 season that was cut short with no NCAA Tournament, Tshiebwe still shockingly has one year left of eligibility remaining. Although Tshiebwe has been incredibly productive in college, he has not garnered as much attention from NBA scouts as one might think due to his age (he will turn 24 soon) and his limited offensive game. Despite that, he is an elite rebounder and a big-time defensive player, and will likely be picked somewhere in the late 2nd round if he enters the 2023 NBA Draft. However, Tshiebwe makes major NIL money at Kentucky and was very disappointed in how the Wildcats finished this season, and it's very possible that he will come back to college for his 5th season and put off playing professionally for one more season. If that's the case, his return combined with Kentucky's dynamic recruiting class could potentially make them national championship favorites going into next season. https://twitter.com/THEDOOSKIE/status/1639355755026341890?s=20