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REPORT: Joe Manchin Considering Run For Office

Morgantown, WV - Earlier today, President Joe Biden formally announced his intentions to drop out of the 2024 presidential race via X. https://twitter.com/joebiden/status/1815080881981190320?s=46&t=cXIQ4JQG-pp-P6qrRwLwjw With this announcement, Biden has also endorsed Kamala Harris to take his place as the Democratic Nominee. https://twitter.com/joebiden/status/1815087772216303933?s=46&t=cXIQ4JQG-pp-P6qrRwLwjw Other names that have been brought up as potential replacements are Gavin Newsom, Josh Shapiro, and Pete Buttigieg, per reports. Now, it appears that a native West Virginian could potentially place his name in the running for the Oval Office. According to Jake Tapper of CNN, Senator Joe Manchin is considering re-registering as a democrat and challenging Harris for the nomination of the Democratic Party. https://twitter.com/jaketapper/status/1815156959210795494 Stay tuned to The Voice of Motown for updates on the situation.

WVU’s Football Schedule Through 2027

Morgantown, WV - It is almost time for football in the Mountain State. With only six weeks until kickoff, fans are eagerly awaiting the most anticipated Mountaineer Football season in over half-a-decade. Coming off of a 9-4 season, fans will immediately be greeted with an intriguing matchup as the Mountaineers welcome Penn State to Morgantown for the first time in 32 years. That is not the only premier game on the schedule as WVU will travel to Pittsburgh to take on arch rival Pitt only two weeks later. WVU’s 2024 schedule is as follows: August 31st: Penn State September 7th: Albany September 14th: at Pitt September 21st: Kansas October 5th: at Oklahoma State October 12th: Iowa State October 19th: Kansas State October 26th: at Arizona November 9th: at Cincinnati November 16th: Baylor November 23rd: UCF November 30th: at Texas Tech   While the 2024 season is what is at the forefront of fans’ minds right now, many seem to forget that WVU’s schedule has been set for the foreseeable future. Today, we are going to take a look at the future schedule for the Mountaineers, all the way up to the 2027 season. Earlier this year, the Big 12 Conference revealed opponents for each team’s in-conference season until 2027 season. Since WVU has also scheduled all of their non-conference opponents until then, we now know who and where the Mountaineers will play in the next few short years. Without further ado, here is WVU’s future schedules until 2027: 2025 August 30th: Robert Morris September 6th: at Ohio September 13th: Pitt TBA: Utah TBA: Colorado TBA: Texas Tech TBA: TCU TBA: at Arizona State TBA: at BYU TBA: at Houston TBA: at Kansas TBA: at UCF 2026 September 5th: Alabama September 12th: UT-Martin September 19th: at East Carolina TBA: Arizona TBA: Houston TBA: Oklahoma State TBA: Kansas TBA: Cincinnati 2027 September 4th: at Alabama September 11th: VMI September 18th: Ohio TBA: Arizona State TBA: BYU TBA: Iowa State TBA: UCF TBA: at Baylor TBA: at Cincinnati TBA: at Colorado TBA: at Kansas State TBA: at Oklahoma State (Game schedules and opponents acquired through FBSchedules.com)  All games are likely subject to change due to potential conference realignment. Which future game are you most excited for? Let us know in the comments! (Photo by WVU Athletics)   

REPORT: Oliver Luck Linked to Houston Job

Houston, TX - Last month, the University of Houston and Athletic Director Chris Pezman parted ways after a seven-year stint. Several names have been tied to the now vacant athletic director position - including one that is all too familiar with WVU fans. According to Joseph Duarte of Houston Chronicle, former WVU Athletic Director Oliver Luck is a “name to watch” in Houston’s search for an athletic director. Luck, who played his collegiate career as a quarterback for WVU from 1978 to 1981, spent four years as the school’s athletic director from 2010 to 2014. He’s widely known for leading the Mountaineers into their new home in the Big 12 Conference.   https://twitter.com/joseph_duarte/status/1811874643487408256?s=46&t=cXIQ4JQG-pp-P6qrRwLwjw Since his time in Morgantown, Luck has spent time in crucial roles for the XFL and NCAA. From 2014 to 2018, he was the executive vice president of regulatory affairs for the NCAA. He then served as the first commissioner of the XFL from 2018 to 2020. Luck sued the XFL for “wrongful termination” after he was fired prior to the league’s bankruptcy during the COVID-19 pandemic. The lawsuit was settled in 2022, according to reports. Stay tuned to The Voice of Motown for updates on the situation. (Photo by WVU Athletics) 

WVU Fans Labeled “Hostile” By Popular Social Media Account

Morgantown, WV - It is no secret that the West Virginia Mountaineers have one of the most passionate fanbases in all of college sports. Unfortunately, this can result in many heated conversations, both in person and on social media. This characteristic of the fanbase has been recognized by many, one being arguably the most popular collegiate sports social media page. Big Game Boomer, an Oklahoma based social media page, recently revealed their “most hostile fanbases” in all of sports. West Virginia, who proudly owns “1.8 million strong, came in at #17. https://twitter.com/biggameboomer/status/1804194586950037806?s=46&t=cXIQ4JQG-pp-P6qrRwLwjw While this simply could be a disgruntled fan who has had many interactions with Mountaineer fans over the years, the recognition is negative, nonetheless. Do you think that WVU has a hostile fanbase? Or do you think this recognition is unfair? Let us know in the comments! (Photo by WVU Athletics) 

The Greatest West Virginia-born Athletes Ever Ranked

MORGANTOWN, West Virginia -- There have been many great athletes that were born and raised in the mountains of West Virginia, but the following twenty five  individuals stand out for their outstanding accomplishments during their career. Although there will likely be other rankings released down the line, this is in fact the definitive list of West Virginia's greatest native athletes ranked from #25 to the #1 most accomplished, best athletes in the state's history.  Without further ado, here are the rankings: #25 Kevin Pittsnogle - Martinsburg, WV Pittsnogle played basketball at WVU from 2003-06 and became WVU’s first basketball All-American since 1972. In 2005, Pittsnogle led the Mountaineers to a 24-11 record, a Big East Tournament runner-up finish and an appearance in the NCAA Elite Eight. #24 J.R. House - Charleston, WV  House set national high school records for career passing yards (14,457), completions (1,103) and attempts (1,725).  He was selected in the 5th round by the Pittsburgh Pirates and played five seasons in the MLB as a catcher.   #23 Tom Pridemore- Ansted, West Virginia Pridemore was a safety for the West Virginia Mountaineers and was drafted by the Atlanta Falcons in the NFL, where he was a starter for 8 seasons with the team.  Pridemore was inducted into the WVU Hall of Fame in 2001.  In addition, Pridemore served in the West Virginia House of Delegates while playing for the Falcons.  He is the only player to ever do this.   #22 Jason Williams - Belle, West Virginia  After playing college basketball at Marshall and Florida, "White Chocolate" was selected in the first round of the 1998 NBA Draft.  Williams played for 12 seasons in the NBA and won an NBA Championship with the Miami Heat.  In addition, the Heat named Williams one of their top 25 players of all time.   On not being named to VOM's Top 10 West Virginia-born players ever, Williams said the following: "Gotta be some of the dumbest people east of the Mississippi bro."   #21 James Jett - Charles Town, West Virginia Jett was a four-year starter for the West Virginia Mountaineers football program at wide receiver. In addition to playing football, Jett was an Olympic sprinter.  At WVU, he was a 7-time All-American and earned a spot on the 4 x 100 relay Olympic team, which won the gold medal in the 1992 Summer Olympics.  Jett also played professional football for the Oakland Raiders and finished his career with 256 receptions, 4,417 yards and 30 touchdowns.     #20 Ron "Fritz" Williams - Weirton, West Virginia Williams was one of West Virginia University's first African-American players.  At WVU, he played in 84 varsity games from 1965-68, scoring 1,687 points, handing out 504 assists and shooting 44 percent from the field. After graduating from WVU, he was picked 9th in the 1968 NBA Draft and was also selected in the 14th round of the 1968 NFL Draft.  Ultimately, he chose to play in the NBA and averaged 9.3 points and 3.5 assists per game during his 8 year career.     #19 Ahmad Bradshaw - Bluefield, West Virginia Bradshaw had a remarkable career at Marshall, rushing for 4,982 yards in 3 seasons with the Thundering Herd.  He was then drafted in the 7th round of the 2007 NFL Draft. Bradshaw won two Super Bowls with the New York Giants.   #18 Lew Burdette - Nitro, WV  Burdette was the Most Valuable Player of the 1957 Word Series and a two-time all star.  He was inducted into the Braves Hall of Fame.   #17 Ira Rodgers - Bethany, West Virginia  Rodgers was a basketball, football, baseball and golf player.  He was an All-American football player in 1919 and later served as the Mountaineers head coach.     #16 Glenn Davis - Wellsburg, West Virginia Davis was an Olympic hurdler and sprinter in the 1956 and 1960 Olympics.  He won a total of three gold medals during his time as an Olympian and later played professional football for the Detroit Lions.   #15 Rod Thorn - Princeton, WV A member of the West Virginia University Hall of Fame and the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame, Thorn averaged 21.8 points and 11.1 rebounds per  his career with the Mountaineers.  Thorn was the #2 overall pick in the 1963 NBA Draft and averaged 10.8 points during his almost-20 year career in the NBA.  When he retired, he had an outstanding career as an NBA Executive.  Thorn also had his #44 retired by the West Virginia Mountaineers.    #14 Frank "Gunner" Gatski - Farmington, WV Gatski, a center, was a four-time NFL Champion with the Cleveland Browns in the 1950s and a four-time first team All Pro player.  Gatski was also inducted into the Cleveland Browns Ring of Honor and then the NFL Hall of Fame in 1985.     #13 Curt Warner - Wyoming County, West Virginia Warner led Penn State in rushing for three years in the early 80s and helped them win a national championship in 1983.  When his college career ended, he owned 42 Penn State records and finished his career with 18 100 rushing yard games, which is still a Penn State record.  Warner was drafted 3rd overall in the 1983 NFL Draft by the Seattle Seahawks and went on to become a three-time Pro Bowler and was later inducted into the Seattle Seahawks Ring of Honor.   #12  Vicky Bullett - Martinsburg, West Virginia Bullett averaged 16.9 points and 8.5 rebounds per game during her college career at Maryland, where her #23 was retired.  She set records for the Terrapins in points, field goals made and rebounds during here time in College Park from 1985-1989.  She also led Maryland to three ACC titles and one Final Four.  She was then drafted to the WNBA and played for the Charlotte Sting and the Washington Mystics.  She represented her country on the United States Olympic team in 1988 and 1992.  Bullett is now the current head women's basketball coach at West Virginia Wesleyan College.   #11 Gino Marchetti - Smithers, WV Marchetti, one of the best defensive linemen of his time, was a two-time NFL Champion with the Baltimore Colts, an 11-time Pro Bowl selection, a member of the NFL's 1950 All Decade Team, is an NFL 50th/75th/100th Anniversary All-time team member and has his number 89 retired by the Baltimore Colts. #10  John Kruk - Charleston, WV 3-time Major...

West Virginia Falls to North Carolina in Game 1 of Super Regionals

CHAPEL HILL, North Carolina -- The West Virginia Mountaineers baseball team was defeated by the North Carolina Tar Heels, 8-6, in Game 1 of the Super Regionals, on a walk-off home run in the bottom of the ninth inning. https://twitter.com/WVUBaseball/status/1799244736584409545 West Virginia was led by senior pitcher Derek Clark, who pitched 8 and 2/3 innings, allowing 6 earned runs, walking three and striking seven in an incredibly tough, gritty performance for the Mountaineers. Senior third baseman Reed Chumley went 2-4 with a home run and Kyle West, a junior from Hedgesville, West Virginia, finished the game 3-4 with 2 home runs and 4 RBIs, including a bomb in the 6th inning to put the Mountaineers ahead. https://twitter.com/WVUBaseball/status/1799227080401633409 With the loss, the Mountaineers need to win the next 2 games against North Carolina to advance in the Super Regionals. The two teams will be back in action tomorrow (Saturday) at 8 PM and if necessary game three will start at 3PM on Sunday.

Wren Baker Signs Contract Extension

Morgantown, WV - According to Pete Thamel of ESPN, WVU Athletic Director Wren Baker has signed a two-year contract extension. https://twitter.com/petethamel/status/1788672350617059455?s=46&t=cXIQ4JQG-pp-P6qrRwLwjw The extension will keep Baker in Morgantown until December of 2030. Per Thamel, WVU has been pleased with Baker’s handling of the Bob Huggins debacle, as well as the progress of the football program under his leadership. https://twitter.com/petethamel/status/1788672518598873336?s=46&t=cXIQ4JQG-pp-P6qrRwLwjw Baker saw his name attached to the Missouri athletic director search earlier this year. This will serve as insurance for WVU against job openings. (Photo by WVU Athletics) 

Another Mountaineer Enters the Transfer Portal

West Virginia's forward Pat Suemnick has made the decision to enter the transfer portal after spending the last two seasons in Morgantown. Under the mentorship of coaches Bob Huggins and Josh Eilert, Suemnick embraced his role on the team, particularly this season where he found himself playing a more significant role due to injuries. Despite the challenges, he showcased his skills, averaging 4.1 points and 2.6 rebounds per game across 21 appearances. Throughout the season, Suemnick's contributions were notable, especially in key matchups like the upset victory against Kansas, where he delivered a stellar performance, scoring 20 points and securing six rebounds. Expressing gratitude for his time with the Mountaineers, Suemnick took to social media to reflect on his journey, stating, "It has been an honor to suit up in the blue and gold for the past two years. I will cherish the memories and relationships I’ve built forever." https://twitter.com/suemnickpatrick/status/1778130607492542573?s=46 As Suemnick embarks on the next chapter of his basketball career, he leaves behind a heartfelt message to the Mountaineer Nation, acknowledging the warm reception he received as a player from Green Bay, Wisconsin. His departure marks the fourth player from West Virginia to enter the transfer portal this offseason, joining Kerr Kriisa, Josiah Harris, and Seth Wilson. Despite the changes, Suemnick's contributions and appreciation for his time in Morgantown will undoubtedly be remembered by fans and teammates alike.

Bob Huggins Makes WV Governor Endorsement

MORGANTOWN, West Virginia -- In an article with WTRF-7News in Wheeling, West Virginia, former West Virginia head coach Bob Huggins who he will support in the upcoming Republican primary election for Governor of West Virginia on May 14, 2024. Huggins, 70, who reportedly considered a run for Governor himself earlier in the year, said he is throwing his full support behind candidate Chris Miller. Miller, who runs car dealerships in the state, describes himself as a "Trump conservative and the most successful fundraiser for Trump in West Virginia." When Miller announced that he was running for governor, he said the following: "I’m running because I think we need a business minded person that knows how to run businesses, to run our government, grow our economy, add population to our state and move us into the economy of the 21st and the 22nd century. I think we need job creators running the state." Huggins believes that Miller is the right man for the job. "I know what it takes to win here in West Virginia, and Chris Miller is cut from the same cloth,” Huggins said. “Chris Miller’s drive to secure the future for West Virginia is like a fullcourt press – relentless and unstoppable. It’s time for a leader who knows how to take the punches and keep fighting for the West Virginians. I’m proud to endorse Chris Miller for Governor because I know he’s got the determination and the grit to lead West Virginia forward.” Milller was extremely grateful to receive Huggins' endorsement, saying, “I am deeply honored to receive the endorsement of Coach Bob Huggins, a true West Virginia icon. Coach Huggins knows what it means to be a Mountaineer, and I am humbled to have his support as we fight to take on the good old boys club in Charleston and deliver victories for West Virginians.” Huggins will be in Wheeling today (Thursday) to make his endorsement of Miller official.

Pat McAfee Announces Live Show in Morgantown

MORGANTOWN, West Virginia -- Moments ago today on The Pat McAfee Show, former West Virginia University punter/kicker turned media superstar, Pat McAfee, announced that he is returning to Morgantown to perform a live show to benefit West Virginia's NIL Collective, Country Roads Trust, and WVU's Children's Hospital! McAfee made a bet with ESPN's Kirk Herbstreit prior to the start of the season about whether the Mountaineers would win more than 6 games, and of course West Virginia ended up winning 9 games last season. McAfee said that Herbstreit will accompany him at the live show to pay up for his bet. "I'm going to go ahead and announced it now even though I don't know if it's possible," McAfee said today. "Kirk Herbstreit and I are going to do a live show in Morgantown soon to benefit WVU's Children's Hospital and their NIL (Country Roads Trust)!" "Thank you, Kirk Herbstreit, for paying up on your bet," McAfee continued. "We're going to help kids in West Virginia and the football program! Let's Go!" See the full clip from The Pat McAfee Show below: https://twitter.com/voicemorgantown/status/1766183028076826998?s=20

WVU Names New Mascot

MORGANTOWN, WV - During WVU’s 81-70 loss to Texas Tech this evening, the 70th Mountaineer mascot was officially named. Braden Adkins from Richwood, West Virginia will be the next to don the coonskin and musket. https://twitter.com/westvirginiau/status/1764096254743613520?s=46&t=cXIQ4JQG-pp-P6qrRwLwjw Adkins takes over for Mikel Hager who has served as WVU’s mascot since 2023. Here is what he had to say about the honor: “The experience I have gained as the alternate mascot has made me fully realize this is my passion. I've loved every minute of my current role, but being named the next Mountaineer will allow me to fully utilize my ability to give back to the people of West Virginia as the spokesperson for both the University and my state." -Article VIA West virginia university Adkins beat out Elijah Jones, Cade Kincaid, and Justin Wayright for the mascot position. He will take over sometime later this year, per WVU. (Photo via West Virginia University) 

Wren Baker Again Mentioned as a Top Candidate for SEC Job

MORGANTOWN, West Virginia -- Yesterday, it was announced that Desiree Reed-Francois was leaving the University of Missouri to become the new director of athletics at Arizona. Missouri will now conduct a search for its new Athletic Director and current West Virginia AD Wren Baker is said to be a top candidate for the position. It's unclear whether Baker has any interest in the position, but many supporters of Missouri feel that Baker would be the best person for the job. Earlier today, the Columbia-Missourian released its "top eight candidates to take over Missouri athletics', and Baker was once again near the top of the list. Baker was mentioned second behind current Memphis athletic director Laird Veatch with the following said about him: "Baker has served as athletic director for the Mountaineers since 2022. Baker, an Oklahoma native, has taken jobs in Missouri in two different stints, first as athletic director at Northwest Missouri State from 2010-13 and most notably as deputy director of athletics at Mizzou from 2015-16, when he was the chief of staff under Mack Rhoades. Baker was appointed interim athletic director at Missouri in July 2016 after Rhoades left in the wake of the previous year’s racial equality protests. Baker left MU at the beginning of Jim Sterk’s tenure to become athletic director at North Texas, where he remained until taking the West Virginia job." Again, it's not clear whether Baker would have any interest in the position or not, but Missouri will certainly consider him to be one of the best, most qualified people for the position. Some sources have suggested that Baker is very happy in West Virginia and will likely stay, while others believe that he's had a very rough year at WVU with the forced resignation of legendary basketball head coach Bob Huggins and that he could be interested in looking at other jobs. It is very tough to turn down a job in the SEC that is closer to his home, so it will be interesting to see what he decides. https://twitter.com/voicemorgantown/status/1760071145162744148?s=20

Wren Baker Connected to SEC Job

MORGANTOWN, WV - WVU Athletic Director Wren Baker has had quite the experience in Morgantown. Arriving at West Virginia University in December of 2022, Baker inherited a mess that only became worse as the year went on. He has not only had to deal with a football program that was on the verge of tanking, but is now in the midst of a controversial coaching search with the men's basketball program. The University of Missouri is now on the trail looking for their next athletic director following the departure of Desiree Reed-Francois to Arizona. Many outlets have started to list candidates who may be closely connected to the job. To the surprise of nobody, Baker has found himself on the wishlist for many Missouri fans. According to Missouri's Rivals website PowerMizzou.com, Baker was listed as their number one candidate for the opening. https://twitter.com/PowerMizzoucom/status/1759639086112121052?s=20https://twitter.com/voicemorgantown/status/1759658686471877061?s=20 Baker previously spent time as the athletic director at North Texas prior to his arrival at West Virginia. He also spent time as the Athletic Director of Missouri State from 2010-2013, and the Deputy Athletic Director at the University of Missouri from 2015-2016. Stay tuned to The Voice of Motown for any updates that may arise regarding the situation. https://twitter.com/voicemorgantown/status/1759658686471877061?s=20 (Photo by WVU Athletics)