Michael Jordan Honors Jerry West

MORGANTOWN, West Virginia -- Early Wednesday morning, we shared the heartbreaking news that West Virginia native and WVU legend JERRY WEST passed away at the age of 86. Several notable people in the basketball community released statements. Michael Jordan, considered the greatest basketball players in the history of the game, honored West with the following statement: "I am so deeply saddened at the news of Jerry's passing. He was truly a friend and mentor, like an older brother to me," Jordan's statement said. "I valued his friendship and knowledge. I always wished I could have played against him as a competitor, but the more I came to know him, I wish I had been his teammate. "I admired his basketball insights and he and I shared many similarities to how we approached the game. He will be forever missed! My condolences to his wife, Karen, and his sons. RIP, Logo." https://twitter.com/CaBreonWiseWMN/status/1801035065461289386 Current Boston Celtics head coach and former WVU point guard Joe Mazzulla spoke to the media and discussed what Jerry West meant to him: "He had a tough way of showing that he loved you, but he was super, super competitive and he really, really cared about you." See Mazzulla's full statement below: https://twitter.com/WVUhoops/status/1801043669044048161   West Virginia University President Gordon Gee and WVU's director of athletics, Wren Baker, also shared their thoughts about West: Gee had the following to say: "As the basketball world mourns the man known simply as "the logo", I join all West Virginians and members of the West Virginia University family in remembering a true legend. There will never be another Jerry West." https://twitter.com/gordongee/status/1800904508874395791 Baker added, "Jerry West came from humble West Virginia roots and went on to have one of the most legendary careers in sports history. His impact on WVU, West Virginia and the sport of basketball all over the world is immeasurable. Our thoughts and prayers are with the West family. Mountaineers everywhere mourn his passing while celebrating an extraordinarily well-lived life." https://twitter.com/wrenbaker/status/1800901860867572060    

Taylor Brown Commits to West Virginia

MORGANTOWN, West Virginia -- The West Virginia Mountaineers football team continues to compile talented recruits! https://twitter.com/voicemorgantown/status/1800914488298004668?s=46 Moments ago, TAYLOR BROWN, a 6'3 250 pound defensive lineman from Upper Marlboro, Maryland, became the 13th member of the 2025 class, announcing on social media that he is committing to play for the Mountaineers Brown, who had offers from Buffalo, James Madison, Marshall, Memphis, Pittsburgh and Temple, is the 62nd rated defensive lineman in the 2025 class nationally and the 16th best recruit in the state of Maryland. According to national analyst Hudson Standish, Brown is a "combative interior defensive line prospect who can use his acceleration to blow past offensive linemen and his lower body strength to anchor against the run. Size has not been verified but is believed to be hovering around 6-foot-3, 250 pounds. Brown appears to have the frame capacity to effectively add mass in a collegiate strength and conditioning program. Lack of length measurements at this stage of the evaluation process is not ideal. Fantastic multi-sport athletic context as a state qualifier (25-2 record) wrestler and All-County catcher on the baseball diamond. Should have the versatility to line up across multiple spots on the defensive line, but likely finds a home as a bouncy three-technique with serious pass rushing upside. Should be viewed as a potential multi-year contributor at the Power Four level with plenty of developmental upside." West Virginia's Class of 2025 (currently ranked 41st overall nationally) Romando Johnson - 6'3, 250 pound three star defensive end from Pompano Beach, FL Elgin Sessions - 6'0, 180 pound three star safety from Irmo, South Carolina Deandre Desinor - 5'9, 175 pound four star running back from Delray Beach, Florida Gavin Crawford - 6'3, 300 pound three star offensive lineman from Olney, Maryland. Zah Jackson - 5'10, 180 pound three star cornerback from Huntington, West Virginia Scotty Fox - 6'2, 210 pound three star quarterback from Mentor, Ohio Jackson Accuardl - 6'7, 220 pound three star tight end from De Forest, Wisconsin Eldan Bucannan - 6'8, 300 pound three star offensive lineman from Olney, Maryland Tyshawn Dues - 5'10, 170 pound three star wide receiver from Hurricane, West Virginia Thomas Barr - 6'3, 290 pound offensive lineman from Haverford, Pennsylvania

Quincy Wilson Accepts Head Coaching Position

MORGANTOWN, West Virginia -- Earlier today, it was announced that former West Virginia University running back QUINCY WILSON has been named the new head coach at the University or Rio Grande (Ohio). In a social media media, Wilson had the following to say about his new job: "What an unbelievable opportunity to lead the rebirth of Rio Grande Football! Football is a cherished tradition in Ohio. And we look forward to enriching that tradition by having the best student athletes represent the Buckeye state and this University. Thank you Ryan Smith (President of the University of Rio Grande) for believing in the vision and I cannot wait to work with the great people at the University of Rio Grande." https://twitter.com/Coach_QWilson/status/1800601694750847291 Wilson, who last served as the running backs coach at West Virginia State and Fairmont State University before accepting a position two years ago as the head coach at the University of Fort Lauderdale, rushed for 2,608 yards and 20 touchdowns in his WVU career. He was drafted in the 7th round (pick 219) in the 2004 NFL Draft and played sparingly professionally, spending time with the Atlanta Falcons and the Cincinnati Bengals. Wilson rushed for two yards throughout his professional career. Congratulations on this big opportunity for a Mountaineer great! Check out one of the most spectacular runs in the history of WVU football below: https://youtu.be/OoITaaddOTI?si=MGI6INi1qdXs-lzp

Zach Frazier Officially Signs With the Pittsburgh Steelers

MORGANTOWN, West Virginia -- Former WVU center and Fairmont, West Virginia native Zach Frazier was selected in the 2nd round and #51 overall in the 2024 NFL Draft by the Pittsburgh Steelers. Today, Frazier officially signed with the Steelers! https://twitter.com/voicemorgantown/status/1800261027881259444 Frazier, a 6'3 313 pound center, finished his decorated Mountaineer career with two All-American selections, three All-Big 12 selections, and 46 starts in 47 career games. As a 2nd round pick, Frazier's 4 year contract will total to approximately $7,544,214 and will include a signing bonus around $2,306,700. "I just know how much offensive line means to the Pittsburgh Steelers, their long tradition of having great o-linemen and great offensive lines," said Frazier. "It's special. They already went to the offensive line in the first round. It's special. I am excited. "They're getting a hard worker who is going to give everything he has to the organization to win football games. I couldn't be more excited." According to the statement from the Steelers, "Frazier, who didn't allow a sack all season, was part of an offensive line that led the Power 5 in rushing yards (2,976 yards) and was tied for No. 11 in the nation with 32 rushing touchdowns. The offensive line was ranked No. 2 among Power 5 schools for fewest sacks allowed with 10. West Virginia was the only Big 12 school to finish with more than 2,000 rushing yards in conference games." "It's rare you find a guy with that kind of pedigree and his resume and the amount of snaps he has in college," said offensive coordinator Arthur Smith. "He's been a high achiever his whole life, and we couldn't be more fired up to get Zach. "He's got a lot of experience with pulling the ball and making calls. There's obviously going to be adjustment to the National Football League, but that experience really helps. He was telling me he does a lot of woodworking. He builds things. Just that resume is impressive. He's a very, very mature person for that age coming in here and that helps. That's why we want him to play center." https://twitter.com/steelers/status/1800257214424236425

Romando Johnson Commits to West Virginia

MORGANTOWN, West Virginia -- Moments ago, three star defensive end, Romando Johnson, announced that he is committing to play for the West Virginia Mountaineers! Johnson, who is from Pompano Beach, Florida, had offers from Florida, Tennessee, Texas A&M, Michigan, Penn State and many others, chose the Mountaineers after a visit to Morgantown this weekend. According to MaxPreps, Johnson "started his junior year off at Palm Beach Central before transferring into Salem (NJ) and then eventually joining Monarch at the tail end of season. While in the Garden State, totaled 19 tackles (6 TFL), 3 sacks and a FR. 2022: Played sophomore season at Wellington where he racked up 28 tackles (3 TFL), 9 QBH, 6 sacks, a FF and a FR per MaxPreps." West Virginia's Class of 2025 (currently ranked 37th overall nationally)  Elgin Sessions - 6'0, 180 pound three star safety from Irmo, South Carolina Deandre Desinor - 5'9, 175 pound four star running back from Delray Beach, Florida Gavin Crawford - 6'3, 300 pound three star offensive lineman from Olney, Maryland. Zah Jackson - 5'10, 180 pound three star cornerback from Huntington, West Virginia Scotty Fox - 6'2, 210 pound three star quarterback from Mentor, Ohio Jackson Accuardl - 6'7, 220 pound three star tight end from De Forest, Wisconsin Eldan Bucannan - 6'8, 300 pound three star offensive lineman from Olney, Maryland Tyshawn Dues - 5'10, 170 pound three star wide receiver from Hurricane, West Virginia Thomas Barr - 6'3, 290 pound offensive lineman from Haverford, Pennsylvania   https://twitter.com/FanRecruitWVU/status/1800189700474597582

Elgin Sessions Commits to West Virginia

MORGANTOWN, West Virginia -- The West Virginia Mountaineers continue to stockpile outstanding players on the defensive side of the ball, particularly in the secondary! Moments ago, ELGIN SESSIONS, a 6'0 defensive back from Irmo, South Carolina, announced his commitment on social media. https://twitter.com/theelgin_sess/status/1799982128769249605?s=46 Sessions is considered a very underrated three star recruit, but did have several top schools who offered him a scholarship, including Duke, Georgia Tech, Stanford and Wake Forest, among many others. Last season, Sessions had 39 tackles, 2 interceptions, 12 pass breakups, 2 forced fumbles and 1 field goal block. West Virginia's Class of 2025 (currently ranked 37th overall nationally)  Deandre Desinor - 5'9, 175 pound four star running back from Delray Beach, Florida Gavin Crawford - 6'3, 300 pound three star offensive lineman from Olney, Maryland. Zah Jackson - 5'10, 180 pound three star cornerback from Huntington, West Virginia Scotty Fox - 6'2, 210 pound three star quarterback from Mentor, Ohio Jackson Accuardl - 6'7, 220 pound three star tight end from De Forest, Wisconsin Eldan Bucannan - 6'8, 300 pound three star offensive lineman from Olney, Maryland Tyshawn Dues - 5'10, 170 pound three star wide receiver from Hurricane, West Virginia Thomas Barr - 6'3, 290 pound offensive lineman from Haverford, Pennsylvania https://twitter.com/theElgin_sess/status/1731866149082575344

ESPN Releases Record Prediction For WVU in 2024

Morgantown, WV - While expectations have risen for the Mountaineers following a 9-4 season, not everyone is high on the Mountaineers. ESPN, the Worldwide Leader in Sports, recently revealed their College Football Power Index for the 2024 season. WVU, who some see as a dark horse candidate in the Big 12, received a considerably low projection. The Power Index has WVU finishing with a record of 6.3-5.8. This would mean a significant step back after West Virginia finished top 4 in the Big 12 in 2024. https://twitter.com/voicemorgantown/status/1798741214336053587?s=46 However, as it is every year, the ESPN Power Index has been proven to be way off. Considering the returning talent that the Mountaineers have, as well as the additions in the portal, there is strong reason to believe this will be the case yet again. Neal Brown and the Mountaineers will have their first opportunity to prove doubters wrong in the season opener. Penn State is slated to come to town on August 31st - likely ranked in the AP Top 10. Kickoff is slated for noon for Fox’s Big Noon Kickoff. (Photo by WVU Athletics) 

WVU Players Believe They Can Win the Big 12

MORGANTOWN, West Virginia -- As the huge home opener against the Penn State Nittany Lions inches closer, the West Virginia Mountaineers have a new level of confidence this season. In an article entitled "West Virginia football looks to build off last season's momentum" released yesterday on ESPN, staff writer Harry Lyles, Jr. made the case that the Mountaineers will continue their climb this year, and it appears that everyone within the program has a great deal of belief that this season is going to be special. "There's a ton of belief program-wide," head coach Neal Brown said in the article. "We've made some really important steps over the last 18 months. But the hardest part is that last piece. It's the difference between nine wins and 11 -- and winning a conference championship." Brown went on to say that he didn't make many changes this offseason and that he's comfortable with the process that he has in place now. "Just get better, each player," he said. "We need Garrett Greene to improve his completion percentage. We need Jaheim White to get better in the pass game. We need Wyatt Milum to be dominant. We need guys just to make a little bit of improvement. We need our receiver room to raise their production on contested catches. We've pinpointed these really small growth areas at each position, within each player, and then within each department. That's been the push since January; we need to make incremental growth. We need to be better to give ourselves an opportunity to go play in that championship game." https://twitter.com/voicemorgantown/status/1798389010018230610 Brown believes that he has one of the top returning quarterbacks in the nation leading the Mountaineers this season and said he has huge expectations for Garrett Greene heading into the season. "My expectation is he's going to have a big year," Brown said. "I think last year, if you go and you just look at productivity, there's very few quarterbacks in the country that are returning that had the same type of production he had. He's an elite runner. He throws the ball downfield as good as anyone in college football, I think stats back that up. Our focus since January has been on intermediate throws and improving his completion percentage. And I really believe that he has a chance to go from a 53% completion percentage last year, that can be mid-60s or above." Greene also believes that West Virginia is primed for a big season, and said that his teammates all think the same thing. "This spring, there were no really down practices where guys just were struggling to be there," he said. "I think top to bottom our guys love, love playing football. We could have teed it up the Sunday after the spring game if we needed to. There's not a single guy in the locker room that doesn't believe that we can be playing in Dallas in the first week of December," Greene said. "We fully believe that. We definitely have the talent in the room on offense, defense and special teams. Now, it's just a matter of putting in the work of the summer and, when the season comes, executing." Greene continued: "Last year, we were picked to finish 14th, and we didn't. This year, we felt like we should have been one of the top favorites to win it, and the odds came out and we weren't where we wanted to be. So, I think everything that this team does, we kind of play with a chip on our shoulder. We did that last year. We're going to continue with this year. I would just tell them to sit back and watch the show."

Teriq “Magic” Tallory Officially Commits to West Virginia

Morgantown, WV - Neal Brown and the Mountaineers have been hot on the recruiting trail. After committing to Wake Forest on April 13th, Teriq "Magic" Tallory, a three-star receiver from Cheshire, Connecticut, has now flipped his commitment and will now play for the West Virginia Mountaineers! https://twitter.com/t_mallory10/status/1798093016856424774?s=46 In a message posted on his official Instagram account, Mallory said the following: "Most people wanna go where they hide the hills but I stay where the mountains dew." Mallory is currently rated the 144th over receiver and the 9th overall prospect from the state of Connecticut, per 247Sports. He holds offers from many FBS programs - Maryland, Duke, and UMass among others. Mallory is currently visiting West Virginia University on an official visit and has clearly been persuaded to make the move to Morgantown. Standing at 6’5” and weighing 190, Mallory has the perfect frame to be a productive receiver in the Big 12. In addition to Mallory, the Mountaineers are expected to add several other recruits during this big-time recruiting weekend. In addition to Mallory, the other visitor this weekend to officially announce his commitment to play for the Mountaineers was four star running back Deandre Desinor. The other 2025 commits for West Virginia are as follows: Gavin Crawford - 6'3, 300 pound three star offensive lineman from Olney, Maryland. Zah Jackson - 5'10, 180 pound three star cornerback from Huntington, West Virginia Scotty Fox - 6'2, 210 pound three star quarterback from Mentor, Ohio Jackson Accuardl - 6'7, 220 pound three star tight end from De Forest, Wisconsin Eldan Bucannan - 6'8, 300 pound three star offensive lineman from Olney, Maryland Tyshawn Dues - 5'10, 170 pound three star wide receiver from Hurricane, West Virginia Thomas Barr - 6'3, 290 pound offensive lineman from Haverford, Pennsylvania https://twitter.com/voicemorgantown/status/1797309686577836488?s=46 Stay tuned to The Voice of Motown for recruiting updates. (Photo via WVU Recruiting) 

West Virginia Picked to Win the Big 12 Conference

MORGANTOWN, West Virginia -- The West Virginia Mountaineers put together a strong 2023-2024 season, finishing 9-4 overall and 6-3 in the Big 12 Conference. With this growth and success comes major expectations from the media and college football experts. On today's Andy Staples' show on X, Ari Temkin, the Host of "Big 12 Radio" on SiriusXM, predicted that West Virginia will have a huge season in 2024-2025. "The team that I think will not only play in the Big 12 Championship but also win the Big 12 Championship is the West Virginia Mountaineers. Neal Brown going from the hot seat to holding up the trophy! I really like Neal Brown and I was really happy for him getting off the hot seat. He basically coached his way off the off seat, he did a tremendous job last season. The way that they've reorganized their collective (Country Roads Trust), they didn't lose anybody that they cared about keeping in 2022-2023, the same thing this year, they got everyone back that they wanted to keep. This is a fun group! This is a fun team to watch" Staples and Temkin continued: "If you watched him at Troy, last year kind of felt like how it played out at Troy right before things blew up and won 10 games in back to back seasons there. It just feels like things are starting to fall into place. It felt like Neal Brown was just a guy patrolling the sidelines in his first couple of years in Morgantown, and now this is Neal Brown's program. He came out of spring practice and said that the offensive line is going to be a strength - he just lost Zach Frazier and Doug Nestor, who are both tremendous players, what do you mean it's going to be a strength of this team? I love the confidence he has and he does have some dudes there. The reason I think I'm picking West Virginia to win the Big 12 is because I think they are better than any other team in the conference on both sides of the line. They have, arguably, the best quarterback in the conference in Garrett Greene, who just scratchedd the surface of his potential last season. I'm really high on the offensive line and on Garrett Greene, and we've heard all of the right things in Morgantown during this off-season, and I like their schedule, too." "Garrett Greene is a dual threat and Jahiem White averaged 7.7 yards per carry as a freshman last season. Now CJ Donaldson is the big back, the bruiser, but Jahiem White is the guy who should really scare you. In fact, he's the guy that I'm going to pick to win the Big 12 Conference Player of the Year. He's going to be the guy, and he's going to get the carries that he needs. They have other mouths to feed with players like Donaldson, but I just think White is going to be so good." "Wow, the West Virginia Mountaineers, the 2024-2025 Big 12 Champions, College Football Playoffs participant, and in this case, a bye in the CFP, a possible Top 4 seed! Let's get some Tudor's Biscuits and celebrate!" Check out the full clip below (West Virginia portion begins at 1 hour and 29 minutes in):   https://twitter.com/Andy_Staples/status/1797599059622125581

WVU Lands 4-Star 2025 Running Back

Morgantown, WV - Moments ago, Neal Brown and the Mountaineers secured their highest-rated recruit in the 2025 class. Deandre Desinor, a 247Sports four-star running back out of Florida, committed to WVU, per On3 Sports. https://twitter.com/hayesfawcett3/status/1797651813501452695?s=46&t=cXIQ4JQG-pp-P6qrRwLwjw Desinor is a highly touted recruit and has received offers from many FBS programs. Among his offers were Alabama, Florida, and Florida State among others. https://twitter.com/voicemorgantown/status/1797661077075009973?s=46&t=cXIQ4JQG-pp-P6qrRwLwjw He is the 17th rated running back in the nation and the 37th overall prospect from Florida in 2025, per 247Sports. https://twitter.com/coachchadscott/status/1797653613709508707?s=46 Stay tuned to The Voice of Motown for updates on recruiting. (Photo by WVU Recruiting) 

WVU Flips Wake Forest Commit

Morgantown, WV - Neal Brown and the Mountaineers have been hot on the recruiting trail. After committing to Wake Forest on April 13th, Meriq Tallory, a 247Sports three-star receiver from Cheshire, Connecticut, is expected to commit to the Mountaineers, according to multiple sources. National recruiting analyst Brian Dohn switched his "crystal ball" for Mallory from Wake Forest to West Virginia earlier today, and Dohn is 92.33% all-time (903/978) with his recruiting predictions. In addition, social media account "247 Collective" announced that Mallory to West Virginia is all but official at this point. https://twitter.com/247_collective/status/1797359346814169234?s=46 Mallory is currently rated the 144th over receiver and the 9th overall prospect from the state of Connecticut, per 247Sports. He holds offers from many FBS programs - Maryland, Duke, and UMass among others. Mallory is currently visiting West Virginia University on an official visit and has clearly been persuaded to make the move to Morgantown. Standing at 6’5” and weighing 190, Mallory has the perfect frame to be a productive receiver in the Big 12. In addition to Mallory, the Mountaineers are expected to add several other recruits during this big-time recruiting weekend. https://twitter.com/voicemorgantown/status/1797309686577836488?s=46 Stay tuned to The Voice of Motown for recruiting updates. (Photo via WVU Recruiting) 

Kickoff Time and Network Set For WVU’s First 3 Games

Morgantown, WV - Moments ago, the Big 12 Conference revealed kickoff times and networks for the first three weeks of the season. After a long wait, Mountaineer fans will finally know when their team will take the field when they kick the season off against the Penn State Nittany Lions. Here are the kickoff times and networks for WVU’s first three games: Aug. 31st: Penn State - Noon on Fox Sept. 7th: Albany - 6 p.m. on ESPN+ Sept. 14th: at Pitt - 3:30 on ESPN or ESPN2 https://twitter.com/big12conference/status/1796247706689777839?s=46&t=cXIQ4JQG-pp-P6qrRwLwjw The 2024 season opener will mark the first time since 1992 that Penn State has visited Morgantown. The Nittany Lions defeated the Mountaineers in 2023, 38-15, in front of a nationally televised NBC audience. As has become the trend, WVU’s battle with their FCS foe will broadcast on ESPN+ as a part of Big 12 Now. The Mountaineers and the Great Danes of Albany have no previous meetings. The Backyard Brawl will return to Pittsburgh on September 14th. The Mountaineers will look to avenge a 38-31 loss to the Panthers in 2022. The Mountaineers aim to build momentum coming off of the best season of the Neal Brown era. Duke’s Mayo Bowl MVP Garrett Greene will lead WVU in what will be his final season in the Gold and Blue in hopes of a Big 12 Championship appearance. (Photo by WVU Athletics) 

Kickoff Time For WVU-Penn State Revealed

Morgantown, WV - Moments ago, Brett McMurphy of Action Network shared a few kickoff times for early season and weeknight games that sources have revealed to him this morning. Included in these games was WVU’s battle with Penn State on August 31st. According to McMurphy, WVU and Penn State will kick things off at noon on Fox. https://twitter.com/brett_mcmurphy/status/1796156586286514212?s=46&t=cXIQ4JQG-pp-P6qrRwLwjw After much speculation, we finally have our answer as to when WVU will kickoff the 2024 season. This will be the first time since 1992 that Penn State has visited Morgantown. Times and networks for WVU’s next two games are set to be revealed at 2:30 today. Stay tuned to The Voice of Motown for updates. (Photo by WVU Athletics) 

Garrett Greene Receives High Praise

Morgantown, WV - The Garrett Greene hype train is on go-mode. College Football fans from all across the nation are beginning to take notice to the talent of the Tallahassee, Florida native, adding to the intrigue of where his career will go next. Earlier today, Brad Crawford of CBS Sports revealed his “Top 12 Most Dynamic Athletes At QB in 2024,” and Greene found himself very high in the ranking. Crawford had Greene ranked third, behind only Jalen Milroe of Alabama, and Kaidon Salter of Liberty. https://twitter.com/cbssportscfb/status/1795496906610598094?s=46&t=cXIQ4JQG-pp-P6qrRwLwjw Greene finished the 2023 season passing for 2,406 yards and 16 touchdowns to only 4 interceptions. He also tallied 772 rushing yards and 13 scores on the ground. If his trajectory remains the same heading into 2024, there is reason to believe that Greene can be in the conversation as one of the best players in the nation. While it may be too lofty to claim Heisman contention, anything is possible in the world of College Football. Greene and the Mountaineers will have their first chance to make their mark in the season opener. WVU and Penn State are scheduled to play on August 31st at Mountaineer Field. No kickoff time or network has been announced yet. (Photo by WVU Athletics)