Tuesday, May 30, 2023

WATCH: WVU Welcomes Big 12 Trophy to Morgantown

The West Virginia University Baseball team won a share of the 2023 Big 12 Regular Season Championship. They welcomed the trophy home today.   Morgantown, WV - Following a Big 12 Regular Season Championship, the WVU Baseball team finally had the opportunity to welcome the conference’s trophy home today in a moment the team shared on social media. https://twitter.com/wvubaseball/status/1663268289135476736?s=46&t=cXIQ4JQG-pp-P6qrRwLwjw Watch the Mountaineers celebrate their incredible accomplishment in the tweet above. WVU takes on Indiana in the Lexington, Kentucky Region to begin the NCAA Tournament. They finished the season 39-18. (Photo by WVU Athletics)

Opponent Set for WVU’s Tournament Appearance

WVU Baseball has been selected to the NCAA Tournament. Who will they face in the Lexington, Kentucky region?   Morgantown, WV - The WVU Baseball team is set to compete in the 2023 NCAA Tournament. Earlier today, it was announced that the Mountaineers will be the 2nd-seed in the Lexington, Kentucky region Kentucky, the region’s 1st-seed, will take on 4th-seed Ball State to get things started. West Virginia will do battle with the 3rd-seed Hoosiers from Indiana. https://twitter.com/ncaabaseball/status/1663217582902583296?s=46&t=cXIQ4JQG-pp-P6qrRwLwjw The Lexington region will face-off against one another from June 2nd to 5th. Stay tuned to The Voice of Motown for updates. (Photo by WVU Athletics) 

JJ Wetherholt Named Mid-Season All-American

Mountaineer baseball player J.J. Wetherholt is having quite the season. Following a first half of the season that saw him lead the Big 12 Conference in hits, the sophomore has been named a Mid-Season All-American. He currently has a .462 batting average and has 54 hits on the season. https://twitter.com/voicemorgantown/status/1643398964014637058?s=46&t=cXIQ4JQG-pp-P6qrRwLwjw   Wetherholt and the Mountaineers take on Marshall on Wednesday night at 6 p.m.   The game will broadcast on ESPN+.

WVU’s Next Mascot to Be Announced Today

(Photo by West Virginia University)  It’s that time of year again, ladies and gentlemen. It is time for the musket to be passed down to the next great Mountaineer mascot. https://twitter.com/westvirginiau/status/1632048758576889856?s=46&t=OSjQvV2ZClvvUBDbebzmRw Today, West Virginia University will make the announcement of the next Mountaineer mascot when the men’s basketball team takes on the Kansas State Wildcats at 2 p.m.   Not saying we pick favorites, but Mikel is the obvious choice here. He has the LOOK of the Mountaineer. WVU has one of the most unique mascots in college athletics, so why not give it to someone who has a very distinct appearance. Good luck to all of the candidates, nonetheless!

Voice of Motown’s Choice For the Next Mountaineer

The four candidates to be the next Mountaineer mascot were revealed to the public yesterday via West Virginia University’s social media accounts. https://twitter.com/westvirginiau/status/1626310266920087558?s=46&t=Mr1SGO-YixACksxz0DKMcw Bailey, Braden, Christian, and Mikel will all be hoping for their opportunity to represent the school beginning next fall. While they are all superb candidates, one sets himself apart from the rest. He exemplifies everything it means to be a Mountaineer. The man simply LOOKS like a Mountaineer. That person is Mikel. It would be such a missed opportunity for an iconic Mountaineer mascot should he miss out on this chance. He is The Voice of Motown’s choice to be the next representation of West Virginia University!  

Where Does WVU Rank Among Party Schools?

(Photo by WVU) West Virginia University is a big time party school - that’s no secret. For students all across the nation, this is a big draw to the school. Barstool Sports, one of the biggest names in the sports entertainment industry, recently revealed their top 25 party school rankings. As expected, WVU was near the top. https://twitter.com/saturdaygameday/status/1618641726910115840?s=46&t=i9YrJPBLCNOY2KqvSkvgsg West Virginia University came in second, just behind of the University of Alabama. Though the Old Gold and Blue may be struggling on several levels right now, partying is not one of their shortcomings!  

Randy Mazey’s Son Commits to WVU

The West Virginia University Baseball team welcomed a familiar face to the 2025 recruiting class. Weston Mazey, son of Head Baseball Coach Randy Mazey, committed to the Mountaineers yesterday via Twitter. https://twitter.com/westonmazey/status/1617671001000783874?s=46&t=LrK9c9EopvooMt545FEEgA   Mazey, who is a product of Morgantown High School, goes by the nickname “Wammer.” In true Mountaineer fashion, “Wammer” Mazey has defied odds and found himself in a much better position following a terrible injury last year. He will fit in just great in Morgantown. LET’S GO!  

Get To Know the Staff – Logan Bennett (Intern)

What's Your Name? Logan Bennett How Old Are You? 20 years old Single or Married? Very single Best Dating Advice to Your Younger Self? Just because they're hot doesn't mean you can ignore the red flags. Pet Peeve? People who chew with their mouth open. Or if they slurp their drink. Favorite Social Media App? TikTok (unfortunately) Least Favorite Social Media App? Facebook Favorite Food? My grandma's meatloaf Favorite Movie? O Brother, Where Art Thou? Favorite Song? "A Song For You" by Leon Russell Favorite Book? "Can't Hurt Me" by David Goggins. Absolutely changed my life How Long Have You Been a WVU Fan? I can't remember a time when I wasn't a WVU fan, so I guess 20 years. Favorite Mountaineer Memory? Us destroying Clemson at the Orange Bowl. Need I say more? All-Time Favorite WVU Player? Pat White Worst WVU Memory? This is going to be an absolute hot take. Tavon's night vs Oklahoma is one of the best games of all time. He proved that he is an absolute legend and one of the best players in Mountaineer history. But that loss still haunts me to this day. I can't go a day without thinking of it. Just to know we were so close, yet so far. Do You Trust The Climb? I will always Trust The Climb, but it sure is hard sometimes. Thought on Bob Huggins? We can't ignore his numerous victories, but sometimes he just needs to sit on his stool and keep his mouth shut. Last Words For The People? "Pain heals. Chicks dig scars. Glory lasts forever." - Shane Falco

Get to Know the Staff – Clark Johnson (Senior Football Writer)

What’s Your Name? Clark Johnson How Old Are You? 24-Years Old Where Are You From? Hinton, West Virginia  Single or Married? Single Best Dating Advice For Your Younger Self? Don’t  Pet Peeve? Favortism. Nothing will turn me against a place or person faster. Favorite Social Media App? The only correct answer is Twitter. Least Favorite Social Media App? Either Snapchat or Instagram. I hate the vanity. Favorite Food? The least hot flavor of wings you got. Favorite Movie? Mrs. Doubtfire. Robin Williams was a legend. Favorite Song? Purple Rain by Prince. He’s the best to ever do it & if you disagree, you’re wrong. Favorite Book? Tales From the West Virginia Sideline by Don Nehlen. How Long Have You Been a WVU Fan? 15 years. My first game was on November 8, 2007. We beat Louisville 38-31. Favorite Mountaineer Memory? My best friend and I got Will Grier to stop during a Mantrip and take a selfie with us. That was pretty special. All-Time Favorite WVU Player? Geno Smith was a special player to me. He was the first Mountaineer I ever met. Worst WVU Memory? Losing to Oklahoma State in 2018, 45-41. It cost us a Big 12 Championship spot. Worst part about it was an ice storm came through and knocked our power out, so we bought gas for the generator just so we could watch the game. It was all-around miserable. Do You Trust the Climb? Neal Brown isn’t a bad coach, but ask me this in September. Thoughts on Bob Huggins? Honestly, I’m not a basketball guy. I don’t care about the game. I’ll root for the team, but I’m not really qualified to have an opinion on Huggins. Last Words for the People? Some of the best advice I could ever give - if something is making you miserable, never be afraid to walk away. Jobs, relationships, just anything. You only get one trip on this rock, and it shouldn’t be spent wishing your circumstances were different. Make the change necessary. Do it for your mental health. Put you first. It’s okay to be selfish on occasion.  

Outlet Awards Pat McAfee Prestigious Honor

(Photo by The Pat McAfee Show) Former WVU kicker/punter Pat McAfee is making a name for himself. The 35-year old is quickly becoming one of the most recognizable names in all of sports media. He’s funny, he’s energetic, and he’s not afraid to do anything for a laugh. With his hard work and dedication to his craft has earned him a plethora of praise across the country. McAfee, who is now a part of ESPN’s College Gameday, has been named The Athletic’s Sports Media Person of the Year. https://twitter.com/theathletic/status/1603831185024614419?s=46&t=vBGcwIHwDDhCdRnzGUK_Rw For all the negativity and bickering around media in general, McAfee certainly is a breath of fresh air to the game that often tries to outdo each other.

Pat White Submits His Pick for WVU’s Next Athletic Director

Pat White, a legend in his own right in Morgantown, is very vocal when it comes to WVU Athletics. With the firing of athletic director Shane Lyons, White hasn’t been shy to chime in with his opinion on the matter. Earlier today, White even shared his choice of replacement for Lyons in the Athletic Director role. Matt Borman - President of LSU Tiger Athletic Foundation   https://twitter.com/ucpatwhite/status/1592914852405616640?s=46&t=PRVhwWJRozOXLxdbudCIzg For those of you who haven’t heard of Borman before, he brings with him a tremendous background. Not to mention he also has strong connections to WVU. For starters, Borman is a West Virginia University graduate. He received his masters degree in sports management in Morgantown. Borman also spent time as the executive director of the Mountaineer Athletic Club. Leading fundraisers, he was able to help garner record-setting donations for West Virginia University Athletics. White has certainly done his research on this candidate. It’s hard to argue this, as well. Borman certainly deserves a look from the Mountaineers.

WVU Could Owe Shane Lyons A Lot of Money

(Photo by WVU Athletics)   West Virginia Athletic Director Shane Lyons was forced to resign yesterday, according to a story first broke by Hoppy Kerchival of MetroNews. Lyons, who has been WVU’s athletic director since 2015, was let go mostly due to his extension of Neal Brown that will ultimately cost the university nearly $20 million. Now, the university could also owe Lyons a large amount of cash. With his firing unlikely being due to something unlawful, the university will owe Lyons his remaining contract, totaling roughly $3.724 million, according to a report by WVNews. Lyons was contracted through 2026, with a salary of $895,000 in 2023 and $931,000 for the remaining years. WVU is expected to “act quickly” hiring a replacement for Lyons.    

WVU Knocks Off Central Michigan in Season Opener

(Photo by WVU Athletics)    Today, the West Virginia Mountaineer Baseball team got off to a hot start with a 13-8 victory over Central Michigan. The contest was the first of a multi-game series that West Virginia will play over the weekend in Conway, South Carolina. After falling behind 2-1 early, West Virginia used a grand-slam from Grant Hussey in the 3rd inning. From then on, the Mountaineers would not look back, extending their lead to as much as nine with an 11-2 advantage. West Virginia will return to the diamond tomorrow morning as they take on Kent State. First pitch is set for 11 a.m.

VOM Named Best WVU Account to Follow on Twitter

Big Game Boomer, a very popular college sports account on Twitter, recently released their best follows for every collegiate fanbase on the social media platform. Yours truly, Voice of Motown, was listed as the best follow under West Virginia. https://twitter.com/biggameboomer/status/1455670991871520768?s=21 We are truly thankful for the recognition! Go check out Big Game Boomer (@BigGameBoomer) on Twitter, and be sure to follow our page (@voicemorgantown)!

The Week Ahead For WVU Baseball

(Photo by WVU Athletics)    After dropping this weekend’s series to Central Michigan, 2 games to 1, the Mountaineers return to the diamond this week for a two-game series against Morehead State and a three-game series against Coastal Carolina. This week’s schedule is as follows: 3/16: Morehead State (3 p.m., ESPN+) 3/17: Morehead State (3 p.m., ESPN+) 3/19: Coastal Carolina (6:30 p.m., ESPN+) 3/20: Coastal Carolina (3 p.m., ESPN+) 3/21: Coastal Carolina (Noon, ESPN+)   All games will take place in Morgantown and broadcast on ESPN+. The Mountaineers are currently 5-5 on the young season.