BREAKING: WVU Receiver Enters Transfer Portal

(Photo by Ben Queen - USA Today)    https://twitter.com/rjxiii/status/1352288877726334982?s=21 Moments ago, WVU receiver Ali Jennings announced via Twitter that he was entering the NCAA transfer portal. In a statement Jennings said “I would like to thank West Virginia University for giving me the opportunity to play the game I love and live out my dream. To the state of West Virginia and the fans, I love you guys, you’ve supported me from day one. I’m confident I’m making the best decision to reach my goals for my family and I...with that being said I am entering the NCAA transfer portal.” Jennings played two seasons in Morgantown and finished his Mountaineer career with 26 receptions 240 yards and two touchdowns.    

WVU Leads the New Big 12 in Wins

(Photo by WVU Athletics)  With Texas and Oklahoma leaving for the SEC in 2024, the “new” Big 12 schools will be looking to supplant themselves as the top dog in the conference. While many will argue recent success, like UCF, a lack of legitimate history will hinder their argument. To be considered a top school, you must have a successful track record. Wins, for example, are the most important aspect of being considered a great program. When it comes to programs and wins in the Big 12, West Virginia possesses the most all-time wins in the conference - and it’s really not close. https://twitter.com/bearcatmta/status/1624221333646200833?s=46&t=u-aao_yfuJPIVGtCxEiD4g The Mountaineer Football program possesses 774 all-time wins. TCU is a nearly 100-short distant second with 679. So if we were to argue the best program based on wins, West Virginia would easily take the cake. That is not the only category they are the best in for the conference, however. https://twitter.com/bearcatmta/status/1624221334770225152?s=46&t=u-aao_yfuJPIVGtCxEiD4g West Virginia also leads the conference in all-time winning percentage (59.5 %). The BYU Cougars come in second in this category (58.1%). So there you have it, folks. The Mountaineers are LITERALLY the most successful program remaining in the Big 12. Now it is just a matter of turning that past success into present success…

CJ Donaldson Named to Doak Walker Award Watch List

WVU Running Back C.J. Donaldson has been named to Doak Walker Award Watch List. Morgantown, WV - Mountaineer Running Back C.J. Donaldson is expected to be the top dog in his position room in 2023. Following a season that saw him tally 526 yards on only 87 carries and 8 touchdowns, the Florida native has the potential to put together something special. Earlier this morning, the Doak Walker Award, which goes to the nation’s best running back, released their preseason watch list. To the surprise of nobody, Donaldson found himself on the list. https://twitter.com/wvufootball/status/1689317903227658240?s=46&t=cXIQ4JQG-pp-P6qrRwLwjw Donaldson will have his first opportunity to make his case for the award when WVU travels to Penn State on September 2nd. Kickoff is set for 7:30 on NBC. (Photo by WVU Athletics)

Why Garrett Greene is the Dark Horse Favorite in the QB Competition

With the departure of quarterback Jarret Doege, the West Virginia Mountaineers will be going into the 2022 season with a new starting signal-caller. For the time being, it is expected that this will be a three-man race between Garrett Greene, Will Crowder, and newcomer Nicco Marchiol. While many fans assume either Crowder or Marchiol will win the job prior to the season opener at Pitt, the favorite may actually be the only one who has seen playing time out of the three of them - that is Garrett Greene.   Though he was never able to supplant Doege as the starting quarterback in 2021, Greene saw his fair share of playing time. The Tallahassee, Florida native completed 16 of 26 passes for 147 seven yards and no touchdowns or interceptions. Primarily used in the running game, Greene toted the ball 48 times for 297 yards and four touchdowns. When it was finally his time to see the playing field, Greene would almost always give the offense new life.   It is because of this experience that I expect him to go into the season as the dark horse favorite to be the starting quarterback on September 1st.   If Neal Brown has shown anything during his time at West Virginia, it is that he is uncomfortable running inexperienced guys onto the field. Many speculated that this was why Greene was used so sparingly last season. Though he may have been the obviously more athletic choice over Doege, Greene simply did not have the experience that Brown was comfortable with. Now with a year under his belt and a new offensive coordinator, Brown could very likely feel that it is finally time to turn him loose.   I do not expect there to be a starting quarterback named until midway through fall camp, but do not be surprised if the coaches seem to lean towards Greene in the headlines throughout spring football.

Leddie Brown Makes Decision On Future

(Photo by WVU Athletics) Leddie Brown, WVU’s breakout star for the 2020 season, announced via Twitter that he will be returning in 2021. Along with a highlight video, Brown used the caption “run it back,” indicating his intentions to suit up for WVU once again. The Philadelphia native rushed for 1,010 yards on 199 carries and added 12 total touchdowns. https://twitter.com/___lb4/status/1351972258735149066?s=21  

Garrett Greene Voted Favorite to Be Starting Quarterback By Fans

WVU Quarterback Garrett Greene is the fan favorite to be starting quarterback come September 2nd. Morgantown, WV - With the season quickly approaching, fans all across the Mountain State are beginning to show their excitement for WVU Football on social media. After several months of negativity, the general consensus surrounding the team is that they are ready to prove people wrong. Supporters of the Old Gold & Blue have also followed suit to this opinion. One aspect of the team that fans are sharing excitement about is the quarterback position. Garrett Greene and Nicco Marchiol are set to take their competition into fall camp in a true “let the best man win” scenario. Yesterday, I ran a poll on Twitter to gauge the opinion of fans. The question that I asked was “Who ya got winning the QB battle in Fall Camp?” With 724 participants, the results were overwhelmingly in favor of Garrett Greene leading the team when the Mountaineers take the field against Penn State on September 2nd. https://twitter.com/_jamesclark3_/status/1681305178274934787?s=46&t=cXIQ4JQG-pp-P6qrRwLwjw The final tally shows that fans are in favor of Greene starting by a ratio of roughly 90-10. Of the 724 that voted, 90% of them see Greene winning the starting job (around 650 votes), while 10% have Nicco Marchiol winning the job (around 72 votes). When combining Greene’s solid spring game performance, as well as his victory over Oklahoma towards the end of the 2022 season, fans have seen all they need to have faith in Greene moving forward. This is not to say that Marchiol will never reach that level among fans, but it will simply take time and live game reps. WVU begins their 2023 season at Penn State on September 2nd. Kickoff is set for 7:30 on NBC. (Photo by WVU Athletics) 

REPORT: Big 12 to Expand to 16 Teams

(Photo by WVU Athletics)   Next season, the Big 12 Conference is set to welcome BYU, Cincinnati, Houston, and UCF to the conference. With the announcement that Texas and Oklahoma are set to bolt for the SEC, it was a must for the conference to add more members. Well, folks, the expansion may not be done quite yet.   https://twitter.com/sidelines_sn/status/1575169277077778434?s=46&t=Vgvh7qGioufxYMkM8Z6qbg According to CBS Sports, the Big 12 is also looking to add Arizona, Arizona State, Colorado, and Utah from the Pac-12. This would bring the conference’s total number of teams from 12 to 16, making it spread nearly all across the United States. Which of the new member and rumored invitees would you like to see WVU go up against the most? Let us know!  

What for Mountaineer Fans to Watch During Week 3

The Mountaineers are once again on a BYE week this week. While you may have just planned on channel surfing throughout all of the games today, here are three games you should tune into on this cool, crisp College Football Saturday. Tulsa at Oklahoma State, Noon on ESPN: Want an early look at WVU’s second opponent of the 2020 season? Tune in at noon on ESPN to watch the Oklahoma State Cowboys host the Tulsa Golden Hurricane. The Big 12 has had a tough go at it so far, so it will be interesting to see if Mike Gundy and company can finish off non-conference play strong for the league. Line: OSU -23.5 Appalachian State at Marshall, 3:30 on CBS: The Thundering Herd have a national television date with one of the best Group of 5 schools in the nation in Appalachian State. Quarterback Grant Wells makes his second career start after a solid opener against Eastern Kentucky. If Little Brother can pull of the upset, it will be a huge boost for them moving forward. Line: App. State -4.5 Texas State at LA-Monroe, 7:30 on ESPNU: Jake Spavital has his team competing at a high level, but it hasn’t resulted in a win yet. Tonight is your chance to see if the former WVU offensive coordinator can finally lead the Bobcats to a win on the road. Texas State has lost their first two games, both by single-digits. Line: Texas State -5

WVU Predicted to Finish in Top Half of Big 12

Twitter account College Football Blue Bloods has projected WVU to finish 2nd in the Big 12. Morgantown, WV - College Football Blue Bloods, a popular Twitter account, revealed their Big 12 projections for the 2023 season. To the surprise of everyone, their placement of the Mountaineers strongly contradicts the Big 12’s Preseason Poll. https://twitter.com/bluebloodsbias/status/1690887417304379392?s=46&t=cXIQ4JQG-pp-P6qrRwLwjw The account has WVU finishing 9-3 overall and 7-2 in Big 12 play. This is good enough for 2nd in the league, and an appearance in the Big 12 title game. A finish this strong would certainly guarantee Neal Brown more time. While it is easier said than done, it is far from impossible, despite popular belief. (Photo by WVU Athletics) 

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) 

There’s the Will but not the way

The Carolina Panthers travel to New Orleans for their 11th game of the season today. And barring injury, it will be the 11th game of the season rookie quarterback Will Grier won't see action. It's not that the former WVU star has gotten off to a bad start to his NFL career. He hasn't gotten off to one at all. And what's unsettling for Grier's future prospects is that circumstances were firmly in his corner. Grier was taken in the third round by the Panthers in the 2019 draft, the fifth quarterback selected. It was a bit of a curious selection by Carolina, taking Grier when the Panthers had their franchise quarterback, Cam Newton, firmly entrenched and, at 30 years old, in the prime of his career. But Newton is a rough 30. He's battled injuries his entire career, and it's likely Carolina tabbed Grier with the idea that he would sit and learn for a season. Then, if Newton's injuries continued and worsened, perhaps in a season or two Grier would be the Panthers heir apparent to the position. The 2019 season has proven Carolina correct to worry about Newton's health. Newton played just two games this season before a recurring shoulder injury first sidelined him for multiple games then surgery did so for the season. This would appear to be an ideal situation for Grier to accelerate his ascent to becoming next starting quarterback of his hometown Panthers. That hasn't been the case. As he has for the past eight games, second-year quarterback Kyle Allen will lead Carolina. Allen is an undrafted free agent just one year Grier's senior in terms of experience. The fact that Grier, with a far superior pedigree and a much higher level of team investment, was unable to usurp the No. 2 role from Allen out of preseason was a bad sign. The fact that Allen is coming off of a four interception game in Carolina's loss to Atlanta and there is nary a peep about Grier replacing him is a worse one. Allen initially played well replacing Newton. But he has gotten steadily less effective, culminating in his disastrous performance in Atlanta last week. If the Panthers don't go to Grier now, they aren't likely to later. Maybe Grier makes a giant leap between year one and year two. It happens. But the trend in the modern NFL is that young quarterbacks play and they play early. If Grier is unable to seize this opportunity, it's not likely he'll get a better one.

Let’s Talk Homefield Advantage

What a difference a year can make, huh?   In 2019, the Mountaineers struggled at home. After winning their first two games against James Madison and N.C. State, the team would lose their final four home games of the season. Posting a 2-4 record at home is not what good football teams do. Hell, even bad football teams shouldn't be that piss poor at home.   Fast forward one season, and the narrative has completely changed. With only one home game left in 2020 (November 28th vs. Oklahoma), the Mountaineers are sitting at 5-0 in Morgantown.  The only team in the Big 12 with an undefeated record on their turf this season. https://twitter.com/WVUfootball/status/1327983249323421700?s=20   Not only has West Virginia been outstanding at home, they have been borderline dominant. In Morgantown, the Mountaineers are putting up 36.4 points per game offensively, while only surrendering 12.8 points per game on defense. In regulation, West Virginia has yet to allow a team to score more than 17 points on Mountaineer Field. The season prior, however, the story was the exact opposite.   As they did all season in 2019, West Virginia struggled to score at home. Putting up an average of 23.1 points per game on offense, the defense was gashed for 30.8 points per game. To add insult to injury, in their four losses West Virginia would lose by an average of almost 16 points per game.   Turning the tides at home this season has been evident that this team is in fact "climbing." You simply have to take care of business at home, or you will not be successful. While the hope is the fortunes on the road will change in 2021, we can just enjoy the fact that Morgantown is becoming one of the toughest venues in the Big 12.   If Neal Brown can continue to lead his team to such dominant performances at home in the future, the Mountaineers will quickly rise to the top of the Big 12. Rebuilding a program is a step-by-step process, and the massive step taken at Milan Puskar Stadium in 2020 is bigger than many realize.  

REPORT: Tom Herman May Be Fired if Longhorns Lose to Cowboys

Tom Herman is reportedly not just approaching the hot seat, but he may already be sitting on it. The Longhorns have disappointed this season, mostly due to defense or a lack thereof. Texas currently sits at 3-2 and 2-2 in conference play for the season - not exactly meeting expectations in Austin.   Herman's Longhorns are going into Stillwater this weekend as a +3.5 point underdog to Oklahoma State, according to FanDuel. While this may just seem like another matchup for Texas, there is actually a lot at stake here for Herman.   In an article by Jeff Howe of 247Sports, it is reported that College Football analyst for CBS, Brian Jones, has inside information on Tom Herman's future with the potential loss to the Cowboys.   During an interview with Chad Hastings of 104.9 FM in Austin, Jones was asked if Herman could potential be relieved of his duties with a loss to the Cowboys.   Jones responded, "Yes, it could happen that quickly. I'm hearing it is going to happen that quickly." Not exactly inspiring words for Herman at this point in time.   Should this decision be made if the Longhorns lose to Oklahoma State, Texas will be with an interim coach when the Mountaineers visit Austin the following weekend.   The entire story by Jeff Howe and 247Sports can be found at the link below.   https://247sports.com/college/texas/Article/Tom-Herman-future-Texas-Longhorns-football-hot-seat-Brian-Jones-linebacker-CBS-Sports-153856092/

Marc Bulger Throws the Ultimate Shade at Coronabros

We’ve all grown sick of sporting events and life in general falling victim to the COVID-19 pandemic. Some of us more so than others. Former WVU quarterback Marc Bulger just so happens to be fed up with those calling for the cancellation of football due to COVID-19 — or as Clay Travis of Outkick calls them, the “coronabros.” https://twitter.com/marcbulger10/status/1298356132138962945?s=21 In a truthful, and somewhat sarcastic tweet, Bulger puts the NFL’s COVID-19 numbers in the forefront. As he states, 58,000 tests were administered in the NFL over the last week, and not a single one came back positive. He would then drop the hammer on the “coronabros.” “Think there were some pulled hamstrings, ACL’s, and broken bones though. Risk too high. Cancel the season.” Dang Marc — you didn’t have to go after the fear mongering “coronabros” that hard. The fact of the matter is that these athletes are more susceptible to injuries on the field than they are COVID-19. Sure, you never know with this virus, but the reward of playing this season far outweighs the minimal risk to players. Marc Bulger isn’t playing around with his football, and you shouldn’t either. Social distancing and wearing masks is fine, but when football enters the equation, it’s a wrap. A football season is going to happen, and those in charge do not care who does not like it.

What’s Up With Les Miles?

(Photo by The Associated Press)  When Les Miles was hired as the head football coach of the Kansas Jayhawks in 2018, many believed he would be the man to turn around the misfortunes of the worst Power 5 program in America. Fast forward a little over two years later and the hiring is looking like yet another misstep from the Jayhawks.   According to multiple reports, LSU, Miles’ former school, has released documents on an investigation that took place in 2013. In this report, Miles is claimed to have allegedly been banned from “being alone with female students” on top of many other things. Miles is said to have had several different inappropriate encounters with young females, even suggesting to one that the two of them get a hotel room, per reports. What is possibly the most disturbing aspect of the investigation is that Miles allegedly wanted “attractive” females around his program to help pull in recruits. For a coach who just finished an 0-9 season, this does not bode well for his future. In today’s political climate, it will be near impossible for Kansas to retain him. Stewart Mandel of The Athletic even suggested that this could be the end for Kansas AD Jeff Long as well. This is a very messy situation, and The Voice of Motown will bring you updates as soon as they become available.