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WVU Reveals Uniform for Thursday Night Contest Against Houston

The Mountaineers will be doing their best to combat Houston’s “Black Out” with a reliable uniform combination.   Morgantown, WV - Moments ago, the WVU Football team revealed their uniform combination for their Thursday night matchup against Houston. The Mountaineers will be wearing blue Country Roads helmets, white jerseys, and white pants against the Cougars. https://Twitter.com/wvufootball/status/1711871732842144074?s=46&t=cXIQ4JQG-pp-P6qrRwLwjw West Virginia and Houston kick things off at 7 p.m. on Thursday. The game will be televised on FS1. (Photo by WVU Athletics) 

BREAKING: Mountaineers Land In-State Tuba Player

Morgantown, West Virginia - Moments ago, Martinsburg High School tuba player J.D. Nickey announced on his social media account that he has officially committed to continue his academic and musical career at West Virginia University! https://twitter.com/jdnickey99/status/1361728002489524226?s=21 In his commitment announcement, Nickey said the following: “First and foremost I want to thank the man above for giving me this opportunity.” Nickey went on to thank his parents and band directors before adding, “I am officially announcing my commitment to West Virginia University to continue my academics and music career.” Welcome Home, J.D.!  We look forward to you doing incredible things for The Pride of West Virginia!

WVU Secures Commitment in 2024 Long Snapper

WVU has added a talented special teams player to their 2024 class. Morgantown, WV - Last night, the Mountaineers added to their 2024 class with talented Long Snapper Kaden Seller. https://twitter.com/kadenseller_/status/1684009017901817857?s=46&t=cXIQ4JQG-pp-P6qrRwLwjw Seller is an Ohio native, and has garnered interest from several Power Five programs. He has taken visits to Pitt, Cincinnati, and Kentucky among others. On the site for Kohl’s Professional Camps, Seller is listed as a 5-star recruit. He also graded out as the 10th best long snapper in the country.

Akheem Mesidor is the Real Deal

Akheem Mesidor may just be the most unique player on WVU’s roster. Not because of his name, nor because of his Canadian roots. Mesidor has made his presence known on the field only four games into his true freshman season in Morgantown - and in limited limited snaps to boot. Mesidor came to Morgantown with a plethora of excitement surrounding him. Not only was he a standout in high school, but he was ranked highly by all major recruiting outlets. Everyone recognized his potential before he even stepped on a college campus. Last week was his official coming out party for Mountaineer fans. Mesidor had the best game of his career so far, tallying six total tackles and two sacks - bringing his season total to four sacks. Those two sacks interestingly enough came on back to back plays in a pivotal part of the contest against Kansas. His play was so stellar he was even named 247Sports’ True Freshman of the Week - a national honor. The Mountaineer defensive line is one of the deepest and most experienced groups on the team. Honestly, it is by far the best position group on the team. Not only are the older guys making plays, but the young “Prince Akheem” is making his case to be seen as the anchor of the defense for the future, and keeping the excitement once the Stills brothers depart. Look out for number 90 on the field next week. Chances are if Mesidor is on the field he is making a big play in the opponent’s backfield. We have ourselves a star in the making on the defensive line, and it will be interesting to see Akheem Mesidor develop into one of the best defenders in the Big 12 Conference.

REPORT: Colorado Having “Discussions” About Move to the Big 12

Pete Thamel of ESPN reports that Colorado is “in discussions” regarding a move to the Big 12 Conference.   Boulder, CO - According to Pete Thamel of ESPN, Colorado has completed a board meeting and is officially “in discussions” about a move to the Big 12 Conference. https://twitter.com/petethamel/status/1684308770065641476?s=46&t=cXIQ4JQG-pp-P6qrRwLwjw The school has another meeting scheduled for tomorrow, and is expected to continue discussions about the potential realignment of their athletics. Thamel would add that the Big 12 is also holding a presidents meeting that will take place tonight. An update on the conference’s expansion is said to be discussed. The school is expected to make a move within the next 48 hours, per Jason Scheer of Wildcat Authority. https://twitter.com/jasonscheer/status/1684311955580788738?s=46&t=cXIQ4JQG-pp-P6qrRwLwjw Stay tuned to The Voice of Motown for updates. (Photo by Colorado Athletics)

Line Set for WVU-Oklahoma

WVU will be big underdogs as they travel to Norman to take on the Sooners.  Morgantown, WV - Moments ago, the spread was officially set for WVU’s road trip to Norman to take on the Oklahoma Sooners. According to Brett McMurphy of Action Network, the Mountaineers have opened as a 13-point underdog against the Sooners. https://Twitter.com/brett_mcmurphy/status/1721244788719051039?s=46&t=cXIQ4JQG-pp-P6qrRwLwjw The game is set for a 7 p.m. kickoff on Fox. (Photo by WVU Athletics) 

WVU Outplay Iowa State

Cover Photo: WVU Athletics West Virginia knocked off No. 11 Iowa State 76-71. This makes the fifth game in the last seven games where the Mountaineers took the victory. The game was absolutely filled with fouls with a combined 49 fouls between the two teams. ISU’s Osun Osunniyi, Rob Jones and Tamin Lipsey fouled out for the Cyclones while Erik Stevenson fouled out for the Mountaineers. WVU has needed a big game from Emmitt Matthews and the fifth-year senior answered the call. Matthews had a season-high of 20 points. Matthews connected on a crucial and-one opportunity mid-way through the second half. WVU G Kedrian Johnson joined Matthews with a great performance. Johnson finished with a season high of his own with 22 points. The 6-foot-3 guard also had six assists. Stevenson has been on a roll in the last couple of weeks. In his last four games, Stevenson is averaging 24.5 points, 6.3 rebounds and 3.5 assists on 46 percent shooting from the field and 44 percent from three. Stevenson has led West Virginia to a 3-1 record in those four games and back into the tournament hunt. Stevenson was helped to the locker room towards the end of the first half after getting hit in the head by Iowa State’s Gabe Kalscheur, but returned to the bench before the end of the first half. Stevenson fouled out of the game with two minutes to play. Stevenson had eight points on 1-of-6 shooting. West Virginia struggled with guarding the paint, once again, on Wednesday. Cyclones scored 28 points in the paint. WVU F Tre Mitchell struggled last Saturday against Oklahoma, recording just four points on four shots. The Texas transfer didn’t hold back against Iowa State, hitting 3-three’s out of the gate in the first half. Mitchell slowed down by the second frame. Sophomores Seth Wilson and James Okonkwo came right off the bench in the first half giving quality production. Wilson nailed a three-pointer to give WVU an early nine-point lead. Okonkwo gave Iowa State problems in the paint, recording nine rebounds and three blocks.

Big 12 Coach is the Topic of Conflicting Reports

(Photo by Rebecca F. Miller - The Gazette)  Matt Campbell is the hottest name in the coaching carousel this off-season. The Iowa State coach has seen his name linked to many openings around the country, both college and professional. Yesterday, Campbell was the topic of conflicting reports, pertaining to a potential interview. https://twitter.com/brucefeldmancfb/status/1348090339949637633?s=21 According to Bruce Feldman, an analyst for The Athletic and Fox Sports, Campbell is not expected to interview for the coaching vacancy with the New York Jets. He had previously turned down an interview opportunity with the organization in 2018, and was expected to once again be given the chance to put his name in the pool for the job. While this report from Feldman is the likely scenario, reports earlier in the day stated the exact opposite for Campbell regarding a potential interview. https://twitter.com/profootballtalk/status/1347990167378944002?s=21 Per Jason La Canfora of CBS, Campbell was expected to interview with the Jets, with owner Chris Johnson being “very interested” in the Cyclones’ coach. No one is for sure which report is true, but we should expect some insight on the situation in the very near future.

Austin Kendall Was Never the Answer

When it was announced in January 2019 that Austin Kendall would be making his way to Morgantown, the consensus among Mountaineer Nation was that he would be the quarterback to set the foundation for The Climb. However, this idea died out after just nine games into the Neal Brown era. Kendall was benched in favor of Doege for the matchup against Kansas State, and never saw the field again. Even though Kendall was the center of excitement with the quarterback competition, the writing was on the wall sooner than most fans realize. Throughout much of the 2019 spring practice session, Head Coach Neal Brown voiced his displeasure with the quarterback position. Brown even went as far to peg walk-on quarterback Trent Jackson as playing the best out of the four potential candidates. Though this went unnoticed for most fans, this was a clear indication that Austin Kendall was struggling to get a hold on the quarterback job. The signs would on continue to get worse for Kendall. In June 2019, Bowling Green Quarterback Jarret Doege announced that he would be transferring to West Virginia to play for Neal Brown. Much like Kendall, Doege had ties to Brown through way of his brother. When a player decides to transfer, they choose their new home with the idea that they will immediately become the starting quarterback. While this was not the case for Doege, it would be foolish to say that there were no underlying doubts about Kendall in Brown’s mind. Had the Oklahoma transfer had a strong grasp on the starting job coming out of spring, then in all likelihood Brown would have informed Doege, resulting in his transfer elsewhere. Despite all of the red flags throughout the offseason, things did not improve for Kendall once the regular season kicked off. His play left many Mountaineer fans frustrated, most notably a four-interception performance against the Texas Longhorns. The most exasperating aspect of Kendall’s game came through the way of the deep pass. Often the passes were severely underthrown, resulting in multiple interceptions and stalled drives. In order to compete in the Big 12, a vertical passing game is a necessity. Offenses in the league are simply too potent to lack in any area on that side of the ball. Once the downfield passing game opened up after Doege was inserted in the lineup, it was apparent Kendall was the problem the whole time. With the struggles of the offensive line and running game in 2019, the struggling passing game with Kendall held the offense almost completely back. Kendall is a serviceable quarterback, but not a starter. He will suffice as a backup quarterback for the 2020 season. Head Coach Neal Brown will push the narrative that the quarterback competition is open, but in truth it is Doege’s to lose. From hype to calling for his benching, the Austin Kendall experiment is certainly a bust.

Evaluations Complete For Two Potential Big 12 Expansion Schools

Colorado and Connecticut have reportedly been evaluated by the Big 12 Conference.   Arlington, TX - After months of speculation, it now appears that two schools are on the fast track to be considered for expansion of the Big 12 Conference. According to Farouk Yusuf of Sports Keeda, the Big 12 has completed evaluations of both Connecticut and Colorado, and conversations between all parties have continued for several months. There has been no indication as to when these schools could officially be added as members of the Big 12 Conference. However, Commissioner Brett Yorkmark did confirm that the league has a “plan for expansion” at Big 12 Media Days. Stay tuned to The Voice of Motown for updates. (Photo by UConn Athletics) 

Hudson Clement Leads Nation in Yards Per Reception

WVU Receiver Hudson Clement is the nation’s leader in yards per reception. Morgantown, WV - After garnering some preseason buzz, WVU Receiver Hudson Clement has made a splash in his first year of significant playing time. After breaking out against Duquesne, Clement is WVU’s leader in receiving yards for 2023. Grabbing 12 passes for 298 yards, the Martinsburg native has also tallied four receiving touchdowns. He has been established as West Virginia’s best downfield threat, and currently leads the entire nation in yards per reception. https://Twitter.com/WVUfootball/status/1714384601420845520?s=20 Clement piles up 24.8 yards per reception. With a matchup against a suspect Oklahoma State defense on Saturday, he will have the chance to continue his incredible season on Homecoming Weekend in Morgantown. (Photo by WVU Athletics) 

Big 12 DPOY Could Be Coming To WVU

Cover Photo: WVU Athletics This morning brought some potential great news for the Mountaineers. West Virginia’s staff has reportedly contacted Oklahoma State transfer big man Moussa Cisse. Cisse won Co-Big 12 Defensive Player of the Year during the 2021-22 season. Cisse entered the transfer portal on Sunday. He joins former Oklahoma State teammates Avery Anderson and Kalib Boone to enter the portal within the last few days. Standing at 6-foot-10, Cisse averaged 6.8 points, 8.0 rebounds and 1.9 blocks during his junior year. Cisse’s 1.9 blocks a game rank third on OSU’s all-time list. His 116 total blocks as a Poke rank ninth in program history despite Cisse playing in only 61 games. Cisse started out his collegiate career at Memphis, coming in as a 5-star prospect and top 10 in his class. “Stillwater, I came to this city without knowing anything about it and I will never take for granted the two years that I’ve spent here,” Cissy wrote on social media. “The people, the fans and the love I received from Stillwater was one of the most amazing things I experienced. They pushed me to give everything I had, every night I played in GIA. These moments will continue to live with me forever! But everything comes to an end, and I will always consider myself and OSU Cowboy. After speaking with my family, I have decided to enter the transfer portal. I appreciate all the love and support the Cowboy fans gave me. Cisse would be a great weapon to add to the Mountaineers. Despite being injured much of the past season, he came back to put down some insane stats. He would be an exceptional addition to the Mountaineer defense, but only time will tell if he will wear the Blue and Gold. The NCAA released a modification to the transfer portal in March stating that transfers have to sit out a year if they transfer multiple times. If the NCAA keeps their word, Cisse would have to sit out for the 2023-24 season if he doesn’t have a valid reason.

This Former Mountaineer is Set to Take the Field This Spring

Don't begin to sing the offseason blues just yet. After COVID-19 threw everything for a loop, we now have spring College Football.   Not only the FCS, but many other leagues and conferences decided to postpone their season to the spring in the midst of the pandemic. The Mountain East, which competes at the Division II level, was one of the conferences to make this decision.   The West Liberty Hilltoppers compete in the Mountain East, and this just so happens to be the new home of former WVU quarterback Jack Allison. After remaining on the bench for the majority of the 2019 season, Allison decided to leave the Mountaineers early, and would later transfer to West Liberty in early 2020.   When WLU takes the field beginning on March 13th, be on the lookout for Allison and throw him all the support that you can!   Allison finished his Mountaineer career with an 0-1 record as a starter, and compiled 496 passing yards with two touchdowns to four interceptions.

George Campbell deserves another year at West Virginia

George Campbell has been absolutely terrific on the field for West Virginia and even better as a leader in the locker room for the Mountaineers this season. Campbell, who transferred to WVU from Florida State, has 19 receptions for 469 yards and a team-high 7 touchdowns for the Mountaineers this year.  In his previous three seasons with the Florida State Seminoles, Campbell had a total of 13 receptions, 206 yards and 0 touchdowns. Campbell, a 5 star recruit out of high school and one of the very best recruits in the nation in the 2015 class, has been riddled with injuries throughout his collegiate career and has had a long road to recovery following multiple injuries. In 2015, he played in 11 games as a Freshman, mostly on special teams.  He recorded 3 receptions for 42 yards in 2015, all of which came against Texas State.  In 2016, he was redshirted following hip surgery that ended his season.  A season-ending injury limited him to four games in 2017.  Last season, as a Redshirt Junior for the Seminoles, he was still struggling to return from injury and played in 7 total games with just 1 start. His Senior season with the Mountaineers has been his only truly healthy season as a college football  player.  Players can be awarded a 6th year of eligibility and it appears that George Campbell is a perfect example of someone who should be given a "medical redshirt." A medial redshirt can be obtained by applying for one through the NCAA following any season when they meet the following requirements: The player must have suffered an injury during one of their four eligible seasons for college competition. The injury suffered must be "incapacitating", which means it must be an injury that is season-ending. The injury must have occurred during the first half of the season. The player must have competed in less than 30% of the season or four games. According to an SBNation article on the topic, "a player who has already had a redshirt season and then qualifies for a medical redshirt in a subsequent season can be approved for a sixth year of eligibility. However, those cases are tougher to win, as the player is supposed to have missed two seasons for circumstances beyond their control." George Campbell qualifies and there is little doubt that he would win an appeal for a 6th year of eligibility if he has in fact already applied for a medical redshirt. Campbell's college career has been marred with injuries and he deserves an opportunity to play another season with the Mountaineers. Campbell has become Jarret Doege's favorite target in his two starts at West Virginia and this connection would be one of the best in the Big 12 next season if Campbell is awarded a 6th year of eligibility. https://twitter.com/VoiceofWV/status/1198302335312781315?s=20

WVU Closes Out CCU Tournament With Win Over Bryant

(Photo by WVU Athletics)  After trailing for most of the game, WVU used a comeback to defeat the Bryant Bulldogs in the final game of the Coastal Carolina Baseball Tournament, 9-7. https://twitter.com/wvubaseball/status/1366108060826161154?s=21   The Mountaineers, who are now 4-3 on the season, gained the lead in the ninth inning after a three-run home run by Nathan Blasick. https://twitter.com/wvubaseball/status/1366104378172661763?s=21   West Virginia finished the three game series in South Carolina with a 2-1 record, defeating Kennesaw State on Friday before dropping their matchup against Coastal Carolina on Saturday, 10-5.   Kent State travels to Morgantown on Saturday for a three game series with WVU before the Mountaineers take on Marshall next Tuesday, also at Monongalia County Ballpark. The first pitch against the Golden Flashes is set for 3 p.m. The matchup will broadcast on ESPN+.