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The Big 12 Conference will have its football teams play 10-game seasons, including nine conference games as usual and one nonconference game. Maryland and Florida State have been eliminated from West Virginia’s schedule, after the Big Ten decided not to play nonconference games and the ACC said that its teams must play their nonconference games in their home state. Now, Eastern Kentucky is currently the only nonconference opponent remaining on WVU’s schedule. Will the Mountaineers honor this matchup or search for an alternate opponent?
This week’s Mountaineer Insider Podcast examines the defensive staff adjustments that do not include a new defensive coordinator for West Virginia. Defensive line coach Jordan Lesley will oversee the defensive front, while cornerbacks’ coach Jahmile Addae will handle the back in a collaborative effort. Will these changes work for the WVU defense?
Bluefield, West Virginia, native Jason Edwards is making another move after joining the West Virginia football team before the 2019 season. Edwards came to Morgantown after transferring from Pitt, where he walked on as a freshman fullback. He then transferred to WVU as a running back, but did not see any playing time at either school.
INFLCR has announced West Virginia football as its first college football partner who will be piloting its “Data Services” product. The new Data Services offering is the first of several products that the company will be rolling out as part of an innovative Name, Image, and Likeness (NIL) Suite.
Throughout the 128-year history of West Virginia football, the Mountaineers have had some innovative coaches who set themselves apart from others. Dr. Clarence Spears brought an innovative offense to West Virginia in 1921, and his famous “Spears’ Shift” was the modern-day counter play.
For the second time in four years, Andy Vlajkovich will send one of his players to West Virginia. After coaching Derek Culver at Warren G. Harding High School in Ohio, Vlajkovich is now coaching WVU commit Kobe Johnson at Canton-McKinley High School.
West Virginia Athletics
Members of the West Virginia baseball team have scattered across the country to get back on the diamond this summer. Take a look at how the Mountaineers have fared over the past few weeks.
West Virginia women’s soccer coach Nikki Izzo-Brown is preparing for her 25th season at WVU. Her Mountaineers are resuming team activities this week, after their spring season was abruptly canceled in March.
Another former West Virginia football player has found a home at the next level. Rex Sunahara, who served as the Mountaineers’ long snapper from 2018 to 2020, has signed with the Miami Dolphins.
Around the Big 12
Four Big 12 quarterbacks have been named to the 30-player watch list for the Manning Award, which is tied for the most among all conferences. The Big 12 quarterbacks include Baylor’s Charlie Brewer, Brock Purdy from Iowa State, Kansas State’s Skylar Thompson, and Sam Ehlinger from Texas.
Around the NCAA
Four Power 5 conferences have announced their preferred scheduling models, as the SEC joined the Big Ten and Pac-12 in going with conference-only games. What does this mean for ACC-SEC rivalry games and the College Football Playoff?
Orlando Magic forward Jonathan Isaac became the first player in the NBA bubble not to kneel for the national anthem or wear a Black Lives Matter T-shirt over his jersey before a game on Friday. Isaac discussed his faith several times while describing why he made his decision. San Antonio Spurs coach Gregg Popovich and assistant Becky Hammon also stood during the anthem before their game on Friday.
Miami Heat center Meyers Leonard stood during the national anthem before Saturday’s game against the Denver Nuggets. Afterward Leonard stated that he can be both a patriot and a supporter of Black Lives Matter. He also cited his respect for the U.S. military and that he wanted to do the right thing.