The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

College Sports

January 26, 2012

Morgantown to honor WVU football team

MORGANTOWN — It seems fitting that Morgantown’s City Council has decided to honor West  Virginia’s 2011 champion football team.

Mayor Jim Manilla will preside at a committee of the whole meeting on Tuesday evening, Jan. 31, in the council chamber.

Accepting the symbol of recognition on behalf of the Mountaineers will be Morgantown squad members Ryan Nehlen and Tyler Anderson.

Nehlen, a University High graduate, was a junior wide receiver last season. Anderson, a Morgantown High graduate, was a sophomore linebacker.

WVU finished with a 10-3 record, a share of the Big East championship, and a memorable 70-33 victory over Clemson in the Orange Bowl on Jan. 4, 2012.

It was only the eighth time in school history that WVU won as many as 10 games in a season.

-----------

Coach Bob Huggins had no fear of possible stage fright for West Virginia’s six freshman players for the men’s basketball games against St. John’s.

“I think it’s exciting playing in Madison Square Garden,” he said. “It’s a great thing to play there.

“I can’t imagine our young players not being excited playing in the world’s largest city and the world’s largest arena.”

Huggins also believes playing in the Big East Conference’s postseason tournament in the Garden is good for its teams.

He did not play in the famed showplace himself because St. John’s wasn’t on WVU’s schedule when he was a player here in the 1970s.

----------

Have you noticed that intercollegiate athletics continue to go out of control, financially, from coast to coast?

WVU, for example, now is playing its head football and basketball coaches more than $1 million annually — plus incentives.

What’s more, offensive and defensive coordinators are being paid $500,000 or more.

And, as expected, ticket-buyers are feeling the effects. Many longtime, loyal fans no longer can afford to purchase tickets.

I chuckle at times recalling that the late Gentleman Gene Corum, West Virginia’s head coach from 1960-65, was paid a mere $15,000 a year!

And he also taught classes in the School of Physical Education in addition to coaching.

1
Text Only
College Sports
  • Miners stop Lorain County 5-1

    The West Virginia Miners received a strong outing from starting pitcher Patrick LaGanke, and scored one run in each of the final five innings to defeat the Lorain County Ironmen 5-1 Thursday.

    July 25, 2014

  • Some topics of interest to area fans

    Tom Hart, a widely known retired Morgantown High School administrator and coach, continues to excel as one of the nation’s top bowlers

    July 25, 2014

  • 072514 WVU Replacing Sims a challenge for WVU

    Every year, almost every college football preview publication available lists one key statistic that most use to evaluate the prospects for any given football team — returning starters.

    July 24, 2014 1 Photo

  • WVU’s Worley clear starter at cornerback

    There were few bright spots in West Virginia University’s 4-8 football campaign last year, and even fewer on the defensive side of the football, where the Mountaineers gave up more than 455 yards and 33 points per game.

    July 24, 2014

  • Holgorsen to appear on ESPN special

    West Virginia University football coach Dana Holgorsen will appear Wednesday on ESPN’s annual mid-summer college football coaches’ “car wash” — in which guests appear across multiple programs and platforms over one day.

    July 23, 2014

  • Holgorsen: WVU getting comfortable in new league

    Dana Holgorsen remembers the glory days of West Virginia University football — the ones that included conference championships and BCS bowl wins. In fact, he was part of one of those, leading the Mountaineers to a Big East championship and an Orange Bowl victory in his first season as head coach in 2011.

    July 23, 2014

  • 072314 miners Miners take series with Paints

    The way the West Virginia Miners see it, they don’t have the luxury of planning for tomorrow.

    July 23, 2014 1 Photo

  • WVU's Fleming signs with Yankees

    Second baseman Billy Fleming of the West Virginia University baseball team has signed a professional contract with the New York Yankees, foregoing his upcoming senior season.

    July 22, 2014

  • WVU to kickoff 2018 season against Tennessee in Charlotte

    The Charlotte Sports Foundation (CSF) announced Tuesday morning that it has secured a regular season college football game for the city of Charlotte pitting the University of Tennessee against West Virginia University.

    July 22, 2014

  • Can summit of bigwigs really solve college athletics issues?

    I see where the Big 12 Conference is going to host in New York City what will be titled “A State of College Athletics Forum.”

    July 22, 2014

Saints Training Camp