The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

College Sports

May 21, 2013

Misled West Virginia students deprived of Big 12 baseball games

MORGANTOWN — It now appears to be a fact that West Virginia University athletic officials misled students and the general public in not playing any Big 12 Conference baseball games at Hawley Field in Morgantown this season.

All 12 “home” league games were moved to Charleston and Beckley, implying that Hawley Field did not meet Big 12 “minimum standards.”

We’re now informed that the Big 12 has no such guidelines which would have prevented WVU from scheduling all 12 home games at Hawley Field.

Had the university done that, it could have saved some of the deficit spending it costs by taking Mountaineer baseball on the road.

Perhaps Athletic Director Oliver Luck should do the right thing and reimburse part of the school’s mandatory athletic fee.

Only a total of eight games — all non-conference variety — were available to the students at Hawley Field, which was relocated to its Coliseum Complex location in 1971.

Granted, it was a nice gesture giving WVU fans in state cities an opportunity to attend WVU games. But, in doing so, Luck shortchanged students who could not see those contests.

Obviously, they had no say in the matter when the needless decision we all know now was not really necessary.

Sure, virtually all of the “Cowboy Country” Big 12 schools have better ball parks than Hawley Field. They certainly should because of the year-round weather is better and longer-lasting than here in West Virginia.

But Big 12 official Bob Burden confirmed recently that under conference rules, WVU could have played all 12 home games at Hawley Field this year.

Was someone not telling the truth?

As a result, WVU officials now are thinking about playing some of those 12 league contests at Hawley Field while the new baseball park is built within a projected couple of years. There are some people who still think it’s not needed (at a cost of $16.3 million).

In the meantime, Randy Mazey, WVU’s first-year baseball coach, has made it known that he wouldn’t mind playing Big 12 games at Hawley Field next season.

Mazey, who was hired after the 2013 schedule already had been made, said recently: “Speaking from a fan’s perspective, there’s been a lot of talk here about Big 12 baseball. But they haven’t gotten (the opportunity) to see us play Big 12 teams. If I was a Mountaineer fan, I would like to see some Big 12 teams come to town.”

That’s why he admittedly wouldn’t oppose playing at least some home conference games at Hawley Field.

Mazey certainly has done an amazing job this spring with a team picked to finish last. The Mountaineers actually wound up third in the league standings.

WVU meets Kansas in the Big 12 Tournament at 5 p.m. Wednesday in Oklahoma City.

1
Text Only
College Sports
  • 041714 millard Kickoff time set for WVU-Alabama

    West Virginia football fans can now start counting down to the exact minute, instead of just the day.

    April 17, 2014 1 Photo

  • Questions raised about Turnbull’s firing

    Dr. Stephen Graber, an associate professor at the West Virginia University School of Medicine, is among the latest WVU teachers to deplore Oliver Luck’s firing of veteran wrestling coach Craig Turnbull.

    April 17, 2014

  • 041714 wright Former Red Devil star realizing dream of playing D-I basketball

    When former Oak Hill High School standout Kalif Wright was a kid, he would play EA Sports’ NCAA March Madness video games and dream of one day getting a chance to play in the NCAA Tournament.

    April 17, 2014 1 Photo

  • Mountaineers beat Buckeyes 4-1 in lefty Vance’s first career start

    In his first career start for the WVU baseball team, sophomore left-hander Ross Vance struck out 14 en route to a 4-1 victory over Ohio State on Tuesday evening at Hawley Field.

    April 15, 2014

  • Most plays good, some not so good in Gold-Blue scrimmage

    There appeared to be a fine mixture of plays, most good with some not so good, in West Virginia University’s Gold-Blue football scrimmage last Saturday.

    April 15, 2014

  • Wesleyan edges CU twice in softball

    The Concord University softball narrowly dropped a pair of games to No. 17 West Virginia Wesleyan, 2-1 and 4-3, Sunday afternoon at Culpepper Field.

    April 14, 2014

  • Concord baseball shuts out Cardinals

    The Concord University baseball team posted two shutout victories on Sunday, extending its winning streak to seven games by beating conference foe Wheeling Jesuit.

    April 14, 2014

  • dana Much still to be answered this fall

    In Saturday’s paper, I compiled a list of five things to watch at West Virginia University’s annual Gold-Blue Spring Game. Now, after watching the football scrimmage that concluded this year’s spring drills and taking some time to process what I saw, it’s time to go back and revisit those five points and how they turned out on Saturday.

    April 14, 2014 1 Photo

  • D’Antoni speculation now seems to have legs

    Kareem Canty got what he wanted, and Marshall fans should find out this week if they will get what they want.

    April 13, 2014

  • millard Specials teams shine at Gold-Blue Game

    The scoreboard said the Gold (offense) beat the Blue (defense) 37-27 in Saturday’s Gold-Blue Spring Game at Milan Puskar Stadium using a modified scoring system that rewarded the defense for stops and turnovers and the offense for scores.

    April 13, 2014 1 Photo