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April 17, 2014

Kickoff time set for WVU-Alabama

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

ESPN announced Wednesday that the 2014 Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game between WVU and Alabama on Saturday, Aug, 30 will kick off at 3:30 p.m. and be televised on either ABC or ESPN2.

The weekend will begin with the first of two Chick-fil-A Kickoff Games, featuring Ole Miss and Boise State. That game will be played Thursday, Aug. 28 at 8 p.m. on ESPN.

“In recreating the Kickoff game format, our goal has always been to open the season in a memorable way,” said Gary Stokan, Chick-fil-A’s president and CEO. “With these matchups, teams and fan bases, there’s no doubt that all eyes, once again, will be on Atlanta for this colossal weekend of college football. With these games, along with the opening of the new College Football Hall of Fame, Atlanta will be the home of the celebratory kickoff to college football.”

Between the two games, more than 145,000 fans are expected at The Georgia Dome over the weekend. Both games will included pregame activities for fans, as well as team walks and pep rallies.

Mountaineer Athletic Club members and WVU season ticket holders can request tickets to the game online at or by returning their priority ticket request form. Information on tickets for the general public will be announced after the May 15 priority deadline.

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WVU men’s basketball coach Bob Huggins officially announced the signing of Tarik Phillip, a 6-foot-3, 180-pound guard from Brooklyn, N.Y., Wednesday. Phillip, who played at Independence Community College in Independence, Kan., this past season, will have three years of eligibility remaining.

Phillip averaged 18.7 points, 6.7 rebounds and 4.3 assists per game last season, shooting 55 percent from the floor. He was the Jayhawk Conference Player of the Year and will take the scholarship that became available when Eron Harris made the decision to transfer away from the Mountaineer program.

“We are excited to be able to land a guard as talented as Tarik in the late signing period,” said Huggins in a release. “Every coach we talked to labeled Tarik as a winner. He gives us much-needed versatility in the backcourt with the ability to play both guard positions. We look for him to be very instrumental in our quest to become a great defensive team again.”

Phillip will join incoming high school recruits Jevon Carter and Daxter Miles, both of whom participated in the Scott Brown Employer’s Innovative Network Classic this past Saturday at the Beckley-Raleigh County Convention Center.

“This class gives us a much-needed shot of athleticism on the perimeter, and a group of guards with tremendous versatility and the ability to play with or without the ball,” said Huggins. “This depth should provide us the ability to turn up the pressure defensively.”

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WVU women’s basketball coach Mike Carey, who just completed the best season in the program’s history, has also added another addition to his team.

Carey announced Wednesday the addition of 5-10 guard Jessica Morton, who played last year at Gulf Coast State College. In helping to lead the Commodores to a 21-7 record, Morton averaged 16.4 points and 5.6 rebounds per game.

“We are very excited to have a player of her caliber,” said Carey. “She is a combo guard that can play several positions and can score. The other things I really like about her is that she likes to play defense and is a leader on the floor. We’re very excited about her.”

Morton is originally from Augusta, Ga.

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The WVU baseball team will begin a three-game series at Big 12 foe Oklahoma tonight at 7 p.m.

Today’s, which will be televised on Fox Sports Southwest, will see John Means (4-1, 1.72 ERA) on the mound for the Mountaineers against an unnamed Sooners starter. Harrison Musgrave (3-2, 1.73 ERA) will start Friday’s game, also scheduled for a 7 p.m. start on Fox College Sports, and Sean Carley (5-1, 2.73 ERA) will get the call on Saturday. That game is scheduled for 1 p.m. on Fox College Sports.

WVU (17-15, 2-6 Big 12) is coming off a 4-1 win over Ohio State Tuesday in Morgantown. OU (24-14, 4-5 Big 12) has lost four straight Big 12 contests, while the Mountaineers have lost six in a row.

— E-mail: chuffman and follow on Twitter @CamHuffmanRH.

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