MORGANTOWN, W.Va.—It’s been about a month in the new world that we live in.
It was a month ago that the Big 12 Men’s and Women’s Basketball Championships were canceled.
The baseball season came to an abrupt halt.
Wrestling, swimming and diving and all other spring and winter sports, along with professional sports ended due to Covid-19.
Since then people have been without work. We have been quarantined to our homes except for life essentials.
And some of us may have even been unfortunate to acquire the Coronavirus.
So what have your favorite athletes, coaches and sports reporters been up to the last month?
I have been busy working here and at my other job as a vet tech, doing projects around the house, starting cooking, painting and spending time with my dogs and cat.
About three weeks ago, I welcomed a new addition to my family, a lab/ pit bull mix named Emmitt. He is seven weeks old and keeping me busy.
My sister is a nurse and has been busy working on the front line and I’ve also been able to babysit my nephew Jackson while having this free time. He locked me in a closet and ate chocolate and had hand lotion everywhere but we have fun.
BGS co-owner and reporter Ashley O’Brien has been quarantined with her boyfriend John in North Carolina.
Ashley has been busy working on her real estate business, reading books, cooking and teaching pure barre online. John on the other hand is one of the medical doctors working hard to save lives.
Most of the West Virginia student-athletes have been doing their coursework and keeping up with their workouts.
However, some have been busy with some of their other favorite things to do.
Infielder Kevin Brophy has been playing video games and watching old baseball games with his dad.
Emmitt Matthews Jr. has been spending time with his family and riding his bicycle.
Some athletes like Jermaine Haley have turned to quarantine game nights and Taz Sherman has been playing the PS4.
Linebacker Jake Abbott has used this time to brush up on his cooking skills.
Mountaineers’ basketball coach Bob Huggins is self-quarantined like a lot of people and he is using that time to catch up on some television shows with his family.
“We watched about seven or eight episodes (Sunday night),” he said via Zoom video conference Monday morning. “It’s pretty amazing going out there in the jungle and living for whatever it is, 21 days, and making your own habitat.
“I wouldn’t want to do it, but it’s kind of fun to watch,” he added.
Head baseball coach Randy Mazey has been enjoying life at home with his wife and children.
“I’m a family guy,” he said. “I get to spend every day with my wife and kids now, do projects around the house that I like doing. We are outdoors people so we get out and hike, walk the dogs, fish and heck this morning I got up at five o’clock and went and sat in the woods and watched the sun come up, listening for turkeys gobbling. It’s only 11 but I am having a great day so far. My kids are upstairs doing their schoolwork. I’ve got that balance in my life and I hate to think that people are going through a tough time and not taking advantage of the opportunities in front of them if they have them to spend time with their families because this is a great time to do it.”
Defensive backs coach Jahmile Addae has been using this time to spend with his family.
During this difficult time everyone has been trying to do their part to stay home and keep busy, including the coaches and athletes at WVU.
So remember stay safe and enjoy your free time to enjoy the things in life that we may not get to on a daily basis or maybe we have taken for granted. Spend time with your family or do a project you love.
If you are sick, please take care and get better.
Mountaineer Nation is a family and are tough. “Trust the climb” and know we will all get through this better than ever.