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MORGANTOWN, W.Va.–Over the last few weeks, several things have been happening in the world of West Virginia Athletics.

James Madison game time announced

The Mountaineers and the Dukes will kickoff on Aug. 31 at 2 p.m. and will be broadcast on AT&T SportsNet.

Oscar Tshiebwe enrolls at WVU

Big man Oscar Tshiebwe enrolled in summer school on Monday at WVU. This makes him eligible for the team’s trip to Spain in August. Tshiebwe joins fellow newcomers Miles McBride and Sean McNeil, who enrolled earlier this summer.

Moving on up

Former Mountaineer guard Joe Mazzulla accepted a job with the NBA’s Boston Celtics. The former WVU standout coached two seasons at Fairmont State, where he led the Falcons to a 43-17 record. In 2019, Fairmont State earned an at-large berth to the 2019 NCAA Division II Tournament, where they lost to Mercyhurst, 63-60, in overtime in the first round. Mazzulla was a part of the 2010 Final Four team. During his career in Morgantown, he scored 700 points and dished out 370 assists.

Boys of Omaha

Vanderbilt defeated Michigan 8-2 on Wednesday to win the College World Series. The Commodores won their second title in four appearances, all since 2011.The loss ended a surprising post season run by the Wolverines, who were one of the last four teams picked.

Filling needs

The WVU football team has added three more new enrollees for the start of summer. Michigan transfer defensive lineman Rueben Jones, Cerritos College transfer safety Noah Guzman and freshman defensive back Tacorey Turner have all enrolled in classes.

Coach of the Year 

After taking the WVU baseball team to one of their best-ever seasons, head coach Randy Mazey has been named the ABCA’s East Regional Coach of the Year.

Hall of Fame

Nine former Mountaineers make up the 29th class of honorees in the West Virginia University Sports Hall of Fame. The 2019 class includes Meg Bulger (women’s basketball), Steve Dunlap (football), Greg Jones (wrestling), Vertus Jones (wrestling), Darryl Prue (men’s basketball), Lisa Stoia (women’s soccer), John Thornton (football), Dr. Stefan Thynell (rifle) and Pete White (men’s basketball/track & field).

WVU Women’s Basketball to face Mississippi State

The WVU women’s basketball team will face Mississippi State in the 2019 edition of the Big 12/SEC Challenge. The Mountaineers will travel to Starkville, Mississippi on Dec. 8. Tipoff and broadcast details will be announced at a later date. It marks WVU’s second all-time meeting with the Bulldogs. The two last met on Nov. 20, 2014, at Humphrey Coliseum. The Mountaineers lost the contest 74-61.


WVU coaches have been busy this summer locking up recruits for the 2020 season. Four-star offensive lineman Chris Mayo committed last week. He chose West Virginia over Kentucky. He had also received heavy interest from Purdue, Arizona State and Auburn.

Jacob Gamble, a 6-foot-6, 295-pound offensive lineman from Iowa Western Community College, announced via Twitter that he would be joining the Mountaineers.

Konate signs with Toronto

After going undrafted in last week’s NBA Draft, Sagaba Konate signed a free agent contract with the Toronto Raptors. He is expected to play for the Raptors’ summer league team, which will play games in Las Vegas from July 5-15.

Darius Hill goes yard

Former Mountaineer Darius Hill hit his first professional home run on Wednesday. He was drafted by the Chicago Cubs and is playing for the Arizona League Cubs.


Cover Photo Credit: Shanna Rose, BGS

Shanna Rose
WVU Graduate with a bachelor's in journalism and multimedia journalist. Sports Fan and sports writer. Former WVU News reporter. Contact Shanna on Twitter @SMR1837
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