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Baylor Poses Major Threat To West Virginia

A huge win at Iowa State was much needed, but the schedule doesn’t get any easier for the West Virginia University men’s basketball team. Welcome, By-Godders, to the Shotgun/Throwdown, WVU's best place for sports links, information, sophomoric humor and daily distractions. Football: Year One in the Books for WVU's Lyons | WVU AthleticsMy, how time flies! West Virginia University director of athletics Shane Lyons has now been on the job for a full year. It was this time a year ago when Lyons was beginning to reacquaint himself with WVU athletics following a successful...
The Smoking Musket Feb 4, 2016

West Virginia Legend Jerry West Gets Standing Ovation From President Barack Obama

WVU legend Jerry West got a standing ovation from President Obama at the White House yesterday while the Warriors were celebrating their NBA Championship. The Golden State Warriors made a trip to the White House to get recognized by President Barack Obama for their 2015-2016 NBA Championship. The NBA logo and 1960 graduate of West Virginia University, Jerry West, got a special standing ovation from the President and media in attendance. While talking about the Golden State Warriors and their incredible accomplishment last season, President Obama took a moment to recognize Jerry West with...
The Smoking Musket Feb 4, 2016

Holgorsen Pleased By No Surprises In Recruiting Class

The West Virginia football coach who had a whole lot of recruiting to do, turned National Signing Day into a state holiday as he landed every player he hoped or expected to sign. Welcome, By-Godders, to the Shotgun/Throwdown, WVU's best place for sports links, information, sophomoric humor and daily distractions. Football: Holgorsen pleased by no surprises in recruiting class | The Exponent TelegramDana Holgorsen, like a Royal Canadian Mountie, got his man Wednesday. More to the point, the West Virginia football coach who had a whole lot of recruiting to do, turned National...
The Smoking Musket Feb 4, 2016

2016: National Signing Day: Dana Holgorsen On West Virginia's Recruiting Class | Inside Signing Day

Mountaineers head coach Dana Holgorsen talks to Geoff Coyle about this year's class, his expectations, and the players he's most looking forward to coaching.
The Smoking Musket Feb 3, 2016

DougityDog Video: Meet The Class - Official West Virginia Signing Day Video

Check out DougityDog's 5th annual installment of the 'Meet The Class' Official National Signing Day highlight video
The Smoking Musket Feb 3, 2016

Dana Holgorsen Introduces The 2016 West Virginia Mountaineer Recruiting Class

Head coach Dana Holgorsen addressed members of the media Wednesday afternoon on the team's 2016 signing class.
The Smoking Musket Feb 3, 2016

Family Matters For West Virginia's Best Signing Day Pick Ups

West Virginia's two highest heralded 2016 recruits both have a familial bond that brought them to Morgantown to play their college ball. The right pick up can make all the difference to a program. Same goes for your rental car experience. Pick Enterprise and see how we go the extra mile for our customers every day. Never thought when I took them to their first spring game 10 years ago that they would reunite on that same field. pic.twitter.com/PZZaFyC2ed — Michael Ferns (@Red_Devil_Dad) February 3, 2016 If a picture says a thousand words, this one writes a novel. Firstly, that...
The Smoking Musket Feb 3, 2016

National Signing Day 2016: JUCO All-American OT Craig Smith Officially A Mountaineer

The former South Florida recruit flipped on his commitment to West Virginia just days before Signing Day. Tyler J.C. Offensive Tackle Craig Smith was committed to the University of South Florida before switching his commitment to West Virginia University just days before National Signing Day. A huge player at 6'7" and nearly 300 pounds, Smith hails from Tyler, Texas, showing the West Virginia coaches are still trying to get a foot into Texas when they can.. Smith was named a NJCAA All-American as a sophomore alongside another WVU recruit, Justin Crawford. Both visited Morgantown the last...
The Smoking Musket Feb 3, 2016

National Signing Day 2016: National JUCO Offensive Player Of The Year Justin Crawford Is A West Virginia Mountaineer

West Virginia adds more depth to the backfield with the JUCO All-American. The National Junior College Offensive Player of the Year is coming to Morgantown. Running back Justin Crawford signed his National Letter of Intent to play for the Mountaineers today, and will have Crawford, a Columbus, GA native, played for Northwest Mississippi C.C. racking up over 4,000 all-purpose yards and 36 total touchdowns in his time as a Ranger. During the 2015 season, Crawford lead the NJCAA with 1,610 yards rushing and 16 touchdowns on 248 carries. He also added 394 yards and 6 touchdowns on 29...
The Smoking Musket Feb 3, 2016

National Signing Day 2016: JUCO All-American Mike Daniels Joins The West Virginia Mountaineers

Dana Holgorsen reeled in the JUCO defensive back this week to further feel a position of need. Globe Institute (NY) cornerback Mike Daniels has signed his National Letter of Intent to play for West Virginia University this morning. The 6'0", 220-pound defensive back committed to the Mountaineers on Tuesday morning, helping to fill a position of need on the depth chart. The Miami, Florida native, originally out of South Dade High School, runs a 4.5 40-yard dash and should be able to contribute immediately, at least on special teams. Daniels has the size, speed and mental toughness to be able...
The Smoking Musket Feb 3, 2016

West Virginia's Jaysean Paige Doesn't Believe In 'Magic' vs. Iowa State

West Virginia's Jaysean Paige knocked down a huge three-pointer down two with a minute remaining against Iowa State to take the lead for good and quell the home team's "Hilton Magic." Paige led all scorers with 23 points in the 81-76 Mountaineers win over the Cyclones.
The Smoking Musket Feb 3, 2016

National Signing Day 2016: Steven Smothers Is Officially A West Virginia Mountaineer

This Baltimore recruit is one of the highest rated for West Virginia's 2015 recruiting class. Wide Receiver Steven Smothers is now officially a West Virginia Mountaineer. The 5'10", 152 lb. Baltimore native committed to WVU in August 2015 and officially signed his National Letter of Intent today to play football in Morgantown for Coach Dana Holgorsen. The comparisons to Tavon Austin will be fast and furious considering that Smothers is a shorter wide receiver, speedy, shifty, and excellent hands (not to mention the fact that he's from northwest Baltimore and godbrothers with Tavon Austin...
The Smoking Musket Feb 3, 2016

Deonte Burton, Esa Ahmad's Big 12 Dunk Of The Night Bids

The Big 12 Dunk Of The Night is under dispute for the second night in a row, as Iowa State's Deonte Burton threw down his entry, followed by West Virginia's Esa Ahmad's ferocious slam. Which one wins Tuesday's Big 12 Dunk Of The Night?
The Smoking Musket Feb 3, 2016

National Signing Day 2016: Martell Pettaway Is Officially A West Virginia Mountaineer

This Detroit product looks to restock the running back stable in Morgantown. Running back Martell Pettaway is now a West Virginia Mountaineer. From Martin Luther King HS in Northeast Detroit, Martell comes in a 5'10, 205lbs. and committed to WVU in June. He's received several offers from schools like Michigan State, Ohio State, Michigan, Iowa, Tennessee, Wisconsin, Minnesota, Cincinnati, and many others, but Martell wants to be in Morgantown. He's joining a talented stable of West Virginia running backs, but if you wants his touchdown run from the Semper Fidelis Bowl, you'll see why the...
The Smoking Musket Feb 3, 2016

National Signing Day 2016: Zach Sandwisch Is Officially A West Virginia Mountaineer

The Ohio native chooses to join a stingy Mountaineer defense in 2016 Linebacker Zach Sandwisch is now a West Virginia Mountaineer. From Central Catholic HS in Elmore, Ohio, Zach stands in at 6'3, 220 lbs. and first committed to West Virginia in August 2015. Since his initial commit, Zach has unwavered in his desire to be part of Mountaineer Football. Sandwisch is a quality pick-up for West Virginia playing both outside linebacker and corner in high school. In his tape below, his coverage skills are thoroughly featured which will prove useful in the Big 12. As a senior, Zach was named First...
The Smoking Musket Feb 3, 2016

National Signing Day 2016: Offensive Guard Josh Sills Is Officially A West Virginia Mountaineer

The large Ohio product will be coming to Morgantown to join Coach Ron Crook's offensive line unit. West Virginia University has announced the signing of Josh Sills to a National Letter of Intent to play football for the Mountaineers and Coaches Dana Holgorsen and Ron Crook. Sills is an offensive guard recruit from Meadowbrook High School in Byesville, OH. At 6'5" and 300 lbs, Sills will fit nicely into Coach Ron Crook's schemes. He was first noticed in camps and was quickly gaining attention, but ended his recruitment fairly early, committing to the Mountaineers after earning MVP honors at...
The Smoking Musket Feb 3, 2016

National Signing Day 2016: Centreville's Adam Hensley Chooses West Virginia

The Centerville, Ohio product joins former Mountaineer Kyle Rose in a list of Centerville High School players who chose a career in Morgantown. Linebacker Adam Hensley is now officially a West Virginia Mountaineer after choosing to attend the university over his 9 other scholarship offers. Hensley committed to the Mountaineers back in late June 2015 before his senior season. Hensley has not strayed away from his commitment and is passionate about his new home in Morgantown, West Virginia. The Centerville, Ohio product joins former Mountaineer defensive tackle Kyle Rose in a list of players...
The Smoking Musket Feb 3, 2016

National Signing Day 2016: Elijah Battle Signs With West Virginia University

The three-star JUCO corner will continue his collegiate career in Morgantown. Dodge City C.C. cornerback Elijah Battle has signed his National Letter of Intent to play for the West Virginia Mountaineers. The 6'1", 190-pound New Jersey native previously committed to the Mountaineers before flipping his commitment to the University of Minnesota following an official visit to the Golden Gophers, and then opening his recruitment back up in the weeks leading up to National Signing Day. Battle, a product of Barringer High School in Newark, NJ, played two years for the Dodge City C.C....
The Smoking Musket Feb 3, 2016

National Signing Day 2016: Bridgeport's Dylan Tonkery Stays Close To Home With West Virginia

The Bridgeport, WV native Dylan Tonkery is officially a Mountaineer. Dylan Tonkery is officially a West Virginia Mountaineer. Tonkery, a 6'0 195 lb. safety, was an early enrollee and is already on campus. Tonkery is a native of Bridgeport, West Virginia and is the younger brother of former Mountaineer Wes Tonkery. He was the third commit in the class and gave the Mountaineers his pledge almost as soon as he was offered. He has been committed since December 2014. Tonkery is one of three in-state commits, joining Tyrhee Pratt of Capital and Reese Donahue of Cabell Midland. Tonkery played...
The Smoking Musket Feb 3, 2016

National Signing Day 2016: News, TV Schedule And Final Predictions

It's time to dust off the fax machine. National Signing Day is finally upon us, and The Smoking Musket will be keeping you updated all day long with the latest news and comprehensive analysis of Dana Holgorsen's sixth recruiting class at West Virginia. Good morning everyone! National Signing Day is upon us once again, and the West Virginia football coaching staff has been hot on the recruiting trail to fill the positions of need for the 2016 season and beyond. It's going to be a day packed full of highs and lows as fax machines across the nation get overworked. Please understand that these...