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Former Miami TE Jovani Haskins Transferring to West Virginia

Former Miami TE Jovani Haskins Transferring to West Virginia

Haskins announced his intent to transfer to WVU on Twitter. WVU is my new home and I can't wait to perform in front of the fans of @WestVirginiaU @WVUfootball‼️ — Jovani Lee Haskins (@leehaskins_) June 24, 2017 Jovani Haskins, a one time target for the West Virginia Mountaineers will finally make his way to the Mountain State. Haskins, who stands 6’-4” at 240 pounds, was rated as a 3-star tight end during his recruitment in 2016. Haskins announced his intent to transfer to West Virginia University on Twitter Saturday evening. His announcement came less than two weeks after...
The Smoking Musket Jun 23, 2017
West Virginia picks up commitment from top tight end target TJ Ivy

West Virginia picks up commitment from top tight end target TJ Ivy

The Mountaineers pick up their sixth verbal commitment for the 2018 class from the Chicago, IL native Dana Holgorsen’s Best Week Ever continues today as the Mountaineers just picked up a verbal commitment from a tight end at the top of their wishlist. Marist High School’s TJ Ivy announced his commitment to the West Virginia Mountaineers today on Twitter with a special video. Take Me Home 〽️⛰......Committed : @MaxAbeTV pic.twitter.com/uxbs0Qqqdg— TJ IVY™ (@tjivy30) June 23, 2017 Ivy narrowed his list down to West Virginia, Illinois, Indiana and Iowa last month, and it...
The Smoking Musket Jun 23, 2017
West Virginia extends several new scholarship offers during impressive week of camps

West Virginia extends several new scholarship offers during impressive week of camps

West Virginia hosted over 250 athletes this week during one-day camps, and several walked away with a scholarship offer and the Mountaineers near the top of their list This week has been a busy one for Dana Holgorsen. First came the exciting news that quarterback Will Grier has been ruled eligible to start in the season opener against Virginia Tech, followed by his 46th birthday on Wednesday. All this, of course, happened as he and the rest of the West Virginia coaching staff hosted four one-day camps and a kicking camp this week. Things started out inside the Caperton Indoor Facility on...
The Smoking Musket Jun 22, 2017
Scott Van Pelt Says Grier Will Win Heisman

Scott Van Pelt Says Grier Will Win Heisman

Despite not knowing all three Stooges, West Virginia Baseball Director of Operations Mike Martin, who runs the graphics for Scott Van Pelt, convinced SVP that Will Grier will win the Heisman Trophy this year. We fully agree Mike and Scott. I may not know all Three Stooges but I do know your Heisman winner. 2nd @sportscenter cameo - this time on West Virginia's bday. #wvu #espn pic.twitter.com/VgzdbrHa6t— Mike Martin (@MikeMartinTV) June 21, 2017
The Smoking Musket Jun 21, 2017
West Virginia’s 2017-18 non-conference basketball schedule as we know it

West Virginia’s 2017-18 non-conference basketball schedule as we know it

Some of the Mountaineers’ games have been announced for this coming season. Here’s all of them in one place. So the WVU non-conference schedule should be officially released some time later this month. I just figured it would be smart to put all of the announced games all in one place. Except for the some of the really big games (i.e., Texas A&M, Kentucky, the AdvoCare Invitational), most of these games were originally discovered by Mike Casazza at the Charleston Gazette-Mail. We will add to this as more games are announced. 2017-18 SCHEDULE Fri., Nov. 10: vs. Texas A&M (Ramstein AFB,...
The Smoking Musket Jun 21, 2017
10 for 10: Jake Spavital Has to Learn to Run the Durn Ball

10 for 10: Jake Spavital Has to Learn to Run the Durn Ball

The Smoking Musket’s 10 for 10 series will break down the ten most important players, coaches, ideas, and general areas of concern that must shine for the Mountaineers to get back to the 10 win plateau in 2017. Today, we look at our shiny new/old Jake Spavital. Jake Spavital is the new/old hotness in Morgantown. His presence has allowed Contract Extension! Dana Holgorsen to ascend to his final form of CEO Holgo, and my lord have we enjoyed this stress free, fundraising, Pardon My Take-appearing machine that is this new Dana Holgorsen. However, the biggest test that...
The Smoking Musket Jun 21, 2017
Will Grier’s Eligibility Means the Hair Raid Will Continue

Will Grier’s Eligibility Means the Hair Raid Will Continue

It started the day Dana was hired. Now it continues with Will Grier. Dana Holgorsen has created inspiration every where he has gone: from Texas Tech to Houston to Oklahoma State to West Virginia, the man is an innovator. I’m not just talking about his offensive genius. No, I’m talking about his hair. He created the term “skullet”. Heck, Dana’s hair even has its own documentary, starring Matthew McConaughey, so it shouldn’t come as a surprise to anyone that the quarterbacks under Dana have also flown pretty locks. Ford Childress youtube.com The originator...
The Smoking Musket Jun 20, 2017
West Virginia Day Now Known As GrierMas

West Virginia Day Now Known As GrierMas

June 20, 2017 will now be known as Griermas. Video courtesy of WVU Football
The Smoking Musket Jun 20, 2017
West Virginia quarterback Will Grier ruled eligible to start in season opener against Virginia Tech

West Virginia quarterback Will Grier ruled eligible to start in season opener against Virginia Tech

Relax, Mountaineer Nation, you can finally breathe. The West Virginia Mountaineers have announced that quarterback Will Grier will be eligible to start in the season opener against the Virginia Tech Hokies on September 3rd. pic.twitter.com/WLlUHwDPPn— WVU Football (@WVUfootball) June 20, 2017 Grier failed a routine drug test during his Freshman year at Florida after taking an over-the-counter supplement that contained a banned substance, and was suspended for a full season by the NCAA. Grier transferred to West Virginia before the 2016 season while serving his suspension, and it was...
The Smoking Musket Jun 19, 2017
Spring Valley (WV) offensive lineman Doug Nester lists West Virginia in his top five

Spring Valley (WV) offensive lineman Doug Nester lists West Virginia in his top five

The Mountaineers have some elite competition for the services of the in-state star The West Virginia Mountaineers have made the cut for the services of on the country’s top offensive line prospects in the 2019 recruiting class. Huntington, West Virginia native Doug Nester announced today via Twitter that he is narrowing his recruitment down to his five top programs, and will only be focusing on those schools moving forward. Top 5‼️ pic.twitter.com/DmHrikePUS— Doug Nester (@Freshie74) June 19, 2017 The Mountaineers will be in competition with the Alabama Crimson Tide, Ohio State...
The Smoking Musket Jun 19, 2017
Philadelphia Eagles rookie Rasul Douglas sings Country Roads

Philadelphia Eagles rookie Rasul Douglas sings Country Roads

Rasul couldn’t help but sing the best song in the world while being interviewed by CSN Philly Philadelphia Eagles rookie, and former West Virginia cornerback, Rasul Douglas was asked which Mountaineer-turned-Eagle sings the best rendition of John Denver’s “Country Roads.” Douglas gave the nod to Wendell Smallwood and Shelton Gibson, but couldn’t help himself when asked to sing a couple bars.
The Smoking Musket Jun 19, 2017
West Virginia and Virginia Tech fans excited to rekindle fierce rivalry

West Virginia and Virginia Tech fans excited to rekindle fierce rivalry

The Mountaineers and the Hokies have a long and storied rivalry that will renew this season in the opener for both teams. Welcome, By-Godders, to the Shotgun Throwdown, your one stop shop for the latest WVU news and information, sophomoric humor and daily distractions. Quick Hits:Things have changed at WVU, but fans excited for old rivalry | The Exponent TelegramWest Virginia and Virginia Tech have a long and storied rivalry that will renew this season in the opener for both teams. Unknown and intriguing describes WVU D-Line | The Exponent TelegramHeading into...
The Smoking Musket Jun 15, 2017
Vegas sportsbook sets West Virginia's over/under win total for the 2017 football season

Vegas sportsbook sets West Virginia's over/under win total for the 2017 football season

Prepare to get angry... We’re back at that point in the offseason where the season projections start to roll in from every college football analyst, causing every fan of every team’s blood to begin to boil. Media days are just around the corner. COLLEGE FOOTBALL IS IN THE AIR! South Point Sports Book in Las Vegas has released their betting lines for the 2017 college football season, and they have the West Virginia Mountaineers sitting at 6 wins. South Point’s six projected wins lines up with what we’re seeing trickle in from pretty much everyone. SB Nation’s Bill Connelly broke...
The Smoking Musket Jun 12, 2017
University of Miami transfer quarterback Jack Allison chooses JUCO over West Virginia

University of Miami transfer quarterback Jack Allison chooses JUCO over West Virginia

The Mountaineers missed out on the transfer...for now. Dana Holgorsen and company will be going back to the drawing board to shore up the quarterback roster. Miami Hurricanes backup quarterback Jack Allison has decided to go the junior college route this season, instead of transferring to West Virginia. The Mountaineers were already down a quarterback after losing Cody Saunders to a nerve problem with his shoulder, and Allison would have been the ideal replacement. Allison would have had to sit out this season due to NCAA transfer rules, but would have been available next season to compete...
The Smoking Musket Jun 7, 2017
West Virginia University to host 2019 Big 12 Golf Championship at The Greenbrier

West Virginia University to host 2019 Big 12 Golf Championship at The Greenbrier

The 2019 Big 12 champion will be crowned on The Old White TPC West Virginia University will host the 2019 Big 12 Conference Men’s Golf Championship on The Old White TPC course at The Greenbrier in the Spring of 2019, as announced today by the Big 12 Conference. This will mark the first time the Mountaineers will have hosted the event, after bringing the golf program back after a 30-year hiatus. Specific dates for the Big 12 Championship will be announced closer to the event. The Old White TPC is also the home of The Greenbrier Classic, an annual favorite stop on the PGA Tour for many...
The Smoking Musket Jun 6, 2017
WVU Basketball In Top Ten in Early Polls

WVU Basketball In Top Ten in Early Polls

“Good...good, let the press frustrate you. Let the press infuriate you. Let the press turn you over” It is never too early to start looking at who is a top 25 team in college basketball. ESPN holds true to this motto and in their latest version of the “Way-Too-Early-Top-25” they have ranked the Mountaineers #9 for the upcoming season. Key additions: None First Way-Too-Early ranking: 8 Last season, West Virginia forced turnovers on 27.6 percent of its opponents' possessions. On average, the Mountaineers neutralized more than one-quarter of an opposing team's trips down the...
The Smoking Musket Jun 5, 2017
West Virginia quarterback Cody Saunders no longer playing football

West Virginia quarterback Cody Saunders no longer playing football

The redshirt Freshman has been forced to retire due to a medical issue. According to Mike Casazza, of the Charleston Gazette-Mail, West Virginia backup quarterback Cody Saunders has been forced to end his football career due to a medical issue. WVU QB Cody Saunders, who redshirted as true freshman last season, can no longer play position due to medical issue. Will remain in school.— Mike Casazza (@mikecasazza) June 5, 2017 After a fairly impressive 2016 Spring game at The Greenbrier, Saunders redshirted last season. Most expected Saunders to compete with Chris Chugunov for the backup...
The Smoking Musket Jun 5, 2017
WVU Baseball’s Season Ends in NCAA Regional Loss to Wake Forest, 12-8

WVU Baseball’s Season Ends in NCAA Regional Loss to Wake Forest, 12-8

Pitching faltered in Winston-Salem, but the season was still successful. After a nearly-two-hour delay, the thunder stayed around as West Virginia and No. 13 Wake Forest knocked 26 total hits as the Demon Deacons downed the Mountaineers 12-8 in the NCAA Regional final last night in Winston-Salem. The hosts used a six-run fourth inning to separate themselves from the pesky upstarts. Despite the loss, WVU’s season will go down as one of the most successful in school history, finishing 36-26. This was the first time WVU baseball has reached the NCAA tournament since 1996. Wake Forest, the...
The Smoking Musket Jun 4, 2017
West Virginia rallies to beat Maryland 8-5, advances to the Winston-Salem regional final

West Virginia rallies to beat Maryland 8-5, advances to the Winston-Salem regional final

The Mountaineers’ bats got hot late to lift them over the Terps After 13 scoreless innings of baseball for the West Virginia, things finally started breaking in the Mountaineers’ favor and allowed them to rally from a 4-0 deficit to beat the Maryland Terrapins in this afternoon’s elimination game in the Winston-Salem regional. The Terps held the Mountaineers scoreless through the first five innings and built what felt like an insurmountable lead, but West Virginia never surrendered and were determined to fight their way back into the game. Senior pitcher Jackson Sigman replaced Kade...
The Smoking Musket Jun 3, 2017
West Virginia Falls 4-3 to Wake Forest in 9th Inning

West Virginia Falls 4-3 to Wake Forest in 9th Inning

A bad call in the 7th allowed Wake to tie the game before a 9th inning hit won the game. West Virginia went from up 3-2 and only a few outs away to watching Wake Forest celebrate as they advanced to the championship game in the Winston-Salem regional. The game could not have started any better for the Mountaineers. Kyle Gray started the game with a double. After Ivan Gonzalez lined out, Darius Hill singled, scoring Gray. A Cole Austin foul-out preceded a Jackson Cramer bomb to right field that gave the Mountaineers an early 3-0 lead. HOME RUN PARTY, DAY TWO!! Jackon Cramer with a...

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