Tag: WVU

The Will Grier era is about to take Morgantown by storm

The Will Grier era is about to take Morgantown by storm

By: Ashley Conley

The anticipation West Virginia fans have for upcoming quarterback Will Grier is unlike anything I’ve ever seen. Grier isn’t just the ‘next man up’. There’s a certain type of hope that beams from his bright smile, strong arm and semi-proven ability–a championship-caliber hope.

There’s a million reasons for WVU fans to be excited. Players like Grier aren’t ‘supposed’ to come to West Virginia; this isn’t a school that’s known for getting highly recruited or top-rated players on the regular.

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Will Grier (14-gold jersey) breaks away from a team huddle. (Image Credit: Ashley Conley)

In 2015, Grier led the Florida Gators to a 6-0 start. Soon after, his football world rapidly fell apart when he received a one-year suspension from the NCAA for PED use. His future in Gainesville was up in the air. He decided to transfer. But where would he go? A powerhouse school? Another highly-decorated program with multiple national titles?

Nope. He chose West Virginia. Non-fans were pretty stunned…

…while Mountaineer Nation welcomed Grier and his endless potential with open arms. This is the kind of quarterback talent they’ve been anticipating since Pat White and Geno Smith, who led WVU to a Fiesta Bowl victory (2008) and Orange Bowl victory (2012), respectively.

As September approaches, the excitement has only grown greater, even though there’s a slight possibility Grier won’t be eligible to play in week one due to the 365-day nature of his suspension. However, West Virginia has made an appeal to the NCAA that will likely be approved.

These fans have every right to be this high on the Grier horse. A 10-win season in 2016 ended in a Russell Athletic Bowl loss and a broken connection between fans and two-year starting QB Skyler Howard. Disappointment is nothing new for this fan base, but being genuinely confident in the QB position months prior to the season starting is relatively fresh.

Since he last saw game action on a collegiate football field, Grier has grown up. He survived the public scrutiny resulting from his mistake, went through the transfer process, got married and became a father. Something tells me that he’s never been more prepared to win than he is right now.

Cover Image: Ashley Conley

Ashley Conley is a senior journalism student at WVU. She aspires to become a writer or reporter in the sports industry upon graduation. You can follow her on Twitter @ashleyconleyyy

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WVU women’s basketball sure knows how to shock the world

WVU women’s basketball sure knows how to shock the world

By: Ashley Conley

WVU fans have been ecstatic all week after watching their women’s basketball team upset three Big 12 opponents, including the No. 2 team in the nation, to earn the program’s first conference tournament championship since joining the Big 12.

Even the West Virginia State Police got on board.

The Mountaineers weren’t supposed to make it this far. The ladies in gold and blue finished the regular season with a mediocre 20-10 record and started out the tournament in the No. 6 seed. After upsetting the higher-seeded Oklahoma Sooners and Texas Longhorns earlier in the week, knocking off the Baylor Bears (who had won the last six Big 12 Tournament titles) didn’t seem so impossible.

An unforeseen defeat of Baylor and a magnificent showing to claim the Big 12 tourney title means the Mountaineers are going dancing (straight to the NCAA Tournament) with an automatic bid. WVU bolted back into the Coaches Poll at No. 22 and was barely left off the list in the latest AP Top 25 after receiving 31 votes.

Amidst cutting down the nets, this team is up to something special. They’ll attempt to shock the world (again) when the NCAA Women’s Basketball Tournament begins on March 17.

Cover Image: wvusports.com

Ashley Conley is a senior journalism student at WVU. She aspires to become a writer or reporter in the sports industry upon graduation. You can follow her on Twitter @ashleyconleyyy

WVU fans rattled by Bob Huggins’ on-court health scare

WVU fans rattled by Bob Huggins’ on-court health scare

By: Ashley Conley

During WVU’s home matchup with Texas Monday night, legendary coach Bob Huggins experienced an on-court health scare and collapsed to his knees while grasping his chest during a timeout with under 30 seconds remaining in the first half.

The WVU Coliseum instantly went silent as fans in attendance held their breath, unsure of what was happening. Moments later, Huggins arose back to his feet with the help of his players and assistant coaches, made his way over to the sideline, took a seat on his signature stool and gave the okay signal. He was ready to continue coaching.

Fans instantly filled Twitter with worry and prayers for their beloved coach, who recently clinched career win number 800 in his 35th year as a head coach. 10 of those have been spent at WVU.

According to Huggins, his defibrillator gave him a brief shock and he experienced light-headedness due to the medications he takes for his heart. During halftime, his personal doctor checked him out and cleared him to continue coaching.

So that’s exactly what he did.

The Mountaineers went on to defeat the Longhorns 77-62 behind a career-best performance from r-freshman Lamont West (23 points, 6-of-8 from three) and a double-double from junior Jevon Carter (24 points, 10 rebounds).

After last night, no one should ever doubt Huggins’ dedication and love for the game of basketball – especially West Virginia basketball.

Cover Image: Jamie Sabau/GETTY Images

Ashley Conley is a senior journalism student at WVU. She aspires to become a writer or reporter in the sports industry upon graduation. You can follow her on Twitter @ashleyconleyyy