HOUSTON (AP) — In more than 25 years of coaching college football, Houston’s Dana Holgorsen had dealt with only two canceled games before this season.
There are two unexpected games in the Big 12 on Saturday, which was initially scheduled as an open date for all 10 teams between the opening of the pandemic-delayed season last weekend and the...
HOUSTON (AP) — Bill Yeoman, the longtime Houston football coach who led the Cougars to four Southwest Conference titles and a school-record 160 victories, has died. He was 92.
MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — A landlord has filed a lawsuit alleging former West Virginia University football coach Dana Holgorsen and his ex-wife owe two months of back rent and fees for cleaning and...
EAST HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Houston coach Dana Holgorsen says he had never given out a game ball before handing one to defensive back Grant Stuard in the locker room on Saturday.
HOUSTON (AP) — D'Eriq King says he is staying at the University of Houston.
The quarterback is denying reports that he intends to transfer after redshirting the remainder of the 2019...
Dana Holgorsen's first impression of Mike Leach dates all the way back to the early 1990s.
Holgorsen was a wide receiver at tiny Iowa Wesleyan.
No. 20 Washington State (2-0) at Houston (1-1), Friday at 9:15 p.m. EDT (ESPN).
West Virginia coach Neal Brown calls his team a "work in progress," one that isn't progressing fast enough with a week left until the start of the Big 12 season.
Some things to watch in the Big 12 Conference during the opening weekend of the league's 24th season:
GAME OF THE WEEK
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MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — All-Big 12 safety Kenny Robinson is looking to transfer from West Virginia less than three months before the start of the season.
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MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia wide receiver Marcus Simms is looking to transfer.
The school confirmed Monday that Simms has put his name into the NCAA's transfer...
HOUSTON (AP) — Coach Dana Holgorsen is thrilled to be back in Texas with the Houston Cougars after eight years in West Virginia.
As the Cougars went through spring football practices, it...
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina State has added former West Virginia defensive coordinator Tony Gibson to its coaching staff.
Coach Dave Doeren said Sunday that Gibson will be the co-defensive coordinator and safeties coach.
Gibson helped develop linebacker David Long into the Big 12 defensive player of the year in 2018 and led the Mountaineers' defense for the past five years. He left West Virginia during the head coaching transition from Dana Holgorsen to Neal Brown.
MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — New West Virginia coach Neal Brown's lighthearted approach to football is forever captured in a 2016 dance video at Troy.
Brown dabbed while his players and assistants showed off their moves in the video that was part of a spring competition among Troy athletic coaching staffs.
West Virginia hired Troy's Neal Brown on Saturday to coach the Mountaineers, landing the youngest of six coaches in the FBS who have won at least 10 games each of the last three seasons.
The 38-year-old Brown signed a six-year, $19.05 million contract and replaces Dana Holgorsen, who left West Virginia to become Houston's coach.
West Virginia and Troy's Neal Brown are completing a deal to make him the next coach of the Mountaineers, two people familiar with the situation told The Associated Press on Friday.
The people spoke to AP on condition of anonymity because the contract was not yet final. Brown would replace Dana Holgorsen, who this week left West Virginia to become Houston's coach.
Yahoo! Sports first reported West Virginia and Brown were close to a deal.
HOUSTON (AP) — Dana Holgorsen is back at the University of Houston.
"It's great to be home," Holgorsen said Thursday at his introductory press conference.
Holgorsen left West Virginia to return to Houston, where he was offensive coordinator from 2008-09.
"When I left here 10 years ago, I left here with a frown," Holgorsen said. "Because, one, I was going to Oklahoma (State), but two, I just loved this city and this university so much. Obviously, things worked out OK."
Houston hired West Virginia's Dana Holgorsen as its coach Wednesday, ending his eight-year run with the Mountaineers.
Holgorsen was 61-41 and 33-30 in the Big 12 as he helped guide West Virginia through the transition from the Big East. Houston competes in the American Athletic Conference, which was formed from the remnants of Big East football after it was torn apart by realignment earlier this decade.
Dana Holgorsen can earn a $25,000 bonus if West Virginia beats Syracuse next week in the Camping World Bowl, a game the Mountaineers will play without star quarterback Will Grier and left tackle Yodny Cajuste.
Dave Doeren's contract with North Carolina State calls for him to receive a $50,000 bonus if the Wolfpack beat Texas A&M in the Gator Bowl. N.C. State's best players on either side of the ball (receiver Kelvin Harmon and linebacker Germaine Pratt) will not play.
MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia has shored up its secondary by signing five defensive backs.
The Mountaineers landed 16 players Wednesday on the first day of the NCAA's early signing period.
Osita Smith, a 6-foot-2 safety, is from Wilde Lake High School in Bowie, Maryland, and 6-2 cornerback Dreshun Miller is transferring from Eastern Arizona Community College. Both are four-star recruits according to 247sports.
STILLWATER, Okla. (AP) — No. 7 West Virginia hopes for a spot in the Big 12 Championship game and possibly a berth in the College Football Playoff.
The next challenge for the Mountaineers (8-1, 6-1 Big 12, No. 9 CFP) comes Saturday when they visit Oklahoma State (5-5, 2-5), which is coming off a 48-47 loss at No. 6 Oklahoma last week.
MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — TCU coach Gary Patterson figures all those injuries that have piled up for the Horned Frogs could present a problem for No. 7 West Virginia.
Patterson joked it might be difficult for West Virginia to put together a scouting plan against TCU's revolving-door defense.
"It's been a hard year for us," Patterson said. "This team hasn't quit battling."
TCU has seen 20 season-ending injuries and 36 players have missed playing time.
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — West Virginia likes this view: The Mountaineers are tied with Oklahoma for first place in the Big 12 Conference with three games left in the regular season.
The Sooners have seen this view before, but it's a whole new world for West Virginia in early November.
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — The last time West Virginia quarterback Will Grier ran for the corner of the end zone against Texas, a dive resulted in a gnarly broken finger that ended his season.
He stayed upright this time, untouched as he scrambled for a 2-point conversion that gave No. 12 West Virginia a 42-41 win at No. 15 Texas on Saturday that kept the Mountaineers in first in the Big 12 as they try for their first conference championship.
MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — No. 13 West Virginia was determined to make up for being embarrassed in its last game on the road.
Will Grier threw three touchdown passes and the Mountaineers used a big second quarter to cruise to a 58-14 victory over Baylor on Thursday night.
The Mountaineers (6-1, 4-1 Big 12) bounced back from a blowout loss at Iowa State with arguably its top performance of the season on offense and one of its best on defense.
A bye week for No. 13 West Virginia coincides with saying so long to some lofty goals.
An undefeated season. A shot, for now, of reaching the College Football Playoff. And likely the Heisman Trophy aspirations of quarterback Will Grier.
The Mountaineers were thoroughly outplayed in a 30-14 loss at Iowa State last Saturday, capped by getting caught up in the middle of thousands of Cyclones fans storming the field.
AMES, Iowa (AP) — Iowa State President Wendy Wintersteen said Tuesday the university will appeal a $25,000 fine levied by the Big 12 Conference for violating postgame celebration policies when fans stormed the field following a home win over West Virginia last weekend.
AMES, Iowa (AP) — It was arguably West Virginia's biggest test, on the road at night against a plucky Iowa State team with a stifling defense and a dangerous young quarterback.
The sixth-ranked Mountaineers failed miserably.
Freshman Brock Purdy threw for 254 yards and three TDs and Iowa State throttled West Virginia 30-14 on Saturday, handing the Mountaineers their first loss in emphatic fashion.
AMES, Iowa (AP) — No. 6 West Virginia will head into the second Saturday in October as the Big 12's last undefeated team.
The elements of a potential upset appear to be in play for the Mountaineers (5-0, 3-0 Big 12).
Iowa State is just 2-3 overall and 1-2 in the league. But the Cyclones seem to be finding themselves after a strange and sluggish start, and freshman quarterback Brock Purdy looked like a future star in his first extended action last week.
MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — One messy game didn't diminish West Virginia coach Dana Holgorsen's confidence in Heisman Trophy hopeful Will Grier.
Grier's four turnovers overshadowed a four-touchdown performance in No. 9 West Virginia's 38-22 victory over Kansas on Saturday.
West Virginia (5-0, 3-0 Big 12) has won its first five games for the second time in three seasons.
"We'll take the sloppy win and go home," Holgorsen said.
MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia coach Dana Holgorsen knew he had two of the Big 12's top wide receivers entering the 2018 season in David Sills V and Gary Jennings.
At the moment, though, it's junior Marcus Simms putting together a breakout year.
Simms will go after his fourth straight 100-yard receiving performance on Saturday when No. 9 West Virginia (4-0, 2-0 Big 12) hosts Kansas (2-3, 0-2).
LUBBOCK, Texas (AP) — Will Grier sparked a 28-point first quarter for No. 12 West Virginia. Keith Washington ended any concern over a second-half collapse.
Grier threw for 370 yards with three touchdowns, Washington returned an interception 51 yards for what amounted to a clinching score and the Mountaineers held on for a 42-34 win over 25th-ranked Texas Tech on Saturday.
LUBBOCK, Texas (AP) — West Virginia launched a Heisman Trophy campaign for Will Grier over the summer and the senior quarterback for the No. 12 Mountaineers has certainly backed it up.
MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia's Gary Jennings slammed the door on all those jokes at his expense about his lack of scoring a year ago.
The senior is more than making up for it so far in 2018.
Jennings caught three touchdown passes from Will Grier to lead No. 14 West Virginia to a 52-17 victory over Youngstown State on Saturday night.
"It feels great," Jennings said. "And the win feels even better."
MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — No. 14 West Virginia has the opportunity to shore up its depth with a Championship Subdivision opponent looming and the Big 12 opener just two weeks away.
The defense in particular could use a few more linebackers as the Mountaineers (1-0) prepare for their home opener Saturday night against Youngstown State (0-1).
MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia linebacker Charlie Benton will miss the rest of the season with a knee injury.
Coach Dana Holgorsen said during a Big 12 coaches conference call Monday that Benton will have season-ending surgery. The junior college transfer injured his left knee in the second quarter of No. 17 West Virginia's 40-14 win Saturday over Tennessee.
Junior Shea Campbell filled in for Benton in his first college action.
MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — Once Will Grier decided his tenure at Florida was over, he was a popular free agent. Schools like Ohio State and Oregon were suitors. Yet, he said, he just seemed to click with West Virginia University coach Dana Holgorsen.
MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia has added Clemson graduate transfer Jabril Robinson to its roster.
West Virginia coach Dana Holgorsen announced Robinson's addition Thursday. He will be eligible to play immediately.
Robinson graduated in December with a degree in parks, recreation and tourism management. He finished with 19 tackles in 11 games last season.
MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia has added Southern Cal graduate transfer Kenny Bigelow Jr. to its roster.
West Virginia coach Dana Holgorsen announced Bigelow's addition Saturday. He will be eligible to play immediately.
The 6-foot-3, 300-pound Bigelow graduated with a degree in sociology. He was granted a sixth year of eligibility after missing the 2014 and 2016 seasons with injuries. He saw action in six games last season and in 13 games in 2015.
MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia has hired Marquel Blackwell as running backs coach.
West Virginia coach Dana Holgorsen announced Blackwell's hiring Thursday. He replaces Tony Dews, who was hired as running backs coach with the Tennessee Titans.
Blackwell spent the past two seasons as running backs coach at Toledo. He also had stints at Florida, South Florida and Western Kentucky.
West Virginia has two good reasons to feel confident heading into next season.
Announcements by quarterback Will Grier and wide receiver David Sills earlier this month that they will return instead of enter the NFL draft has amped up excitement in Morgantown, West Virginia, about the Mountaineers' potential to compete for a Big 12 championship.
"Getting those juniors back is important," said West Virginia coach Dana Holgorsen. "We've got some momentum going into 2018."
MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia has landed at least 19 recruits on the first day of the early signing period, including a four-star defensive lineman who joined his brother in staying close to home.
Dante Stills of Fairmont Senior High School is the son of former West Virginia linebacker Gary Stills. Another son, Darius Stills, is a freshman defensive lineman for the Mountaineers.
MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia running back Justin Crawford will skip the Mountaineers' bowl game to focus on preparing for the 2018 NFL Draft.
West Virginia coach Dana Holgorsen made the announcement Thursday night in a statement.
Crawford was the third-leading rusher in the Big 12 this year with 1,061 yards and seven touchdowns and finished with back-to-back 1,000-yard seasons. The senior was named to the all-Big 12 second team both times.
MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — Injured West Virginia quarterback Will Grier says he'll return for his senior season in 2018.
The Mountaineers announced Grier's intentions in a statement Thursday.
Grier says "there is still a great deal that I want this team to accomplish," while coach Dana Holgorsen said the decision "certainly makes it a great day for West Virginia football."
MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia quarterback Will Grier has undergone surgery on a broken finger in his throwing hand and will miss four to six weeks.
Coach Dana Holgorsen on Monday did not explicitly rule out Grier for the Mountaineers' bowl game but said coming back is "going to be kind of tough."
Some things to watch in the Big 12 Conference during Week 12, the second-to-last Saturday of the regular season:
MANHATTAN, Kan. (AP) — Will Grier scrambled to his right and then retreated to his left, time ticking off the clock in the first half and No. 23 West Virginia seemingly content to take a one-point lead over Kansas State into halftime.
Then Grier unloaded a pass toward the end zone.
Ka'Raun White never had to move to haul in his second touchdown reception.