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WVU roundup: Mack Brown speaker for Nehlen Series

Created on:   Thu, Feb 8, 2018   8:03 PM

Last modified:   Fri, Feb 9, 2018   7:37 AM

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MORGANTOWN — Former longtime Texas football coach Mack Brown headlines “Optimizing Performance in DI Football: A winning collaboration between coach and sport scientist,” at 7 p.m. April 20, at the Morgantown Marriott at Waterfront Place.

His visit is part of the Don Nehlen Lecture Series. Also on the bill is Dr. John Ivy, professor emeritus in the Department of Kinesiology and Health Education at the University of Texas.

Info: Kimberly Cameon, kimberly.cameon@mail.wvu.edu.

MEN’S BASKETBALL

WVU’s Jevon Carter is among 10 NCAA student-athletes selected as finalists for the Senior CLASS Award.

To be eligible, players must be classified as NCAA Division I seniors and have notable achievements in four areas of excellence: Community, classroom, character and competition.

The finalists were chosen by national media from the list of 30 candidates. Nationwide fan voting begins immediately to help select the winner, at senior CLASSaward.com, through March 19.

— Former Mountaineer Devin Williams is among 14 players USA Basketball selected to participate in the USA World Cup Qualifying Team training camp, Feb. 15-20. The training will be used to select the 12-man team for the USA’s World Cup Qualifying first round, second-window games, including Cuba, on Feb. 23, and Puerto Rico, on Feb. 26, in Santa Cruz, Calif.

Williams plays for the Maine Red Claws, in the NBA G League.

BASEBALL

WVU fans can follow the Mountaineers again this year on radio and online streaming. The Mountaineer Sports Network will broadcast 39 regular-season games, from March 16, opening day at Monongalia County Ballpark, until the end of the season.

Morgantown area fans can listen on WZST 100.9 FM or Clarksburg’s WPDX-FM/AM 104.9/750.

They can also follow the team on the WVU Gameday App and the TuneIn App on their mobile devices, as well as online at WVUsports.com.

Additionally, all home games will feature a free video stream at WVUsports.com and the WVU Gameday App. New this season, fans can access the video streams via Roku.

Dan Zangrilli and Ernie Galusky will once again call all the action.

INDOOR TRACK

The Mountaineers will compete in two meets today and Saturday: The David Hemery Valentine Invite, in Boston, and the Marshall Invitational, in Huntington.

Redshirt seniors Amy Cashin and Maggie Drazba, redshirt sophomore Candace Jones and redshirt freshman Sarah Wills will make the trip to Boston to compete against a field of more than 90 teams.

WVU also will be one of 12 schools at the Marshall Invitational.

WRESTLING

The second NCAA Division I coaches’ panel rankings and the first edition of the NCAA Division I Wrestling Ratings Percentage Index (RPI) were released.

Redshirt senior Jacob A. Smith (197 pounds), redshirt junior Zeke Moisey (125) and redshirt freshman Matthew Schmitt (133) appear in the top 33 of the panel rankings. Moisey and Schmitt also check in to the top 33 of the RPI rankings, along with redshirt freshman Kyler Rea (149) and true freshman Nick Kiussis (165).

Wrestlers must have 17 matches against Division I opponents to be eligible for the RPI rankings. Forfeits do not count toward that total.

The Mountaineers (5-5, 4-3 Big 12) are home Sunday for a match against South Dakota State. It’s Cradles for Cancer day.

AUTO RACING

DAYTONA, Fla. — ARCA Racing Series driver Travis Braden will get behind the wheel for the initial race of his first full-time ARCA Series schedule Saturday, at the Lucas Oil 200.

The Team RFMS driver will start the chase for a championship with 80 laps in the No. 27 MatrixCare-Consonus Healthcare-Liberty Village car at Daytona International Speedway.

Braden earned a dual degree in Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering from WVU.