Weekend Notebook

Posted by John Antonik on Sunday, June 13, 2010
(4:25 p.m.)

  Karly Hamric's All-America performance on Saturday in the 1,500 was one of 10 All-America citations the Mountaineer track program received in 2010.
Kirby Lee photo

Sean Cleary’s women’s track program had a banner year in 2010, placing 10th in indoor nationals and now 16th yesterday at outdoor nationals. Both finishes are the highest in school history.

A total of 11 All-America citations were awarded this year (seven during the indoor season and four during outdoor season) and Chelsea Carrier (fourth indoor pentathlon), Marie-Louise Asselin (second indoor 5,000), Clara Grandt (fourth outdoor 10,000) and Karly Hamric (sixth outdoor 1,500) set program bests in their individual events.

West Virginia's Outdoor Track All-Americans


  • Marie-Louise Asselin, 5,000 (2nd)
  • Keri Bland, 1,500 (9th)
  • Karly Hamric, 1,500 (6th)
  • Clara Grandt, 10,000 (4th)


  • Clara Grandt, 10,000 (4th)


  • Keri Bland, 1,500 (10th)


  • Megan Metcale, 5,000 (1st)


  • Megan Metcalfe, 3,000 (3rd)


  • Christine Brown, Triple Jump (6th)


  • Kristen Quackenbush, Pole Vault (4th)
  • Charity Wachera, 10,000 (6th)


  • Pat Intany, Long Jump (3rd)
  • Pat Itanyi, Heptathlon (5th)


  • Connie Ellerbe, 400 Hurdles (2nd)


  • Connie Ellerbe, 400 Hurdles (4th)


  • Alethea Moody, High Jump (6th)


  • Connie Ellerbe, 400 Hurdles (9th)


  • Connie Ellerbe, 400 Hurdles (7th)

    Track’s performance at outdoor nationals should give West Virginia another boost in the Learfield Sports Directors’ Cup standings. The Mountaineers are presently 25th after the spring sports season.

  • To give you an idea of how highly thought of West Virginia’s new AD Oliver Luck is, take a look at some of these links …





    And this from the Dallas Morning News’ Kevin Sherrington … Question: Could Oliver Luck be the most interesting man in sports? Rhodes Scholar finalist at West Virginia; quarterback of Houston Oilers; GM of two NFL Europe teams; CEO of the Houston Sports Authority; president of Major League Soccer's Houston Dynamo; and, last week, named AD at his alma mater. And then there's his son, Andrew, Stanford QB, who'll be the first pick of the draft, whenever he comes out.

  • WVU Today will have a live webcast of Monday’s press conference officially introducing Oliver Luck as West Virginia’s new AD … http://wvutoday.wvu.edu/webcast

      Oliver Luck

  • While talking to former Pitt linebacker Yogi Jones about Oliver Luck, Jones recalled a humorous story about the 1981 WVU-Pitt game in Morgantown. If you remember, quarterback Dan Marino was out with an injury and coach Jackie Sherill was forced to use converted defensive back Ed Daniels at quarterback. Sherill’s game plan that afternoon was to lean on his defense, ranked No. 1 in the nation at the time.

    “In ’81 I redshirted and I can remember the coaches having a conversation, ‘Hey, if he throws one pass we lose this game,’” laughed Jones.

    That turned out to be pretty accurate. Daniels tried only six passes and completed one – to West Virginia. But the Mountaineers had just 152 yards of offense in a 17-0 defeat to the Panthers.

    “If someone knows how to run the ball against Pitt, I wish he’d write me a letter,” Don Nehlen said after the game.

    Speaking of Nehlen, he knew right away he was inheriting a pretty good quarterback in Luck as soon as he first turned on the projector and began watching film of his new football team.

    “I could tell that Oliver Luck had command of the team,” Nehlen said. “He showed just on film he was in charge so I kind of thought we were going to have a pretty solid quarterback.

    “I’d always been a believer that you can hide a lot of guys in football, but you can’t hide the quarterback.”

    Nehlen had two great ones to start his WVU career – Oliver Luck and then Jeff Hostetler.

    “When Jeff transferred here that was a big coup because at that time our recruiting … we could advertise some scholarships in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette and we wouldn’t have gotten any takers,” Nehlen said.

  • For all of you Pittsburghers struggling to pick up Mountaineer football games on WVAQ you now have another alternative this year. WBGG-AM 970 (Fox Sports) has agreed to carry Mountaineer football games for the 2010 season. Pittsburgh represents the fifth out-of-state market for MSN radio this year, joining Cumberland, Md. (WDYK-FM 100.5), Hot Springs, Va. (WCHG-FM 107.1), Monterey, Va. (WVLS-FM 89.7) and Williamsport, Md. (WICL-FM 95.9).

  • If you love numbers then Bob Hertzel’s story in today’s Fairmont Times-West Virginian is for you … http://timeswv.com/wvu_sports/x1358983518/WVU-sports-By-the-numbers

  • Don’t look now but Congress is becoming interested in the way college athletic programs are doing business, particularly the way present conference realignment is starting to shake out. Expansion is on U.S. Sen. Jay Rockefeller’s radar screen as the head of the Senate Commerce Committee.

    In a touch of irony, Rockefeller is the great grandson of John D. Rockefeller and it was Rockefeller’s Standard Oil Company that gave rise to the anti-trust movement in the United States the late 1890s.

  • Now that Nebraska and Colorado have officially announced they are changing conferences it makes you wonder just how contentious those Big 12 meetings were a few weeks ago when the other schools demanded to know their intentions. I would have loved to have been a fly on the wall for that one.

  • FedEx CEO Fred Smith is so anxious to see Memphis get into a BCS conference that he is willing to pony up as much as $10 million annually from his company, according to Gary Parrish of CBS Sports … http://www.cbssports.com/general/story/13515726/fedex-ceo-could-provide-millions-if-bcsaffiliated-league-takes-memphis?tag=headlines;collegebasketball

      The Justice League as it appeared in the early 1960s.
    Web photo

    If Memphis has no takers and Conference USA gets sick of its constant posturing, let’s look at some other leagues for the Tigers:

    1. The League of Nations – Formed in 1919 in Versailles, France, the League of Nations (the precursor to today’s United Nations) was the first super conference with 58 members. The United States, however, took the Notre Dame route and chose to remain an independent.

    2. The Far Right Leagues – Formed in France in the late 19th century, the Far Right Leagues were popular in the 1920s and 1930s and actually got something done by causing riots that eventually overthrew the center-left coalition government.

    3. The Justice League - Also called the Justice League of America, the Justice League was formed in early 1960s to help Earth fight off the Appelaxians, not to be confused with the Appalachians. The original Justice League consisted of Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman (who looks a lot like Sarah Palin), Flash, Green Lantern, Aquaman and the Martian Manhunter. Later expansion included the Green Arrow, Atom, Hawkman, Black Canary, Captain Marvel, Zantanna, Plastic Man and several others.

    4. The Human League – Formed in Sheffield, England in 1977, the Human League consisted of Philip Oakley, Joanne Catherall, Susan Ann Sulley and various sidemen. The Human League’s No. 1 hit “Don’t You Want Me” fits perfectly with Memphis’ current BCS marketing campaign.

    5. Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea – OK, so it’s not really a league but if it was, Captain Nemo would have been one heck of a commissioner.

    6. Eight Hundred Leagues on the Amazon – Again, not really a league, plus the Peruvian-Brazilian border lacks adequate facilities or much room for growth.

  • We were saddened to hear of the recent passing of former Charleston Daily Mail reporter Mike Cherry. Mike covered the Mountaineers through basketball’s Elite 8 run in 2005 before taking a job covering high school sports for Florida Today … http://www.dailymail.com/Sports/201006070901

    Mike had a zest for life and a wicked sense of humor. When he found out I had all of The Jerky Boys CDs, Mike began calling me Frank Rizzo, out-of-work painter Mike Derucki, effeminate dancer Jack Tors or Jocco Johnson, the guy who wanted his ex-wife’s house demolished.

    Eventually, Mike would simply say “Hey chisel chest!” whenever he saw me.

    I still laugh when I think about that.

  • Former Mountaineer offensive tackle Selvish Capers, a seventh round draft pick by the Washington Redskins, recently signed a four-year contract … http://voices.washingtonpost.com/redskinsinsider/offensive-line/redskins-sign-three-draft-pick.html

  • If you were wondering what former West Virginia All-American linebacker Grant Wiley is up to these days, ESPN’s Brian Bennett caught up with him recently. You may be surprised by his career choice … http://espn.go.com/blog/bigeast/post/_/id/9975/catching-up-with-west-virginias-grant-wiley

  • Former Mountaineer all-Big East safety Jahmile Addae is now a member of Butch Jones’ staff at Cincinnati. Addae is in charge of coaching the Bearcat running backs.

  • Dan Wetzel of Yahoo! Sports says the Big 12 cut its own throat by not voting for a four-team college football playoff in 2008, which would have generated hundreds of millions in added revenue for cash-starved athletic departments … http://rivals.yahoo.com/ncaa/football/news?slug=dw-expansion060610

  • Although football coach Bill Stewart is the lowest paid head football coach in the Big East, he has the highest paid coaching staff in the conference with the total compensation for his nine assistant coaches being $1.925 million … http://www.dailymail.com/Sports/WVUSports/201006091303

    Enjoy your week!

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