WVU Cancels Spring Game Because of Weather

MORGANTOWN — Ask any coach and they will tell you that there are two things that are out of their control — injuries and the weather.

Veteran West Virginia University football coach Dana Holgorsen discovered the latter Thursday when officials informed him that Mother Nature was not going to allow his Mountaineers to play their annual Gold/Blue Scrimmage, slated to kickoff at 1 p.m. on Saturday at Milan Puskar Stadium.

“Fan and player safety have to take priority,” Director of Athletics Shane Lyons said. “When you have snow predicted for much of the state on Saturday, we need to take the utmost caution to assure the safety of our student-athletes, while avoiding elements that are problematic for our fans.

“You would expect to not have to worry about snow accumulation in April, but that’s not the forecast. After much consideration, we made this decision for the safety of all involved.”

Football won’t be the only sport affected Saturday as the Mountaineers baseball team has moved its scheduled contest against UNLV to today (Friday). WVU and the Rebels will play a doubleheader with the opening pitch for game one set for noon (ET). Game two will follow approximately 30 minutes following the conclusion of the first game. The series finale will take place on Sunday beginning with a noon pitch.

Saturday’s Walk the Talk with Dana sponsored by United Bank and the Hoss Foundation, along with the Family Resource Center 5K will still be held beginning at 9 a.m.

The Li’l Mountaineer Kids Dash will still take place one hour later. The events will start at the Puskar Center, and the Mountaineer football team will now participate in the Walk the Talk with Dana event – which will be counted as the team’s 15th spring practice by the NCAA.

West Virginia opens its 2018 season on Saturday, Sept. 1, against the University of Tennessee, and first-year head coach Jeremy Pruitt, at Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte, N.C.

Season tickets are on sale now at WVUGAME.com and 1-800-WVU-GAME. The Mountaineers have a six-game home schedule which features a non-conference matchup with Youngstown State and Big 12 Conference games against Oklahoma, TCU, Baylor, Kansas and Kansas State.

∫ In other news coming out of Morgantown: Junior forward Esa Ahmad has elected to join sophomore Sagaba Konate this spring and test his pro potential by submitting his paperwork to go through the NBA Draft process.

Like Konate, Ahmad will not hire an agent which will allow him to return to WVU should he not enter the draft in June.

“Just like Sags (Konate), Esa will go through the NBA Draft procedures in a systematic and professional manner by exploring the situation,” WVU coach Bob Huggins explained. “Numerous college basketball players are testing the waters, gaining valuable feedback and leaving open their option to return to school.”

Most recently, senior Jevon Carter went through the process following a junior season which witnessed him being named as the Big 12 and National Defensive Player of the Year. Carter returned to Morgantown this past season and repeated as both and was named to the Wooden Award All-American team.