First, the West Virginia Sports Communications Office is launching the official Pat White Web Site, "patwhiteplayshere.com" on Friday, June 27. According to the release, "patwhiteplayshere.com" is an inclusive Web site that gives fans, alumni, media and Heisman voters all the up-to-date information about the two-time BIG EAST Offensive Player of the Year, two-time bowl MVP and two-time team MVP.
The site offers the entire playing history of White, in video, pictures and biography. There are videos from his early days of pee-wee football, to Daphne High School to the past three years as a Mountaineer. There are quotes from a who's-who of national media about White's leadership and ability on the field. The site also has his iPod playlist, things you need to know about him, wallpaper that can be downloaded and a schedule when White can be seen on television this season. There is also the ability for fans to ask him questions during the season. The WVU Sports Communication staff handled the site concept, while BlaineTurner Advertising, Inc., in Morgantown developed its design and production.
White has led the Mountaineers to three straight 11-win seasons, two BIG EAST Conference titles, three straight New Year's bowl game victories and three straight Associated Press Top-10 finishes. Last year, White rushed for 1,335 yards and 14 touchdowns and completed 67 percent of his passes for 1,724 yards and 14 touchdowns. He led the Mountaineers to an 11-2 record, the BIG EAST Championship and a 48-28 victory over No. 3 Oklahoma in the Tostitos Fiesta Bowl. He was named the BIG EAST Conference Offensive Player of the Year for the second-straight year, was named the bowl's offensive MVP for the second-straight year and finished sixth in the Heisman Trophy voting for national player of the year.
For his career, the 2008 preseason All-American and one of the leading candidates for the Heisman Trophy has rushed for 3,506 yards and 39 touchdowns, and completed 64 percent of his passes for 4,207 yards and 35 touchdowns. Already the career BIG EAST leader, he needs 784 more yards to become the all-time rushing quarterback in NCAA Division I-A history. He lacks 115 yards to become WVU's all-time leader in total offense. The Mountaineers open their season on August 30 against Villanova at Mountaineer Field at Milan Puskar Stadium.
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West Virginia and St. John's have mutually agreed to move their currently scheduled women's soccer game, originally set for Friday, Sept. 26, 2008, in Queens, N.Y., to Thursday, Sept. 25. The game will kick off at 4:30 p.m., at Belson Stadium.
The contest with the Red Storm is the BIG EAST road opener for the Mountaineers. WVU opens up the 2008 campaign at home against Towson on Friday, Aug. 22, at 7 p.m. The 2007 Mountaineers won the BIG EAST regular season and tournament titles before advancing to the program's first NCAA Elite Eight. West Virginia returns seven starters from a year ago, including a trio of All-Americans in defender Greer Barnes, midfielder Amanda Cicchini and forward Deana Everrett.
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Four West Virginia University swimmers are set to compete at the 2008 U.S. Olympic Trials at the Qwest Center in Omaha, Neb., June 29-July 6th. Kevin Donohue (100 breast), Michael Walker (200 breast, 200 IM, 400IM), Morgan Callaway (100 back, 200 back, 400 free) and Kayla Andrews (50 free) will all compete.
"We are very proud to be a part of our nation's best swimming meet," says Head Coach Vic Riggs. "Less than one-half percent of all swimmers in the U.S. make it to the U.S. Olympic Trials and to have four athletes going is a good indication where the program has come. We are looking forward to representing the state of West Virginia and the University well."
Donohue earned All-American honors at the 2008 NCAA Championships for his performance in the 100 breast (53.15), making him the first-ever men's swimmer at WVU to earn the honors in an individual event. At the BIG EAST Championships, Donohue captured two automatic qualifying times to the NCAA Championships, setting two meet records and two school records. His first came with a top finish in the 100 breast (57.07). In the 200 breast Donohue posted a first-place time of 1:55.78. Donohue will compete on June 29.
Walker also had an outstanding performance at the BIG EAST Championships, with a meet and school record in the 400 IM (3:50.14). He also finished first in the 200 back (1:47.24) and second in the 200 IM (1:48.50). Walker's first event in the trials will be on June 29, with the 400 IM. He will then compete in the 200 breast on July 2, and the 200 IM on July 3. Callaway ended the year with six school-records at the BIG EAST Championships, two of which she later re-broke at the NCAA Championships. Callaway broke the first school-record as a member of the second place 800 free relay team (7:17.69). Other school-records and first-place finishes were in the 500 free (4:47.86), the 100 breast (54.60) and 200 back (1:57.95). Callaway will start competition on June 30, with the 100 back and 400 free, followed by the 200 back on July 4.
Andrews finished the season with a trip to the NCAA Championships as she posted an automatic qualifying time while also breaking a school and meet record at the BIG EAST Championships in the 100 free (48.33). Andrews will compete in the 50 free on July 5.