Truck Bryant on Kevin Jones: 'He was jerked'

NEW YORKKevin Jones is too proud, too humble and too much of a good guy to say anything more than that he is “disappointed” by what transpired over what turned out to be the final few days of his Big East career.

But his longtime friend and roommate Darryl “Truck” Bryant isn’t afraid to let his feelings fly.

“We’re roommates, we’ve been roommates for four years so of course we spoke about it but at the end of the day we both know he got jerked. We both know it,” Bryant, the former St. Raymond’s High School star, told exclusively following West Virginia’s final game in the Big East Tournament, a 71-67 overtime loss to UConn. To read more of this story, click here

Big East Announces 'Termination' of West Virginia's Membership

The Big East Conference Board of Directors announced that it has voted to terminate West Virginia’s membership in the conference, effective June 30.

Brett McMurphy of previously reported that the Big East would get $20 million in the settlement — $10 million from West Virginia and $10 million from the Big 12, which is loaning West Virginia the money.

“West Virginia University has acknowledged and agreed that the Court in Monongalia County, West Virginia, will enter a judgment that the Big East Conference Bylaws are valid and enforceable, and will dismiss with prejudice all of West Virginia’s claims against the Conference.” said Big East Commissioner John Marinatto. To read more of this story, click here

West Virginia Hoops Has 6 Games Left in Big East

reached a $20 million settlement to leave the Big East Conference this year means that the school’s basketball team has only six more regular season games left in the conference.

Bob Huggins and the Mountaineers will play Louisville Saturday in the first of their final half dozen games before the school joins the Big 12 July 1.

“This is our third straight year that we have come to West Virginia,” Louisville coach Rick Pitino said last week. “I always request it every year. Generally you would see in the Big East that somebody would come back to you the following year, but [Big East Commissioner] John Marinatto’s a dear friend and I always tell him, ‘Look, don’t let West Virginia come to Louisville. I’d like to visit one more time.’

“And now it adds extra meaning because they’re going into the Big 12 so it will be the last time we play against each other.” To read more of this story, click here

Even Pitino Says West Virginia Was Robbed

NEWARK — Even Rick Pitino knows West Virginia was robbed.

“Syracuse would’ve been a goal-tend away from having a tie for second place [in the Big East] today,” Pitino said after Louisville beat Seton Hall, 60-51, at the Prudential Center.

Pitino was referring to the missed call in Syracuse’s 63-61 win over West Virginia in which Baye Keita’s obvious goal-tend of a shot by Deniz Kilicli with 10.6  seconds remaining was missed by the officiating crew of Karl Hess, Gene Steratore and Brian O’Connell. To read more of this story, click here

West Virginia's Jones Will Be a Solid Pro

NEW YORK — Kevin Jones tested the NBA waters after his junior season at West Virginia.

After getting feedback from NBA executives, the 6-foot-8, 260-pound Mount Vernon, N.Y., native opted to return for his senior season, and it has turned out to be a wise move.

Jones leads the Big East in both scoring (20.9 ppg) and rebounding (11.6 rpg) and is the odds-on favorite to be named Big East Player of the Year.

“Not once have I really thought about that,” Jones, 22, said after going for 23 points  and 14 rebounds Wednesday in the Mountaineers’ 78-62 loss to St. John’s at Madison Square Garden. “I just want to continue to keep on playing well so my team will do well.

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Bob Huggins in Rare Form After Johnnies Loss

NEW YORK — Like every other sports writer, I’ve been to a thousand press conferences where nothing much of interest was said.

The coaches rattle off some trite commentary on the game, and the players utter a few cliches about giving it their all and playing them one game at a time.

Ah, but a Bob Huggins press conference is something else altogether, a refreshing break from the daily grind and a non-stop flow of brutal honesty.

Instead of writing a column off St. John’s 78-62 rout of West Virginia tonight at MSG, I’m just going to give you some highlights from Huggs, who was in rare form. To read more of this story, click here

Huggins Traveling With Bodyguard

West Virginia coach Bob Huggins is traveling with a bodyguard after he was heckled by a fan a week ago in Las Vegas.

OK, C.J. Culliton is not being called a “bodyguard,” but rather a “security” person.

“I wouldn’t say it’s a bodyguard. He’s the head of our security,” Bryan Messerly, the school’s sports information director, told the Charleston Gazette. “I think it’s just to have someone here and if he sees something that could get out of control he can talk to the appropriate security people [at the venue].”

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Jones, Drummond Honored by Big East

West Virginia senior forward Kevin Jones of Mount Vernon, N.Y., was named the Big East player of the week, and UConn freshman Andre Drummond was named Rookie of the Week.

Jones averaged 23 points and 14.7 rebounds in games last week against Tennessee Tech, Missouri State and Baylor in the Las Vegas Classic.

Jones moved past Seton Hall senior forward Herb Pope into the Big East lead in both scoring (21.0 ppg) and rebounding (11.9 rpg) for the season. To read more of this story, click here