News, Notes & Rumors – Aug. 6

VanDarius Cowan

News, Notes & Rumors – Aug. 6

The Mountaineers have a new linebacker, but they’ll have to wait until 2019 to use him in a game.

VanDarius Cowan will reportedly transfer to West Virginia. Cowan had spent one season at Alabama, but was dismissed from UA after an altercation in a bar this past summer in which he allegedly punched another man in the face He turned himself in to authorities after the incident on June 23 and was released by Alabama on July 9. He was charged with third degree assault — a misdemeanor — in the incident.

Cowan will sit out this coming season at WVU as a transfer. He will have three years of eligibility remaining after playing as a true freshman for the Crimson Tide last year.

A native of Palm Beach Gardens, Fla., Cowan had two tackles in seven games of action for the Crimson Tide in 2017.

Cowan also cost himself a spot in the U.S. Army All America Game as a senior at Palm Beach Gardens (Fla.) High School after being removed from a late regular season game in which he committed two penalties. He was removed from his high school team and did not play again.

When he was on the field, Cowan was regarded as one of the best high school linebackers in the nation in 2016. The 6-foot-4, 236-pounder was a four-star prospect according to most recruiting services and rated one of the top 100 overall players in the country. Besides, Alabama, he had offers from a couple dozen Power 5 schools coming out of Palm Beach Gardens, including Florida State, Miami, Notre Dame, Georgia and Ohio State.

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Reggie Roberson pauses to reflect after scoring his first collegiate touchdown

A transfer who left West Virginia will be eligible at his new school right away.

Reggie Roberson played at WVU as a true freshman last year, pulling in six passes while participating in 12 games. But when the season was over, the Mesquite, Texas, native decided to return home, and ultimately transferred to SMU, which is in Dallas and only about a half hour from his home.

Most assumed Roberson would have to sit out the 2018 season at SMU like a normal transfer, but last week the NCAA granted his appeal to become immediately eligible. Winning such an appeal is somewhat rare, and no reason has yet been made public as to why Roberson was granted immediate eligibility. Whatever the reason, Roberson will be able to take the field for the Mustangs this fall. As practice started at SMU last week, he was already working with the first-team unit.

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If Urban Myer is ultimately dismissed at Ohio State, could Iowa State’s Matt Campbell be his successor? A native of Massillon, Ohio, Campbell is a graduate of the University of Mount Union, which is a Division III power in Alliance, Ohio. After graduating from Mount Union in 2002, he spent the next 13 years coaching at various colleges in Ohio, culminating with a four-year head coaching stint at Toledo (2012-15). He was hired by Iowa State in 2016, and in just two seasons has already turned the Cyclones around.

No matter what, Campbell will almost certainly spent the 2018 season in Ames. But if Myer is dismissed by Ohio State because of the mess with the Buckeyes, Campbell very well could be moving to Columbus in 2019.

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Former Mountaineer offensive lineman Donnie Barclay had a nice run with the Green Bay Packers, spending the first five years of his NFL career (2012-16) with the club.

He was injured at the start of the 2017 season and ultimately released after an injury settlement midway through the year. He picked up a short time later by Detroit and played out the rest of the season with the Lions.

This year he’s found a new home, signing a contract last week with the New Orleans Saints.

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Nick Malone, who will be a senior offensive and defensive lineman at Morgantown High this year, committed to the University of Pittsburgh on Sunday.

He also had offers from Rutgers and Wake Forest, as well as a number of other colleges, but decided to attend Pitt. The WVU football staff had been in contact with Malone throughout the summer, but the Mountaineers never extended a scholarship offer.

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Birthday of the week: Former Mountaineer fullback Rodney Woodard, a native of Columbia, S.C., who now lives in Dubai, turned 35 on Aug. 4.

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    I like Matt Campbell of Iowa State. But I don’t think Ohio State has to ‘settle’ for a guy who had one good season. There are many other coaches much more worthy of–and who want–the OSU head coach job.


    Fair point, but Campbell was also excellent at Toledo before coming to ISU in 2016. He’s had the Cyclones on an upward arc over the two years. He turned down some pretty good offers this past year, and I think OSU would be doing well to hire a guy that has been squeaky clean and does things the right way.

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