Simmering spat between West Virginia, Marshall finds new life in San Diego

You get the feeling West Virginia basketball coach Bob Huggins looked forward to his Saturday news conference at Viejas Arena about as much as someone gets amped up for a colonoscopy.Without anesthesia.He’s smart. He knew it was coming. He sniffed out the questions, about his big-brother, little-brother framing of things with Marshall — a Thundering Herd riding a whole lot more thunder after winning its first NCAA Tournament game this week.When the Mountaineers choked the oxygen from an annual, 38-year run in 2015, Huggins scoffed at the thought of defining it as a rivalry deprived. In the wake of Marshall coach Dan D’Antoni suggesting the Mountaineers might be “afraid” to play, Huggins used his radio show for a retaliatory torching.Huggins ripped their RPI. He ripped their crowds. He ripped their losing streak. He ripped the lack of front-page stories and box scores in area newspapers. Nothing seemed sacred, safe or neighborly.Now, a few seasons removed and nearly 2,100 miles away, NCAA fates paired up the Mountaineers and Herd all the same. The programs from the same state, with a berth in the Sweet 16 on the line Sunday night on the SDSU campus.Bracket gods must be smiling, from Pittsburgh to Point Loma.“We are one end of the state,” Huggins said Saturday. “They are on the other end of the state. We don’t really cross. For our standpoint, it’s not what you want to make it out to be, Duke-North Carolina.“It’s not that. It’s not that at all.”The uncomfortable truth of it: He’s not wrong.The Big 12, where the Mountaineers cash their win-loss paychecks, is the No. 1 RPI conference in America. Scroll down 14 more spots to find Conference USA. West Virginia owns 29 tournament trips and has played 58 games. Marshall put on dancing shoes six times with this season snapping a dusty 31-year drought.Points to Huggins for unpopular honesty. He’s paid to win games and clear the Continue Reading

Stripper’s jealous boyfriend set fire to strip club, cops say

A jealous boyfriend told police he set a West Virginia strip club on fire because he was tired of his girlfriend working there, authorities said. Creio Chance Bishop, 21, of Huntington, W.Va., was arrested Wednesday after he allegedly set the exterior of JB’s Gentlemen’s Club on fire, the West Virginia State Fire Marshal reported. INMATE SENTENCED IN FATAL STABBING IN WEST VIRGINIA PRISON Bishop reportedly set the strip club on fire early Wednesday and fled to a nearby Walmart. A bystander, who alerted police about the blaze, said Bishop told him to “leave the fire along and mind his own business,” WSAZ reported. Deputies discovered Bishop near the scene with a black trash bag. The envious lover told police he “Was tired of his girlfriend working at JB’s, so he set it on fire,” WCHS-TV reported. No one was injured in the fire but there was about $1,000 in damage, Jim Reed, the strip club’s owner, told WSAZ. Reed said Bishop’s girlfriend’s job was also in jeopardy. “I hate doing it, but I got to protect my business,” Reed said. “He might do this again. It might be worse next time.” ‘GLEE’ STAR NAYA RIVERA CHARGED WITH DOMESTIC BATTERY IN WEST VIRGINIA Continue Reading