Thursday, May 14, 2020

Faulkner Returning for Senior Season

Western Carolina rising redshirt senior Mason Faulkner withdrew his name from the NBA Draft on Wednesday evening with plans to return to school for his final collegiate season in 2020-2021.
Faulkner had been among 163 NCAA underclassmen to declare for the draft, doing so back in early April. According to NCAA rules, Faulkner is eligible to return to collegiate competition since he did not hire professional representation and withdrew prior to the June 3, 11:59 p.m. deadline.

Friday, May 8, 2020

Campbell now on future football schedule for home & home games

Western Carolina and Campbell, have agreed to a two-game football home-and-home series contract for the 2024 and 2025 seasons it was officially announced by both schools this week.

The Catamounts are slated to host Campbell in the first-ever meeting in NCAA competition on Sat., Sept. 7 in the second game of the 2024 season. The following year, WCU travels to Buies Creek, N.C., for the first time to face the Camels at Barker-Lane Stadium (5,500) in late September. 

Monday, May 4, 2020

Hightower commits to WCU

Cory Hightower, Jr. commits to WCU after two seasons at Presbyterian College. Hightower was a Big South All-Freshman Team selection during his freshmen season, will have two seasons of eligibility remaining.  He is the son of Cory Hightower, who was selected in the second round of the 2000 NBA Draft by the San Antonio Spurs and played professional basketball for over 10 years.    

Friday, April 24, 2020

WCU's new football turf

If all goes well, it will be installed by the first of August 2020. What are your thoughts?

Thursday, April 23, 2020

Men’s Basketball Adds McMahon

Western Carolina head men's basketball coach Mark Prosser today announced the addition of Sincere McMahon for the 2020-21 season.

"Sincere is a young man that we identified early in the recruiting process," said Prosser. "When the opportunity to recruit him again arose, we jumped at it! He is a great kid and both he and his family will fit wonderfully into our WCU basketball family. He is also a very accomplished player that possesses position flexibility to play with the ball in his hands as a point guard, as well as off the ball due to his elite ability to shoot. We're fired up to add Sincere to, what we feel, is a truly special recruiting class."

Monday, April 6, 2020

The Southeast’s 10 Best Hidden Gem Universities

Today, we look at a specific region of the country, the southeast, and talk about some amazing hidden gem colleges. Below is our list of the top 10 hidden gem universities in the southeast. In an effort to include more schools on our website, all the schools on this list are unique from other “hidden gem” lists we have published in the last 6 months. 

These schools deserve to be recognized for their strong academic programs, community engagement, and student body success.

10. Barry University (Miami Shores, FL)
9. Radford University (Radford, VA)
8. University of Alabama, Huntsville (Huntsville, AL)
7. Coastal Carolina University (Conway, SC)
6. University of West Florida (Pensacola, FL)
5. Stetson University (DeLand, FL)
4. Southern University and A&M College (Baton Rouge, LA)
3. Murray State University (Murray, KY)
2. James Madison University (Harrisonburg, VA)
1. Western Carolina University (Cullowhee, NC)

Western Carolina University is among the most selective colleges in the southeast, accepting less than 40% of applicants in some years. Located in Cullowhee, North Carolina, its location in the rural mountains offers students with a ton of outdoor extracurricular activities near the Great Smoky and Blue Ridge mountain ranges. The university is an NC Promise school. Enacted in the Fall of 2018 by the State of North Carolina, the NC Promise program provides all undergraduate students with reduced student tuition costs. Because of this unique initiative, in combination with Western Carolina University’s excellent programs, enrollment has increased over the last several years at this hidden gem university. Considering the quality of education with its revolutionary promise program, Western Carolina is perhaps the best value in higher education today.

Saturday, April 4, 2020

Mason Faulkner enters the NBA draft

Mason Faulkner will enter his name into the NBA Draft. Mason will maintain his eligibility and amateur status per NCAA policies, allowing for a possible return to Western Carolina.

Monday, March 23, 2020

Skip Prosser Man of the Year award

BOSTON, MA -- Western Carolina head coach Mark Prosser is the recipient of the 2019-20 Skip Prosser Man of the Year award.  The award is named after Skip Prosser (Mark's father), who died suddenly in 2007 while the head coach at Wake Forest. The Man of Year award is presented annually by to someone who has not only achieved success on the basketball court but also displays moral integrity off the court as well.

Casey Alexander, Belmont
Steve Alford, Nevada
Chris Beard, Texas Tech
Tony Bennett, Virginia
Jerrod Calhoun, Youngstown State
Tim Craft, Gardner-Webb
Rick Croy, California Baptist
Steve Forbes, ETSU
John Gallagher, Hartford
Greg Gard, Wisconsin
Joe Golding, Abilene Christian
Anthony Grant, Dayton
Chris Holtmann, Ohio State
James Jones, Yale
Greg Lansing, Indiana State
Frank Martin, South Carolina
Ritchie McKay, Liberty
Matt McMahon, Murray State
Joe Mihalich, Hofstra
Steve Pikiell, Rutgers
Mark Prosser, Western Carolina
Pat Skerry, Towson
Damon Stoudamire, Pacific
Andy Toole, Robert Morris
Russell Turner, UC Irvine

In his only his second season a head coach at Western Carolina, Prosser nearly tripled Western's win total, finishing with a 19-12 record. The Catamounts advanced to the semifinals of the Southern Conference Tournament and the 19 wins were the most since the 2013-14 season.

2019: Robert Jones, Norfolk State
2018: Casey Alexander, Lipscomb
2017: Danny Manning, Wake Forest
2016: Zack Spiker, Army
2015: Keno Davis, Central Michigan
2014: Brian Wardle, Green Bay
2013: Joe Mihalich, Niagara
2012: Jimmy Patsos, Loyola MD
2011: Chris Mack, Xavier
2010: Bob Marlin, Sam Houston State
2009: Ed Conroy, The Citadel
2008: Mike Brey, Notre Dame

The Skip Prosser award committee is a 21 member panel, consisting of 12 current or retired coaches, three members of the national media and five staff members.

Sunday, March 15, 2020

Cat fans in at #11 nationally on Twitter

Covid-19 and Athletics in the SoCon

SPARTANBURG, S.C. – Due to the ongoing threat of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic, the Southern Conference, at the recommendation of the league’s Council of Presidents and directors of athletics, will suspend all athletic competition through March 30, Commissioner Jim Schaus announced Thursday.

NCAA :  As of now, all remaining winter and spring NCAA championships and related events, including the Division I men’s and women’s basketball tournaments, have been canceled. While we understand how disappointing this is for everyone, our decision is based on the current understanding of how COVID-19 is progressing in the United States.

Tuesday, March 10, 2020

Dotson & Faulkner named to All-Tournament Team

Senior forward Carlos Dotson and redshirt junior guard Mason Faulkner named the 2020 Southern Conference Men's Basketball All-Tournament Team

Monday, March 9, 2020

Saturday, March 7, 2020

ETSU - SoCon MBB Semifinals

Fifth-seeded Western Carolina meets first seeded ETSU on Sunday afternoon at 4 pm in Asheville. The Bucs downed VMI, while the Cats finished off Mercer to reach the conference tournament semifinals. The Catamounts are making their 15th semifinal appearance, the first since 2016.

Game #31 - ETSU Bucs 

When: Sunday, March 8, 2020, at 4 pm
Where: Harrah's Cherokee Center Asheville, Asheville, NC
Radio: Catamount Sports Network
-announcers: Gary Ayers & Daniel Hooker
TV/video: ESPN+/Nexstar
-announcers: Pete Yanity, Dean Keener, and Erin Summers
Fan Message Board: Buccaneer Nation

The Series: The Cats are 24-54 against the Bucs overall, and are currently on a ten-game slide against ETSU, however, the Cats lost the regular season final game against ETSU by one point in the final seconds of the game.

ETSU's 2019-20 record: 28-4 overall, 16-2 SoCon

The top seed ETSU Bucs beat the VMI Keydets 70-57 in the first quarterfinal matchup of the 2020 Southern Conference Men’s Basketball Championship. Daivien Williamson led 4 Bucs in double-figure scoring for the heavily favored Bucs with 15 points. Tray Boyd III and Isaiah Tisdale has 12 apiece with another 11 from Joe Hugley.

ETSU moves on to the semifinals for the 18th time. The Bucs are making their fifth consecutive final four appearances
ETSU is ranked #2 nationally in the most recent mid-major top 25, just behind #1 Gonzaga.

Tuesday, March 3, 2020

SoCon MBB Power Rankings (3-3-20)

This is the twelfth and final power ranking of the season, after 17 weeks of SoCon basketball, this is how we see the rankings.

1. (1) ETSU
2. (3) Furman
3. (2) UNCG
4. (4) Western Carolina
5. (5) Mercer
6. (6) Chattanooga
7. (7) Wofford
8. (8) Samford
9. (9) VMI
10. (10) The Citadel

Last week's ranking in parentheses


Mercer - SoCon MBB Quarterfinals

The  #4 seeded Mercer Bears and the #5 seeded Western Carolina Catamounts will meet on Saturday, March 4th in game #4 of the 2020 SoCon MBB Tournament in Asheville. The two teams split the regular season games, each team winning at home.

Game #30 - Mercer Bears

When: Saturday, March 4, 2020, at 2:30 pm
Where: Harrah's Cherokee Center Asheville, Asheville, NC
Radio: Catamount Sports Network
-announcers: Gary Ayers & Daniel Hooker
TV/video: ESPN+
Fan Message Board: MU Bear Down
The Series: The series between Western and the Mercer started back in 1978 and Western owns a 9-10 overall record against the Bear, and a 6-6 record in conference play since 2015 when the Bears joined the Southern Conference. The two teams have not met in the conference tournament until this season.

Mercer's  2019-20 record: 17-14 overall,  11-7 SoCon

Head Coach Greg Gary, in his first season at the helm of the Bears, had only two starters return from last season's 11-20 team. Not only did the Bears lose two seniors from last season, but they also lost 5 freshmen and one sophomore from that roster, possibly due to the coaching change. While much is made of building a team with transfers for ETSU, the Bears have 3 of 5 transfers as starters, and a total of 5 transfers on the roster.

The Bears come into the game having won 5 of their last 6 games and are riding a 4 game win streak.  However their last 4 games were verses the lower third teams in the conference.

Monday, March 2, 2020

The 2020 SoCon MBB Tournament Bracket

First round // Friday, March 6 // Harrah's Cherokee Center Asheville 
Game 1  #8 Samford  vs.  #9 VMI   5 p.m.
Game 2  #7 Wofford  vs.  #10 The Citadel   7:30 p.m.

Quarterfinals // Saturday, March 7 // Harrah's Cherokee Center Asheville 
Game 3   #1 ETSU  vs.  Game 1 winner   12 p.m.
Game 4   #4 Mercer  vs.  #5 Western Carolina   2:30 p.m.
Game 5  #2 Furman  vs.  Game 2 winner   6 p.m.
Game 6   #3 UNCG  vs.  #6 Chattanooga   8:30 p.m.

Friday, February 28, 2020

WCU welcomes new Athletic Director

Alex Gary, a former student-athlete on the Western Carolina University baseball team and currently serving as senior associate athletics director for development at Oregon State University, is the next director of the Catamount athletics program.

WCU Chancellor Kelli R. Brown announced the selection of Gary to serve as director of athletics following approval of his contract by the university’s Board of Trustees during a special conference call meeting earlier in the day.

The appointment, which is effective May 1, follows a national search conducted by a 15-member committee working with the assistance of the North Carolina-based executive search consulting firm Collegiate Sports Associates. A formal introduction and campus reception is set for 3 p.m. this afternoon at the Ramsey Regional Activity Center.

Welcome back to Cullowhee Alex Gary. 

Thursday, February 27, 2020

Game #29: ETSU

For the final regular-season game of the season, the Catamounts travel to Johnson City on Saturday to face the current #1 team in the SoCon. The Bucs have sewn up at least a share of this year's SoCon title, and the number one seed in the upcoming tournament.  The only thing standing in the way of an outright title for the Bucs is a win over the Catamounts.

Game #29 - ETSU Bucs 

When: Saturday, February 28, 2020, at 4:00 pm
Where: Freedom Center, Johnson City, TN
Radio: Catamount Sports Network
-announcer: Gary Ayers, play by play - Daniel Hooker, color
TV/video:  ESPN3
-TV announcer: Pete Yanity - play-by-play and Dean Keener - analyst
Live Stats: ETSU Live Stats
Fan Message Board: Buccaneer Nation
The Series: The Cats are 24-53 against the Bucs, and are currently on a nine-game slide against ETSU.

ETSU's 2019-20 record: 26-4 overall, 15-2 SoCon, 15-1 home games this season

The Bucs own the best record in the SoCon at 26-4, and have only lost two conference games this season. Only Furman and Mercer have wins over the Bucs in conference play, and only the Bears were able to pick up the road win in Johnson City to spoil the Bucs home winning streak.

ETSU is ranked #2 nationally in the most recent mid-major top 25, just behind #1 Gonzaga.