West Virginia University Press is announcing the release of Roll out the Carpet: 101 Seasons of West Virginia University Basketball, the story of West Virginia University men’s basketball.

This comprehensive history chronicles over one hundred seasons of the game, from the early years of the Tri-State and Eastern Conferences, to the golden era of Hot Rod Hundley, Jerry West and Rod Thorn, to the Mountaineers’ most recent triumphs under coaches John Beilein and Bob Huggins.

For Mountaineers, it’s not just about winning a prize, trophy or title _ it’s about the work ethic, pride and loyalty that embody the spirit of the state. With unparalleled insider access, alumnus and longtime athletic department official John Antonik details the vibrant history of the players, coaches and fans that created the finest moments of Mountaineer basketball.

These pages overflow with accounts of nail-biting tension leading to buzzer-beating shots, thrilling game-saving moments and rich, intimate details of the superstar players and coaches that built an institution of gold and blue.

From the first game in 1904 against rival Pitt to West Virginia’s glorious return to the 2010 NCAA Final Four, Roll out the Carpet celebrates the tradition of Mountaineer basketball. With over five hundred photographs_ many never published before _ and memorabilia from the WVU athletic department, University archives, and personal collections, this book is a must-have for any WVU men’s basketball fan.

John Antonik is director of new media for Intercollegiate Athletics at WVU, and author of West Virginia University Football Vault: The History of the Mountaineers.

Visit www.wvupress.com to purchase Roll out the Carpet and to learn more about this book. Watch a vidcast about this book here: http://wvupressonline.com/vidcast/roll_out_the_carpet

Roll out the Carpet: 101 Seasons of West Virginia University Basketball
By John Antonik
With a foreword by Rod Thorn and an afterword by Bob Huggins
HC/J: 978-1-933202-66-2
500+ images and photographs

For more information on this series or book or arrange publicity, please contact Abby Freeland, marketing manager at the WVU Press, at (304) 293-8400 ext. 33508 or abby.freeland@mail.wvu.edu.


CONTACT: Abby Freeland, marketing manager at WVU Press
304-293-8400, ext. 33508 or abby.freeland@mail.wvu.edu

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