Juwan Staten staying; Stedman Bailey suspeneded; Kareem Canty to South Fl.

By Kyle Lovern

May 13, 2014

Juwan Staten, WVU’s All-Big 12 point guard, tweeted there is no truth to the rumors that he is transferring. This is where social media can be negative.

Staten said, “People are going to talk, but I’m not looking to go anywhere.”

“Huggs is my man and I’m sticking with him. I’m not transferring,” Staten added.

WVU coaches were blind-sided by the decision of Henderson, a sophomore, who averaged 11.7 points, to transfer. This came after Eron Harris transferred a few weeks ago.

“It shocked me too,” said Staten, who transferred from Dayton to WVU in 2011. “I never saw Terry be angry about anything that was going on here. We’d really love to have Terry on the team.”

… LSU announced that Anthony Hickey, Kentucky’s 2011 Mr. Basketball from Christian County, will not return for his senior season. It looks like another transfer from a major NCAA school.

Wouldn’t it be nice if Hickey transferred to WVU for his last season?

… Former WVU receiver Stedman Bailey has been given a 4-game suspension Monday for violating the NFL’s ban on performance-enhancing substances.

He then tweeted out apologies to St. Louis Rams coach Jeff Fisher along with the team’s owner and GM.

The 2013 3rd-round pick can participate in the Rams offseason workouts and preseason games but must sit out the first four weeks of the regular season—a suspension that will lop $120,552 off his salary.

During a series of tweets, the 23-year-old Bailey wrote: “I want to be clear that I’ve never taken any performance enhancing products. I acknowledge that a violation of league policy occurred and that I am responsible for that violation. I sincerely apologize to my Coach Fisher, Les Snead, Stan Kroenke, my teammates and our great fans for my mistake.”

Bailey had 17 receptions for 226 yards as a rookie.

… Three WVU football players have been given free agent tryouts after being passed over in the NFL draft. Defensive lineman Shaq Rowell signed with Carolina, offensive tackle Curtis Feigt with Cincinnati and linebacker Doug Rigg with Chicago.

Safety Darwin Cook has apparently elected not to sign with an NFL team yet and instead enter his name in the Canadian Football League draft, which will be held Tuesday.

… Former Marshall point guard Kareem Canty has committed to transfer to South Florida, he announced Sunday via Twitter. A third-team All-Conference USA selection as a freshman, Canty left the program after the resignation of coach Tom Herrion.

… And finally, thoughts and prayers to the two families of the miners killed in nearby Boone County, W.Va. It’s always so sad to receive news of a mining accident here in coal country.

(Kyle Lovern is the Sports Editor for the Williamson Daily News. He can be contacted at klovern@civitasmedia.com or at 304-235-4242, ext. 33 or Twitter @KyleLovern)