Three Guys Before The Game

Three Guys Before The Game

Three Guys Before The Game is the most listened to podcast covering West Virginia University football and basketball. Tony Caridi, Brad Howe and Hoppy Kercheval talk all things Mountaineers.... Show More

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July 1, 2020 68 min
Brian King says the five years he spent in Morgantown are the greatest years of his life.

An under-recruited defensive back from Maryland, became a foundational piece of Rich Rodriguez’s rebuild of the WVU program and even met his future wife. You can understand why King’s love for WVU and the state of West Virginia still burns strong.

However, King hesitated upon receiving the interview request to joinThree Guys Before The Game. ...
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June 24, 2020 77 min
Can one conversation change someone’s life?

Mike Baker says the answer is an emphatic “Yes”!

The former WVU wide receiver details how a chance conversation in a garden as a teenager sent him down a path of success both educationally and athletically.

As a member of West Virginia’s 1993 Sugar Bowl team that finished the regular season 11-0, Baker provides insight into the team’s success and explains how he went from freshman academi...
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He played the position that normally draws the least attention on a football field, and yet 35 years after his final game in Morgantown, Brian Jozwiak is still among the most memorable and beloved Mountaineers ever.

Yes, he was talented, ending his career as a consensus All American and the seventh pick of the 1986 NFL draft. However, Jozwiak was able to pull off the rare feat of combining tremendous on-field talent with an equal ...
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Darris Nichols may be the quietest most productive player in West Virginia basketball history.

Nichols’ unflappable on-court demeanor was the catalyst for Mountaineer teams that enjoyed NCAA tournament success under John Beilein and Bob Huggins. He was the silent assassin.

On this episode, the current University of Florida assistant coach explains how a one-on-one victory against his father changed his approach to the game. Nichol...
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Nearly 20 years ago quarterback Jake Kelchner helped lead the West Virginia University football team to a perfect regular season.

The native of Berwick, Pennsylvania performed with a blue-collar mentality both on an off the field.

On this episode, Kelchner provides an insightful and colorful chronology of his career. He provides specific detail into his Notre Dame enrollment and openly admits he would have changed many of his you...
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He may live and work nearly three thousand miles from Morgantown, but Rob Mullens' heart will never leave West Virginia.

On the verge of becoming the longest tenured athletic director in the Pac-12 Conference, Mullens joins Brad Howe and Tony Caridi for a conversation on a number of topics.

The "Guys" discuss the challenges of COVID-19 facing the Pac-12 along with Mullens' role as chairman of the College Football Pla...
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College sports have been turned upside down and West Virginia University athletic director Shane Lyons is trying to navigate the path toward a new normal.

On this episode, the "Guys" ask a series of questions regarding the resumption of practice and games. What will sports look like in the future? Will fans be allowed to watch the Mountaineers?

Those are just a few of the many questions discussed by Lyons who also sits as ...
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ESPN and Chicago White Sox announcer Jason Benetti admits he may have shrieked the first time he heard the WVU Mountaineer blast his musket inside the Coliseum.

That story is just one of many that Benetti shares in an entertaining and laugh-filled episode of Three Guys Before The Game.

The humble Benetti shares his climb in broadcasting and details how he's been able to use his diagnosis of cerebral palsy to educate and motivat...
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You like behind the scenes stories? The "Guys" have you covered.

He's only 35 years old, but has already served coaching apprenticeships with Nick Saban, Bobby Bowden, Rich Rodriguez and Jimbo Fisher.

West Virginia assistant football coach Travis Trickett tells the "Guys" his current employer, Neal Brown, has the same DNA as the great coaches he's watched in action.

Trickett explains how his decision to co...
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Chase Harler views the last four years of his basketball career as an invaluable growing experience both on and off the court.

The Moundsville native reflects on his career in Morgantown which included a near transfer and culminated with an marriage proposal on the WVU Coliseum floor.

While his days as a Mountaineer player are complete, he plans to continue his basketball career in several area including mental health training for ...
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He is the classic definition of a Mountaineer.

Weirton's Quincy Wilson shattered records and defenders during his playing days with the Red Riders of Weir and the Mountaineers.

On this episode, Wilson details transitioning from Don Nehlen and the arrival of Rich Rodriguez.

Yes, the "Guys" talk in detail about "the run" against Miami, but also learn who hit Quincy the hardest in his career and talk about his curre...
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Someone forgot to tell Joseph "Bo" Orlando that "little" guys aren't supposed to play football.

At 5-feet-10 inches and 173 pounds, Orlando led his Berwick, PA high school to the national championship at quarterback before becoming an All-American safety that played for the national championship at West Virginia.

As a sixth round draft pick, still weighing less than 180 pounds, Orlando again defied the odds wit...
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The "Guys" are joined by one of the best running backs in West Virginia University football history on episode 202.

Steve Slaton provides deep insight into how he became a Mountaineer and what fueled his performance both on and off of the field.

The Hall of Fame Mountaineer touches on numerous topics including his relationship with Pat White, the coach who missed, his career in the NFL and his post-football life as a profe...
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Legendary West Virginia quarterback Major Harris would have never touched the ball if it weren't for Kevin Koken.

The captain and starting center of WVU's 1988 Fiesta Bowl team epitomized the blue-collar mentality that led the Mountaineers to an undefeated regular season and date in the national championship game.

On this episode, Koken reflects on the intangible qualities that made the team special and why he cancelled rec...
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The "Guys" celebrate their 200th episode with a special show flashing back to their favorite interviews and incidents in the show's history.

Don Nehlen tells his never heard before story about his hiring at West Virginia, plus Jeff Hostetler explains why Bill Belichick never liked him. Those are just two of more than a dozen segments that Brad, Hoppy and Tony revisit.

They also read listener texts, play Three Guys trivi...
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More than a decade after making his final shot in a Mountaineer uniform, Frank Young still owns the school record for most three point field goals in a single season.

Young's record setting senior year was the culmination of three years of perseverance that taught him the invaluable life lesson that good things come to those who wait.

Today Young teaches that lesson and more as an assistant coach at Appalachian State Universit...
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It's a podcast inside of a podcast.

On this episode the "Guys" talk with producer Dan Lohmann about his latest project; the story behind "It's a great a day to be a Mountaineer."

It's the first audio-only story for Lohmann, who has won multiple Emmy awards for his video productions including the Hot Rod Hundley documentary.

Brad and Tony also answer listener questions.

Three Guys Before The Game returns ...
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Like all of us, Bob Huggins is living in a new world.

The Mountaineer head coach lets the "Guys" know how he's spending his time in a wide-ranging discussion that includes reality television, basketball, and submarine sandwiches.

It's Huggs unplugged and at his finest in his first ever visit on the show.

Join the guys again Thursday for another episode.
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The "Guys" have a wonderful conversation with former WVU standout Chris Leonard who reveals the unknown story of how an opposing player allowed him to make the final three point shot in his WVU career.

Brad, Hoppy and Tony also answer some angst filled questions from loyal listeners who wonder how and when college football will return. The "Guys" also hear from a listener that binge listened to 90 consecutive epis...
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West Virginia assistant basketball coach Ron Everhart is a world-class storyteller with a memory that never disappoints.

Ron joins the "Guys" to talk hoops from all angles. He looks back at the amazing sports competition growing up in Fairmont, playing for legendary DeMatha coach Morgan Wooten and his evolution as a coach.

Brad, Hoppy and Tony also answer listener questions that range from tattoos to revised schedules for ...
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