West Virginia Notebook: Hogan in more trouble with law

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West Virginia starting senior cornerback Brandon Hogan was arrested in Morgantown early Sunday and charged with driving under the influence.

"I have been made aware of the situation and am gathering the facts at this time," West Virginia coach Bill Stewart said. "I will take appropriate action when all the facts are in."

Stewart has his weekly news conference today in Morgantown.

Hogan, 22, was pulled over at 3:17 a.m. Sunday after being spotted by police driving in the wrong direction on Spruce Street in downtown Morgantown.

Hogan was arraigned and released on bond.

There have been transgressions by Hogan -- who became a starter during his sophomore year -- in the past.

In April, Hogan, who is from Manassas, Va., was cited in Morgantown for public urination.

This past spring, he missed much of practice because his conditioning lacked and he also struggled with some of his classwork.

At 5 feet 10, 189 pounds, Hogan is considered an NFL prospect for the Mountaineers and, undeniably, one of their on-field leaders on defense this season.

In West Virginia's first two games, Hogan has 11 tackles, an interception and also returned two punts.

If Hogan is suspended by Stewart for a game Saturday against Maryland -- or, perhaps longer -- it would force younger players to be thrust into key roles in the secondary. On the depth chart for the Marshall game this past Friday, freshman Broderick Jenkins was listed as the No. 2 "field corner" behind Hogan in West Virginia's 3-3-5 defensive scheme. Sophomore Pat Miller was listed as the backup behind junior starter Keith Tandy on the other side, at what the Mountaineers refer to as "boundary corner." If Hogan were to be suspended, Jenkins or Miller could start in his place.

In addition, Tandy struggled against Marshall, getting beaten badly on a 96-yard touchdown in the second quarter, causing some more questions as to the reliability of the secondary.

In terms of punt return duties, if Hogan does not play, those would most likely be undertaken by senior receiver Jock Sanders.

Devine lauded by Big East

Mountaineers senior running back Noel Devine was named Big East Conference offensive player of the week for his efforts in West Virginia's 24-21 overtime victory at Marshall.

Devine had 174 all-purpose yards and registered his 17th career game with at least 100 rushing yards with 23 carries for 112 yards, including a fourth-quarter touchdown run allowing West Virginia to overcome a 21-6 deficit.

He also had a career-high 10 receptions for 62 yards in the victory.

More of Maryland

West Virginia athletics director Oliver Luck announced that the Maryland football series will be extended for four more years.

The current contract, which starts with a noon game Saturday in Morgantown, is resuming after a two-year hiatus. Next season's meeting will be in College Park, Md., followed by a game in Morgantown in 2012 with the final game of the current contract to take place on Maryland's home field in '13.

The new contract, which was agreed to Monday, begins at College Park in '14, then twice in Morgantown ('15 and '16), before ending at College Park in '17.

As it stands, in addition to the Maryland contract, West Virginia has contracts in place to play home-and-home series with BCS conference opponents LSU (this season and next), Florida State (2012-13) and Michigan State ('14-15).

LSU kickoff set

West Virginia's game Sept. 25 at LSU will kick off at 9 p.m. and televised nationally by ESPN2.

Colin Dunlap: cdunlap@post-gazette.com or 412-263-1459.


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