The Shotgun/Throwdown: National Signing Day (2/1/12) Edition

Welcome, By-Godders, to the Shotgun/Throwdown, WVU's nationally recognized best place for sports links, information, sophomoric humor and daily distractions. We're being brought to you today by Camden Ink Beer in honor of today's National Signing Day extravaganza.

Yes, it gets way too much hype, but when you truly consider it...it's the most important day of the year for the football program. No team can win without players and today is the day they decide if they want to be part of the Mountaineer family. If they don't, that's their loss and we wish them well. As expected, we have several recruiting articles in addition to our continuing coverage through the day.

We have a couple of hoops articles with the team taking a short break to regroup during this slide. The women are back in action tonight at USF and Oliver Luck also gave an interview stating his desire to stay at WVU, despite any rumors that he would move on to the Big 12 league office. All of this and more...

What You May Have Missed:

Luck Says He's Committed To WVU - WVMETRONEWS.COM
"I’d much rather serve on the selection committee as one of the athletic directors on the selection committee than serve in that position," Luck said. "I love what I’m doing and I love the work at WVU – it’s my alma mater and I feel very strongly about it. I’m very happy doing what I’m doing right now."

Gray Uniforms Surface for WVU Football - WVillustrated
Dana Holgorsen hinted at a gray uniform design during the 2011 season, which appear to have leaked to the Internet Tuesday.

WVU women hit road, visit South Florida - Times West Virginian
The Bulls (12-10, 4-4) enter this week’s Big East game after falling 77-62 at No. 3/3 Connecticut.

Bracket Watch - Andy Glockner - SI.com
8 in Midwest in this version

West Virginia Mountaineers NFL 2011 Season Recap: The Preseason - WVU Pros
Recapping the 2011 NFL Preseason involving West Virginia Mountaineers.

HERTZEL COLUMN: Former WVU star Thomas lends a hand - Times West Virginian
A chance meeting last November in Chicago changed former West Virginia University linebacker J.T. Thomas’ life and with it the life of young Anthony Grandberry, 14, who suffers from epilepsy.


News of Note:

Mountaineers' Kevin Jones needs help to win - Charleston Daily Mail
Kevin Jones is still scoring and rebounding, still leads the Big East Conference in both categories and is still on track to become just the third player to do that for an entire season.

Slide Longest Under Huggins - Intelligencer / Wheeling News-Register
Young group is showing its age

WVU takes necessary breather - Charleston Gazette
"We just need some rest. It's that time of the year,'' senior guard Truck Bryant said.

WVU Student Section Shows Up in Brawl Disappointment - WVillustrated
An over capacity crowd of students filled the Coliseum Monday to cheer on the Mountaineers. See what ESPN's Jay Bilas had to say about the showing.


Recruiting:

WVU football signing list focuses on skill positions - Charleston Gazette
West Virginia's Holgorsen would like to sign a full class of 25, if not more. And that doesn't include the five who have already enrolled and count against last year's class.

Mountaineers set for signing day - Times West Virginian
The most over-hyped, yet most important day of the year arrives today in college football as teams across the nation gaze into that hazy crystal ball of recruiting and sign their future.

Tight end glad he decided to sign at WVU - Charleston Daily Mail
Will Johnson - No one is bigger, though, and maybe no one is as intriguing in WVU's recruiting class of 2012.

Breaking Down The 2011 Recruiting Class - WVMETRONEWS.COM
A look back at last year's class


Around the League (and Beyond):

Mid Season Big East Awards - Card Chronicle

Seton Hall Basketball: Marquette 66, Seton Hall 59; Final Wake Up Call - South Orange Juice

Report: Louisville Still "Aggressively Pursuing" An Invitation To The Big 12 - Big East Coast Bias
I'm SHOCKED, I tell ya

UConn, searching for speed, will start Boatright, bench Napier and Oriakhi - The UConn Blog

St. John's midterm report: team + player reviews and statistics - Rumble In The Garden

Fab Melo Update: Nothing Official But Moving In Positive Direction - Troy Nunes Is An Absolute Magician

Mike Rice Is An Improved Greg Schiano - On the Banks

Cincinnati Bearcats Recruiting Signing Day Eve Oversigning Update. - Down The Drive

Chryst Completes Coaching Staff with Breckterfield Appointment - PittsburghPanthers.com


What's On Tap:

Women's Basketball: Mountaineers Travel to USF - MSNsportsNET.Com
7 pm tip at the USF Recreation Center

Connecticut Huskies vs. (14) Georgetown Hoyas - Preview - ESPN
7 pm tonight from the Phone Booth on ESPN2


Video of Interest:

It's National Signing Day for the Mountaineers, WVU ahtletic director Oliver Luck talks the Big 12 and a former WVU linebacker has a nice Super Bowl surprise for a young man.



Video of (Dis)Interest:

I know I featured a teaser a couple of weeks ago, but Kenny's back and on the West Virginia Riviera...Myrtle Beach (STRONG LANGUAGE):



Hump Day Video of the Week:



Miss Throwdown:

Today's Miss Throwdown is an American Victoria's Secret Angel, Lily Aldridge. Click on her picture for today's gallery.

via brosome.com

Camden Ink Beer image via www.beerchampions.com

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