The Shotgun/Throwdown: Pre-Holiday (7/3/12) Edition

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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 by Rugen Brau until I can come up with a permanent image for this space.

We have lots of coverage of the Big 12 celebration, including interviews with Commissioner Bowlsby, Oliver Luck and President Clements. There's also football features, summer hoops league updates, KJ signed with Cleveland, more from WVUPros and news from around the Big 12.

What You May Have Missed:

G&BN: Jones With An NBA Future - WVMETRONEWS.COM
Kevin Jones talks about how he came to sign with the Cleveland Cavaliers.

WVU, Big 12, academics and new tasks - Charleston Gazette
"Research partnerships," he said. "Energy conferences. There are some great universities in this league. We're in good company."

WVU to be thorough in its search to land media rights partner - Charleston Daily Mail
WVU will spend the next two weeks assessing the statements and must respond to the submissions by July 17.

Greentree Recap 7/2 - BGN
Of the six West Virginia players who participated in Monday's games in the Pittsburgh Pro Am League at Greentree, five were involved in the night's final contest.

Matt Humphrey fitting in at West Virginia after transferring from Boston College - Daily Athenaeum
Senior guard Matt Humphrey decided to come to West Virginia after finishing second in scoring at Boston College last season.

Noel Devine Starts For the Alouettes In CFL Opener - WVU Pros
We tell you how Devine performed in his first regular season game for the Montreal Alouettes.

Will Devin Ebanks Remain With the Lakers? - WVU Pros
The free-agent former Mountaineer has multiple teams interested in his services. Will he remain with the team who drafted him?


Big 12 Celebration:

Insights and Introspections - BGN
Big 12 commissioner Bob Bowlsby spoke about his league’s footprint, its television grant-of-rights and expansion issues in a media meet-and-greet Sunday.

Big 12 Bash - BGN
Bob Bowlsby recognizes a party when he sees one. And this was as big a celebration as West Virginia University has had in years.

Bowlsby: Big East Instability Big 12's Gain - WVMETRONEWS.COM
"But I’m so comfortable that we got this right as a conference and West Virginia got it right as an institution,"

WVU ushered into new conference - Times West Virginian
"My only goal was to make sure we maintained our position in the big leagues," Luck admitted.

HERTZEL COLUMN: A brave, new world for WVU - Times West Virginian
"Hard work pays off," former quarterback Patrick White said the other day.

WVU Celebrates Its First Day In The Big 12 - WVillustrated
West Virginia University celebrated its first day in the Big 12 with a cookout for its student-athletes, coaches and support staff.

Big 12 Celebration Interviews - WVillustrated
Interviews with WVU Athletic Director Oliver Luck, Big 12 Commissioner Bob Bowlsby and President Clements

PHOTOS from WVU's "Welcome to the Big 12" Reception - WVillustrated


News of Note:

Blue Ribbon Tabs WVU No. 11 Preseason - WVMETRONEWS.COM
#11 overall, #2 Big 12

Commentary-2012 Not Only Measuring Stick for WVU Football - WVMETRONEWS.COM
The key is not just this season. The key will be what will continue to happen after this year.

Video: Big 12 Impact Player - Big 12 Blog - ESPN
Any guesses?

WVU backup QB ready for call - Pittsburgh Tribune Review
"Geno’s going to gone after this year," he said. "It’s going to be a quarterback battle next spring. The quarterback’s got to be the leader on the team, and I’m looking to step into that role.

OSU football: Former Cowboy Andrew McGee has found his calling - Oklahoman
McGee was wondering what was next in his life, when Joe DeForest called with an opportunity at West Virginia.

Rose may be thorn in side of WVU foes - Parkersburg News and Sentinel
Freshman DE seeks time in Mountaineers’ 3-4 scheme

Big 12 football: OU-West Virginia takes over as conference's marquee game - Oklahoman
Oklahoma-Texas long has been the Big 12's marquee football game. It's an institution unto itself.

Texas Writer Exchanges Q&A With WVi - WVillustrated
Carter Strickland of Hornsnation, part of espn.com, exhanged a Q&A with WVi's Scott Grayson


Recruiting:

WVU Football Adds July Enrollees - WVMETRONEWS.COM
West Virginia on Monday officially welcomed four more scholarship players into Morgantown as summer school classes are ongoing at WVU.


Around the League (and Beyond):

New Big 12 will be much, much tougher - Big 12 Blog - ESPN
West Virginia in the Big 12? As in the campus that's 500 miles closer (371 miles) to the Atlantic Ocean than another Big 12 campus? (Iowa State, 871 miles).

The Last Chance for Troubled Transfer DE Shawn Oakman - Our Daily Bears

Stormin' Around the Big XII: Welcoming Our New Overlords Edition - Wide Right & Natty Lite

Our New Natural Rivals. - Bring On The Cats
We're in demand

Kansas Football: Two Different Viewpoints On Next Season - Rock Chalk Talk

TCU Big 12 Party Video - Frogs O' War

Are you ready for Texas Tech Football? - Double-T Nation

OSU football: Cowboys get transfer kicker Kip Smith from UCLA - Oklahoman


What's On Tap:

The USA's Birthday...be safe!!

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Video of Interest:

Oh, Aggies...



Video of (Dis)Interest:



Miss Throwdown:

Today's Miss Throwdown is the new "it" girl, the intoxicating Kate Upton. HERE's a wonderful gallery of gifs and be sure you watch the video below before it gets pulled again (slightly NSFW at the end, which you may be able to see already in the still shot). HERE'S a bonus gallery (because I care).


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