The Shotgun/Throwdown: Friday (7/6/12) 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.

Sorry for the delay folks, but here's today's rundown... We have several football player features along with a look at the transition to the Big 12 on the hoops side. Plenty of news and notes, WVUPros previews the weekend, a Big 12 roundup and much more...

What You May Have Missed:

New conference members describe impact on programs - ESPN
We've been focusing mainly on the gridiron, but here's a look at the hoops side

Introducing Oklahoma State - WVUsports.com
The series continues with the Cowboys

Forget Pitt, Penn State needs to play West Virginia in football - CentreDaily.com
Count me in

WVU Campus Tour - Fox Sports Southwest
WVU Junior Gymnast Makenzie Bristol takes us on a tour of the West Virginia campus.

HERTZEL COLUMN: Jones will work for NBA spot - Times West Virginian
"For when the One Great Scorer comes to mark against your name, He writes—not that you won or lost—but how you played the Game." — Sports writing great Grantland Rice

WVU Pros Weekend Football Preview: Noel Devine and Scooter Berry Get It Started on Friday - WVU Pros
We preview Mountaineers in action in the CFL and AFL this weekend.


News of Note:

Unit Rankings: 2012 Big 12 Wide Receivers - AthlonSports.com
Well, well...look who gets the top spot

Healthy Alston Believes Sky is Limit for WVU Rushers - WVillustrated
Senior running back confident in himself, teammates as he readies for final year with Mountaineers.

Alston looks to be leader of RB ‘pack’ - Charleston Gazette
WVU's running back position will be interesting to watch when fall camp resumes.

No. 1 Geno Smith - WVMETRONEWS.COM
West Virginia quarterback Geno Smith is the top ranked player in the Big 12 Conference preseason player rankings by Metronews.

Millard Maturing Into Confident Quarterback - WVillustrated
Millard is taking steps forward heading into the 2012 season

WVU Defensive Line Adjusting to Changes - WVillustrated
The entire West Virginia football team will have to deal with some major changes this season.

The Road Back - WVUsports.com
Jenkins, who is eligible to play one more season of football at WVU, has made the recovery necessary to get back in the game.

WVU's Jenkins eager to face Herd - Parkersburg News and Sentinel
Thankfully, his opinion isn't weighed by Oliver Luck

HERTZEL COLUMN: Sooners, WVU have some history - Times West Virginian
To say that the upstart Mountaineers are going to muscle their way right past Texas as the Sooners’ top rival this year is saying a lot ... and not nearly enough.


Around the League (and Beyond):

Ten Big XII Games To Watch In 2012 - Crimson And Cream Machine

Voice of the (stereo)Typical Fan - Cowboys Ride For Free

OU Football 2012 - A Quick Update On Where Things Stand This Summer - Crimson And Cream Machine

Tumbling To Earth in 2012: Oklahoma State, Baylor, TCU - Barking Carnival

TCU joins Big 12, ends long conference realignment march - Andy Staples - SI.com

Texas Football 2012: DBU Superlatives And The Return Of Former Stars - Burnt Orange Nation

Five Most Important Seniors on Defense - Double-T Nation

Beginning of the end: Ex-Husker to conclude career at KU - KUsports.com

OSU football: Mike Gundy should use J.W. Walsh on short-yardage situations - Oklahoman

/// K-State Football's 16 Goals /// - KStatesports

Comparing Rich Rodriguez at Michigan to RichRod at West Virginia - Arizona Desert Swarm
If you're interested

The Amateur: Hot Dog Eating Contest And Reversals Of Fortune - SBNation.com
Spencer Hall traveled to Brooklyn to eat as many hot dogs as he could and throw-up on camera, all in the name of journalism.


Video of Interest:

It was the Aggies the other day, today it's the Longhorns (especially the guy at the 2:07 mark):


Video of (Dis)Interest:


Miss Throwdown:

Today's Miss Throwdown is a South African stunner. HERE is today's gallery of Genevieve Morton.


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