The Shotgun/Throwdown: First Day Of Classes (8/20/12) Edition

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The first tell tale sign that the season is ever upon us is that I'm starting to have nightmares about it. We're under the two week mark before Kickoff 2012 and there's a plethora of pinatas articles and features to get through today. WVU's #11 ranking is discussed a bit, along with leaders on defense, the offensive line and the current state of the running back stable. I've also got the much discussed Pete Thamel articles regarding Hargett and his time at WVU. In brighter news, the Women's Soccer team rebounded from their season opening loss with a win yesterday and WVUPros tells us what happened when Bruce met Peyton. We have all of this and much more. For the students among you, enjoy your first day of classes. This should be a very memorable semester.

What You May Have Missed:

Gold & Blue Now: Monday - WVMETRONEWS.COM
OC Shannon Dawson updates us on the progress at two-deep. DL Jorge Wright settles in as a leader of the defense. WVU lands at #11 in the AP Media Poll.

2012 NCAA College Football Polls and Rankings for Week 1 - ESPN
#11 in both

WVU indifferent about No. 11 AP poll ranking - Times West Virginian
Or, as Alston also put it, “That’s their opinion. Some of those people don’t know anything about football personally.”

What to make of WVU’s place in preseason rankings - Daily Athenaeum
The Mountaineers have plenty of shiny blue ribbons and sashes on paper – but does it mean anything? Well, yes and no.

Preseason Polls Are A Joke - Cowboys Ride For Free
These guys like us

BCS Projections - BGN/AP
Fiesta

WEST VIRGINIA WEEK: Preview - Frogs O' War
West Virginia's offense is so good that it's easy to see why pollsters consider them a top-10 team; but the questions and inexperience WVU faces on the defense are numerous, especially in the front seven, where the team was weakest last season.

Predicting big year for WVU - Charleston Gazette
The data is in on West Virginia University's football team, yet there are questions.

WVU Stadium Walls To Remain Gray For Now - WVillustrated
Milan Puskar Stadium's makeover is on hold. West Virginia University issued an RFP, or Request For Proposals last month, to install a "digitally printed graphic vinyl banner with aluminum frame.

VIDEO: Bill Stewart Plaque Dedication - WVillustrated
A plaque honoring former WVU Head Coach Bill Stewart was unveiled on Friday. It hangs on the wall behind the Press Box elevator on the main concourse at Mylan Puskar Stadium.

WVU Football Runs Women's Clinic - WVillustrated
Check out a video preview of a fun event the Mountaineers held for their female fans on Sunday evening.

Mountaineer Through And Through - BGN
Former WVU offensive lineman Chad Snodgrass had a great opportunity lined up to begin his professional career as a strength and conditioning coach – a graduate assistant spot at LSU. However, just before he finalized that move, his alma mater came calling with an offer that he couldn't resist.

Bruce Irvin Introduces Himself To Peyton Manning - WVU Pros
We thought this could be Irvin’s coming out party. It was in some ways. In others, it wasn’t.

Tailgating Dos and Don'ts: A Guide to Game Day Etiquette - KegsNEggs/Bleacher Report
I can’t explain what tailgating means to you—that’s a personal matter—but I can pass along some friendly advice to help you maximize those epic Saturday mornings. That time is almost here, my friends. College football is nearly upon us once again, and this is the year you do it right.

Schwindel Nets Game-Winner - WVUsports.com
A game-winning goal from forward Kate Schwindel in the 83rd minute pushed 20th-ranked West Virginia past visiting Western Carolina, 2-1, Sunday afternoon at Dick Dlesk Soccer Stadium.

Basketball Star Jonathan Hargett’s Promising Career Derailed - NY Times
Jonathan Hargett was once thought to be the first point guard to jump from high school to the N.B.A., but that was before a tumultuous college career and a prison sentence. He blames himself for his past decisions, which include years of abusing marijuana.

Basketball Star Jonathan Hargett’s Promising Career Derailed - NY Times
Jonathan Hargett was once thought to be the first point guard to jump from high school to the N.B.A., but that was before a tumultuous college career and a prison sentence. He blames himself for his past decisions, which include years of abusing marijuana.

Hargett’s allegations denied - Times West Virginian
Thamel wrote that Hargett did not want to attend WVU but went after being offered $20,000 a year to go to the school. Thamel wrote that no payments ever were verified.


News of Note:

Tony's Take: The Countdown Clock Has Started - WVUsports.com
This will be my 29th launch, and I admit the hype and history surrounding this season makes it unique in many ways.

Inaugural Season - Parkersburg News and Sentinel
Mountaineers ready to make debut in Big 12 Conference

Camp Closes For WVU - WVMETRONEWS.COM
The coaching staff will try to narrow down the depth chart over the next couple of days as the players will have Monday off for the first day of class.

WVU notebook: Depth chart choices up next for Holgorsen - Charleston Gazette
Hickman's Notebook

WVU's Cecil Level Awarded a Scholarship - WVillustrated
West Virginia senior cornerback Cecil Level was awarded a scholarship this weekend after putting in a strong camp with the Mountaineers.

Small, quick receiver makes an impression at WVU - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
But Thompson is fast. He can change direction quickly. He can make plays in space.

Mountaineers weighing options at RB - Charleston Gazette
With Garrison’s future uncertain, freshmen Clayton, Arnold getting an extended look

Alston emerging as starter at end of camp - Daily Athenaeum
Senior running back Shawne Alston has performed well since he started in the Discover Orange Bowl and ended camp as West Virginia’s starting running back.

Decision Time for Gillespie, WVU Rushers - WVillustrated
Mountaineers figure out Garrison's future while evaluating walk-on talent at running back.

HERTZEL COLUMN: Arnold turns heads during WVU camp - Times West Virginian
He was a walk-on, although one who came with virtually a handwritten invitation, one with a strong pedigree out of a program WVU has turned into its Class AAA farm team at Miramar High School.

Millard Leads First Team With Geno Smith Absent - WVillustrated
Millard got valuable reps with the first team as training camp ended. It gave he and the first team offense an opportunity to get more familiar with each other.

HERTZEL COLUMN: WVU duo learning in the trenches - Times West Virginian
Ability-wise, both Pankey and Orlosky can handle matters, but playing in the O-line is often more a matter of mental readiness than physical readiness.

Feigt competing for job on WVU’s O-line - Register-Herald
“You need to have a feel for what’s going on around you. I started against Pitt last season and it felt like my first game. I was kind of nervous.”

Orlosky adjusting to college style, learning from Braun - Daily Athenaeum
The Cleveland native caught the attention of the Mountaineer coaching staff during fall camp and is currently finding reps with the second string.

'Where I thought we’d be' - Charleston Gazette
First-year WVU coordinator says he’s satisfied with reworked defense

West Virginia Counts On New Defensive Scheme - Big 12 Conference
West Virginia hopes to force more turnovers with new defensive scheme, attitude.

Will Clarke Emerging as WVU Leader - WVillustrated
Junior defensive end stands out in camp as one of the top candidates to replace last season's departed seniors.

Rigg, Barber stepping up as leaders on defense - Daily Athenaeum
With the transition from the 3-3-5 stack to the 3-4, it is vital that Barber and Rigg at the SAM understand the intricacies of the scheme, considering they will be in the middle of it all.

VIDEO: Interviews With WVU Offensive Football Players - WVillustrated
Millard, Childress, Buie and Woods

PHOTOS:WVU Football Training Camp - WVillustrated


Recruiting:

No. 14 Is A Big Commitment for WVU - WVillustrated
Throughout the last week, rumors have swirled that prep four-star defensive lineman De'Asian Richardson (Orange Park, Fla. / Orange Park) was seriously contemplating a college commitment in the near future. On Monday morning, those rumors finally materialized as Richardson chose WVU over Oklahoma.

Miramar paying dividends - Charleston Daily Mail
The high school in south Florida that has given the Mountaineers quarterback Geno Smith and receivers Stedman Bailey and Ivan McCartney has again delivered, this time with freshman running back D'Vontis Arnold and freshman receiver Devonte Mathis.


Around the League (and Beyond):

Saturday Morning Video: Second Scrimmage Highlights - Our Daily Bears

Video: Expectations for Iowa State - Big 12 Blog - ESPN

Shuffled starters see second chance with Weis - KUsports.com

Authorities looking for K-State football player - Wichita Eagle

OU Football 2012: Sooners Dealt Yet Another Blow Via A Suspension - Crimson And Cream Machine

Oklahoma State football: Big-bodied receiver Tracy Moore has deceptive speed - Oklahoman

Mike Magic Davis Now A "Better Person, Better Player" - Burnt Orange Nation

2012 Preview: Foltz Anchors Offensive Line - Frogs O' War

Red Raider Gridiron | Post Scrimmage Thoughts for Scrimmage #3 - Double-T Nation

What's hot (and not) in college football for 2012 - ESPN

North Carolina's widening academic scandal could be test case for the NCAA's newfound power - Yahoo! Sports


What's On Tap:

Tailgate Party For Debut Of Holgorsen Sportsline - WVMETRONEWS.COM
The first Dana Holgorsen Statewide Sportsline is set for Thursday night, August 30th at the Morgantown Event Center at the Waterfront Place Hotel. Fans are invited to attend the season opening debut of the show with an indoor tailgate party from 7:06 until 9:00 p.m.


Video of Interest:

WVU students and faculty - and the Mountaineer - offer WVU freshmen good advice on surviving and succeeding in college.



Video of (Dis)Interest:



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