The Shotgun/Throwdown: Friday (9/7/12) 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 today by Abita Beer's Purple Haze in honor of today's Miss Throwdown.

We've almost made it. The off-week is almost over. Good news should be coming as the long-imminent TV deal is set to be signed and announced today. Cha-CHING!$$$$$! There's also a few player features to check through. The soccer teams played to a pair of draws last evening and season tickets for basketball will go on sale Monday. It's also the first weekend of REAL NFL football and Caleb gives us a preview of the Mountaineers who will/could see action. There's also your usual Big 12 roundup and much, much more... Have a great weekend everyone.

UPDATE: TV Deal ANNOUNCED ALREADY

The Big 12 TV viewing guide will be coming later today.

What You May Have Missed:

McMurphy: TV deal announcement Friday - Big 12 Blog - ESPN
The Big 12's 13-year television deal with ABC/ESPN and Fox, worth $2.6 billion, will be announced Friday, industry sources told colleague Brett McMurphy

Men's Basketball Season Tickets on Sale Monday - WVUsports.com
Season tickets for West Virginia’s 2012-13 men’s basketball campaign will go on sale Monday, Sept. 10, at the Mountaineer Ticket Office.

Women's Soccer Plays to Second-Straight Draw - WVUsports.com
Despite 41 shot attempts, the West Virginia women’s soccer team failed to find the back of the net more than once, playing to a 1-1 draw with visiting Duquesne Thursday night at Dick Dlesk Soccer Stadium.

Men's Soccer Plays to Draw - WVUsports.com
The No. 22 West Virginia University men’s soccer team played to a 0-0 double overtime draw at Penn State on Thursday evening at Jeffrey Field.

Marshall and WVU to battle in Beckley - Register-Herald
The Friends of Coal Bowl may be dead, but the state’s two biggest universities will meet in baseball next spring.

Pro Football Update - WVUsports.com
Heading into week one of the 2012 NFL season, West Virginia University has 16 former players on NFL rosters.

WVUPros NFL Week 1 Preview: Bruce Irvin Makes His Regular Season Debut - WVU Pros
We preview the first week of the NFL Regular Season involving West Virginia Mountaineers.

The tragic saga of Calvin Turner - Charleston Gazette
I remember him as a classmate - a high school classmate.

Darris Nichols, Nolan Smith Speak from Morgantown - WVillustrated
A number of former WVU basketball players and coaches were in town for the Bob Huggins Fish Fry this past weekend to kick off the Mountaineers football season.


News of Note:

WVU football: Garrison has big help in recovery - Charleston Daily Mail
The fifth-year senior from Parkersburg has been through three knee surgeries and three recoveries and has been one of Garrison's confidants as Garrison comes back from December's left ACL tear.

Offensive line off to a good start - Charleston Gazette
If you don't notice the guys doing the job, well, it's probably because they were doing it pretty well.

J.D. Woods Grows from Past, Becomes Leader for WVU - WVillustrated
Senior receiver had a standout performance against Marshall and hopes to continue that trend throughout final Mountaineer season.

HERTZEL COLUMN: Defense looking to get off field - Times West Virginian
There were any number of reasons why Marshall was able to have such success on third and fourth down.

Seven things WVU must do to win Big 12 - Daily Athenaeum
But for the Mountaineers to achieve their goals this season and win the Big 12 Conference Championship in their inaugural season, there are seven things that must occur.


Recruiting:

WVU coaches are out recruiting - Register-Herald
West Virginia’s football coaches will be beating the bushes Friday and Saturday for new talent.


Around the League (and Beyond):

Big 12 offensive identity re-enforced - Fox Sports SW
After one week of NCAA Football, it seems the Big 12 will once again be an offensive powerhouse.

Big 12 Insider: Don't jump to conference conclusions - Dallas-Fort Worth Star Telegram
Trying to gauge Big 12 teams off this week and last? Give it a few more Saturdays.

What to watch in the Big 12: Week 2 - Big 12 Blog - ESPN

Video: Big 12 Game of the Week - Big 12 Blog - ESPN

Latest wrinkle in Baylor defense a rousing success - Waco Tribune

2012 Game II: Iowa State vs iowa Preview - Wide Right & Natty Lite

Kansas Jayhawks Vs. Rice Owls: Tale Of The Tape - Rock Chalk Talk

K-State, Miami set for Round 2 after 2011 showdown - Topeka Capital Journal

Has Oklahoma Found Their Power Running Game In Damien Williams? - Crimson And Cream Machine

Oklahoma State’s secret weapon–Daxx Garman? - Oklahoman

Texas Football 2012: Free DJ Monroe, Finally? - Burnt Orange Nation

TCU vs. Grambling: Keys to the Game - Frogs O' War

Taking Notes | Texas Tech vs. Texas St. - Double-T Nation


What's On Tap:

2012 College Football TV Schedule
This College Football TV Schedule is manually compiled from media sources, college websites, and a satellite program guide. Last updated: 09/06/2012


Video of Interest:

This sums it up pretty well:



Video of (Dis)Interest:



Miss Throwdown:

Today's Miss Throwdown is a SI Swimsuit model from Louisiana. CLICK HERE for today's gallery of Ariel Meredith.


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