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The Shotgun/Throwdown: Thursday (9/17/09) Edition

Welcome, By-Godders, (Barners and Bammers too) to the Shotgun/Throwdown, your one stop shop for links and entertainment. Today, we're being brought to you by Super Bock in honor of today's Miss Throwdown.

Our invasion by Barner and Bammer trolls continues. Not that we give them anything to stir them up, mind you (*wink, wink). I may have a few today, myself. But it's all in good fun. BTW, I forgot to check the option box today. So, sorry. Back to right-clicking for another day. For those of you traveling to the game: Have a safe trip, enjoy and represent well. Let's GOOOOOOOO Mountaineers!!!!!!! Send in your tips, videos, requests, etc. On with the show.

What you may have missed:

Coach Stewart's Statewide Sportsline Show - WVMETRONEWS.COM
Coach Stew on...Kanye West? WTF!?!?

Big East picks, Week 3 - Big East - ESPN

NFL Cardinals promote former WVU star Dykes - Charleston Daily Mail

NCAA president Myles Brand dies from pancreatic cancer - ESPN (AP)
INDIANAPOLIS -- Myles Brand, who fired Bob Knight as Indiana University basketball coach and went on to become NCAA president, died Wednesday of pancreatic cancer. He was 67.

News of Note:

Preview: WVU at Auburn -

Auburn Preview - MSNsportsNET.Com
Pravda version.

Auburn Game Preview -
Another site's version.

Big East Fearless Predictions - Week 3 -

What to watch in the Big East, Week 3 - Big East - ESPN

Campus Connection - MSNsportsNET.Com
Antonik has a few notes and interesting facts to share..chief among them is this:

"West Virginia safeties coach Steve Dunlap made an interesting point yesterday: Auburn offensive coordinator Gus Malzahn spent the last two years practicing against the 3-3 stack while at Tulsa. The 3-3 stack is the same defense Tulsa coach Todd Graham is using."

Offensive changes paying off for Mountaineers in Year 2 - Big East - ESPN

HERTZEL COLUMN: Berry hoping to find field Saturday - The Times West Virginian
So are a lot of other people.

Tigers prepare for sloppy weather -
Forecast doesn't bode well for a passing team like we've become.

Auburn's noisy crowd poses 90,000 obstacles for West Virginia - PPG
Make that 75,000 as we will have a strong representation there as well.

WVU ready for Auburn crowd noise - The Times West Virginian
One writer picks a story to cover and they all fall in line right behind.

WVU expects Auburn Tigers to be loud - Parkersburg News and Sentinel
Case in point.

Stewart expects track meet at Auburn -

Practice facility coming closer to a reality - Dominion Post
This has been strangely quiet.

Huggins' facility gets boost from Charleston - Charleston Daily Mail
and more

Powerful Auburn Rush to Collide with Stingy WVU D-Line -
Force, meet wall.

Defending Auburn run key for Mountaineers - The Register-Herald

Tigers New-Age Offense Getting it Done on the Ground -

Burns now Tigers' Wildcat - The Charleston Gazette
Gus invented it at Arkansas, you think he wouldn't use it at AU?

Auburn's Malzahn making believers out of Tigers - Charleston Daily Mail
Dude can coach offense, got to give him that.

Auburn's Chris Todd is 'pretty dangerous' - Charleston Daily Mail

Special teams stats can be deceiving - The Charleston Gazette
Hickman's notebook.

Spreading the field -
Alric Arnett is interviewed.

Franklin realizing his dream - The Register-Herald
Oak Hill native is now a student assistant coach.

Around the League (and beyond):

Jacquizz Rodgers misses practice, but injury not considered serious - The Cincinnati Enquirer

University of Memphis steps up BCS conference quest / Former Big East commissioner Mike Tranghese has been hired as a consultant - GoMemphisTigers
I don't know if I like this idea or not.

Rich Rodriguez says he didn't see Mich. player throw punch -
Doesn't's in the past. "Rodriguez says an official would have called any infraction and says Mouton won't face discipline." Anybody surprised at that statement? Video is on the page, btw.

Worst Tattoo in College Football? - There Is No Name On My Jersey
Pretty bad when your own fans are calling you out.

What's on Tap:

Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets vs. Miami (FL) Hurricanes - ESPN
Tonight on ESPN. Miami is giving 5.5 at home.

Why I love Coach Kirlav, Part 846:

“I’m never satisfied unless there’s zeros in that column under whoever it is we’re playing. That’s the only time I’ll ever be satisfied. That’s because I’m old and crotchety, I guess.” -

Video(s) of (Dis)Interest:

Since we didn't get a Hump Day post yesterday (AHEM), I thought I'd try to make up for it with this little video. In the interest of fairness, if any of you Barner's can give me a link to a video of your girls to compete with this, email the tipline (preferable) or post it in the comments and I will include it tomorrow.

And now the reaction of the hiring of Mr. Chizik last year:

Video of Interest:

If we do this game up right, there should be a similar sight on the Plains Saturday night.

Bonus Countdown:

I really have no problems with this list:

Top 5: Women you would kill for

Miss Throwdown:

Today's Miss Throwdown hails from Portugal, at least from what I've found. We'll have to forgive her the last name because she spells it different and she's hot. Here's Marina Rodrigues.