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The Shotgun/Throwdown: Thursday (9/3/09) Edition

Welcome By-Godders to the Thursday edition of the Shotgun/Throwdown, the best damn WVU links page EVER. We're brought to you today by our sponsor, Samuel Adams Boston Lager (never cared for the beer actually, but it shares the name of my former boss who was cool... Here's to you Sam!!).

It's Gamecon 2 and we're inching closer and closer. The tipline is open, as always, for suggestions and requests. I've found lots to share. So, in the words of former boxing referee Mills Lane and the immortal Marvin Gaye, "Let's get it on":

What you may have missed:

Mountaineer Football Counting Down Until Kickoff - WOWK-TV
"Coach Bill Stewart is enthusiastic." You don't say...

7 Points w/ Rasheed Marshall - PPG
Former QB Marshall gives his seven points to this week's game.

Preview: WVU/Liberty -
Another game overview.

Preview of Saturday's WVU football game against Liberty - WVUToday
Press release from

Liberty deep at quarterback - The Times West Virginian

CFL team says it's not signing Pacman Jones - The Intelligencer / Wheeling News-Register
From an AP report.

News of Note:

West Virginia's Brown ready for his turn - ESPN
Bennett does the JB thing.

What to watch in the Big East, Week 1 - ESPN

Big East picks, Week 1 - ESPN

No stranger to pressure - The Charleston Gazette
Hickman talks about Brown.

Stage set for Brown at WVU - Parkersburg News and Sentinel
Another JB Profile.

Liberty pins its hopes on big offensive line - The Charleston Gazette
Evidently Rutgers isn't alone in this.

If nothing else, WVU will be fun to watch - The Times West Virginian says Bob Hertzel.

Oh Those Wacky, Nutty Kickers - MSNsportsNET.Com
Kickers on a football team are like drummers in a band...they just ain't right.

WVU coach wants to play Virginia schools, et al - Charleston Daily Mail
Kind of a notebook story. Also a bit about TAY-von Austin.

College football players, coaches, games to watch to enjoy the season - ESPN
Here are the players, coaches and games to watch to get a sense of how this season will unfold. "It's a big year for Bill Stewart at West Virginia. He has quarterback Jarrett Brown, the fifth-year senior, to serve as a bridge from Big East career passing leader Patrick White to his brother Coley, a redshirt freshman." Ivan Maisel, sounding like a jackass that doesn't know college football.

In light of Rich Rod mess, WVU must stay beyond all reproach - The Charleston Gazette
Vingle reminds us that the story is, in fact, about WVU football.

ZAGSBLOG " Pitt’s Brown Suspended; WVU’s Mazzulla Reinstated; Acker Returns to Marquette; Louisville Hires Teague’s Coach; Shaq Thomas Settles on a School

Storm Johnson opens up recruitment after slight from LSU | AJC College Sports Recruiting
Asked about his recruiting process this week, Storm Johnson quickly rattles off the names of several schools. "I've got a strong five right now, West Virginia, Florida State, Michigan State, Penn State and Ohio State."

From around the league (and beyond):

Ten reasons to be excited about the 2009 Louisville football season - Card Chronicle
They actually came up with 10. I'll stick to number 5 though.

The Dome Guaranteed To Be 81% Full On Saturday - Troy Nunes Is An Absolute Magician
Syracuse passes the 40K mark in ticket sales for the Minnesota game. So they got that going for them...which is nice.

Dan Mason Has Some Expectations - Pitt Blather
Unfortunately for him....they are tied to Pitt football.

Big East Football Preview -
Preview of all the games this week for the league. 2009 Big East Fearless Predictions

Keys to each Big East team's season - College Football Nation - ESPN

2009 Big East Preview -
Did I post this before?

Syracuse Football Hurts, Doug Marrone Can Help - Troy Nunes Is An Absolute Magician
Ask your athletic direction about Doug Marrone. Syracuse football is painful but Doug Marrone is here to help.

Herd picks green helmets - Charleston Daily Mail
Wow. Whoopty freakin' do.

Postponement might be in the air for UCLA, SDSU - the fires continue.

Julio Jones, Mark Ingram cleared by NCAA for Alabama Crimson Tide's opener - ESPN

Auburn Tigers' Gene Chizik is America's most fascinating coach -
Facinating is one word I wouldn't use.

Oregon Ducks uniforms: What should they wear at Boise State? - Behind The Ducks Beat
Interactive uniform machine....kind of cool. Word is we're wearing the traditional Blue Jersey/Gold Pant combo this week.

College Football Mailbag - Stewart Mandel - - Eulls saves 22 lives from armed student
High School football star and sought after recruit is a hero.

Today in schadenfreude:

UM's poor Mountaineer :: CHICAGO SUN-TIMES :: Carol Slezak

Somebody in Michigan is lying - Charleston Daily Mail
Bill Smith writes the obvious and doesn't cover anything really new.

Message to Weis gets plenty of attention - South Bend Tribune
Considering the W-L record of Coach Weis at Notre Dame, one would have to conclude he is serving an internship as a head coach of a college football team, which is defined as 'any formal program to provide practical experience for beginners in an occupation or profession. - Tom Reynolds, former ND LB letterman

What's on Tap:

Women's Soccer: WVU Hosts Duquesne - MSNsportsNET.Com
Tonight, 7pm at Dick Dlesk Soccer Stadium

Oregon Ducks vs. Boise State Broncos Preview, September 3 2009 - NCAA College Football - ESPN
The Season kicks off tonight.

College Colors Day - MSNsportsNET.Com
Tomorrow wear your WVU colors to work/school/sentenced community service with pride.

Wear them Monday and get a free sandwich from Chick-Fil-A (must be with a logo).

Videos of the Day:

To get you prepared for the game-day sights and sounds Saturday, here are a couple videos:

Miss Throwdown:

Today's Miss Throwdown is Jennifer Korbin. Don't you just love a good hot red head? The picture leads to greater things, as always.