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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 Lucky Lager, in honor of WVU's new Athletic Director.

Talk about a home run!!! Just last week, Mickey was reporting that there was no interest from Mr. Luck. Now...welcome home Ollie!!! Also, Jedd Gyorko was drafted in the second round of the amateur draft by the San Diego Padres on Monday. And...the conference re-alignment has OFFICIALLY begun with Colorado announcing a move to the Pac-10. Sorry for the delay today, it's been a crazy morning. If you have any tips, suggestions or requests, you can send them to me by email or Tweet me. UPDATED at 4:20 with a few more links. See you after the jump...

What You May Have Missed:

Luck is With the Mountaineers - MSNsportsNET.Com
...and here's the OFFICIAL word (I was kinda nervous until this one was posted)

Oliver Luck named new WVU athletic director - Charleston Gazette

It's Official: Former WVU and NFL quarterback, Academic All-American Oliver Luck named WVU's Director of Intercollegiate Athletics -

Oliver Luck Ready to Face Challenges Ahead: New WVU athletic director excited for the future -

Comments Regarding Oliver Luck -

Gold and Blue Report for Thursday - WVMETRONEWS.COM

Colorado announces move to Pac-10 - ESPN

VIDEO: Jedd Gyorko and WVU Head Baseball Coach Greg VanZant -

Gyorko Named Wallace Award Semifinalist - MSNsportsNET.Com
...after being selected 59th overall by the Padres in the draft

Jedd Gyorko: Post Draft Comments - WVMETRONEWS.COM

WVU gets good news from APR report - Charleston Gazette

News of Note:

WVU coaching staff tops Big East in football salary - Charleston Daily Mail

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Steve Dunlap: Summer Time - WVMETRONEWS.COM
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Workouts a Time to Bond for WVU Players - Intelligencer / Wheeling News-Register

Coley White determined to make impact - ESPN

Jeremy Johnson Arrives - WVMETRONEWS.COM
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Pat Miller: Inspiring Mountaineers - WVMETRONEWS.COM

Devine adds preseason accolades - Daily Athenaeum

Take your pick: Devine vs. Lewis - ESPN

Lee County all-time rushing leader Devine to put on free football camp - News-Press

Jock Sanders - Mountaineer TV
WR Jock Sanders discusses the team's summer conditioning

Austin highlights show things to come - Times West Virginian
Hertzel Column

Making Up For Lost Time - MSNsportsNET.Com

QB Geno Smith Back Running With the Fellas - Intelligencer / Wheeling News-Register

A dip into history books - Times West Virginian
Hertzel Column

VIDEO: Last look at interviews from the WVU Classic including Ed Pastilong, Don Nehlen, and Bill Stewart -

Mazzulla wants to lead WVU - Martinsburg Journal
Mickey's Column


Elite Camp is Mutually Beneficial: WVU basketball staff gets as much from weekend's work as high school prospects -

Around the League (and Beyond):

LB chooses Cincinnati - Cincinnati Enquirer

Panthers amp up schedule - PPG

USF's APR Scores Show Big Improvements - Voodoo Five

Pitino dispels McCarty rumor and other Wednesday notes - Card Chronicle

Syracuse Basketball Penalized? - Troy Nunes Is An Absolute Magician

Rutgers football finishes No. 1 nationally in latest Academic Progress Rate assessment - Star Ledger

Rutgers, Seton Hall to be part of next season's SEC/Big East Invitational - Star Ledger

Reports: USC Punished Heavily by NCAA - NCAAFB FanHouse

Conference Expansion/Re-Alignment:

College Football Mailbag - Stewart Mandel -
He doesn't have very hopeful things to say about our conference situation on page 2

Big East expansion worry-o-meter 2: Fever falling - ESPN

Nebraska exits Big 12; UT, A&M meet to discuss plan - Houston Chronicle
"Nebraska has accepted an invitation to join the Big Ten and will announce its intentions Friday, two people with knowledge of the situation said Wednesday."

The Big Ten makes sense for Rutgers - On the Banks

SEC? Pac-10? Big 12? Lots of options for Texas A&M -

In which I realign the NCAA in a pleasing, symmetrical fashion - The UConn Blog

Notre Dame to Big Ten among 16 possible expansion scenarios -

Big Ten, Notre Dame Are Talking ... Again - NCAAFB FanHouse

While Expansion Is Considered, Notre Dame Returns to Spotlight - NY Times

Worst-case scenario for Missouri - Fan Nation/SI

Conference Expansion Is Hypocrisy, Baby - NCAABB FanHouse

Five Step Drop: Don't Ignore Colorado - NCAAFB FanHouse

What's On Tap:

Soccer: US-England Watch Party at Damon's - MSNsportsNET.Com
2 pm Saturday at Damon's in Morgantown....for the soccer fans out there

Take a Cruise with Steve Slaton: Former WVU running back invites you to join him in the Bahamas -

Video of Interest:

Video of (Dis)Interest:

With the new Karate Kid movie coming out soon...I thought this was appropriate. Warning: NSFW language.

World Cup Gallery of the Week:

Miss Throwdown:

Today's Miss Throwdown is Mexican model Fernanda Lopez.

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