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The Shotgun/Throwdown: Tuesday (7/6/10) Edition

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 Amstel, in honor of today's Miss Throwdown.

I hope everyone had a wonderful weekend and you all still have as many fingers and toes as you started the weekend with. The off-season rolls along with, among other things, a countdown of memorable games at MPS/MF. And evidently, the holiday weekend also marked Robert Sands weekend as well. If you have any tips, suggestions or requests, you can send them to me by email or Tweet me. Time to do the jump...

What You May Have Missed:

Sportsline Exclusive: Oliver Luck - WVMETRONEWS.COM
Audio link

Oliver Luck has uneventful start to new job - Charleston Daily Mail

Gyorko Earns Brooks Wallace Award - MSNsportsNET.Com

Changing Perception: WVU Athletes Changing The Way People View West Virginia -

Schedule In Focus - BGN

Hall of Fame class is good one - Parkersburg News and Sentinel

Leonardo DiCaprio wears WVU hat at the World Cup - Charleston Daily Mail
People are making a bigger deal out of this than it is...he's been seen wearing other college hats as well. But it's still nice.

News of Note:

WVU Game 1: Coastal Carolina - Charleston Gazette

Villanova could be the answer to Big East's football balance - Charleston Gazette

Still Fighting for More: After More Than 40 Years in Coaching Bill Kirelawich Still Desires Perfection -

All topics fair game for Kirelawich - Charleston Gazette

The Big East's best: No. 2 - ESPN
He was robbed

My 10 Favorite Players to Watch in College Football - Heismanpundit

Devine leads list of nation's most explosive -

Sands looking for more - Martinsburg Journal
Mickey's Column

Sands Seeks Improvement: Junior safety Robert Sands is ready for a dominant season in WVU's secondary -

Sands is striving to get better - Times West Virginian
Hertzel Column

Sands rolls out his own welcome mat to newcomers - Charleston Gazette

Plenty of importance to offseason - Times West Virginian
Hertzel Column

No. 29: South Florida, 2008 - MSNsportsNET.Com

No. 28: Virginia Tech, 1997 - MSNsportsNET.Com

No. 27: Penn State, 1980 - MSNsportsNET.Com

No. 26: Boston College, 1982 - MSNsportsNET.Com

No. 25: Marshall, 1997 - MSNsportsNET.Com


What Can Brown Do For You? - WVMETRONEWS.COM
Coach Bob Huggins has his first commitment for the 2011 recruiting class in 6-foot-5 forward Aaron Brown.

Ward jumped the gun too early -

Ryan Boatright Gets Second Chance: After committing to USC at 14, Illinois point guard's search is wide open again -

Proposed NCAA legislation would affect college commitments - LA Times

Around the League (and Beyond):

Big East not out of danger yet - Times West Virginian
Hertzel Column

Tyrone Johnson commits to 'Nova! - The Nova Blog

Miami prep lineman Marquis Lucas becomes 10th verbal commitment for Rutgers football's 2011 class - Star Ledger

New Zealand center makes verbal commitment to Pitt - PPG

University of Louisville fans irritated by seating picks at KFC Yum! Center new arena - Courier-Journal

USF avoids major penalties from NCAA - Tampa Tribune

Stan Heath Signs Three-Year Extension at South Florida - NCAABB FanHouse

Uconn Replaces Assistant Coaches After NCAA Probe - NCAABB FanHouse

NCAA picks format for 68-team hoops tourney -

Damon Evans resigns as Georgia athletics director after DUI -
This also raises the temp on Richt's seat

Five Step Drop: The Spencer's Shoplifter - NCAAFB FanHouse

Videos of Interest:

Video of (Dis)Interest:

Patriotic Gallery of the Week:


Showdown Gallery of the Week:

They won on the field, but I never realized the Netherlands had so much talent off it as well.

Miss Throwdown:

Today's Miss Throwdown is the sexy Nederlander who almost broke up the Beckhams. There's a gallery of her in the Showdown above and here's another one.

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