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The Shotgun/Throwdown: Tuesday (8/17/10) 1st Anniversary 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 Sierra Nevada Anniversary Ale in honor of the special occasion.

Today's a somewhat special day for me here at the Shotgun/Throwdown. One year ago today, Dr. Charley West took a chance and handed me, someone he didn't really know, the keys to this feature. I was hesitant at first and it took a few days (nay, weeks?) to get my feet wet, but I finally got the hang of it by the time the FB season got rolling. 227 editions, nearly as many sponsors and Miss Throwdowns later (without repeats until today, mind you)...and here we are at the precipice of another football season for the Old Gold and Blue. I hope you all have enjoyed it as much as I have this past year. Thank you the readers and thanks to Charley and the rest of the guys for the opportunity and friendship. We're not slowing down anytime soon.

A wise man told me yesterday that we're one day closer to football season. I'm pumped, excited, stoked and just about any other word you can think of. Camp is rolling along and we've got a couple freshmen in the news (one good news, the other...not so much). All your coverage is inside, including a link to the Coach Stew Presser, airing live at 10:30 am EDT. Happy Belated Birthday to 5th Year!!! I'm always open to suggestions or requests. Just send them to me by email or Twitter. See you after the jump...

What You May Have Missed:

Gold and Blue Report for Tuesday - WVMETRONEWS.COM

Mountaineer Report: Heading To Spain On Day 9 - WVMETRONEWS.COM

Cunningham Joins Athletic Staff - MSNsportsNET.Com
Associate Athletic Director for Governance and Compliance

WVU shakes up compliance department - Charleston Gazette

Sportsline Exclusive: Oliver Luck - WVMETRONEWS.COM
Article and video link

College football's 20 teams with best title shot for 2010 season - ESPN
Check out #20

Top 20 Heisman Trophy contenders for 2010 - ESPN
#20 here too

Who would you rather be? - ESPN
...yep, #20 again

What's hot (and not) in college football for 2010 - ESPN

Small in stature, these running backs put up big stats - ESPN

NCAA Football Preview: West Virginia Mountaineers -

Five and Five: No. 21, West Virginia - The Quad Blog -

Alabama No. 1 in 2010 preseason Top 25, but Boise State looms - Andy Staples -
We just missed the cut

Volleyball: Mountaineers Selected No. 13 - MSNsportsNET.Com the league. Let's hope the new coach can turn this one around.

News of Note:

Stew's Views: Fall Camp Day Nine - BGN

Football: Bill Stewart, Dave Johnson Quotes - MSNsportsNET.Com

VIDEO: Offensive Line Coach Dave Johnson talks to the media following Day 9 of Fall Camp -

Football Notebook - MSNsportsNET.Com

OK not enough any more at WVU - Times West Virginian
Hertzel Column

If Jeremy Johnson left, would it be that big of a deal? - 'Eers to the Ground

Good and bad frosh news - Charleston Gazette

Spain In Camp, Johnson Homesick - WVMETRONEWS.COM

Quinton Spain Set to Make Mountaineer Debut Monday in Morgantown -

This could be the year tight ends catch on - Charleston Gazette

The 40 Package - WVMETRONEWS.COM
There's a funny story about 40's from my days at WVU...I'll relate in the comments below

Noel Devine a game-changer - Times West Virginian

West Virginia's diminutive Devine produces sizable numbers -

Quarterback Geno Smith - Mountaineer TV

Smith feels at home at WVU after release from Alabama - Charleston Daily Mail

Glover wants to make ammends for play in past - Inter-Mountain

A Special Teams Break Down - On The Clock
Video with Chip F and Greg Hunter...with links to more on the right

Settled Spot - BGN
Joe Madsen

Top 100 College Football Traditions: #2: LSU Night Games Move Heaven And Earth –
Here's what WVU and the fans might experience


Soph Film - Colin Thompson - BGN
"Archbishop Wood High School product Colin Thompson has offers from BC and Rutgers and interests including Florida, Maryland, North Carolina, Notre Dame, Ohio State, Penn State, Pittsburgh and West Virginia and has his sophomore highlights on offense and defense."

Around the League (and Beyond):

Guidugli's goals include playing Irish, Kelly in BCS bowl - Cincinnati Enquirer

Practice Roundup: Dog Days Edition - Voodoo Five

Louisville coaches want Gnat, Pascley, Heyman to play up to their potential - Courier-Journal

Syracuse Football Practice Recap: Days 6 & 7 - Troy Nunes Is An Absolute Magician

Joe Martinek more involved at Rutgers practice while testing hamstring, offense looks sharper - Star Ledger

Pitt Football Notebook: Wannstedt encouraged with return of Romeus - PPG

FPM: Running backs/fullbacks - The UConn Blog

How do you define talent? - The UConn Blog

Offensive linemen aware of their importance for Coastal Carolina football team - Sun News
Here's one from our season opening opponent

What's On Tap:

LIVE PRESS CONFERENCE: Bill Stewart addresses the media today at 10:30. Catch it live here -

Videos of Interest:

Video of (Dis)Interest:

I can't remember if I've posted this one before, but she's gorgeous and this is funny.

Celebrity Beach Butt Gallery of the Week:

Kind of a double bonus gallery...many pics inside lead to full galleries themselves.

Miss Throwdown:

Today's Miss Throwdown is your weekly lead off batter on the Hump Day posts I've done. A native of South Africa, a Victoria's Secret Angel and my personal favorite....Candice Swanepoel.

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