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The Shotgun/Throwdown: First Day of Classes (8/23/10) 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 Beachside Beer, in honor of today's Miss Throwdown.

It's the first day of classes in the University City, which means the players will start to get into a regular routine. There was a nice turnout for both the scrimmage Saturday and Fan Day yesterday. There's plenty of (professional) pics and videos of those inside. If you have any tips, suggestions or requests, you can send them to me by email or Twitter. It's time to get started today...

T-minus 12 and counting

What You May Have Missed:

Gold and Blue Report for Monday - WVMETRONEWS.COM

2010 NCAA College Football Polls and Rankings for Week 1 - ESPN

Camp Closes with a Big Saturday Scrimmage -

Saturday Scrimmage Recap - MSNsportsNET.Com

Physical scrimmage pleases WVU coach - Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

Football: Bill Stewart and Player Quotes - MSNsportsNET.Com

Quick Hits - Final Scrimmage: Notes and Statistics from Saturday's last day of fall camp for WVU -

Football: Bitancurt Named to [Groza, ed.] Watch List - MSNsportsNET.Com

Signal Vision - You Tube
Jed Drenning discusses the upcoming Big East season with Joe Brocato of WDTV

WVU Basketball Videos -
Da and Devin show off their new uni's

Coaches come to aid of one of their own - Times West Virginian
Hertzel Column

Luck talks football during stop in Elkins - Inter-Mountain

WVU to hire new assoc. AD for admin., finance soon - Daily Athenaeum
The post has been vacant since the passing of Russ Sharp

Mountaineers Fall In OT - MSNsportsNET.Com
Women's Soccer dropped a heartbreaker 2-1 in the last minute of OT to Penn State

Former WVU athletes recall fond memories - Bluefield Daily Telegraph

Herbie Awards Part II - SportsNation Polls - SportsNation - ESPN
Stop by and help increase Devine's lead

News of Note:

Mountaineers Conclude Camp - WVMETRONEWS.COM
Article, gallery and video

Lindamood’s run highlights final day - Times West Virginian

Assistant Head Coach Steve Dunlap - YouTube

Dunlap Talks Kickoffs - MSNsportsNET.Com

WVU kick coverage unit gets going - Times West Virginian

Football: Dunlap and McMichael Quotes - MSNsportsNET.Com

Schedule favorable for WVU - Parkersburg News and Sentinel

West Virginia Notebook: Right side of offensive line remains unsettled - PPG

WVU's Bowers could split time at guard, tackle - Charleston Daily Mail

Offensive line still trying to get right - Charleston Gazette

WVU offense struggles in goal-line drills - Charleston Gazette

WVU defense may not carry team in 2010 - The Daily Athenaeum

High Standards: The Mountaineers are setting lofty expectations for themselves in 2010 -
"Our expectations are beyond anybody’s expectations," says senior Chris Neild. "We put more pressure on ourselves than anybody ever could and we know that going into the games."

"Even before training camp began, Thomas and other players have said they think this team has more talent than others they’ve been on that have had more success. It has become clear that these athletes are holding themselves accountable this season in a way they haven’t for some time. If they want the BIG EAST title and BCS bowl, they need to fight for it."

Will the end be Devine? - Charleston Gazette

Handicapping the Heisman Trophy race -

Top 20 Heisman Hopefuls Photo Gallery - ESPN

20 for 10 top small running backs Photo Gallery - ESPN

Senior Leadership - BGN
Brandon Hogan is interviewed (video)

Quick Adjustment - MSNsportsNET.Com
Ivan McCartney article and video

WVU frosh wideout will get his chances - Charleston Gazette

WVU freshman QB Brunetti doesn't know losing - Charleston Gazette

Ishmael Banks: Looking for Playing Time -

Eain Smith Ready For Breakout Season - WVMETRONEWS.COM

No more Eu.? What is the world coming to? - 'Eers to the Ground

VIDEOS: Player interviews following the final day of fall practice -
Devine, Leonard, Ford, Smith and Hogan

Defensive Tackle Larry Ford - Mountaineer TV

WVU’s Jenkins ready for action - Parkersburg News and Sentinel

WVU Football Photos 2010 WVU Fall Camp Day 14-
Photos by those with a higher quality camera than mine, and more skill utilizing it.

Photos: WVU Fall Football Camp X - BGN

More exclusive photos from the final day of fall camp -

WVU Football Photos 2010 Fan Day-

Fans Arrive In Morgantown - WVMETRONEWS.COM
Video and picture gallery

Fan Day pleasing to fans, players - Daily Athenaeum

WVU Football Photo Day - BGN

West Virginia Illustrated's Photos - Wall Photos/Facebook
The Seniors

West Virginia Illustrated's Photos - Wall Photos/Facebook
2010 Team Photo

Giving football it’s due respect - Martinsburg Journal
Mickey's Column


Texas Running Back is Verbal #11 for WVU - WVMETRONEWS.COM

WVU in Good Shape with 7-Foot Brothers - EerSports

Around the League (and Beyond):

Mini-brawl erupts at Rutgers scrimmage after Khaseem Greene hits QB Tom Savage - Star Ledger

Kay battling Anderson for No. 2 quarterback - Cincinnati Enquirer

Scrimmage Roundup: We Slacked Off Edition - Voodoo Five

Lost year will help Louisville safety Shenard Holton - Courier-Journal

Life on the island: Mike Holmes mans corner for Syracuse University football team - Post Standard

FPM: Defensive Line - The UConn Blog

Pitt: Physical play is fast becoming Panthers' identity - PPG

Top Talent Dots Big East Schedules - NBE Big East College Football Report

What's On Tap:

Huggins Focus of Roast; Charity Event - BGN

Videos of Interest:

Video of (Dis)Interest:

Hilarity ensues around the 15 second mark.

Schoolgirl Gallery of the Week:

Being the first day of classes, I thought this one was appropriate.

Miss Throwdown:

Today's Miss Throwdown is a former Miami Dolphins cheerleader and contestant on The Amazing Race. Here's January 2010's Playboy Playmate Jaime Edmondson.

Beachside Beer image via