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The Shotgun/Throwdown: Thursday (9/2/10) 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 Spendrups, in honor of today's Miss Throwdown.

We've reached Gamecon 2. Only two more days until our beloved Mountaineers kick off the 2010 season. I don't know about you, but I'm chomping at the bit. Several other teams kickoff tonight if you need a quick fix to tide you over. I've got lot's and lot's of coverage inside (the one thing bad about taking a day off of this). If you have any tips, suggestions or requests, you can send them to me by email or Tweet me. See you after the jump...

T-minus 2 and counting...

What You May Have Missed:

Gold and Blue Report for Thursday - WVMETRONEWS.COM

Bowden Makes Surprise Visit - MSNsportsNET.Com

Coastal Carolina Head Coach David Bennett's Teleconference Leading up to the WVU Game -

Pepper and Mazzulla Cited for Disorderly Conduct -
I go away for 2 days and completely miss this....a Pitt Blogger had to tip me off

Live chat reminder -- WVU football chat 1 p.m. Thursday - 'Eers to the Ground
Chat with Mr. Dunlap today at 1pm

Preview 2010: Scouting the Mountaineers - PPG

Preview: Coastal Carolina - BGN

Coastal coach knows what he's facing - Charleston Gazette

Coastal Carolina gets more than money out of visit to WVU - Charleston Daily Mail

With a little Luck, AD can see son play - Charleston Gazette

Best Case/Worst Case: West Virginia - ESPN

Big East stock report, Week 1 - ESPN

College Football Mailbag - Stewart Mandel -
A question and response re: WVU is on page two

Polls an uphill climb for WVU - Parkersburg News and Sentinel

News of Note:

Chanticleers aware of WVU - Times West Virginian
Hertzel Column

Stewart says Costal Carolina will test WVU - Inter-Mountain

Don’t fault WVU for opening with a gimme game - Register-Herald

Issues await WVU - Parkersburg News and Sentinel

Opening Day Blockbuster? - MSNsportsNET.Com

WVU coach pleased with Mountaineers' maturation - Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

2010 Preview: WVU's Stewart to lean on Sanders, Devine - PPG

WVU Notebook: Mountaineers defense hurting a little with injuries to top LBs - PPG

WVU’s Thomas cleared to play, Lazear may be out - Times West Virginian

Stewart still undecided on offensive line - Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
Dobie's Notebook

WVU football Q&A answers 8.31.10 (video) - 'Eers to the Ground

Offensive Coordinator Jeff Mullen - Mountaineer TV

Defense key to WVU going 10-2 - Charleston Daily Mail

WVU has diversity on defense - Charleston Daily Mail

WVU players can spell r-e-s-p-e-c-t - PPG

WVU Football: It’s All Fun and Games in Motown - Intelligencer / Wheeling News-Register

Mountaineers have chip on shoulder - Times West Virginian
Hertzel Column

Stew to Geno: Go get sevens - Charleston Gazette

Smith could hold key to West Virginia fortunes - Bluefield Daily Telegraph

Geno Smith Prepares for First Start as a Mountaineer -
Article and Video

Video: Pittsburgh-WVU closer than you think - ESPN

VIDEO: Scooter Berry, Ivan McCartney, and Noel Devine -

VIDEO: More player interviews leading up to the Coastal Carolina game including Geno Smith, Stedman Bailey, and Bruce Irvin. -

Daughter has altered Clarke's view on life - Charleston Daily Mail

WVU freshman getting advice from Ochocinco - Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

Urban would like to touch the football - Bluefield Daily Telegraph

Busick ready to step out of shadows - Times West Virginian

WVU's Dorsey surprised at spot on depth chart - Charleston Daily Mail

A Special One-On-One: Sanders And Irvin - WVMETRONEWS.COM
Video link of Jock taking over role as interviewer

WVU's Spain is huge one - Martinsburg Journal
Mickey's Column

McMurphy's Law: It's Time for Some Schools to Enjoy a Really Big Pay Day - NCAAFB FanHouse

Players, coaches with the most to gain or lose in Week 1 - ESPN

Coal Mines and Goal Lines - MSNsportsNET.Com
The official University coverage

Best Nike Pro Combat uni? WVU - Twitter / darren rovell

Nike Unveils Pro Combat Uniforms Wednesday -

Coal, canaries accent WVU Pro Combat design -
Includes a video interview with Huggs

WVU Football Photos Nike Pro Combats -
Their photo gallery

The Mountaineers Are Ready For Combat - WVMETRONEWS.COM
Photo gallery of the official Nike promo shots

WVU uniform honors fallen miners - Times West Virginian
Hertzel Column - even a skeptic like Bob likes them


The Texas Connection - WVMETRONEWS.COM

Around the League (and Beyond):

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

Time for Big East to rock and roll - Charleston Gazette

Panthers are looking forward to Utah but using heartbreaking end to 2009 season as motivation - PPG

Randy Edsall On Greg Lloyd: 'He Was Ready' - Hartford Courant

Rutgers Gameday: Offense looking for confidence boost against Norfolk State - Star Ledger

Several players sit out Syracuse University's football practice on Wednesday - Post Standard

Louisville football dreams and schemes on defensive line - Courier-Journal

Bulls Beat: Questions entering Stage 5 - Tampa Tribune

Bearcats to unveil new-look defense - Cincinnati Enquirer

Nike Pro Combat Uniforms Unveiled As Michael Irvin Commits 200 NCAA Violations In A Speech -
The editors of SBNation like ours....a lot (as did most in attendance)

Terrelle Pryor, Mark Ingram headline 2010 preseason Heisman Watch -
Guess who's not on this list either...Mr. McCartney just earned ignorant slut status

Newly independent BYU signs deals with ESPN, Notre Dame -

What's On Tap:

Norfolk State Spartans vs. Rutgers Scarlet Knights - ESPN
7:30 tonight from Piscataway on ESPN3. No line.

Marshall Thundering Herd vs. Ohio State Buckeyes - ESPN
7:30 tonight from the Horseshoe on Big 10 Network. Buckeyes are giving 28.

Florida A&M Rattlers vs. Miami (FL) Hurricanes - ESPN
7:30 tonight from Miami on ESPN3. No line

Pittsburgh Panthers vs. Utah Utes - ESPN
8:30 tonight from Salt Lake City on Versus. Utes are giving 3.

USC Trojans vs. Hawaii Warriors - ESPN
11pm tonight from Aloha Stadium (this is officially my next assignment location request, Charley) on ESPN/ESPN3. Lane and the boys are giving 21.5.

Video of Interest:

Video of (Dis)Interest:

If you didn't see this yesterday, this is worth the look. Who knew "The Playmaker" had a booty fetish? (if if find a better version, I'll replace this one.)

This Week in Bodypainting:

6 pages worth, click the pic

Miss Throwdown:

Today's Miss Throwdown is a gorgeous Swedish actress who can be seen in Iron Man 2 and Surrogates, as well as several TV shows. Here's Helena Mattsson.

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