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The Shotgun/Throwdown: Thursday (9/9/10) 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 Cain's Finest Lager, in honor of today's Miss Throwdown.

OK, so the injury report was a little worse than expected, but, not too bad. Urban was a bit of a surprise to me. In other stories covered, the debate rages on of "To play or not to play." My opinions, I believe, have been quite clear on this matter. ESPN has a SEC game from Starkville tonight to keep you sated until tomorrow. Warning: If you thought the vuvuzelas were bad during the World Cup, they've got nothing on the cowbells you'll hear tonight. If you have any tips, suggestions or requests, you can send them to me by email or Twitter. The fun is after the jump...

What You May Have Missed:

Gold and Blue Report for Thursday - WVMETRONEWS.COM

Football: Marshall Injury Report - MSNsportsNET.Com

Big East stock report, Week 2 - ESPN

WVU football Q&A answers 9.9.10 - 'Eers to the Ground

College Football Power Rankings - Andy Staples -

If you are going to WVU-MU game, don't booze until 3 p.m. (strict orders) - 'Eers to the Ground
OMG...and they wonder why nobody wants to play them down there

2010 Big East Fearless Predictions: Week 2 -

Big East predictions: Week 2 - ESPN

NCAA College Football Top 25 Overview - Week 2 - ESPN

Four Former WVU Players Sign with NFL Practice Squads -

Women's Soccer: WVU Travels To Miami - MSNsportsNET.Com

News of Note:

Bragging rights on line as West Virginia visits Marshall - Seattle Post-Intelligencer

Preview: Marshall - BGN

Marshall Awaits the Mountaineers in Huntington -

WVU And Marshall Should Play Every Year - SB Nation Pittsburgh
Umm....ok....I respectfully disagree, unless it's in Motown every year

Gov. Manchin: WVU-Marshall should continue - 'Eers to the Ground
Stay THE HELL OUT of it Joe!!!

West Virginia vs. Marshall Series -

Coal Bowl fire has plenty of fuel - Charleston Daily Mail

Head Coach Bill Stewart - Mountaineer TV

West Virginia showing swagger - PPG

Stewart: Mountaineer football was starting to gel - Charleston Daily Mail
Casazza's Notebook

WVU has a handle on drives - Charleston Daily Mail

WVU must step up its game - Parkersburg News and Sentinel

Defensive Coordinator Jeff Casteel - Mountaineer TV

Jeff Casteel: A Solid Performance - WVMETRONEWS.COM

Casteel: Easy on the 1996 comparisons - Charleston Gazette

Mountaineer 'D' not as odd as it used to be - Charleston Daily Mail

Dunlap: Good Start on Kickoffs - MSNsportsNET.Com

Dunlap vs. Doc an awkward proposition - Charleston Gazette

Keeping The Ball A Focus With West Virginia - Intelligencer / Wheeling News-Register

Quarterback Geno Smith - Mountaineer TV

Geno Smith: Reflecting On Last Year - WVMETRONEWS.COM

Sands healthy, ready for Marshall game - Inter-Mountain

Bruce Irvin: Under The Lights - WVMETRONEWS.COM

Ryan Clarke: A Thundering Rivalry - WVMETRONEWS.COM

Vets help Garvin make impact - Register-Herald

WVU’s Lindamood in the mood for game with Herd - Register-Herald

True freshman makes immediate impact for WVU - Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

WVU kicker, punter hope to continue good performances - Charleston Daily Mail

Pugnetti’s improved punting earn him time - Times West Virginian

Corey Smith a weapon for WVU - Times West Virginian
Hertzel Column

Herd's Booker knows WVU counterparts - Charleston Daily Mail

New video boards to be debuted during Coal Bowl - Register-Herald


BA's Jesse York has 1 school in mind - Sun Sentinel

Around the League (and Beyond):

Bulls OT Popek ready to return - Tampa Tribune

Barnett seizes second chance - Cincinnati Enquirer

Louisville football fan back as their foe - Courier-Journal

Syracuse University freshmen get past opening night jitters; larger test lies ahead this weekend - Post Standard

Rutgers offensive line looking to put together a complete game - Star Ledger

UConn Football's Kendall Reyes Says Huskies Weren't Focused Against Michigan - Hartford Courant

Pitt's Sunseri not lacking confidence - PPG

Michigan safety Vladimir Emilien decides to transfer -
The secondary is leaving in droves

College Football Mailbag - Stewart Mandel -

What's On Tap:

Chat with PPG's WVU beat reporter Colin Dunlap - Post-Gazette NOW
1 pm today...and every Thursday, for that matter

WVU Alumni Association Hosts Eerfest Thursday, September 9, 2010 from 5 - 9 p.m. -
At Spyro’s parking lot on Dickinson Street in Charleston

(21) Auburn Tigers vs. Mississippi State Bulldogs - ESPN
7:30 pm tonight from Davis Wade in Starkville (Needs more cowbell) on ESPN & ESPN3. Auburn is giving 1.5.

Video of Interest:

Video of (Dis)Interest:

Booty Gallery of the Week:

Miss Throwdown:

Today's Miss Throwdown is a British model and former Miss Teen World 2008. Hailing from Liverpool, here's Amy Jackson.

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