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The Shotgun/Throwdown: Friday (8/12/11) 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 Bohemia Cerveja Pilsen, in honor of today's Miss Throwdown.

Huggs and the men rolled to another victory yesterday, but the big news on the basketball front is that Gary Browne hasn't met eligibility requirements and is back in Puerto Rico. There is no word, as of this posting, whether this is a serious hold-up or just a bump in the road. Plenty of football practice news and notes to peruse, but before I leave you for the weekend, I want your opinion. Where do you WANT WVU to be when the dust settles? I'll have another one on Monday for where you think WVU will actually be when the dust settles.

Have a great weekend!!

What You May Have Missed:

Head Coach Dana Holgorsen - Mountaineer TV
Head coach Dana Holgorsen briefs reporters following Thursday's practice.

Football: Coach Holgorsen Press Conference - MSNsportsNET.Com

The Dana Holgorsen Show Airs Tonight -
The first show airs tonight, with new episodes running every Friday and Saturday throughout the season. Depending on where you live throughout West Virginia, you can watch at different times. The first show airs at 7 p.m. Friday on Your ABC in the Clarksburg area and on Saturdays on WBOY-12, WOWK-13, WVNS-59 and WTRF-7 at 9 a.m. You can also catch the show at other times on other West Virginia Media stations.

Mountaineers Roll - MSNsportsNET.Com
Junior Deniz Kilicli scored a game-high 20 points to lead West Virginia to a 98-57 victory over Naval Air Station Sigonella at the Naval Air Station in Sigonella on the island of Sicily. Recap also includes a video interview with Huggs.

NAS Sigonella Highlights - Mountaineer TV
Highlights from West Virginia's 98-57 victory on Thursday.

WVU's Browne Has Not Met NCAA Eligibility Requirements -
Instead of making the trip to Italy, he has returned home to Puerto Rico

News of Note:

Day Six Notes: Loy Returns At QB - WVMETRONEWS.COM
Practice recap and gallery

Quick Hits: WVU Football Training Camp Day 6 -
Coyle's Notebook

WVU notebook: Ball security is point of emphasis for Holgorsen - Charleston Gazette
Hickman's Notebook

Camp Holgorsen: WVU Finds A Third-String QB - BGN
Dobies' Notebook

Starks’ absence a Mountaineer mystery - Times West Virginian
Hertzel's Notebook

WVU football: Holgorsen's offense uses RBs differently - PPG
It's broken down to "A" backs (primary ball carriers) and "B" backs (primary blockers), but both are called on for pass protection

RB competition far from over - Register-Herald
Roberts, Buie, Garrison and Trey Johnson are fighting daily for the "A" back position...which Holgorsen has said he could use 3 guys on a regular basis

WVU looks for depth on the offensive line - Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
"I feel comfortable with a few guys right now," he said. "We probably need to get three or four more to come along and develop for us to be where we need to be." - Coach Bedenbaugh

Urban expands his blocking horizons - Charleston Gazette
He's having to adapt from blocking from a three point stance on lineman and linebackers to spreading out, standing up and blocking shiftier DB's in space

WVU football: Milhouse expected to contribute - Charleston Daily Mail
The transfer WR from Duquesne who had a big spring game is showing the kind of attitude the coaches are looking for

WVU football: Bruce Irvin doesn't get 'overrated' label - Charleston Daily Mail
Bruce is the one player I guarantee that reads all of his press...and it just fuels his fire to succeed

Irvin looking forward to tests of stamina, strength - Charleston Gazette
Despite being what some would call under-sized for his position, he wasn't asked to get much bigger or stronger...just gain a couple pounds

HERTZEL COLUMN: Irvin compares favorably to WVU great - Times West Virginian
Coach Kirlav says that Irvin and Gary Stills are similar, but Bruce is stronger

Miller Adds Weight, Ready For New Role - WVMETRONEWS.COM
Article and audio

Miller looks to lead WVU’s defensive front - Inter-Mountain
After putting on more weight (as he was supposed to do) Julian Miller is being labeled "fat boy" by Bruce.

Coach Bill Kirelawich - Mountaineer TV
Assistant coach Bill Kirelawich talks about his defensive line rotation.

Football Sights and Sounds - Mountaineer TV
Sights and sounds from Mountaineer football camp on Wednesday, Aug. 10.

Around the League (and Beyond):

Louisville football team has 'some crazy young talent' - Courier-Journal

USF Football Practice Roundup: Backups Get Reps Edition - Voodoo Five

Syracuse Football Practice, Day 6: And The Thunder Rolled - Troy Nunes Is An Absolute Magician

Rutgers' Mohamed Sanu looks to showcase talents following frustrating year - Star Ledger

UC search for kicker still afoot - Cincinnati Enquirer

UConn Has Big Holes To Fill At Linebacker - Hartford Courant

Pitt football: Thomas at home at last - PPG

Source: Report of Texas A&M accepting SEC invitation 'just not true' - Sporting News
We've seen the denials before...that's all I'm saying

What's On Tap:

Football: Single Game Tickets on Sale - MSNsportsNET.Com
Tickets can be purchased on-line at, by calling 1-800-WVU GAME or in person at the Mountaineer Ticket Office in the WVU Coliseum.

Football: Fan Day Set for August 21 - MSNsportsNET.Com
The Fan Day activities will begin at 1 p.m. in the Caperton Indoor Practice Facility. Gates will open at 12:45 p.m. Coach Dana Holgorsen, assistant coaches and WVU players will be signing autographs and visiting with fans until 3 p.m.

'Countdown to Kickoff' celebration to welcome alumni, friends and families - WVUToday/Press Releases
The kickoff will take place on Aug. 28 from 5-8 p.m. at The Erickson Alumni Center. The event will feature appearances by the WVU Pep Band, cheerleaders, Mountaineer Mascot Brock Burwell, and coaches, as well as food, drinks, raffles and games for children of all ages.

Video of Interest:

From the Alumni game this past spring:

Video of (Dis)Interest:

Warning: A bit of Strong Language

Miss Throwdown:

Today's Miss Throwdown is Brazilian model Fernanda Prada. Clicking on her picture takes you to the gallery.

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