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The Shotgun/Throwdown: First Day of Classes (8/22/11) 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 Tinkoff Beer, in honor of today's Miss Throwdown.

Technical difficulties have caused the delay, so by the time you get to read this, classes for the day should be coming to a close. We have scrimmage notes, player profiles and the usual today on the football side. And on the basketball side, Huggs and the men have ended their tour of Italy in victorious fashion. Sorry you had to wait. Just pretend it's a night game and you got a late start to tailgating.

What You May Have Missed:

Head Coach Dana Holgorsen - Mountaineer TV
Head coach Dan Holgorsen reviews Saturday's scrimmage inside Milan Puskar Stadium.

Football: Dana Holgorsen Press Conference - MSNsportsNET.Com

Dana Holgorsen Show -
Episode 2

NCAA College Football BCS Bowl Projections - Preseason - ESPN
Both pick the Orange Bowl for the Mountaineers, this week

WVU Concludes Tour - MSNsportsNET.Com
Recap and video highlights of the final victory in Italy

Huggins deems tour of Italy a success - Charleston Gazette
He's also quick to note that there wasn't much pressure to perform

Head Coach Bob Huggins - Mountaineer TV
Head coach Bob Huggins comments on his team's win on Saturday to conclude its tour of Italy.

No. 13 WVU Blanks Purdue - MSNsportsNET.Com
Leading 1-0 at halftime, WVU used goals from Bri Rodriguez and Mallory Smith to finish off Purdue in the 2011 home opener for the Women's Soccer team.

After bumpy summer, West Virginia putting trust in Dana Holgorsen - Stewart Mandel -
"You don't know too many coaches who will skydive," said star defensive end Bruce Irvin. "When you see your head coach doing stuff like that, it makes you feel comfortable you can be yourself around him."

Preseason top 15: Defensive ends -
#5 is of a bit of interest

West Virginia Mountaineers 2011 Team Preview : The XLog
Here's another season outlook, aided by our own Caleb Wygal

News of Note:

Holgorsen says team needs to get tougher - Charleston Gazette
He wasn't happy with the mental focus in the heat and game conditions

Camp Holgorsen: WVU Scrimmages For First Time - BGN
Dobies' Notebook

HERTZEL COLUMN: Offense makes ‘D’ sweat - Times West Virginian
Even though the scrimmage was closed to the media, Hertzel gives his report, by way of a trusted spy

WVU QBs won’t be running the ball - Parkersburg News and Sentinel
At least that’s not in the game plan

WVU freshman QB vows to put pressure on Smith - Register-Herald
Mickey's latest shines a light on Paul Millard

In the driver’s seat - Register-Herald
Holgorsen confident in new WVU quarterbacks coach Spavital

With West Virginia football, it's a three for all - Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
Garrison, Roberts and Buie are all competing for playing time as true freshman

Casteel hoping time's on his side - Charleston Gazette
The old Time of Possession argument

Defensive Coordinator Jeff Casteel - Mountaineer TV
Defensive coordinator Jeff Casteel's thoughts on Saturday's scrimmage.

The Big East's best: No. 6 - Big East Blog - ESPN
#6 on this list, #1 on the field (and in your hearts?)

Scrimmage Reaction - Mountaineer TV
Post-scrimmage reaction from wide receiver Tavon Austin and linebacker Najee Goode.

VIDEO: WVU Football Players Interviews -
Geno, Goode, Trey Johnson, Eain Smith, Bitancurt and more

Mountaineers’ Tandy excels in physical and mental aspects of game - Times West Virginian
Casteel says that by being smart and knowing how to react instinctively, the guys can play faster

WVU football: Linebackers in scramble for spots - Charleston Daily Mail
West Virginia defensive coordinator Jeff Casteel, who doubles as the linebackers coach, is trying to find the best group of three and then the best group of reserves for depth and certain situations within the game.

WVU football: It's time for Vance to add name to list of in-state linebackers - Charleston Daily Mail
The former walk-on earned a scholarship last winter

Mountaineers: Loss of Jenkins leads to offensive line shuffle - PPG
"It's jelling as much as it can for week two [of training camp]," Braun said of the unit. "I guess we've just got to continue to progress before Marshall."

WVU Offensive Line Preparing as a Unit -
“Obviously [Barclay and Braun] didn’t go through spring ball but it was clear they put in a bunch of time over the summer on their own,” Bedenbaugh said. “Learning the system, learning the fronts and learning how we’re calling things has been impressive to me. They’re playing physical.”

Tackles Eger, Spain provided good prep work from Irvin - Charleston Gazette
Irvin's skill as a rusher is forcing the new tackles to use the proper technique

Count on the Mountaineers to roll into BCS - Charleston Gazette
Vingle gives game-by-game predictions for the season

Cooking for the Mountaineers -
Ever wonder what the athletes are fed at the training table?

Article, photo gallery and video of yesterday's event

Fan Day Kicks Off WVU Football Season -
At one point, Holgorsen was asked by a fan to purchase a house in Morgantown, presumably because that fan is concerned by his head coach’s current residence in a hotel. "I’m building one," Holgorsen replied. "How about that?"

WVU Football Photos: 2011 WVU Fan Day -

2011 Football Fan Day - Mountaineer TV
Sights and sounds from the 2011 Mountaineer Football Fan Day held on Sunday.

Around the League (and Beyond):

There's more to Louisville wide receiver Josh Bellamy than meets the ears - Courier-Journal

USF Unveils New Football Uniforms - Voodoo Five

Syracuse University football scrimmage gives coaches more information as season approaches - Post Standard

UConn football notebook: Johnny McEntee In Running For QB Job - Hartford Courant

Untested sophomores battle for UC's backup QB job - Cincinnati Enquirer

Rutgers defense takes a step up in second scrimmage - Star Ledger

Pitt football: Defense lacking depth in middle - PPG
I smell crossing routes

Report: Witnesses say Jordan Jefferson kicked person in bar fight - Sporting News
Of course he kicked him...his arm is terrible

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: Walk-on Tryouts Aug. 22 - MSNsportsNET.Com
The workout will be held on August 22, 2011 at Milan Puskar Stadium. Registration will take place from 6:15 p.m. to 6:45 p.m. and the workout will begin promptly at 7 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.

Kick Off Coal Bowl Weekend By Having A Fish Fry With Bob Huggins - The Smoking Musket
Bob Huggins will hold his first annual fish fry the evening before the kickoff off WVU's 2011 football season against Marshall. On September 2nd at the Waterfront Place Hotel, Huggins will host a fish fry to raise funds and awareness for The Mary Babb Randolph Cancer Center, The Norma Mae Huggins Cancer Research Fund, and Remember the Miners Scholars Program. There will be players on hand from the 2010 Final Four team as well as other past Mountaineer greats.

Video of Interest:

Video of (Dis)Interest:


Miss Throwdown:

Today's Miss Throwdown is Natalia Vodianova. Click on her picture for today's gallery.


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