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The Shotgun/Throwdown: Tuesday (8/23/11) Edition

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The first day of classes is in the books, and I believe the practice sessions, until further notice, are closed to the media (not that they were open to them much before now). Three more games have their kickoff times set, bringing the total announced to 6. Success and TV will determine the rest. There's 2 more season previews today, one is good, the other not so good. Let the floggings begin!! I think we'd still have a pretty good Rotten Tomatoes rating thus far this preseason, regardless. The usual smattering of player profiles are available and a bit of news on the basketball eligibility front as well.

What You May Have Missed:

Hinds not enrolled yet - Charleston Gazette
Bob Huggins, though, still maintains he thinks that the point guard from New York will make it. - He has until the end of the day Friday

Football: Select Game Times Revealed - MSNsportsNET.Com
Add Norfolk St, Bowling Green and UConn to the list of announced times, along with the broadcast channels

Newberry gets honor that was long time coming - Register-Herald
"he holds the record for career interceptions at WVU with 20. Newberry will be inducted into the West Virginia University Athletic Hall of Fame Oct. 8 during the Mountaineers’ game against Connecticut."

2011 Big East Preview - College Football Zealots
More love for the Mountaineers from these guys

West Virginia Mountaineers 2011 College Football Preview - SB Nation Pittsburgh
Yeah, we don't like this guy's season outlook

VSR: Henderson Student-Athlete of the Week - MSNsportsNET.Com
First Varsity Sports Report of the Fall Semester

News of Note:

WVU's Holgorsen Talks Realignment, College Football Issues -
Holgorsen has complete faith in AD Luck and President Clements to lead WVU in this changing atmosphere, as do I. He also weighs in on NCAA compliance.

Holgorsen recalls Nehlen’s glory era - Charleston Gazette
He did take one thing from the Rodriguez tempo on offense

Yes, we fans like to's a list of things to be concerned over

WVU fans should want LSU at its best - Daily Athenaeum
Beating an LSU team in turmoil will not get WVU the national credibility we are longing for

Blog: Campus Connection - 08/22/11 - MSNsportsNET.Com
Includes a history lesson on how WVU was almost a member of the ACC in the 50's and a story on Wake Forest transfer WR Devon Brown

Miller has been a force at WVU - Register-Herald
In the Mountaineers’ 17-9 win over Louisville in 2009, Miller recorded three straight sacks of quarterback Will Stein, after Louisville had reached midfield in the game’s final two minutes.

Overlooked in high school, Garrison ready to make impact in freshman season at WVU - Daily Athenaeum
His size, at 5'8" 160 pounds, turned many a recruiter off, despite his eye-popping HS numbers

Talented WVU wide receivers work to become more consistent - Daily Athenaeum
"They have to come to work every day," Holgorsen said. "By the time they think they have it all figured out and they're living the good life, they relax and have a bad day. That's not how this deal works. It's about coming every day and being good every day."

HERTZEL COLUMN - Nehlen nabs spot in WR mix - Times West Virginian
“Ryan has great character and great work ethic,” Smith said. “He’s a quiet guy, but he gets his work done. Two, he has a skill set not many guys have. He’s the highest jumper we have on our team. He’s one of the fastest guys, one of the hardest workers.”

WVU football: Snow feels no pressure, as he tries build own name - Charleston Daily Mail
LB Jewone Snow has the football pedigree in his family as well.

Safety Terence Garvin - Mountaineer TV
Safety Terence Garvin talks about the 2011 Mountaineer defense.


YouTube Recruiting Spotlight: WVU Commit Ford Childress -

Around the League (and Beyond):

Position Series: Defensive Backs | Louisville players have no safety concerns - Courier-Journal

Camp: Butch Jones Q&A Day 8/22 - Bearcat Lair

USF Football Practice Roundup: First Day Of Class Edition - Voodoo Five

Syracuse Football Preview, Secondary: Phillip and Shamarko Thomas Anchor Talented Group - SB Nation New York

UConn football: Masters has a place, but where? - Journal Inquirer
Augusta, Ga, was my first thought

Rutgers' Gary Nova is gaining a cool reputation as backup quarterback - Star Ledger

Pitt Football: Offensive Line "Starters" Are Set - Cardiac Hill

New Maryland Football Jerseys Unveiled, Four Colors, 16 Combinations Featured - SB Nation DC
And we thought some of Oregon's combos were ugly

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.

'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:

Completely joke

Miss Throwdown:

Today's Miss Throwdown is Argentinian model Belen Rodriguez. Today's gallery is linked by the picture.

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