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The Shotgun/Throwdown: Thursday (9/22/11) Edition

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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 Tiger Beer, in preparation for this week's opponent.

For the first time all week, the focus is more on the upcoming game Saturday vs. LSU than the conference realignment. Game previews, features, coach and player interviews go along with conference news too (I couldn't ignore it completely).

Shame on us for missing this yesterday:

Happy Belated Birthday Coach Huggins!!!!!!

What You May Have Missed:

Gold And Blue Now: Thursday - WVMETRONEWS.COM
In Thursday's episode, Oliver Luck releases a statement about the Big East meeting that took place, Chip Fontanazza explains how the Mountaineer coaching staff is preparing for LSU and NFL Hall of fame running back Thurmon Thomas talks about WVU great Darryl Talley.

Behavior needs to be perfect this weekend - Daily Athenaeum
This weekend has a lot of potential. For the first time, Morgantown will play host to the biggest college football television show in the country, and West Virginia will go up against the No. 2 team in the country. The atmosphere is going to be fantastic— let's just make sure it's appropriate.

WVU student group offers 'T-shirt amnesty' to curb vulgar shirts - Charleston Gazette
program that will allow classmates to exchange vulgar shirts seen around campus and at football and basketball games for a $20 voucher to buy an officially licensed T-shirt.

WVU students seek record 17K tickets for LSU game - Martinsburg Journal
only 11,000 student seats are available, but WVU issues 12,500 tickets to account for no-shows.

Gigapixel Fancam - ESPN
Here's a neat tool to tag yourself in the crowd around the Gameday set this weekend

WVU not in strong bargaining position - Charleston Gazette
I'm glad Luck doesn't think like Hickman

East Bound and Down: The West Virginia Road Trip - And The Valley Shook
PodKATT is coming, y'all...make him feel welcome

News of Note:

LSU Preview - MSNsportsNET.Com

Lee, Ware lead LSU - Daily Athenaeum
The DA's preview grades on LSU

Week 4 preview in the Big East -
WVU has the spotlight squarely on them

Under The Lights - MSNsportsNET.Com
There is something magical about night games at Milan Puskar Stadium and first-year coach Dana Holgorsen is eager to experience the atmosphere surrounding West Virginia’s nationally televised prime-time game against second-ranked LSU this Saturday.

WVU Expects Electric Game Day Atmosphere in Morgantown - WV Illustrated
With ESPN and ABC coverage to begin and end the day, Mountaineers fans have plenty to be excited about heading into an enormous matchup under the lights in Morgantown.

For West Virginia's next opponent, LSU, secondary is primary - PPG
A simple question was delivered via text message to West Virginia wide receivers coach Shannon Dawson this week: Are your guys ready?

Tough stretch for LSU - Parkersburg News and Sentinel
WVU represents third straight ranked team for Tigers

3-point stance: James Rodgers returns - College Football Nation Blog - ESPN
2. West Virginia quarterback Geno Smith has adapted well to head coach Dana Holgorsen’s spread offense. In three games, Smith has completed 17 passes of 20 yards or more...

Last season’s game against LSU gives WVU confidence heading into this weekend - Daily Athenaeum
"I'm pretty sure the whole nation will doubt us being that these guys are the No. 2 team in the nation and they have a great defense and things like that," said redshirt sophomore wide receiver Stedman Bailey. "It's going to be a big task for us and we're going to just rise to the occasion and go out there and play our game and hope we come out with a win."

'The time is now' - Times West Virginian
Smith ready to shine with Tigers in town

Time to zone in - Charleston Gazette
Mountaineers finding red-zone TDs hard to come by

WVU’s Miller seeks to leave his stamp on the program - Bluefield Daily Telegraph
"With me I feel like until I leave West Virginia, my stamp on here won’t be (fully) represented," Miller said.

HERTZEL COLUMN: Receivers coach went against the norm in Louisiana - Times West Virginian
Coach Dawson was a ND fan growing up...I can forgive him

WVU receivers will provide test for LSU - Times West Virginian
Alexandre Dumas gave us "The Three Musketeers." Dana Holgorsen has gone the French author one step further and is giving us "The Four Mountaineers."

Test awaits Mountaineer wide receivers - Charleston Daily Mail
The Mountaineers must do one thing if they seek that tempo in the 8:12 p.m. game at Mountaineer Field to entertain an ABC telecast audience and exasperate the Tigers. "Have success," Holgorsen said.

WR Stedman Bailey - Mountaineer TV
Stedman Bailey talks about what the offense needs to do to prepare for LSU's defense.

Around the League (and Beyond):

Big East Will Try To Add Navy and Air Force as Football Only - Big East Coast Bias

Big 12, Big East start picking up pieces - Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
Turned away by the Pac-12, the Big 12's most powerful members are trying to find ways to live together again after weeks of hurtling toward a break up.

SEC, ACC, Big East, Big 12 still have work to do – USA Today

Mountain West would keep TCU; East Carolina applies for Big East - Sporting News

Letter From Doug Woolard To USF Supporters - Voodoo Five
Woolard's is longer than Luck's....just sayin'

Bulls defense preparing for two UTEP QBs - Tampa Tribune

Strong says Will Stein is still Louisville's starting QB - Courier-Journal

Prime chance for UC against NC State - Cincinnati Enquirer

Syracuse vs. Toledo: Question Marks In Orange Secondary - Troy Nunes Is An Absolute Magician

Rutgers Controls New York City - Troy Nunes Is An Absolute Magician
Nicely usual

Rutgers coach Greg Schiano shifting offensive line in search of consistent group - Star Ledger

Inconsistent UConn Football Team Looks To Improve Vs. Buffalo - Hartford Courant

Pitt Vs. Notre Dame: Q&A With ESPN's Dave Pasch - Cardiac Hill

Slive, SEC hold the strings while other conference puppets dance - Sporting News

College Football Mailbag - Stewart Mandel -

What's On Tap:

North Carolina State Wolfpack vs. Cincinnati Bearcats - ESPN
8 pm tonight from the Nip on ESPN/ESPN3. Cinci is giving 8.

Honoring A Great Mountaineer - WVMETRONEWS.COM
Former All-American linebacker and College Football Hall of Fame Inductee Darryl Talley will be honored for his accomplishments. Talley was recently selected into the National Football Foundation’s College Football Hall of Fame. The university has a group of activities planned to honor Talley in this on campus salute, which starts with a luncheon at the Waterfront Place Hotel on Friday.

Video of Interest:

Video of (Dis)Interest:

Looking forward to the brown Jamie Lee Curtis and friends tonight:

Miss Throwdown:

Today's Miss Throwdown is Victoria's Secret model from Namibia. Here's today's gallery of Behati Prinsloo (Click on the picture).

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