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The Shotgun/Throwdown: Friday (5/18/12) Edition

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Today we have reactions to the Bama game, Ollie isn't going anywhere and the basketball coaches are interviewed. Athlon is also heavily featuring WVU today. All of this and more. Sorry for the delay. Have a great weekend.

What You May Have Missed:

Gold And Blue Now: Friday - WVMETRONEWS.COM
WVU president Jim Clements talks about athletic director Oliver Luck committing to stay at WVU. Also, the Mountaineers have scheduled Alabama to face off in the 2014 football season opener in Atlanta

WVU president says Luck's staying - Charleston Gazette
"I sat down with Oliver," Clements told the Gazette. "I told him I need to know because I've been getting inquiries, calls and texts, and he said, 'Jim, I love it here; I'm a Mountaineer; I'm staying.' "

Oliver Luck Discusses State Of WVU Athletic Department - WVillustrated
See what Luck had to say about the Alabama game, the Big 12 and his work as athletic director.

WVU sells near-record number of season tickets - Charleston Daily Mail
Through Tuesday, the university had processed about 24,000 season ticket renewals.

Deliciousness, as usual, from Spencer

Holgorsen and the Mountaineer to Star in ESPN Commercial - WVillustrated
Jonathan Kimble is excited to represent West Virginia on a national scale in College GameDay spot.

Relegation Simulation: Rewriting College Football History -
In a series by the Mothership, they simulated EPL-style relegation/promotion and WVU came through nicely, taking care of winning the BE, ACC and now membership into the B12

Moss a productive fullback - Martinsburg Journal
The 6-foot-1, 194-pound Huntington native still holds the WVU record for both season and career average yards per carry. It was 8.2 for 1955 and 7.8 for his four-year career.

Koken was leader on WVU’s 1988 team - Register-Herald
The 6-foot-2, 265-pound Youngstown, Ohio, native was the center, and he must rank among the school’s all-time best at that position.

News of Note:

WVU football: Creative scheduling used to fit Alabama - Charleston Daily Mail
Barely two weeks ago, West Virginia settled its exit from a two-game football series with Florida State and seemed to have achieved scheduling serenity through 2016.

Pros and Cons of an Early Season 2014 Matchup: WVU vs. Alabama - WVMETRONEWS.COM
Tale of the Tape

HERTZEL COLUMN: ’Bama game comes at a perfect time - Times West Virginian
There is something about the opening day of any football season that is special, and it’s a shame when a school uses it for something other than a special game, as many do while trying to ease into the year against a lesser opponent.

Alabama vs West Virginia: WE MUST PROTECT THIS COUCH! - Roll 'Bama Roll
The reaction from our blogging counterparts

A Takeaway From ‘Bama-W.V.U. in 2014 - Pre-Snap Read
One simple takeaway from this high-profile matchup: The Chick-fil-A College Kickoff, due to enter its fifth season this fall, has become the game’s marquee regular season event.

Schedules are made to be adjusted - Charleston Gazette
Hickman's Notebook

Mountaineers to visit Gonzaga in basketball - Charleston Gazette
Oliver Luck said West Virginia is working to schedule a regular-season game with the Zags in Spokane, Wash., next season.

Huggins, Carey Speak About Future of WVU Basketball - WVillustrated
See what the Mountaineer head coaches had to say about new assistants, new players and their new facility.

DeForest Pleased With Progress -
"I think our kids bought in all spring and showed it in the spring game," DeForest said last month. "Four turnovers is a lot in a spring game."

Athlon Features:

2012 Preview: West Virginia -

West Virginia Football: Is Geno Smith the Big 12's Best Quarterback? -

West Virginia Mountaineers 2012 Team Predictions -

The Greatest Moments in Mountaineers History -

West Virginia Mountaineers' Top 10 Players for 2012 -

Top Ten Greatest Mountaineers -


WVU One of Many Interested in Florida Backer Michael Deeb - WVillustrated
Mountaineers are trying to stand out in a growing list of offers for this American Heritage Plantation linebacker.

Around the League (and Beyond):

Big 12 post-spring power rankings - Big 12 Blog - ESPN

HERTZEL COLUMN: Work never done for Big 12 boss - Times West Virginian
Bob Bowlsby, the new Big 12 commissioner who seemed to walk into a job after all the work was done

The DeLoss Dodds College Football Playoff Plan - Barking Carnival

Baylor announces another major gift for the new Baylor Stadium - Our Daily Bears
The rendering certainly looks nice

Iowa State’s Paul Rhoads wants bowl-eligibility to stay at 6 wins - TheGazette

Going deep: My early stab at filling out KU football's fall depth chart (for now) -

The Lockett Legacy - Bring On The Cats

OU Football Recruiting - Sooners Finally Land Their 2013 Quarterback - Crimson And Cream Machine

Five 2012 Defensive Commits That Need to Play and Produce Next Year - Double-T Nation

Video of Interest:

This was making the rounds last week:

Video of (Dis)Interest:


Miss Throwdown:

Today's Miss Throwdown is British model/actress Kelly Brook. Enjoy the video below and a wonderful gallery by clicking on the picture.



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