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The Shotgun/Throwdown: Tuesday (5/29/12) 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 Jelen Pivo, in honor of today's Miss Throwdown.

I certainly hope everyone enjoyed the long weekend. Today we have more notes on conference realignment/Big 12 expansion (ain't it nice to not HAVE to worry about this?), kind words from our new conference-mates for Luck, the WVU Sports Hall of Fame announced its 2012 inductees, recruiting bits and more. There's also a bit on the scheduling and future of the Capital Classic. I'll give you half a guess as to who's whining about the new scheduling the most.

What You May Have Missed:

2012 Hall of Fame Class Revealed -
The 2012 class includes Katie Barnes, Dan Cavanaugh, Ben Dunkerley, Bo Orlando, Ed Pastilong, Lee Patrone and Maurice Robinson.

Luck Looks Into Future Of Big 12 - WVMETRONEWS.COM
For once, West Virginia is on the opposite side of the fence when it comes to conference expansion.

HERTZEL COLUMN: No doubt WVU made out well - Times West Virginian
If it’s clear to Pederson that there are five “power conferences,” the world would like to schedule an appointment with his optometrist, for he certainly is seeing things far differently than everyone else is.

Luck leading West Virginia onward -
From one of our new B12 brethren

Behind the Shield with Owen Schmitt -
Jeanette Thompson caught up with recently acquired Raiders FB Owen Schmitt.

News of Note:

Don't expect much from Big 12 meetings - Charleston Gazette
The fact of the matter is, though, that landscape-changing deals tend not to come from formal, organized get-togethers but from behind-the-scenes wheeling and dealing.

HERTZEL COLUMN: Patrone finally gets his due - Times West Virginian
He was also good enough to become a Hall of Famer 50 years after his career ended.

Let the football hype start - Parkersburg News and Sentinel
The Mountaineers will enter the season as one of the most-hyped and written about teams, and that's a good thing.

Previewing 2012 WVU Football Opponents: Maryland - WVillustrated
preview of 2012 WVU football opponents continues with a look at Maryland

Previewing 2012 WVU Football Opponents: Baylor - WVillustrated
preview of 2012 WVU football opponents continues with a look at the Big 12 opener against Baylor

Seven up: Matt Barkley gets nod in early Heisman watch - Sporting News
Breakdown of good/bad signs for 7 players, including Geno

Practice Facility Home for WVU Past, Present and Future - WVillustrated
Former Mountaineers return to get better in Morgantown while serving as mentors to younger players.

West Virginia-Marshall series could be nearing its end - Sporting News
Any guess as to who the biggest whiner is?


WVU Commit Tries Recruiting Receiver Tyler Boyd - WVillustrated
Chavas Rawlins committed to the Mountaineers last week and now he wants to help reel in another top prospect.

WVU football: Rawlins is not typical recruit for Holgorsen - Charleston Daily Mail
He just might flip the way we think about Coach Dana Holgorsen's offense upside down.

Needle moving for WVU football program - Charleston Gazette
Recruiting update

Around the League (and Beyond):

Nine things and one crazy prediction for this week - Austin Statesman
Could the Big 12 have painted itself into a very bad corner?

Credit interim commish Chuck Neinas for revival of Big 12 - SportsDayDFW
Once in danger, league is back on track with veteran leader as steward

Neinas nixing future Big 12 expansion? - Big 12 Blog - ESPN

Conference Realignment: Why is this happening? (Post 1) - Bring On The Cats
Excellent analysis and background info

Kansas Athletics, Inc., board discusses Big 12 growth -

TCU Football Roster Losses Hit Seven, Likely To Head Higher - Frogs O' War

Do We Even Recruit Against The Sooners Anymore? Checking In On OU Recruiting. - Barking Carnival

Video: Baylor QB Nick Florence - Big 12 Blog - ESPN

Theft charges dropped against Iowa State football player Thomas - Des Moines Register

Five Players that Should Keep Their Options Open in 2012 - Double-T Nation

Video of Interest:

Mountaineers continue to work on the recruiting trail, WVU mascot Jonathan Kimble becomes a stars in a commercial in Los Angeles and Athletic Director Oliver Luck will pick a new baseball coach within the week.

Video of (Dis)Interest:

Some people just don't get it:

Miss Throwdown:

Today's Miss Throwdown is a "dirty blonde" to make up for Friday's "fail" (whatever). Here's today's gallery (click on the picture) and video of Serbian model Nina Senicar.