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The Shotgun/Throwdown: Friday (6/22/12) Edition


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We have updates from all around the WVU sports world today. Several football and basketball updates, facilities upgrades, baseball upgrades moving forward, recruiting notes and more. We also have a couple of updates from WVUPros and Mountaineer/NBA legend Jerry West weighs in on KJ's pre-draft status. Have a great weekend!!

What You May Have Missed:

Gold And Blue Now: Friday - WVMETRONEWS.COM
WVU assistant football coach Daron Roberts talks about how the move to the Big 12 has and will impact recruiting for the Mountaineers. Also, recent 2012 football commit Rick Rumph says he plans to be in Morgantown by July 2nd.

NY Penn-League Possible Partnership With WVU - WVMETRONEWS.COM
More pieces continue to take shape in regard to WVU’s potential new baseball park in Morgantown.

FSU looks to use new ballpark - Times West Virginian
No commitment made with WVU to share stadium

Introducing Kansas State -
The Big 12 introduction series continues with the Wildcats

Blog: Campus Connection -
Huggins Likes Guard Depth

Aggressive Mindset - BGN
Short feature and video with Keaton Miles

West Virginia hopes experience, depth will help bring faster tempo to offense this season - Daily Athenaeum
With such a young team last year – consisting of just three upperclassmen – West Virginia had a tough time finding the right chemistry to run the style of offense that it wanted to.

WVU hoops, football and some WVC ciphering - Charleston Gazette
Hickman's Notebook

WVUPros Thirsty Thursday News and Notes: 6/21/12 - WVU Pros
We return from vacation to bring you several generous servings of WVUPros news and notes to whet your appetite for the first weekend of the summer. Bottoms up!

Two More Thirsty Thursday Notes On Noel Devine and Jock Sanders - WVU Pros
We have another round of notes on this WVU Thirsty Thursday for you.

West thinks Jones is a second-round pick - Martinsburg Journal
"He did OK in the first day of the combine," West said in an interview from his Los Angeles home. "But the second day of workouts with the (Los Angeles) Lakers he did not do nearly as well.

News of Note:

WVU season-ticket sales near record for football - Register-Herald
Matt Wells, the Mountaineers’ director of marketing, said as of Wednesday 36,500 already had been sold.

Holgorsen seeks to shake up scheduling - Charleston Daily Mail
Coach Dana Holgorsen would like to do his people a favor and stimulate the way patrons think about the non-conference schedule.

WVU football: Holgorsen adds touch on uniforms, renovations - Charleston Daily Mail
Holgorsen has no beef with Mountaineer Field, nor does he have much interest in getting worked up about that right now.

Sweet science of line play? - Charleston Gazette
Mountaineer linemen turn to boxing as part of training regimen

A Different Perspective - WVMETRONEWS.COM
After 35 plus years on the athletic training staff at West Virginia University, John Spiker can tell several stories ranging from best coaches to work under to the toughest gridiron players for the Mountaineers.

HERTZEL COLUMN: The bonding of teammates and the benefits of college - Times West Virginian
We mention all this because it is the way it happens so often in college athletics, especially at West Virginia University, the state university in a state that is not blessed with enough Division I athletes to carry it to the top.


Damian Nicholson Set for Weekend Visit to WVU - WVUillustrated
Damian Nicholson is preparing to take a trip to the campus of the first school to offer him a football scholarship.

Richard Romeo to Walk On for WVU Basketball - WVillustrated
Greenbrier East graduate enrolls at West Virginia to join Mountaineers basketball in the fall.

HERTZEL COLUMN: Recruiting is game of chance - Times West Virginian
See, Huggins has been playing shorthanded for some time, really, ever since some highly touted recruits went spinning off out of control.

College Football Recruiting: Which Schools Spend The Most, And Why? -
We can learn a lot about college football recruiting just by looking at the amount of money each school spends on bringing in new players.

Around the League (and Beyond):

Big 12 Expansion Could Be Close - Rock Chalk Talk

Big 12: Oklahoma proves to have toughest non-conference schedule - Sporting News
Complete conference breakdown

Ranking The 2012 Big 12 Defenses - Barking Carnival

Texas Tech Gives Middle Finger to LHN - Double-T Nation

OSU football: Cowboys' Academic Progress Rate dangerously low - Oklahoman

Under the radar: Texas Longhorns - Big 12 Blog - ESPN

Baylor Football 2012 Commercial - Our Daily Bears

/// K-State Football's 16 Goals /// - K State Sports

The Folly of the Megaconference. - Bring On The Cats

Oklahoma Football: Landry Jones' Stache vs. Kenny Stills Hawk - Crimson And Cream Machine

Could this be the next TCU Horned Frog? - Frogs O' War

Video of Interest:

Video of (Dis)Interest:

Miss Throwdown:

Today's Miss Throwdown is Moldovan beauty Xenia Deli. Click HERE for today's gallery and HERE for a bonus gallery.