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The Shotgun/Throwdown: Friday (7/27/12) Edition


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Sorry for the delay, but here's several recaps of media days along with more features with Coach Holgorsen, Geno, Pat Eger, Jared Barber and more. There's even a few Basketball bits of interest as well. Da`Sean is hosting his own hoops camp and WVUPros previews all of the Mountaineers in NFL camps. All of this, the usual Big 12 roundup and more. Have a great weekend everyone!!

What You May Have Missed:

In Friday's show, a Mountaineer is eligible, the Mountaineers play Marist and another Mountaineer gets stronger.

Like its mascot, West Virginia hoping to make splash in Big 12 debut - George Schroeder -
The newcomer was the smash hit of Big 12 media days. Telegenic, a very good sound bite, he clearly enjoyed being the center of attention. "It's nice," said West Virginia's Jon Kimble, attempting to explain the attraction, "when a mascot is able to talk."

Former WVU star Huff to be honored at JMU game - Register-Herald
“This game has been designed as Sam Huff Day,”

WVU Opens With Marist in Old Spice Classic - BGN
While the participants in the eight team tournament have been known for some time, the bracket pairings for the three-day event have just been finalized.

Humphrey's transfer waiver request OK’d - Charleston Gazette
Humphrey, a 6-foot-5, 195-pound senior guard, will be eligible to compete for the Mountaineers this upcoming season.

Noreen, Staten to Tour Estonia -
West Virginia University men’s basketball players Kevin Noreen and Juwan Staten will represent the East Coast All Stars at the 2012 Four Nations Cup in Tallinn, Estonia, from July 25 to August 1.

Da'Sean Butler Hosts Basketball Camp in Morgantown - WVillustrated
The former Mountaineer will join some friends in Morgantown to teach the game to local youth.

All WVUPros NFL Training Camp Previews - WVU Pros
Here are all of our NFL training camp previews.

News of Note:

Big 12 play demands more depth - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
"You have to play more people, which I understand," said Holgorsen Tuesday

Holgorsen downplays Big 12 factor - Charleston Gazette
"They get enough of it from media and reading papers and the Internet and TV and all that stuff. I don't need to say it. We haven't talked about it. They know what their responsibility is right now.''

Big 12 Media Days: West Virginia getting a lot of love in its new home - Sporting News
There’s so much love-at-first-sight for the gang from the Mountain State, it’s beyond weird. It’s a little crazy.

Media day serves as primer for Mountaineers - Charleston Daily Mail
The Mountaineers just don't know a lot about their new home, which turned the conference media days this week into something of a fact-finding mission.

Mountaineers not phased by preseason expectations - Daily Athenaeum
It wasn’t difficult to tell who stole the show during Big 12 Conference Media Days this week.

WVU may add new wrinkles - Parkersburg News and Sentinel
Yeah, we'll probably put something new out there. I'm not going to tell you what it is. But it's evolved.

Holgorsen shares his views on new rules - Charleston Daily Mail
College football has changed a small number of rules for the 2012 season in its ongoing attempt to protect players.

Big 12 football: Texas coach gets help from cheerleaders - Charleston Daily Mail
Casazza's Notebook

Big 12 Player Rankings: The Top 50 Players for 2012 -
1, 5, 13, & 39

QB Smith beefs up, thrills WVU's coach - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
West Virginia's quarterback said he has grown to 225 pounds from around 205 at the close of last season.

Smith brushes off Big 12 honor - Times West Virginian
Senior QB  putting focus on season

WVU's line 'Eger' to go - Martinsburg Journal
But he hastened to add, with emphasis, that "We've got to give Geno all the protection he's going to need."

Defense on the Offensive - Parkersburg News and Sentinel
WVU’s Barber looks to improve upon last year’s numbers

Pretty Good Photo - From Our Editors -
Good photo indeed

Big 12 Media Day, II -
West Virginia University center Joe Madsen takes over the mic and leads us through day two of Big 12 media day at The Westin Galleria in Dallas.


Williams ready for senior year at Montverde Academy - Daily Athenaeum
Williams said he talks with West Virginia head coach Bob Huggins a lot and assistant coach Erik Martin was at University High School last week to watch him in Hoop Fest.

A sneak peek at WVU, Marshall football recruiting - Charleston Gazette
As for the Mountaineers, the team is addressing needs in the backfield and on defense as three linebackers and three running backs have committed thus far.

If coaches are going to recruit in the parking lot of Penn State University, they may as well observe some rules of parking lot recruiting decorum. - Worth the click for the headline pic alone.

Around the League (and Beyond):

WRNL PAC: Occupy Stillwater - Wide Right & Natty Lite

College Football 2012: Previewing The Big 12 - Rock Chalk Talk

KU’s Weis puts his unvarnished persona on display at Big 12 Media Days - Kansas City Star

Thoughts on Baylor as "Second-Chance U" - Our Daily Bears

Bob Stoops And Landry Jones Make Their Rounds At ESPN - Crimson And Cream Machine

The 2012 Longhorn Defensive Tackles: Deep & Diverse - Barking Carnival

Former Miami coach Randy Shannon to be named TCU linebacker coach - College Confidential

Five Most Important Sophomores on Offense - Double-T Nation

WR Marquez Clark won’t be playing for Kansas State - Wichita Eagle

OSU/A&M Board of Regents to consider next phase of OSU's Athletic Village - Oklahoman

What's On Tap:

Camp opens next week!!!!!!

Video of Interest:

Video of (Dis)Interest:

Miss Throwdown:

Today's Miss Throwdown is the 2010 Playmate of the Year. HERE's today's gallery of Hope Dworacyzk (SFW).