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The Shotgun/Throwdown: Tuesday (7/31/12) Edition


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As fall camp is preparing to get underway, we have several recruiting updates and articles to go along with several player features. We also have several articles relating to the hype heading into this year. WVUPros gives us an update on what Truck has planned for his post-collegiate career. The final financial details with the Big East have been released and the usual Big 12 roundup is included and much, much more...

Programming Note: The Shotgun/Throwdown is back to (week)daily starting Thursday.

What You May Have Missed:

WVU, Big East resolve financial issues - Charleston Gazette
Complete breakdown of the financial arrangements

G&BN: A Stedman Rhoads To Travel - WVMETRONEWS.COM
In Tuesday's edition of Gold and Blue Now we visit with Stedman Bailey who is excited about the young receivers on the team, Iowa State Head Coach Paul Rhoads talks about WVU competing in the Big 12 this year and we find out about the 2012 Dana Holgerson Show.

Mountaineer fall camp will be very limited to media - Register-Herald
According to the announced media schedule, just five days will be open to the media. And that will be from 5-5:30 p.m. — a mere 30 minutes each session.

College Football Science: Where Your Team Ranks On The Fun/Skill Chart -
In order to better understand college football's major conferences, we must plot each according to its Fun and its Skill.

Is WVU too hyped or underrated? - Parkersburg News and Sentinel
A team is only as good as its last game.

The Top Ten Most Underrated Programs In College Football - Crimson And Cream Machine
They like us, they REALLY like us

Northern Baseball on the Rise -
Randy Mazey says Stony Brook and Kent State gives Northern baseball teams hope in the future.

Camp KJ - Charleston Gazette
Former WVU hoops star's first camp gets assist from former teammates

Truck Bryant To Play in Europe This Season - WVU Pros
After going undrafted, Darryl Truck Bryant plans to play overseas this season.

Former Mountaineers Complete First Weekend Of NFL Training Camp - WVU Pros
We recap the first weekend of NFL Training camp from a Mountaineer perspective.

Jim Harbaugh: Randy Moss isn't 49ers' top receiver -
Check out the hat, thanks to Brendan for the tip

News of Note:

Geno Smith's unique advantage in the 2012 Heisman race -
Indeed, it appears conference realignment has set the stage for the West Virginia quarterback.

A Bigger Geno in 2012 -
After performing last season at about 205 pounds, this year Smith plans to weigh around 225 when the Mountaineers open the season on Sept. 1

Tavon Austin Makes All-America Team - WVillustrated
Austin makes it on both first- and second-team lists by

Bailey wants to be better - Martinsburg Journal
"You always would like to show improvement every season. And I hope to be better this fall.

One position surely up for grabs: WVU running back - Charleston Gazette
Who emerges will be interesting to watch between now and Sept. 1 when Marshall makes its last trip to Morgantown.

WVU offense set to take flight - Times West Virginian
Holgorsen expects even more in year 2

Defenses can't be overlooked in Big 12 - Charleston Daily Mail
The Big 12 Conference has a reputation for outstanding offenses, quarterbacks and receivers that is as earned as it is impressive.

HERTZEL COLUMN: WVU defense ready for leap into Big XII - Times West Virginian
This defense is a more daring, more gambling defense, one in which they will play far more man-on-man defense, being left alone on an island with no Ginger or Mary Ann to make it enjoyable.

Kicking game will be crucial for WVU - Charleston Gazette
Not only does West Virginia begin practice Thursday with a rather, shall we say, inconsistent group of kickers, there are also new rules to follow.


Worley: "I'm a Mountaineer!" - Scout
Daryl Worley completed a visit to West Virginia by committing to the Mountaineers, and the William Penn Charter (Philadelphia) standout then spoke with FOXSportsNEXT about it.

Maryland Wideout Daikiel Shorts Commits to WVU - WVillustrated
Wide receiver pledges with Mountaineers, making it two commits in one day and a total of 11 for 2013.

Recruiting cornerbacks is a priority in Big 12 - Charleston Daily Mail
There are too many offenses to deal with on a weekly basis in the Big 12 not to have elite talent in the defensive backfield

After Big 12 move, WVU won’t be shy about recruiting in Texas - Pittsburgh Tribune Review
“Yes, we will recruit Houston. We will recruit Dallas. I think we’ve got to be careful about how much manpower we put (there) because it’s so competitive. Like I said, everybody’s recruiting this.”

Tweeting At Recruits: NCAA Violation - SportsGrid
A cautionary tale

Around the League (and Beyond):

Has The New Big XII Gained Ground On The SEC? - Crimson And Cream Machine

Introducing Texas -
The series continues with Bevo

2012 Texas Longhorns Defensive Ends: Owning The Edge With Jeffcoat & Okafor - Barking Carnival

Depth Perception: Offense - Wide Right & Natty Lite

Video tour of Amon G. Carter Stadium - Frogs O' War

Kansas Football 2012: Five Questions Heading Into Camp - Rock Chalk Talk

OU Football 2012 - Fall Camp Storylines (Offense) - Crimson And Cream Machine

Oklahoma State gray jersey to sport black numbers in 2012 -

After Eric Ward's breakout year in 2011, others trying to follow suit - Red Raiders

2012 College Football Videos: Top 25 Previews Begin With Nebraska, Notre Dame -

What's On Tap:

Fall camp opens on THURSDAY!!

Football: Single-Game Tickets On Sale Tuesday -
Tickets can be purchased online at, by calling 1-800-WVU GAME or in person at the Mountaineer Ticket Office in the WVU Coliseum.

Dana Holgorsen Statewide Sportsline Set - WVMETRONEWS.COM
The show will once again air from 7:06 until 9:00 P.M. on Thursday nights throughout the state live from the Regatta Bar and Grille at the Waterfront Place Hotel.

Video of Interest:

Video of (Dis)Interest:

Miss Throwdown:

Today's Miss Throwdown is a VS Angel and ANOTHER of Leo's conquests (DAMN YOU LEO!!!). HERE'S today's gallery of the lovely Miss Erin Heatherton.