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The Shotgun/Throwdown: Friday (7/6/12) 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 by Rugen Brau until I can come up with a permanent image for this space.

Sorry for the delay folks, but here's today's rundown... We have several football player features along with a look at the transition to the Big 12 on the hoops side. Plenty of news and notes, WVUPros previews the weekend, a Big 12 roundup and much more...

What You May Have Missed:

New conference members describe impact on programs - ESPN
We've been focusing mainly on the gridiron, but here's a look at the hoops side

Introducing Oklahoma State -
The series continues with the Cowboys

Forget Pitt, Penn State needs to play West Virginia in football -
Count me in

WVU Campus Tour - Fox Sports Southwest
WVU Junior Gymnast Makenzie Bristol takes us on a tour of the West Virginia campus.

HERTZEL COLUMN: Jones will work for NBA spot - Times West Virginian
"For when the One Great Scorer comes to mark against your name, He writes—not that you won or lost—but how you played the Game." — Sports writing great Grantland Rice

WVU Pros Weekend Football Preview: Noel Devine and Scooter Berry Get It Started on Friday - WVU Pros
We preview Mountaineers in action in the CFL and AFL this weekend.

News of Note:

Unit Rankings: 2012 Big 12 Wide Receivers -
Well, well...look who gets the top spot

Healthy Alston Believes Sky is Limit for WVU Rushers - WVillustrated
Senior running back confident in himself, teammates as he readies for final year with Mountaineers.

Alston looks to be leader of RB ‘pack’ - Charleston Gazette
WVU's running back position will be interesting to watch when fall camp resumes.

No. 1 Geno Smith - WVMETRONEWS.COM
West Virginia quarterback Geno Smith is the top ranked player in the Big 12 Conference preseason player rankings by Metronews.

Millard Maturing Into Confident Quarterback - WVillustrated
Millard is taking steps forward heading into the 2012 season

WVU Defensive Line Adjusting to Changes - WVillustrated
The entire West Virginia football team will have to deal with some major changes this season.

The Road Back -
Jenkins, who is eligible to play one more season of football at WVU, has made the recovery necessary to get back in the game.

WVU's Jenkins eager to face Herd - Parkersburg News and Sentinel
Thankfully, his opinion isn't weighed by Oliver Luck

HERTZEL COLUMN: Sooners, WVU have some history - Times West Virginian
To say that the upstart Mountaineers are going to muscle their way right past Texas as the Sooners’ top rival this year is saying a lot ... and not nearly enough.

Around the League (and Beyond):

Ten Big XII Games To Watch In 2012 - Crimson And Cream Machine

Voice of the (stereo)Typical Fan - Cowboys Ride For Free

OU Football 2012 - A Quick Update On Where Things Stand This Summer - Crimson And Cream Machine

Tumbling To Earth in 2012: Oklahoma State, Baylor, TCU - Barking Carnival

TCU joins Big 12, ends long conference realignment march - Andy Staples -

Texas Football 2012: DBU Superlatives And The Return Of Former Stars - Burnt Orange Nation

Five Most Important Seniors on Defense - Double-T Nation

Beginning of the end: Ex-Husker to conclude career at KU -

OSU football: Mike Gundy should use J.W. Walsh on short-yardage situations - Oklahoman

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

Comparing Rich Rodriguez at Michigan to RichRod at West Virginia - Arizona Desert Swarm
If you're interested

The Amateur: Hot Dog Eating Contest And Reversals Of Fortune -
Spencer Hall traveled to Brooklyn to eat as many hot dogs as he could and throw-up on camera, all in the name of journalism.

Video of Interest:

It was the Aggies the other day, today it's the Longhorns (especially the guy at the 2:07 mark):

Video of (Dis)Interest:

Miss Throwdown:

Today's Miss Throwdown is a South African stunner. HERE is today's gallery of Genevieve Morton.