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The Shotgun/Throwdown: Wednesday (8/29/12) Edition


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T-Minus 3 Days

As Marshall prep gets into full swing, Coach Holgorsen held his weekly presser last night, hinting at Marshall likely working on a new offensive scheme. We have full video and a transcript of the presser today, along with several notebooks and a few player features. Players and coaches were also made available to the media yesterday and there's plenty of video interviews to go through as well. Oliver Luck is set to serve on the NFL safety committee, the Big 12 teams are losing players left and right and Caleb previews tonight's NFL pre-season action. Finally, WVU makes history today as the first official WVU Big 12 contest takes place when the Longhorns visit for a volleyball match tonight. All of this and more...

What You May Have Missed:

Dana Holgorsen Media Conference Quotes -
Quotes here, video embedded below

Luck to Serve on NFL Panel -
WVU Director of Athletics Oliver Luck to serve on NFL Player Safety Advisory Panel.

Athletics and Libraries Renew TD Challenge -
Last year, Athletics and the Libraries partnered to launch the initiative in which participants pledged a dollar figure per touchdown the Mountaineers scored during the 2011 season and subsequent Orange Bowl.

Preseason Heisman Watch leads with Matt Barkley, Monteé Ball - Cory McCartney -
Geno is "In the Hunt"

SPEAKING ON SPORTS PODCAST AUG 27, 2012 - Speaking on Sports
Here's a podcast I did on Monday evening (I'm on hour 2)

WRNL PAC: Announcing a Running Mate - Wide Right & Natty Lite
They like us. They really like us.

NFL Preseason Week 4 Preview: Wednesday - WVU Pros
Three games on the NFL docket tonight, all involve Mountaineer players: Slaton, Goode, Tandy, Urban and Capers.

News of Note:

Coal Bowl: Holgorsen confident entering opener after adversity-filled season - Charleston Daily Mail
"I would have been ready a week ago," Holgorsen said.

WVU Expecting Best From Herd - WVMETRONEWS.COM
The underdog role is one that Marshall thrives in at times against WVU, flirting with pulling off the upset on a couple of occasions.

Push The Tempo - BGN
In the land of coffee, Marshall's coaching staff had a cuppa with Oregon's, and rumor has it the Herd plan to utilize some of the insights gained against West Virginia on Saturday.

Unknown territory for Mountaineers - Charleston Gazette
WVU wondering about changes to Marshall offense

Marshall set to face very young WVU defense on Saturday - Parkersburg News and Sentinel
10 freshmen listed on Eers’ depth chart

In-game adjustments key for WVU - Register-Herald
But for two coaches, Holgorsen and Marshall’s Doc Holliday, who have seen multiple leagues and different parts of the country during their careers, there are only so many surprises left in the bag.

HERTZEL COLUMN: Don’t bother assuming in this game - Times West Virginian
“Who knows what we’re going to do offensively? We’re liable to throw something out there that they haven’t seen before,” he said.

WVU's siren, MU series, recruiting and a little fishing - Charleston Gazette
Vingle's Notebook

Improved elements pleases Herd coach; top rushers may sit - Charleston Daily Mail
Casazza and Redd Notebook

WVU notes: Garrison decision delayed few days - Charleston Gazette
Hickman's Notebook

Season on hold for West Virginia's top running back - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
West Virginia's coaches said Tuesday there is no rush to get Dustin Garrison, the team's rushing leader last season, into the lineup in time for the opener Saturday against Marshall.

How Garvin, Cook Earned Their Way Back - WVMETRONEWS.COM
Darwin Cook and Terence Garvin — veteran safeties, best friends and roommates — discussed their May arrests on shoplifting charges and the physical penance they paid to Coach Dana Holgorsen in order to remain on the team.

Mountaineers' Rigg is a top-notch linebacker - Register-Herald
“I feel like we’re improving every day,” Rigg said. “Even when we work with stuffed bags. That’s what we need to keep doing.

Coach Guessed Wrong About Alston - WVMETRONEWS.COM
"I said, 'This kid probably won't ever play for us,'" Gillespie admitted Tuesday night.

WVU freshman receiver earns starting bid - Pittsburgh Tribune Review
Thompson, it appears, is a fast learner as well as a fast runner.

Three keys to West Virginia football in 2012 - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Video: Football Interviews 8/28 - BGN
Squirt, Geno, Coach Roberts and Tyler Anderson

WVU Football Player and Coach Interviews - WVillustrated
Tavon, Coaches Dawson and Slaughter, Bruce, Alston and Geno

More WVU Football Player and Coach Interviews - WVillustrated
Coaches Roberts & Spavital, Stedman, Squirt, Brodrick & Josh Jenkins

Around the League (and Beyond):

Week 1 Big 12 power rankings - National Football Post
Which team is the conference favorite heading into the season opener?

SEC, Big 12 games will show controversial replays to fans - Kansas City Star

CONFIRMED: DT Kaeron Johnson out for the season - Our Daily Bears

Notebook: Paul Rhoads press conference recap - Cyclone Fanatic

Kansas Football Report Card Preseason Edition: The Offense - Rock Chalk Talk

Snyder confirms Bender's departure from K-State - Topeka Capital Journal

OU Football 2012: No News Is Still The News On Jalen Saunders - Crimson And Cream Machine

OSU football: Wes Lunt gives Cowboys hope and change they can believe in - Oklahoman

David Ash More Experienced, More Confident, More Accurate, More Risk-Averse - Burnt Orange Nation

Adams leaves football team - Lubbock Avalanche Journal

Another look at TCU's new Amon G. Carter Stadium - Frogs O' War

What's On Tap:

History in the Making -
August 29, 2012 will go down as a historical date for West Virginia University Intercollegiate Athletics as it marks the first official Big 12 event to take place in Morgantown since the university joined the 10-member conference on July 1, 2012. This Wednesday, the Mountaineer volleyball team will take on No. 2 Texas at 6:30 p.m. at the WVU Coliseum.

Videos of Interest:

West Virginia University football coach Dana Holgorsen's Tuesday afternoon news conference at Milan Puskar Stadium. Aug. 28, 2012.

Video of (Dis)Interest:

This, and many of the videos regularly featured here, I find on SI's Hot Clicks by Jimmy Traina:

Hump Day Video of the Week:

Miss Throwdown:

Today's Miss Throwdown is a Czech beauty of epic proportions. CLICK HERE for today's gallery of Petra Cubonova.