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The Shotgun/Throwdown: Monday (9/10/12) Edition


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 today by Silva beer, in honor of today's Miss Throwdown.

As JMU week kicks off, we have more on the Big 12 TV contract to go along with several player features and a couple of wrinkles Geno has added to his arsenal (at least under Holgorsen). There are also some recruiting updates, as the coaches took the opportunity to hit the road over the weekend. We also recap the Big 12 action from the weekend and much more...

HUGE shout-out to Holgasm! for the awesome new S/T logo!!!

What You May Have Missed:

Big 12 TV deal 'monumental' - Charleston Gazette
$2.6 billion, 13-year contract stabilizes conference

Details are still emerging on Big 12 TV deal - Charleston Gazette
Parts of the freshly minted television contract between the Big 12 Conference, ESPN and Fox remain somewhat a mystery.

P.S.R. 1-124: Week 3 Re-Ranking - Pre-Snap Read

Big 12 bowl projections: Week 3 - College Football Nation Blog - ESPN

Vote for Geno - Heisman Vote
Here is the official fan vote spot

Mailbag: How much patience should UF fans have? WVU's rise? Big East's rep? -
Here is this week's mailbag. As always, send your questions to me via Twitter to @BFeldmanCBS:

Women's Soccer Battles to Draw at Purdue -
West Virginia women’s soccer team battled Purdue to a 2-2 draw Sunday afternoon at Varsity Soccer Complex in West Lafayette, Ind., its final non-conference road match of the season.

Four Score in Men's Soccer's Win -
No. 22 West Virginia University men’s soccer team ended a 333 minute scoring drought as four players scored on Sunday afternoon to lead the team to a 4-2 victory over Oakland at Dick Dlesk Soccer Stadium.

Hoss Foundation Continues to Give Back -
Jeff Hostetler did big things on the football field, but he is doing even bigger things since he left the gridiron.

News of Note:

WVU-JMU ticket sales slow - Register-Herald
WVU is guaranteed $2.3 million for playing in that game.

Defense Work in Progress -
Of course it’s a lot easier playing offense when you are trailing by 35 points - and a lot tougher to play defense when you are leading by that many.

Defending the Spread -
Dana Holgorsen is one of the innovative minds that is changing the way the college game is being played.

HERTZEL COLUMN: Keep-away could be way to slow offenses - Times West Virginian
So how do you stop this? You don’t give them the ball.

West Virginia QB Smith's running new headache for foes - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
after rushing for 65 yards in West Virginia's opener, he might have forced opponents to respect another dimension of his game.

WVU Assistant Jake Spavital Mic'd Up - WVillustrated
WVU Quarterbacks Coach Jake Spavital wore a microphone at a recent practice.

WVU football: Smith effective under center - Charleston Daily Mail
"I've studied Dana's offense for a long time and one thing I told him was that I thought Geno and the offense would be very effective - even more effective - under center," Patterson said.

A healthy dose of Alston - Charleston Gazette
Senior's opening-week performance didn't surprise coach

HERTZEL COLUMN: WVU’s Buie turns heads in opener -Times West Virginian
“He runs like he’s 240 pounds,” running backs coach Robert Gillespie said

Cornerbacks hoping to learn from mistakes - Charleston Gazette
"No one was pleased with the way we played,'' Roberts said

WVU must guard against upset - Times West Virginian
James Madison next up for Mountaineers

JMU coach no stranger to WVU, Mountain State - Charleston Gazette
He knows the program. He knows the coaches. He knows the state.

Entertaining season awaits in Big 12 - Daily Athenaeum
But hopefully during the Mountaineers’ bye week Saturday, fans took it upon themselves to evaluate some of the other teams in the conference.


Prep Coach: LB Recruit Has WVU No. 1 - WVMETRONEWS.COM
Al-Rasheed Benton, an inside linebacker from Newark, N.J., has West Virginia as his front-runner, said Malcolm X Shabazz High School coach Darnell Grant.

WVU Coaches Using Bye Week To Recruit - WVillustrated
WVU Coaches are in Texas, Florida, Oklahoma and other high school football hotbeds looking for potential future Mountaineers.

WVU coaches hit recruiting trail - Pittsburgh Tribune Review
Target areas included West Virginia, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Maryland, Virginia, Texas and Florida.

Around the League (and Beyond):

What we learned in the Big 12: Week 2 - Big 12 Blog - ESPN

ULM trip just got a lot more interesting... - Our Daily Bears
Oh, Hayyyyy. Look who has to head to Monroe, Louisiana, in two weeks.

The Most Big Ten Cy-Hawk Game Ever: Iowa State - Iowa Recap - Wide Right & Natty Lite

Post-Game Celebration Thread: #21 K-State 52, Miami 13. - Bring On The Cats

Oklahoma 69, Florida A&M 13: Post-Game Quotes - Crimson And Cream Machine

Wildcats 59, Cowboys 38. The good, the bad.....and the penalties. - Cowboys Ride For Free

Texas Cruises Past New Mexico 45-0 - Burnt Orange Nation

Inside the Numbers: TCU over Grambling 56-0 - Frogs O' War

Post Game Thoughts | Texas Tech 58, Texas St. 10 - Double-T Nation

College Football Overtime - Stewart Mandel -

College GameDay Final: Week 2 - ESPN

What's On Tap:

WVU basketball season tickets go on sale Monday - Charleston Daily Mail
The tickets will be available online at or by calling (800) WVU GAME. They can also be picked up at the Mountaineer Ticket Office in the WVU Coliseum.

Video of Interest:

Video of (Dis)Interest:

Amazing how much music can change the feel of a movie and/or scene:

Miss Throwdown:

Today's Miss Throwdown is Romanian model Catrinel Menghia. CLICK HERE for today's gallery.