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The Shotgun/Throwdown: Wednesday (9/26/12) Edition

Today we have Coach's presser, player and coaches interviews, Baylor previews, Big 12 roundup and much more.


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 Royal Dutch Lager, in honor of today's Miss Throwdown.

What You May Have Missed:

Rigg award, HCDH presser quotes (video below), NFL update & more

Big 12 Heisman Watch: Week 5 - Big 12 Blog - ESPN
...and #1 here as well

Coaching Turnover's Effect on Style of Play - Winthrop Intelligence
a look at the change in offensive style of play from Beilein to Huggins, using four factors: shooting, turnovers, rebounding, and foul shooting.

Commemorative Football Celebrates WVU's Inaugural Big 12 Season - WVillustrated
$99 with some proceeds to the Make A Wish Foundation of Northern WV

News of Note:

Big 12 ready to lift the veil on West Virginia - Big 12 Blog - ESPN
Ever since the Mountaineers announced their intentions to play in the Big 12 last year, there has been plenty of blabbering about what West Virginia will or won't do in the league.

West Virginia believes it has to throw more long passes vs. Baylor - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
The Big 12's arrival Saturday could finally lift the lid on West Virginia's vertical passing game, Dana Holgorsen hinted Tuesday.

In Big 12, defensive success is ‘different’ - Charleston Daily Mail
"If you think we're going to shut them down," WVU Coach Dana Holgorsen said, "you're nuts."

A Baylor-WVU shootout? Not so fast - Big 12 Blog - ESPN
Prepare yourselves for as many lame high-scoring game jokes as possible before West Virginia and Baylor kick off Saturday at noon in Morgantown.

The Really, Really Fun Shootout Will Be ... - College Football News
Week 5 CFN Fearless Prediction – Baylor at West Virginia

Big Game Hunting: Heisman race leader Geno Smith leads West Virginia into tilt against Baylor - Sporting News
So let’s do some Big Game Hunting, starting with the five best matchups on the board.

Shootout Central, or does defense count? - Charleston Gazette
"Well, that side of the ball is important and I don't care who you're playing,''

West Virginia staff familiar with Big 12 methods - Pittsburgh Tribune Review
West Virginia coach Dana Holgorsen personally hand-picked his coaching staff with the Big 12 weighing heavily on his mind.

WVU 12 1/2-point favorite in its first-ever Big 12 game - Register-Herald
But head coach Dana Holgorsen said the ninth-ranked Mountaineers (3-0) certainly aren’t taking the Bears lightly.

‘Big Things are Coming’ for WVU - Register-Herald
Mountaineers set to host Big 12 foe Baylor Saturday

HERTZEL COLUMN: WVU set to step into new world - Times West Virginian
“We’re not playing the Big 12,” he told them quite pointedly. “We’re playing Baylor.”

Maryland game preps WVU defense for Baylor - Daily Athenaeum
As West Virginia prepares for its first game against Big 12 foe Baylor Saturday, Rigg said he thinks the defense needs to make sure it plays to the whistle, which might eliminate some of the missed tackles the defense had against Maryland.

Alston hopes to return to the lineup this week - Charleston Daily Mail
Casazza's Notebook

WVU-Baylor game buzz, tempo, AD gatherings - Charleston Gazette
Vingle's Notebook

Holgorsen, Briles take similar paths - Times West Virginian
Each coach, in his formative stage, was influenced by the Mao-like teachings of coaches Hal Mumme and Mike Leach.

WVU, Baylor head coaches reunite - Pittsburgh Tribune Review

WVU's Fab 5: Mountaineers You Need to Know - Our Daily Bears
Baylor faces off against one of the very best offenses in the land this Saturday, and if it wants to have a chance, it will need to stop these five guys.

Football Player Quotes -
The West Virginia football team addressed members of the media Tuesday night.

Video: Football Interviews 9/25 - BGN
Geno, Rigg, Madsen and Coach Dawson

WVU Offensive Video Interviews - WVillustrated
Coach Dawson, Geno, Zereoue, DePalma, Stedman, Jenkins, Madsen and Woods

WVU Defensive Video Interviews - WVillustrated
Coach DeForest, Rose, Cook, Clarke, Coach Roberts, Rigg, Garvin and Miller

Around the League (and Beyond):

Briles, West Virginia coach Holgorsen learn from Leach - Waco Tribune

ISU defense rallying around touchdown streak - Ames Tribune

What Does James Sims Do For A Sluggish Kansas Offense? - Rock Chalk Talk

Hubert carries the day against OU - Manhattan Mercury

Oklahoma’s Bad Play Day: Part I - Crimson And Cream Machine

Oklahoma State To Unveil New Uniforms Versus Texas - Cowboys Ride For Free

The Texas Offense: Defender In Conflict - Burnt Orange Nation

Casey Pachall’s interception is a great chance for Gary Patterson to drive home point about game management - Dallas Morning News

Stats That Matter | Texas Tech v. Iowa St. - Viva The Matadors

College Football Power Rankings - Andy Staples -

The BMOC surveys Landry Jones' fall, Heisman race, Alabama Crimson Tide and more - ESPN
18, 13 & 8

BCS 2.0 playoff could include seventh bowl for non-AQ conferences - Stewart Mandel -

What's On Tap:

Men’s Soccer Hosts Talented Gaels -
The No. 17 West Virginia University men’s soccer team will close out a four-game homestand with a non-conference match against Iona on Wednesday, Sept. 26, Dick Dlesk Soccer Stadium. The match will begin at 7 p.m.

Old Spice Classic hoops tourney tickets on sale - Charleston Gazette
Tickets are now on sale for WVU's basketball games in the Old Spice Classic, which is set for the ESPN Wide World of Sports at Walt Disney World Resort near Orlando.

Video of Interest:

West Virginia coach Dana Holgorsen's Tuesday afternoon remarks prior to Saturday's Baylor game. September 25, 2012.

Video of (Dis)Interest:

Oh, John L., you make it soooo easy sometimes. The payoff is at the 35 second mark:

Hump Day Video of the Week:

Miss Throwdown:

Today's Miss Throwdown is a Dutch VS Angel (I should really get paid for promoting VS as much as I do). CLICK HERE for today's gallery of Bregje Heinen.

Thanks to Jimmy Traina of SI's Hot Clicks for bringing today's Video of (Dis)Interest and Miss Throwdown to my attention.