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West Virginia Center Tyler Orlosky Named Athlon Sports Preseason All-American

The Senior Mountaineer center, a 2016 Rimington Trophy Award “Watch List” nominee, continues to gain recognition heading into the 2016 football season.

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News Of Note

Football:

West Virginia University senior center Tyler Orlosky was named to Athlon Sports' preseason All-American Third team as announced by the organization on Wednesday.

Basketball:

WVU men's basketball season ticket holders can now renew their 2016-17 season tickets online at WVUGAME.com.

West Virginia Athletics:

West Virginia University golfer Avery Schneider has been nominated for the 2016 Big 12 Male Sportsperson of the Year as announced by the league on Wednesday. Schneider, who played in nine tournaments for the Mountaineers, displayed his integrity on the course earlier this season by self-reporting a penalty during competition. Sitting at two under par and inside the top five while competing in the Wolfpack Open in North Carolina last fall, Schneider inadvertently moved his ball while searching for it in the woods. Though his competitors did not witness the violation, he reported it to his playing group and took a one-stroke penalty for his lone bogey of the round.

Around The League

Around The Big XII:

The Big 12 Conference may be about to crack down on Baylor University. The conference issued a statement on Wednesday seeking disclosure of all information in Baylor's possession regarding the sexual assault allegations and investigation regarding the University.

David Boren, the University of Oklahoma president who once seemed dead-set on Big 12 expansion, now implies the issue is simply dead. Or dormant, at least.

The preeminent fear is the Big 12 will split its single-file alignment into two five-team divisions. In fact, that seems like the leading idea, and the only readily available explanation is that having divisions is what other conferences do.

Around The NCAA:

In Week 1, a bunch of the biggest programs in college football will pay big sums to destroy lower-echelon teams. The hosts will win these games, just like they do (almost) every time. Power 5 fans will be so bored by their own teams' blowouts against FCS and Group of 5 teams, they'll amuse themselves by calling rival teams cowardly for doing the same thing. Unless they're playing a lower-level monster like North Dakota State. In all this, cash-strapped smaller programs are willing participants.

Bill C power ranks the 2016 ACC, to cap off his series of team previews. Let's debate!

Some years of college football are more orderly than others. The 1974 season may have been the most orderly of all-time.

Gary Andersen inherited a destitute depth chart when he took over the Oregon State job in 2015. He's a proven rebuilder, but it's probably going to take him at least another year or two to get something going in Corvallis.

FARMERS ONLY THIS WEEK. The Shutdown Fullcast this week covers the agriculturingest slate of teams they've covered yet, including: CLEMSON, NEBRASKA, AND OTHER TILLERS OF THE SOIL. REJOICE: IT IS THY FULLCAST

Video Of Interest

Yesterday, I gave you West Virginia's 2007 highlights.  Today, you get to enjoy the 1993 Mountaineers.

Video Of (Dis)Interest

Miss Throwdown

Today's Miss Throwdown is has that girl next door quality to her. She may be the hottest girl to play video games as a profession. CLICK HERE for today's gallery of Tory Weeks (aka Dinglederper) and CLICK HERE for Tory's Instagram.