Welcome, By-Godders, to the Shotgun Throwdown your one stop shop for the latest WVU news and information, sophomoric humor and daily distractions.
So, uh, there’s this big game this evening, I guess. I’m not sure if you’ve heard about it or not. All the West Virginia related news today, minus the recruiting news below, is about the Mountaineers’ matchup with Gonzaga, so I’m going quick hit with this part again today because there’s a lot to ingest.
A Battle of Wills Thursday Night in San Jose | WVU Athletics
Bob Huggins said his friendship with Gonzaga coach Mark Few goes back many years when the two used to work clinics together and meet up at the coaches’ convention during Final Four weekend. This year, Huggins and Few probably have teams good enough to reach the Final Four in Phoenix, but the problem is just one of them is getting out of the San Jose’s Shark Tank alive on Thursday night.
WVU offense must be efficient against Gonzaga | Charleston Gazette-Mail
That West Virginia remains in the NCAA tournament indicates the Mountaineers have neither need nor interest in changing what produced 24 regular-season wins and now four more in the postseason.
Carter’s imprint impossible to miss on Press Virginia | WV MetroNews
During a season becoming more memorable with every shot, Jevon Carter has grown accustomed to directing his West Virginia teammates, and they have grown used to listening.
West Virginia picked up a late addition for the 2017 class yesterday evening when they signed Butler Community College cornerback Fontez Davis. Davis entered his official visit to Morgantown this week without an offer from the Mountaineers, but that chanced quickly. And so did his commitment status.
Davis accounted for 36 tackles and one interception in nine games for the Grizzlies. Fontez is eligible to play this Fall, and will have three years of eligibility remaining. He chose the Mountaineers over Memphis and Louisiana Monroe.
I told you yesterday that it was only a matter of time before someone at Baylor did something stupid to get arrested, and it didn’t even take a full day for me to be right. Kinda.
Former Baylor tight end Tre’Von Armstead was arrested yesterday for the second time in a week, and is facing sexual assault allegations for an alleged incident that occurred while he was a part of the football program in 2013. The case had previously been closed by the Waco police because the victim decided not to pursue charges, and it marks the first time a former Baylor football player has been indicted for an alleged crime in which he was previously not charged.
So, while it’s not a new incident, it still adds to the negative reputation the school has earned over the past year or so. But don’t say anything negative about Baylor, you might get punched in the face.
The Roof, The Roof...:
Texas Tech’s new indoor practice facility was set to open on September 1st, at least until yesterday when the construction site caught on fire. No one was injured in the blaze, and the extent of the damage hasn’t been determined yet.
I say it’s karma for not creating the John Denver Memorial Trophy yet.
Fire by the new athletic facility https://t.co/YRe0Kob4WX— M.A. Cantu (@MichaelCantuDT) March 22, 2017
Verbies and Mysteries:
If you’re looking for a way to pass the time until the Mountaineers play this evening, look no further than the new episodes of The Solid Verbal and the SHUTDOWN FULLCAST.
This week on The Solid Verbal, Dan and Ty hand out the annual Verbie Awards. On the Fullcast, the guys continue to test the limits and boundaries of their already poorly-constructed podcast by trying a new format this week: solving your mysteries. Mysteries like; why is Wisconsin good? And who was behind the conspiracy to keep Auburn out of the National Championship game in 2004?
Ex-player accuses Lane Kiffin’s FAU of pulling a job offer after landing a recruit | SBNation
A former Alabama wide receiver turned football coach is suing Lane Kiffin, saying Kiffin misled him in order to land a four-star running back on Signing Day last month.
Mike Leach got kicked out of P.E. square dancing when he was young | SB Nation
If you’re like me, you can’t get enough Mike Leach stories. The man is perfectly unhinged, and it’s glorious.
Nick Saban dropped a 3-minute rant in response to a question about ball control | SB Nation
It’s Spring football, which means it’s that time of year when someone asks Nick a question that pushes him over the edge, giving us a classic Saban rant. It never fails.
Would you look at this? We come up with the bright idea to revive Mystery Science Theater 3000 and put our own spin on it, and not even a week later the new MST3K reboot finally gets a premiere date. I’m not saying we had anything to do with this, but it’s worth investigating. #AskQuestions
Today’s Miss Throwdown is a former Playboy Playmate whose Instagram may be the best I’ve seen yet. We may or may not also see her caddying for PGA golfer Grayson Murray at the upcoming Masters. Can’t blame a guy for trying. Shoot your shot, gentlemen.