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The Shotgun/Throwdown (10/10/18): West Virginia Loses Commitment From Four-Star Linebacker

Four-star linebacker Lee Kpogba, West Virginia’s top 2019 commitment for nearly a calendar year, decommitted Tuesday.

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West Virginia loses commitment from 4-star linebacker Lee Kpogba | WV MetroNews
Four-star linebacker Lee Kpogba, West Virginia’s top 2019 commitment for nearly a calendar year, decommitted Tuesday.

WVU football: Running backs do a little bit of everything for No. 6 Mountaineers | Charleston Gazette-Mail
When the West Virginia University running backs start getting heavily involved in the No. 6 Mountaineers’ offense, and not just in the running game, good things tend to follow.

WVU defensive end Ezekiel Rose explains his role in two unexpected moments | WV MetroNews
When West Virginia defensive end Reese Donahue proposed to girlfriend Sarah Moore at the 50-yard-line following the Mountaineers 38-22 win over Kansas, the emotions were obvious in every photo snapped. Donahue is nervous, but pleased. Moore is shocked, but overjoyed. And no one looks happier than Ezekiel Rose.

Holgorsen: Right guard Joe Brown cleared for return to practice | WV MetroNews
West Virginia’s offensive line will be bolstered by a reinforcement this week. Junior right guard Joe Brown is cleared to return to practice after missing the last two games with a neck injury.

WVU Notebook: Player honors great grandparents with tattoos | WV News
Too often we lose sight that these football playing heroes of ours are something more than just students and athletes.

Grier moving past sloppy Kansas performance | WV News
There are many number of items to look at in the Kansas postmortem as West Virginia begins readying itself for a trip to Iowa State that might be the most pivotal game it plays in its season. Most eyes have focused ever since Saturday afternoon on Heisman candidate quarterback Will Grier throwing three interceptions.


Bolden adds size, experience and leadership for Mountaineers | WV News
When Beetle Bolden left his Covington, Ky., home in the summer of 2015 to start his college career at West Virginia University, he weighed only slightly more than a complete set of encyclopedias … back when people actually used printed encyclopedias.

West Virginia Athletics

WVU Collects its Fifth Sweep of the Season | West Virginia Athletics
The West Virginia University volleyball team took a break from nonconference play Tuesday evening, ending a two-match losing streak with a 3-0 sweep over George Washington, at the Charles E. Smith Center, in Washington, D.C. The Mountaineers rolled to the victory in set scores of 25-15, 25-16 and 25-13.

WVU Drops Midweek Match at No. 17 Wright State | West Virginia Athletics
The West Virginia University men's soccer team's three-match win streak was snapped with a 3-0 loss at No. 17 Wright State on Tuesday night.

Sear, WVU Win at The Health Plan Invite | West Virginia Athletics
Senior Max Sear and the West Virginia University golf team emerged victorious at The Health Plan Mountaineer Invitational, claiming the medalist honors and the team title, respectively, on Tuesday afternoon at Pete Dye Golf Club in Bridgeport, West Virginia.

Around the Big 12

The Big 12 race will likely come down to 3 teams ... unless Texas Tech unlocks chaos | SBNation
The Big 12 race will likely come down to 3 teams — WVU, Oklahoma, and Texas. But Texas Tech could make things crazy.

Around the NCAA

Every 2018 college football division race, ranked by DRAMA FACTOR | SBNation
It feels like a lot of divisions are already all but settled. Not so fast, my friend.

The NCAA’s method of blackballing coaches is now invalid in California | SBNation
And only in California. But there are a lot of teams in California.

Tracking how Hurricane Michael changes college football’s Week 7 | SBNation
Games in and around the Florida Panhandle are likeliest to be affected.

Imagine a world where the Golden State Warriors really DID ruin basketball | SBNation
How will the writers of “The Warriors” figure out how to tell next season’s story after the team goes full scorched Earth on the competition?

Red Sox defeat Yankees 4-3 in ALDS Game 4, advance to ALCS | SBNation
The Red Sox clinched the AL East in New York, and now they’ve advanced to the ALCS there, too.

I’m extremely here for dark Sabrina.

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