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The Shotgun/Throwdown (11/21/18): Jake Spavital named Broyles Award semifinalist

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The Mountaineer offensive coordinator is among the nation’s best assistant coaches, according to the Broyles Foundation.

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Football

Spavital Named Broyles Award Semifinalist | West Virginia Athletics
West Virginia University offensive coordinator Jake Spavital was named a semifinalist for the 2018 Broyles Award, signifying the nation's top assistant coach, as announced Tuesday by the Frank and Barbara Broyles Foundation.

From hose to hydrant: Gushing Sooners offense presents major test | WV MetroNews
The role of Big 12 defensive coordinator is no easy task. Half of the league’s offenses are scoring more than 32 points per game, and six are netting more than 400 yards a game.

WVU victories over Oklahoma are rare, but meaningful | Times West Virginian
If you look at the West Virginia football series against Oklahoma historically, it doesn’t seem to rank up there with such traditional opponents as Pitt, Virginia Tech, Penn State or even Miami, but looks can be deceiving.

WVU seeks to exploit Oklahoma’s weaknesses; Holgorsen extends kudos to Cornelius | Times West Virginian
There is no doubting that Oklahoma is one of the nation’s elite programs — rich in history, in possession of national champions and Heisman Trophies and in the race for both those things this season. But it has an Achilles heel and West Virginia will be out to capitalize on it.

Basketball

Men's and Women's Basketball Teams to Play in 2019 Cancun Challenge | West Virginia Athletics
Tournament officials for the men's and women's Cancun Challenge are about to kick off this year's edition of the event, but first comes an announcement of four men's teams making the trip in 2019, along with nine women's teams who will be suiting up.

West Virginia Athletics

WVU Treks to No. 25 Baylor on Wednesday | West Virginia Athletics
Wrapping up the regular season in Texas for the first time since 2016, the West Virginia University volleyball team treks to Waco on Wednesday for an 8 p.m. ET league tilt with No. 25 Baylor at the Ferrell Center.

Mountaineers Rank No. 3 | West Virginia Athletics
Following a 4690 showing in a win over NC State, the West Virginia University rifle team sits at No. 3 in this week's College Rifle Coaches Association (CRCA) Rankings.

Around the Big 12

Injuries haven't derailed Oklahoma run game ahead of showdown with Mountaineers | Charleston Gazette-Mail
Rodney Anderson was supposed to be one of the best running backs in the country this season, but an injury in the opener agaisnt UCLA put the Oklahoma standout on the shelf for the season.

Rule to keep Texas mascot Bevo off field | ESPN
If Texas is going to wrap up a bid to the Big 12 title game, it will have to do it without its biggest supporter.

4 crucial questions Les Miles must answer to get Kansas back on track | SBNation
The Jayhawks have a long road back to bowl eligibility, but at least they’re worth paying attention to now.

Around the NCAA

Explaining James Franklin’s USC buzz and 6 other coaching carousel storylines | SBNation
Mack Brown, Butch Jones, Louisville’s potential backup plan, and more.

Stop paying lip service to Colin Kaepernick if you’re not going to hire him | SBNation
A list of every NFL coach, GM, and team owner who have said Kaepernick should be in the NFL — but didn’t do anything about it.

The NFL’s Offensive Revolution Could Reset the Incoming QB Trade Market | The Ringer
How do you land the next Patrick Mahomes II or Jared Goff? Trade up to draft him, just like the Chiefs and Rams did. But as demand for these blockbusters rises, so will the asking price — and that brings in plenty of complications.

The Ringer Guide to Streaming Over the Thanksgiving Holiday | The Ringer
A helpful list of movies and TV shows to watch on Netflix, Hulu, and Amazon Prime when you’re too full to do anything else

The Grey Cup Is the Best Part of Thanksgiving Weekend | The Ringer
An impassioned case for watching the championship of funhouse mirror football


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