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The Shotgun/Throwdown (12/4/18): Will Grier Misses Out on Invitation to Heisman Trophy Ceremony

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WVU senior quarterback Will Grier missed out on being invited to the Heisman Trophy Ceremony in New York City.

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Welcome, By-Godders, to The Shotgun/Throwdown, WVU’s best place for sports links, information, sophomoric humor and daily distractions.

Football

WV MetroNews – Will Grier’s Heisman Trophy run stops short of trip to New York
Will Grier was vying for West Virginia's best Heisman Trophy showing since Major Harris in 1989, but his stellar season fell short of a trip to New York.

WV MetroNews – Three Guys Before The Game – A Camping We Will Go (Episode 72)
Will Mountaineer fans make the trip to Orlando? Will the Mountaineers mentally be ready to play against an excited Syracuse program that hasn’t been bowling in six years? Tony Caridi, Brad Howe, and Hoppy Kercheval discuss that and more on this episode of Three Guys Before The Game.

College football bowl games: Ranking the 2018-19 matchups | SI.com
Mountaineer fans may be happily surprised to see where the WVU bowl game is ranked based on watchability.

West Virginia to take on Syracuse in 2018 Camping World Bowl - The Smoking Musket
The Mountaineers will face off with a former Big East rival later this month.

Basketball

Mountaineers Looking To Add to Their Madison Square Garden Legacy - West Virginia Athletics
Tonight's game against the Gators will be West Virginia's 88th appearance at the World's Most Famous Basketball Arena, and its 18th since Bob Huggins' return to WVU in 2008.

WVU basketball: Mountaineers travel to MSG to square off with Florida | WVU Gameday | wvgazettemail.com
West Virginia men’s basketball coach Bob Huggins has said multiple times this season that he needs to get some experience for his relatively young roster.

WV MetroNews – West Virginia needs Beetle to make big impact in Big Apple
The Mountaineers face Florida in the Jimmy V Classic at Madison Square Garden.

WV MetroNews – Return to MSG could be nostalgic for Darris Nichols
Former West Virginia standout Darris Nichols is a Florida assistant these days. The Gators face the Mountaineers on Tuesday night in New York.

Around the Big 12

Big 12 bowl breakdown
Check out the full schedule of bowl games for the Big 12.

Big 12 Basketball power rankings: Texas Tech emerges as big threat to Kansas
With most of the non-conference tournaments completed, things are starting to look more clear in Big 12 Basketball. How should the teams be ranked now?

Heisman finalists 2018: Whoa, we have actual drama this year! - SBNation.com
It looked like a Tua Tagovailoa runaway all year, but Kyler Murray closed the gap and might have beaten him.

College Sports: Two seasons in, return of conference championship game is paying off for the Big 12 | SportsDay
It is starting to look like the Big 12 knew what it was doing when it brought is football championship game back from the dead last season. Since then, the Big 12 has held two title games at AT&T Stadium in Dallas, Texas, and put champion Oklahoma in the College Football Playoff each time.

Around the NCAA

Bowl games schedule 2018-19: Updated teams, game times, and more
All the 2018-19 college football bowl game schedule news.

WV MetroNews – Babers bringing Syracuse to relevance after post-Big East drought
The Camping World Bowl is no consolation prize to Syracuse, which is making its first postseason appearance under third-year coach Dino Babers.

Tua Tagovailoa, Kyler Murray, Dwayne Haskins are finalists for Heisman Trophy
Alabama's Tua Tagovailoa and Oklahoma's Kyler Murray, set to square off later this month in a College Football Playoff semifinal, were named Heisman Trophy finalists, along with Ohio State quarterback Dwayne Haskins.

Why Georgia missed the Playoff: It’s really, really simple - SBNation.com
Five years show it is very hard to make the College Football Playoff with two losses.

All 4 College Football Playoff teams are truly elite recruiters - SBNation.com
Alabama has the most talent, but Clemson, Oklahoma, and Notre Dame are heavy blue-chips.

NCAA basketball rankings: Gonzaga stays at No. 1, Michigan moves up in AP Poll - SBNation.com
The Michigan Wolverines move up to #5 in the latest poll and the Gonzaga Bulldogs stay in the top spot.

Scott Satterfield to Louisville, reportedly, after building up App State - SBNation.com
A bastion of Sun Belt success, Scott Satterfield is reportedly taking his brand to the Power 5 and Louisville.

Can the Steelers shake off another slump in time for the NFL playoffs? - SBNation.com
The Steelers started the season slow and figured things out. Will they right the ship again after another rough patch?

Kareem Hunt assault investigation: What we know so far - SBNation.com
The star running back was released by the Chiefs shortly after he was placed on commissioner’s exempt list.

Colt McCoy suffers season-ending injury vs. Eagles; Mark Sanchez takes over - SBNation.com
Yes, another quarterback injury for the Washington Redskins.


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