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The Shotgun/Throwdown (12/6/18): Four Mountaineers Will Play in the Reese’s Senior Bowl

Will Grier, David Sills V, Trevon Wesco, and Yodny Cajuste will be playing in the Reese’s Senior Bowl in January.

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Four Mountaineers Accept Invitations to the Reese's Senior Bowl • Mountaineer Sports
The Reese's Senior Bowl will be played January 26 in Mobile, Alabama. Four Mountaineers have accepted their invitation to play in the game.

NFL Expert: Grier and Cajuste are Mid First Round Picks
WVU could have a big day at the 2019 NFL Draft.

WV MetroNews – Gibson second-highest paid DC in Big 12; WVU staff ranks fifth overall
West Virginia's coaching staff is near the middle of the pack in Big 12 salaries, but defensive coordinator Tony Gibson stands out as one of the best paid assistants among his peers.

PFF mock draft has Patriots picking West Virginia’s Will Grier
The New England Patriots need a quarterback of the future, even if Tom Brady intends to play until he is 45. Is Will Grier the answer?

WVU’s Collins Still Sees Orange After All These Years - West Virginia Athletics
Former Mountaineer defensive back Michael Collins is as ready as anybody for WVU's matchup with Syracuse in the 2018 Camping World Bowl.


WV MetroNews – West Virginia’s leading scorers fired blanks (6-of-35) vs. Florida
Esa Ahmad, Beetle Bolden, Sagaba Konate, and Lamont West combined for a 6-of-35 shooting performance in Tuesday night’s 66-56 loss to Florida in the Jimmy V Classic.

Huggins: I'll Fix It or They Won't Play
Bob Huggins is ready for some changes.

Tom Bragg: Veterans leave a lot to be desired for WVU basketball | Tom Bragg |
The young and inexperienced players on the West Virginia men’s basketball team are going to take some time to develop. Bob Huggins has said it and it’s pretty easy to watch WVU play and see that is the case.

Teammates, Huggins laud Routt’s growth from walk-on to one of top rebounders | Sports |
There is a reason why West Virginia redshirt junior forward Logan Routt is where he is today.

West Virginia Athletics

Piatczyc Recognized on All-Region First Team - West Virginia Athletics
Senior midfielder Joey Piatczyc of West Virginia men's soccer team has been named to the All-North Region First Team by United Soccer.

Around the Big 12

Morning links: 'Not one (school) moved the needle' — Big 12 commissioner recounts why his league didn't expand | Deseret News
Big 12 Commissioner Bob Bowlsby said during SportsBusiness Journal's annual Learfield Intercollegiate Athletics Forum that not one school received a supermajority of the vote needed to expand the conference.

Around the NCAA

FAU receiver Jovon Durante becomes Owls' first player to declare early for NFL draft - Sun Sentinel
Florida Atlantic wide receiver, and former WVU Mountaineer, Jovon Durante announced he is declaring for the NFL draft, becoming the first Owls football player to do so this season.

Mel Tucker to CU is official: Latest UGA coordinator to Colorado -
Georgia defensive coordinator Mel Tucker is likely leaving UGA to become the head coach at Colorado. He will get a five year, $14.75 million deal.

3 reasons Scott Satterfield was a smart fallback for Louisville -
Louisville has hired Appalachian State’s Scott Satterfield to replace Bobby Petrino as head coach of the Cardinals.

Oregon football committed one of the most boring NCAA violations ever -
The NCAA released a handful of infractions decisions dealing with the Oregon Ducks on Wednesday. The main consequence is that the athletic department will spend the next two years on NCAA probation.

The man who inspires through dance | News |
Anyone who has been to a WVU football game this season has seen Charles Hayes, better known as ‘the dancing guy’.

WV MetroNews – Obituary: Marvin Wotring, the ‘man behind the musket’ at WVU
Marvin Wotring, the Morgantown gunsmith who made all of the Mountaineers' black powder rifles since 1977, died this week at age 78.

It's not the NFL, but pro football will return in 2020 as XFL selects St. Louis for franchise | Football |
Pro football is returning to St. Louis in the form of the XFL. And strangely enough, give former St. Louis Rams and West Virginia Mountaineers quarterback Marc Bulger an unintended assist in making it happen.

NFL MVP race 2018: Will it come down to Drew Brees and Patrick Mahomes? -
Drew Brees ceded his spot atop the rankings to Patrick Mahomes, but there is time to get it back.

Paul Goldschmidt trade: Cardinals get slugger from Diamondbacks -
The St. Louis Cardinals landed slugging first baseman Paul Goldschmidt from the Arizona Diamondbacks in a four player trade.

Patrick Mahomes might be having the best season for an NFL QB EVER -
Patrick Mahomes might be the NFL MVP this year. The race for the league’s most prestigious award is coming down to the wire, but it looks like the Kansas City Chiefs’ first-year starter is making a good case for himself through his recent performances.

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