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The Shotgun/Throwdown (4/17/18): Backyard Brawl Tops the List of Home Nonconference Basketball Games

The Backyard Brawl looks to be the biggest nonconference matchup in the Coliseum next season.

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Remember This Guy? Askew-Henry Is Back And Ready To Go | West Virginia Athletics
Dravon Askew-Henry is looking to have a breakout season in 2018. Askew-Henry has recovered from last year’s knee injury and he is ready to get after opponents this fall.

Expert panel says Will Grier has best Heisman chances in Big 12 | Diehards
West Virginia quarterback Will Grier might be the Big 12's best chance to produce a repeat Heisman Trophy winner in 2018.

Class of 2019 prospects intrigued by West Virginia quarterback job | Diehards
The opportunity of playing at West Virginia after Will Grier leaves the program is proving intriguing to several heralded quarterbacks from the Class of 2019.


Pitt headlines WVU basketball home nonconference slate | Charleston Gazette-Mail
A visit to Morgantown by “Backyard Brawl” rival Pittsburgh highlights West Virginia University’s 2018-19 men’s basketball non-conference home schedule, which was announced last Thursday.

WVU's Teana Muldrow picked 29th in WNBA draft by Seattle | Charleston Gazette-Mail
West Virginia senior forward Teana Muldrow was selected 29th overall by the Seattle Storm in the third round of the 2018 WNBA Draft on Thursday.


WVU Heads North for Backyard Brawl | West Virginia Athletics
WVU looks to take on Pitt tonight in this season’s second edition of the Backyard Brawl. The Mountaineers took it to the Panthers in the first meeting in Morgantown, with a 12-1 blowout victory. The game starts at 6:00 p.m. and will also be broadcast on WatchESPN.

WVU Athletics

Eight Earn Academic Award | West Virginia Athletics
Eight Mountaineers on the rifle team have been named to the College Rifle Coaches Association All-Academic Team. Many of the Mountaineers honored have been named to this All-Academic Team previously, including Elizabeth Gratz, who has received the honor for four consecutive years.

Around the Big 12

FOX Sports radio host: The Big 12 plays 'arena league football,' has 'pathetic' defense | Diehards
FOX Sports radio host Jason McIntyre isn't high on the Big 12 conference's stature within the college football landscape despite the league taking some major steps forward in 2017.

Q&A with Bob Bowlsby: Big 12 commissioner reviews year, looks to future | Charleston Gazette-Mail
Big 12 commissioner Bob Bowlsby talks about this past year and the future of the conference in this Q&A.

College baseball: Texas Tech cracks Top 5, Ole Miss plummets in latest D1Baseball poll |
Texas Tech was the big winner in this week's D1Baseball poll.

Blue-chip CB Erick Young puts Oklahoma, TCU in top 6 | Diehards
Four-star cornerback Erick Young has released his list of his final 6 schools, and the Big 12 has two representatives.

Around the NCAA

Georgetown recruiting: Patrick Ewing finds point guard, center of the future | SBNation
Georgetown basketball made two major moves on the recruiting trail.



As always, SB Nation’s Bill Connelly is working his way through every Division I FBS football team, from Georgia State to Alabama. Check out the teams Bill has already previewed by clicking HERE.

Under Philip Montgomery, Tulsa has become even *less* stable. I didn’t think that was possible | SBNation
On paper, the Golden Hurricane could struggle to rebound from a 10-loss 2017. But on paper, they weren’t supposed to lose 10 games to begin with.

Derek Redd: NBA draft rule a great benefit to Mountain State college players | Charleston Gazette-Mail
Jevon Carter and Jon Elmore should take credit as trendsetters in West Virginia college basketball.

Boston Marathon 2018: Meet Des Linden, the first U.S. woman to win since 1985 | SBNation
Des Linden becomes the first U.S. woman to win the Boston Marathon since 1985.

Dez Bryant release: Which NFL teams could sign the former Cowboys WR? | SBNation
Bryant’s no longer an All-Pro wide receiver, but he’ll bring value to whomever signs him.

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