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The Shotgun/Throwdown (4/26/18): With Draft Day Upon Us, West Virginia Gets To Enjoy The Luxury Of Will Grier Returning

With many other Big 12 football teams preparing to replace their star quarterbacks, Dana Holgorsen and the Mountaineers have the luxury of their star returning.

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Dana Holgorsen Big 12 Coaches' Teleconference | West Virginia Athletics
Listen to what West Virginia head coach Dana Holgorsen had to say in the Big 12 football coaches’ spring teleconference earlier this week.

As draft day arrives, WVU keeps its QB | The Times WV
With many other Big 12 football teams preparing to replace their star quarterbacks, Dana Holgorsen and the Mountaineers have the luxury of their star returning.


Sagaba Konate, Esa Ahmad set to anchor West Virginia's frontcourt next season, per Sports Illustrated |Diehards
If Sagaba Konate and Esa Ahmad return next season, the Mountaineers frontcourt would be as formidable as any in the Big 12.


WVU beats Marshall 11-10 in 13 innings | Charleston Gazette-Mail
The 70th all-time meeting between the Marshall and West Virginia University baseball teams was certainly a memorable one.

Rockies call up Harrison Musgrave for MLB debut | WVU MetroNews
A starter over three minor league seasons, former WVU standout Harrison Musgrave will fill a long reliever role with Colorado.

WVU Athletics

WVU Takes on TCU in Big 12 Championship | West Virginia Athletics
The West Virginia women’s tennis team in in Texas today to take on TCU in the first round of the Big 12 Tennis Championship. WVU is the 9-seed and the Horned Frogs are the 8-seed in the tournament. The winner will take on top seeded Texas on Friday.

Mountaineers Cap Big 12 Championship | West Virginia Athletics
The Mountaineer men’s golf team finished in ninth place at the 2018 Big 12 Men’s Golf Championship yesterday, despite a great showing from freshman Matthew Sharpstene. Sharpstene finished eleventh in individual scoring, which is the best finish for a WVU player in three seasons of competing in the Big 12 Men’s Golf Championship.

2018 Men’s Soccer Schedule Announced | West Virginia Athletics
The 2018 schedule for the West Virginia men’s soccer team was released yesterday. The schedule features four road games against teams that made the NCAA Tournament this past season, as well as many games against traditional rivals and other regional teams. Some of the noteworthy matchups include home games against Pitt, Cincinnati, and Radford, and road games against Maryland and Akron.

Four Mountaineers Earn Academic Big 12 Honors | West Virginia Athletics
Four members of the WVU women’s tennis team have been honored on the Academic All-Big 12 Tennis Teams. Paula Goetz, Yvon Martinez, and Abigail Rosiello were named to the Academic All-Big 12 First Team, and Lyn Yuen Choo was named to the Academic All-Big 12 Second Team.

Around the Big 12

2 reasons Baker Mayfield should be NFL draft’s No. 1 pick | SBNation
After watching his whole college career, reading five months’ worth of analysis, and seeing some incredible jorts, it’s clear who’s No. 1.

Oklahoma men's golf: Sooners win Big 12 Championship | OU Daily
No. 4 Oklahoma won the 2018 men's golf Big 12 Championship Wednesday afternoon at Southern Hills in Tulsa, winning by eight strokes.

Around the NCAA

Can the NCAA ever just admit it’s no longer 1947? | SBNation
The NCAA’s commission was never supposed to fix its actual biggest problems. Catch up on the latest news regarding the NCAA Committee of College Basketball.

Meet the 2018 NFL draft class’ QBs as high school recruits | SBNation
Looking back at their high school recruitment, it’s interesting to see what’s changed and what hasn’t.

2018 NBA draft withdrawal deadline: Colleges with most to lose |
As many of college basketball's best players size up their pro prospects, their schools’ 2018–19 outlooks hang in the balance.

Commission on College Basketball recommends abolishing one-and-done rule, taking control of AAU | SBNation
The long-awaited report that is supposed to bring "significant changes" to college basketball has arrived.

Rice Commission resolves several key questions, but neglects biggest one | Diehards
The NCAA Committee on College Basketball put forth several strong recommendations. However, one key issue was left unresolved.


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.

Houston has Ed Oliver, a friendly schedule, and a character risk | SBNation
Major Applewhite will be perpetually in win-now mode at UH. And he’s got a chance to win now.

NFL Draft 2018: Times, TV schedule, format, rules, and more for this week | SBNation
We’ve got all your questions answers, from how to watch to when undrafted free agents can be signed.

Penguins vs. Capitals series history: 11 games that molded a rivalry | SBNation
A one-sided rivalry has delivered a bunch of classics. Check out 11 games that have molded the Pens-Caps rivalry.

WVU Sports has recently released a handful of Will Grier highlights from individual games last season. Here are the first highlight videos that have been released:

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