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The Shotgun/Throwdown (7/12/18): Will Grier Named Big 12 Preseason Offensive Player of the Year

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Grier also joins three other Mountaineers on the All-Big 12 Media Preseason Football Team.

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Football

Big 12 Conference Announces Preseason Football Team and Players of the Year - West Virginia Athletics
Heisman Trophy candidate Will Grier has been named the Big 12 Conference Preseason Offensive Player of the Year. Grier also joins three other Mountaineers on the All-Big 12 Media Preseason Football Team.

WV MetroNews – Airport employee arrested after Adam Pacman Jones altercation
Check out the video of the altercation below! Police suggest former West Virginia standout and 11-year NFL veteran was defending himself at Hartsfield Airport.

HERTZEL COLUMN: Avery smitten over WVU defense | Sports | timeswv.com
The first time Toyous Avery laid eyes on West Virginia’s 3-3-5 stack defense, he knew he’d found what he was looking for.

Like everyone else, Lyons excited about football prospects in 2018 | WVU SPORTS | wvnews.com
With a Heisman Trophy candidate at quarterback and nearly a consensus top 25 preseason ranking, West Virginia enters the 2018 football campaign with very high hopes.

Basketball

Bracket Unveiled for the Inaugural Myrtle Beach Invitational - West Virginia Athletics
The Mountaineers are set to take on Monmouth in their first game at Myrtle Beach. Monmouth has won the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference regular season title in two of the past three seasons.

Around the Big 12

Big 12 Announces Media Preseason Football Team - Big 12 Conference - Official Athletic Site
The Big 12 Conference has announced its 2018 Preseason All-Big 12 Football Team and individual awards, chosen by media representatives who cover the league.

Big 12 pushing for uniformity in football conference scheduling | Sports | register-herald.com
College football fan bases have learned during the past two decades, first with the Bowl Championship Series era and now as a part of the College Football Playoff, the importance of scheduling.

Zhaire Smith showing off his impressive feel for the game in Summer League - Liberty Ballers
Former Texas Tech star Zhaire Smith is getting fans in Philadelphia excited this summer with impressive performances in the NBA Summer League.

Around the NCAA

What NCAA Football 19 team ratings might’ve looked like - SBNation.com
If EA Sports still made NCAA Football, what kind of ratings would the Mountaineers receive?

Former Louisville players suing NCAA over vacated 2013 title - SBNation.com
A group of former Louisville basketball players is suing the NCAA, pertaining to its redaction of the Cardinals’ 2013 national championship. The suit was filed on Wednesday morning.

Wisconsin’s 2019 recruiting class, led by Graham Mertz, is a big step - SBNation.com
The longtime overachievers might sign their best class ever in 2018-19.

Papa John out at Louisville after racial slur. Here’s the timeline. - SBNation.com
The pizza mogul is off Louisville’s board of trustees.

Notre Dame yanked recruit TJ Sheffield’s offer 5 days after his commitment, he says - SBNation.com
Four-star receiver TJ Sheffield says Notre Dame backed out of honoring his verbal commitment five days after accepting it. These things happen, but this case might be unusually bad.

When and what time is the 2018 World Cup final? - SBNation.com
France and Croatia will face off in Russia on Sunday in the World Cup Final.

Bill Russell’s flipping the bird again, this time at Vince Carter - SBNation.com
NBA and Boston Celtics legend Bill Russell continues to keep it real this summer.

Kevin Durant’s using his real Instagram account to argue with people now - SBNation.com
Kevin Durant is back at it on social media. This time the NBA Champion is using his real account instead of a burner account.

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