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The Shotgun/Throwdown (7/20/18): West Virginia’s Scout Team Is Now Essentially A Farm Team, Thanks To New Redshirt Rules

It didn’t take long for the Mountaineer staff to figure out the best way to take advantage of the new rule.

NCAA Football: Big 12 Media Day Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports

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Football

WVU’s Holgorsen Loves New Redshirt Rule | West Virginia Athletics
It’s rare when a group of coaches can get together and agree on anything, but it happened last January when the American Football Coaches Association unanimously supported a significant rule change allowing a player to appear in up to four games and still retain his redshirt status.

Redshirt rules benefit deepest teams, best organized staffs | WV MetroNews
Applauding in consensus over the NCAA’s relaxation of redshirt rules, college football coaches must now determine how best to strategize the new roster flexibility.

Jennings Jr. and Sills V Named to Biletnikoff Award Watch List | West Virginia Athletics
West Virginia University senior receivers Gary Jennings Jr. and David Sills V, a 2018 Biletnikoff Award finalist, has been named to the 2018 Biletnikoff Preseason Award Watch List, as announced by the Tallahassee Quarterback Club (TQC) Foundation, Inc.

Feldman: Why not WVU? | WV News
Bruce Feldman got a chance to ask plenty of questions during the Big 12 Media Days, but the microphone also turned to him for a while, getting his perspective on the league’s pecking order and West Virginia’s fortunes.

Australian punter set to join WVU football | Charleston Gazette-Mail
After committing to the Mountaineers last November, Australian punter Angus Davis communicated to the Gazette-Mail that he’ll be arriving in Morgantown July 31 and participating in fall camp with the Mountaineers.

West Virginia Athletics

Eddy Commits to Mountaineers | West Virginia Athletics
West Virginia University rifle coach Jon Hammond announced today that Jared Eddy will join the Mountaineers for the 2018-19 season. A native of Columbus, Georgia, Eddy is a two-time Civilian Marksmanship Program (CMP) National Championship participant.

Around the NCAA

JUCO football, explained in 4 minutes | SBNation
Junior college football is quirky, but it’s important to everyone in the sport.

Where Last Chance U stars from all 3 seasons are in 2018 | SBNation
Here’s where the show’s biggest names will be this fall.

Why it should cost one point to punt | SBNation
Here are seven ways this would make football better.

What Larry Fedora got right about CTE, and what he did really wrong | SBNation
A lack of scientific proof about football and CTE isn’t an excuse to keep the sport in the past.

LARRY FEDORA BUYS TWO BRANDS OF DUMB FOR THE PRICE OF ONE | Every Day Should Be Saturday
LET’S EXAMINE THE TAXONOMY OF DUMB WE’RE WORKING WITH HERE

TODAY’S FBS TEAM PREVIEWS BY BILL C

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.

Jimbo Fisher left Willie Taggart a high standard, but also a path to raising it | SBNation
7-5? 11-1? Pretty much anything is on the table for Taggart’s first year in Tallahassee.

Duke could be a top-40 team. So could almost every opponent. | SBNation
David Cutcliffe’s youth movement could reap dividends in 2018. It better, because there are almost no sure wins on the schedule.

3 things you missed at The Open while you were sleeping | SBNation
Rory charged toward the top of the leaderboard and now Tiger, after some early troubles, is trying to do the same.

Tiger Woods is in fine shape, but he wasted some chances to go low at the Open | SBNation
Tiger is in fine shape after 18 holes at Carnoustie, but it could have been much more.

D.C. United has new stadium in Audi Field, but did it sell its soul in the process? | SBNation
At Audi Field, D.C. United threatens to abandon its core fanbase in pursuit of a richer one.

The Last Days of Blockbuster Video | The Ringer
Everything is 10 years behind in Alaska—including the way people see movies. In three stores across the coldest state in the union, Blockbuster captured the imagination of its residents long after the company ceased operations around the rest of the country. But now, the late fees are finally coming due, and the end of the Blockbuster era is upon us.


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