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The Shotgun/Throwdown (7/24/18): Dravon Askew-Henry Named to Thorpe Award Watch List

The Mountaineers might have the best defensive back in college football this season.

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Football

Askew-Henry Named to Paycom Thorpe Award Watch List | West Virginia Athletics
Mountaineer senior safety Dravon Askew-Henry was named to the Paycom Jim Thorpe Award Watch List as announced today by the Jim Thorpe Museum and Oklahoma Sports Hall of Fame.

Basketball

WV MetroNews – Three Guys Before The Game – Joe Alexander – Episode (43)
Joe Alexander joins this edition of Three Guys Before The Game to talk about how Bob Huggins, John Beilein, and the WVU coaching staff helped him mature into an NBA Lottery selection.

WVU to Host Mizzou in Big 12/SEC Challenge - West Virginia Athletics
The Mountaineer women's basketball team will host Missouri in December at the WVU Coliseum as part of the 2018 Big 12/SEC Challenge.

West Virginia Athletics

Mountaineer Legends the “Best of the Best” of WVU Athletics - West Virginia Athletics
The West Virginia University's Mountaineer Legends Society has grown rapidly over the past two years, as more legendary Mountaineers are honored for their accomplishments.

Around the Big 12

KU Jayhawks Q&A: Basketball, football, Beaty, Bill Self | The Kansas City Star
This Kansas Jayhawks football and basketball Q&A features questions on the best Big 12 basketball team other than KU, the importance of football for the school and the Jayhawks’ most likely first and second round NCAA Tournament site.

Matchups Announced for 2018 SEC/Big 12 Women's Challenge - Big 12 Conference - Official Athletic Site
The Big 12 and Southeastern conferences have announced a continuation of their women's basketball challenge into 2018.

College Sports: 8 major storylines from Big 12 media days, including a 'bullish' commissioner and Tom Herman's awkward silence | SportsDay
Big 12 media days concluded last week, so allow us to highlight some of the major talking points for you. Here's a look at eight of the biggest stories from media days.

Around the NCAA

Do 2019 college football recruits remember your team's last title? - SBNation.com
To a 17-year-old athlete, what your team did more than a decade or so ago might be ancient history.

JUCO football: 25 greatest junior college players ever - SBNation.com
Junior college offered another route for national champs, current and future hall of famers, and more.

Ohio State assistant Zach Smith fired amid domestic violence allegations - SBNation.com
After being on Urban Meyer’s staffs since the Florida days, OSU wide receivers coach Zach Smith has been fired.

Wedding cake prank! Bama grooms keep falling for brides’ rivalry joke - SBNation.com
A new college football-themed wedding trend has emerged on social media.

Looking back at the XFL in 2001 | Sports | timeswv.com
As he heads into his new position as CEO and commissioner of the XFL, former West Virginia quarterback and athletic director Oliver Luck has a tall task ahead of him.

Carmelo Anthony trade: Melo won’t be an Atlanta Hawk for long - SBNation.com
The Rockets are still the frontrunner for Melo when he becomes a free agent.

A 2018 NFL offseason guide to player holdouts - SBNation.com
Aaron Donald, Khalil Mack, and Julio Jones are a few of the players angling for new contracts this summer.

NBA trades: Why star players are changing teams so much more often now - SBNation.com
Player empowerment is at an all-time high, but there are other structural incentives causing all this star movement.

@davidlong__8 Big 12 Defensive Player of the Year... calling it rn.

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