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The Shotgun/Throwdown (7/25/18): West Virginia Not Expecting A Repeat Of 2012

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A season that appeared headed toward a Big 12 championship and a BCS bowl appearance turned on a dime after five straight losses.

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Football

Mountaineers Not Expecting a Repeat of 2012 | West Virginia Athletics
Probably the two things veteran coach Dana Holgorsen were asked the most about his West Virginia football team at last week's Big 12 media days in Frisco, Texas, were his defense and the comparisons to his 2012 squad that was also voted second in the preseason but finished in a four-way tie for fifth place. In many ways, both are related.

'Blueshirts' a part of WVU football recruiting lexicon | Charleston Gazette-Mail
When it comes to roster management, major college football coaches sometimes have to get creative by spinning the color wheel.

Dana Holgorsen Takes Dig at SEC, But Should've Gone One Step Further | Heartland College Sports
At Big 12 Media Days, Dana Holgorsen took a dig at the SEC, but he came up just short of truly criticizing the conference.

University High’s Richardson plans July 30 college reveal | WV MetroNews
University High standout receiver Amir Richardson, a West Virginia target since May 2017, plans to reveal his college decision July 30. The 6-foot-2, 200-pounder is a Rivals three-star prospect who holds 13 offers including Pitt, Georgia Tech, Cincinnati, Marshall, Army and Temple.

Three Gridders Named to National Award Watch Lists | West Virginia Athletics
West Virginia University football senior offensive lineman Yodny Cajuste was named to the Outland Trophy presented by the National Foundation for Infectious Diseases Watch List, and redshirt senior safety Dravon Askew-Henry and redshirt junior David Long Jr. were named to the Bronko Nagurski Watch List as announced by the Football Writers Association of America.

Basketball

WVU basketball notebook: Konate, Gordon have surgeries | Charleston Gazette-Mail
There is plenty of medical news emanating from the WVU Coliseum. West Virginia men’s basketball coach Bob Huggins said Tuesday that standout post player Sagaba Konate has undergone minor knee surgery.

West Virginia Athletics

Lyons Named to Prestigious NCAA Committee | West Virginia Athletics
West Virginia University Director of Athletics and Associate Vice President Shane Lyons as well as several of his athletic staff will represent WVU on several NCAA and Big 12 committees for the 2018-19 season.

Around the NCAA

Message boards from TexAgs to TigerDroppings keep college football weird | ESPN
Fans like Stormy Daniels, federal judicial nominees and undercover school presidents (who are former CIA directors) keep college football weird on message boards.

The MAC now has a badass pirate flag, for when it beats Power 5 teams | SBNation
During MAC football media day, commissioner Jon Steinbrecher announced the adoption of a MAC-themed pirate flag as part of the conference’s identity. This is awesome, folks.

Maine Black Bears football player Darius Minor collapses, dies during campus workout | ESPN
A University of Maine football player collapsed and died during a preseason workout on campus.

Apparently Khalil Tate’s tweet really did change Arizona’s coach search | SBNation
He said he didn’t want Navy’s Ken Niumatalolo as the Wildcats’ head coach, and the school listened.

Bret Bielema named consultant to Bill Belichick just like Dwight Schrute | SBNation
Assistant to the Head Coach, essentially.

The Jim Harbaugh-Pete Carroll beef spans the Pac-10, NFC West, and parking lots | SBNation
These two coaches have given us some of the best clashes in college and pro football.

TODAY’S FBS TEAM PREVIEW 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.

Why Justin Fuente might be another year away from a Virginia Tech breakthrough | SBNation
Unexpected attrition is holding Justin Fuente back in Blacksburg, and he might need until 2019 to get all the chess pieces in order.

If you’ve got plenty of time to kill today...

West Virginia vs. Miami - 1993 Replay

No. 9 West Virginia defeated No. 4 Miami, 17-14, in front of 70,222 fans at Milan Puskar Stadium in 1993.

Posted by WVU Football on Wednesday, July 25, 2018

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