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The Shotgun/Throwdown (7/27/18): Season ticket sales are down, despite an enormous amount of hype

Expectations are high for West Virginia University’s 2018 football team. The school’s season ticket sales, however, haven’t reflected the enthusiasm Mountaineer officials were hoping to see.

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WVU football season ticket sales lagging | Charleston Gazette-Mail
Expectations are high for West Virginia University’s 2018 football team. The school’s season ticket sales, however, haven’t reflected the enthusiasm Mountaineer officials were hoping to see.

Mountaineers Named to More Watch Lists | West Virginia Athletics
West Virginia University football redshirt senior and Heisman Trophy Award candidate quarterback Will Grier was named to the Wuerffel Award Watch List, and junior wide receiver and return specialist Marcus Simms was named to the Paul Hornung Award Watch list,as announced by the organizations associated with the awards.

West Virginia Athletics

Gold/Blue Match Date Changed, Exhibition at VT Added | West Virginia Athletics
Two changes have been made to the West Virginia University men's soccer team's exhibition schedule, including a date change for the Gold/Blue Intrasquad.

Tony Caridi's Visit With Yahoo Sports' Pete Thamel | West Virginia Athletics
You can count Yahoo's Pete Thamel among the Big 12's skeptics. Recently, the national columnist took a lukewarm view of the conference, declaring that its 12-year football national title drought will likely continue when the next one is crowned in 2019.

WVU broadcaster Tony Caridi brings charity event to Charleston | Charleston Gazette-Mail
Caridi’s affiliation with WVU sports as broadcaster continues to raise thousands of dollars for charities throughout the Mountain State. Fans gathered in a crowded ballroom Thursday night at Embassy Suites in Charleston for an installment of Caridi’s Inside the Huddle events, which focus primarily on the upcoming football season.

Around the Big 12

Big 12 sets stigma aside: 'A lot of these schools run the ball' | EerSports
Five Big 12 quarterbacks have won the Heisman Trophy. Seven receivers have won the Biletnikoff Award, and all since 2007. The league has had one of the nation's top two passing offenses in nine of the past 10 seasons. It goes without saying, but this conference is best known for spirals spinning through the air and being plucked out of the sky by its best acrobatics.

BON exclusive: Texas AD Chris Del Conte dishes on his call to Texas A&M, facilities, more | Burnt Orange Nation
And, of course, his favorite restaurant in Austin and whether or not he eats beans in his chili.

Around the NCAA

DUMB FOOTBALL: QB POWER | Every Day Should Be Saturday

Florida Gators incident involves, among other things, a frying pan wielded as a weapon | SBNation
This is a strange one.

College football’s TV gravy train is slowing down. It’s time to put the focus on fans. | SBNation
For the last two decades, it’s been all about TV. That looks to be changing, and if teams are smart, actual fans will be better off.


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.

Don’t assume Bobby Petrino’s offense will fall apart without Lamar Jackson | SBNation
Louisville’s personality will change, but the Cardinals’ strengths and weaknesses should remain similar without their superstar.

Tyrod Taylor & Baker Mayfield have a secret Browns QB clubhouse in an RV | SBNation
The Browns quarterbacks seem to be getting along just fine.

Dez Bryant signing with the Browns would make more sense than you think | SBNation
Bryant’s market is thin, but he could restore much of his value in ... Cleveland?

LaMelo and LiAngelo Ball are on a surreal JBA adventure. Is this what’s best for them? | SBNation
The Ball brothers are posting gaudy stats with little meaning in the JBA. Where do they go from here?

Conor McGregor sentenced for UFC 223 bus attack | MMA Fighting
Conor McGregor’s UFC 223 courtroom battle has come to an end.

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