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The Shotgun/Throwdown (7/5/18): David Long is healthy and ready to lead the West Virginia defense

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If there’s one thing that’s for certain about the Mountaineer defense, it’s that David Long is going to be a force to be reckoned with this season.

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Football

WVU's Long says he's healthy, ready to lead | Charleston Gazette-Mail
While there are sky-high expectations for WVU’s offense in 2018, there are questions and concerns about the Mountaineer defense. Except in the case of linebacker David Long.

Mini-Packages & Single Game Football Tickets on Sale Monday, July 9 | West Virginia Athletics
With the 2018 West Virginia University football season opener less than two months away, the Mountaineer Ticket Office has announced that mini-packages and single-game tickets will go on sale to the public on Monday, July 9, at 9 a.m.

Early start, local tie help Wright commit to WVU | WV News
West Virginia’s foray into the Savannah, Ga., has now paid dividends two years in a row.

Nine more walk-ons join WVU football program | WV News
With the start of a new summer school session at West Virginia University, the Mountaineer football team has added nine new members. All are walk-ons who each come straight from the high school ranks.

Basketball

WVU basketball notebook: Huggins addresses injuries, newcomers | Charleston Gazette-Mail
When the topic is WVU men’s basketball, most Mountaineer fans seem upbeat about the 2018-19 season. Although Jevon Carter and Daxter Miles have vacated the backcourt, a highly regarded class was signed. Meanwhile, the frontcourt is loaded with Sagaba Konate, Esa Ahmad, Wes Harris and Lamont West all returning. Yet there are a few nagging concerns for the team. And, on Tuesday, West Virginia coach Bob Huggins addressed some of them.

More confident Chase Harler heading to China | Charleston Gazette-Mail
While many were feasting on Fourth of July hot dogs and hamburgers, WVU basketball player Chase Harler was zipping around Morgantown preparing for a trip.Not to Myrtle Beach though.To China.

ESPN analyst thinks Jevon Carter can stick with Grizzlies | WV MetroNews
ESPN college basketball analyst Seth Greenberg, visiting for the Greenbrier pro-am, projects Jevon Carter will last in the NBA “for a while because of his toughness.”

Around the NCAA

Lollllllll, can you imagine Paul Finebaum working for the Big Ten Network? | SBNation
The commentator most associated with the SEC is doing some negotiating.

Georgia QB Jake Fromm has now suffered 2 different injuries at the lake in one summer | SBNation
It sounds like the latest shouldn’t alter the Dawgs’ season very much.

12 college football coaches who should try the Nathan’s Hot Dog Eating Contest | SBNation
Who do you think would win?

‘Land and just go kill people’: Star college football recruits explain their ‘Fortnite’ strategies | SBNation
Recruits are even more into the game than the general public. Let’s pick their brains for some high-level expertise.

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.

Wisconsin isn’t just ‘Wisconsin good’ any more | SBNation
Paul Chryst fielded maybe the best Badger team since the 1960s last fall, and he doesn’t need that many new contributors to pull a repeat.

Michigan State’s 2017 youth movement was strangely successful. Now Sparty’s extremely experienced. | SBNation
Mark Dantonio’s Spartans were as surprisingly good last fall as they were surprisingly bad the year before. Now what?

Don’t Hate the Warriors, Hate the System That Allowed Them to Happen | The Ringer
Golden State has seemingly stacked the deck by adding its fifth All-NBA-caliber player in DeMarcus Cousins. It might seem unfair, but the team is playing by the rules. We might be due for a change.

Joey Chestnut’s eating records are as gross as they are impressive | SBNation
103 BURGERS IN 8 MINUTES!

America cannot — will not — allow shoddy hot dog-counting to mar another 4th of July | SBNation
Bad accounting threatened to derail our truest American hero. Never again.


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