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The Shotgun/Throwdown (1/14/19): West Virginia Sets Its Sights on Four-Star Kentucky Quarterback for 2020

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It took less than two days for Neal Brown to hit the recruiting trail for the Mountaineers, and a top target for 2020 has some ties to the new West Virginia football staff.

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Football

WVU recruiting: Standout Kentucky QB earns scholarship offer from new staff | Charleston Gazette-Mail
The new West Virginia University football coaching staff is still not entirely set, but that hasn’t stopped those who are taking over in Morgantown from hitting the recruiting trail hard. The most recent offer went to Lexington (Kentucky) Catholic quarterback Beau Allen, one of the top signal callers in the class of 2020.

Brown names another offensive assistant; Gibson hired by NC State | Times WV
As Neal Brown continues to shape his football staff, veteran West Virginia defensive coordinator Tony Gibson — who became a lightning rod over the past couple of years — has landed on his feet by being hired as co-defensive coordinator and safeties coach at North Carolina State.

NC State hires Tony Gibson as co-defensive coordinator | WV MetroNews
Even though he’s leaving, Tony Gibson won’t be gone from Morgantown for very long. The former West Virginia defensive coordinator was hired by NC State on Sunday as co-defensive coordinator and safeties coach.

Basketball

Huggins happy with newcomer Jermaine Haley's progress | Charleston Gazette-Mail
Pardon West Virginia University men’s basketball coach Bob Huggins if he does not have a whole lot of positive things to say about the way his Mountaineers have been playing this season, especially the last few weeks.

HERTZEL COLUMN: A lackluster WVU team could mean a long, slow winter | Times WV
One can only imagine the thoughts that were going through Bob Huggins’ mind as he walked out of the Coliseum, fully aware that he stumbled into the darkness of his worst winters upon returning to coach is alma mater.

WVU women's basketball: Short bench no problem in win over Oklahoma | Charleston Gazette-Mail
The West Virginia University women’s basketball team had to deal with a short bench Sunday, but in the end, it didn’t hurt the Mountaineers.

WVU Tops OU in Norman | West Virginia University Athletics
Four of the eight players dressed finished in double-figure scoring as the West Virginia women's basketball team topped Oklahoma, 66-55, at the Lloyd Noble Center in Norman, Oklahoma, on Sunday afternoon.

West Virginia Athletics

Monserrat Earns Upset Win in Loss to Wolfpack | West Virginia University Athletics
Redshirt senior Christian Monserrat upset No. 4 Justin Oliver in the 149-pound bout, as the West Virginia University wrestling team dropped a 26-10 dual to No. 9 NC State on Sunday afternoon, at Reynolds Coliseum, in Raleigh, North Carolina.

WVU Natatorium Era Ends with Dominating Wins | West Virginia University Athletics
In the West Virginia University men's and women's swimming and diving teams' final competition at the WVU Natatorium, the Mountaineer combined to win 31 of 32 events to earn a pair of wins over TCU on Saturday.

No. 22 Mountaineers Sweep Competition | West Virginia University Athletics
The No. 22-ranked West Virginia University gymnastics team overcame an early deficit to earn its first sweep of the 2019 season, as the Mountaineers scored 195.5 and finished first on Saturday inside Pitt's Fitzgerald Field House.

Around the NCAA

9 arguments against College Football Playoff expansion, and why they are all bad | SBNation
Yep. Even that idea is bad.

Kyler Murray is the king. The A’s are his subjects | SBNation
If the A’s lost Murray because they couldn’t give him more money or just didn’t want to, that’d be their own fault and not his problem. Don’t blame the elite athlete for using his leverage.

Kyler Murray reportedly wants $10m more from the Athletics not to play football | SBNation
Murray is flirting with a jump to the NFL instead of playing for the A’s.

Baseball Is Broken. Can Anything Short of a Strike Fix It? | The Ringer
Manny Machado and Bryce Harper remain unsigned. One of the sport’s best catchers had to settle for a one-year deal. Kyler Murray might play another sport if he can’t get paid. Only the players can fix this, but to do so, they’ll have to risk a work stoppage they’re not currently prepared to win.

Patrick Mahomes is technically the first Big 12 QB to ever win an NFL playoff game | SBNation
The Texas Tech product is at least the first QB drafted out of a Big 12 school to go down as the winning QB in an NFL playoff game.

Baker Mayfield’s beef with Kliff Kingsbury could be even better in the NFL | SBNation
Mayfield played under Kingsbury at Texas Tech in 2013, and it didn’t exactly end well.

The Patriots are the most inevitable franchise in sports | SBNation
The Patriots will face the Kansas City Chiefs in the AFC Championship game, despite having a "down year."

Gambling was the only reason to stick around for the second half of Patriots-Chargers | SBNation
Team total bet for the win!

9 winners and 8 losers from the Divisional Round of the 2019 NFL playoffs | SBNation
Patrick Mahomes, C.J. Anderson, and Michael Thomas are all smiles after this weekend. Philip Rivers, less so.

Aaron Gordon, Dario Saric, and Brandon Ingram Need a Role Adjustment | The Ringer
Justise Winslow’s new life as a Miami Heat point guard got us thinking: Who else in the league could use a role change?

Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez are outscoring the rest of La Liga | SBNation
The duo have 31 goals between them this season

This Is the Most Wide-Open Best Picture Race in Years | The Ringer
Is it because we don’t know what "Best Picture" means? The Oscars have been undergoing a radical shift in the past half-decade. What is or is not worthy of its biggest award is still a curiosity.

You couldn’t write a better ending to the WVU Natatorium if you tried.


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