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The Shotgun/Throwdown (1/28/19): West Virginia’s Spring Game Will Be “Revealing”

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Neal Brown has a few surprises lined up for a Spring game that will be “a little bit different”

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Welcome, By-Godders, to The Shotgun/Throwdown, WVU’s best place for sports links, information, sophomoric humor and daily distractions.

Football

Neal Brown hypes fun spring game atmosphere, still learning lyrics to 'Country Roads' | WV MetroNews
Within his first 22 days as West Virginia’s football coach, Neal Brown has recruited a four-star transfer quarterback, filled most of his staff vacancies, and met individually with each of the roster’s 100-plus players. Learning all the lyrics to a certain John Denver song, however, will take a while longer, though Brown has a plan for that too.

Tony’s Take: WVU's Brown Walking on Water in Almost Heaven | West Virginia University Athletics
What Neal Brown is learning on these visits around the state is likely confirming what he already believed: West Virginia football fans love their team, they're unbelievably passionate and they badly want to win.

Big weekend includes visits from top uncommitted prospects | Charleston Gazette-Mail
West Virginia University’s football program had its biggest recruiting weekend of the offseason this past weekend, as nearly a dozen top recruits made their way to Morgantown to meet with the new staff.

Austin Kendall's dad recounts transfer tussle: 'Everything kept pointing to West Virginia' | WV MetroNews
Even as he puttered his way through an Indiana snowstorm with his son Austin’s belongings in the back of a truck, Brian Kendall was filled with relief.

Basketball

WVU Set for Texas Rematch | West Virginia University Athletics
Following a dominating win over Kansas State on Saturday, the West Virginia University women's basketball team travels to Austin, Texas, for a rematch with No. 12 Texas on Monday. Tipoff is set for 8 p.m. ET from the Frank Erwin Center and will air on FS1.

West Virginia Athletics

No. 2 Mountaineers Continue to Roll | West Virginia University Athletics
MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – The No. 2-ranked West Virginia University rifle team extended its season win streak to 12 with a 4706-4660 win over No. 9 Navy Saturday afternoon

Mountaineers Fall at No. 11 Wyoming | West Virginia University Athletics
Three Mountaineers came away with wins, as the West Virginia University wrestling team (4-12, 3-5 Big 12) dropped a 33-15 match to No. 11 Wyoming (12-3, 3-1 Big 12) at the UniWyo Sports Complex, in Laramie, Wyoming, on Sunday afternoon.

Around the NCAA

The Pac-12 Championship leaving Levi’s Stadium is (obviously) a great idea | SBNation
Santa Clara has been a bad setting for this title game. Now it can go elsewhere — after 2019.

Great teams taunt | SBNation
Don’t ever listen to the Humility Police.

2019 Super Bowl: Patriots defense matches up well against the Rams’ favorite routes | SBNation
New England’s defense is having plenty of success against what L.A. likes to run.

The Bill Ripken F*** Face card, 30 years later | SBNation
There was a baseball card with a swear word on it. This was a big deal.

New Orleans Pelicans must fire their GM before trading Anthony Davis | SBNation
Dell Demps has run the Pelicans since Davis arrived. Given the failures of the AD era, he cannot be trusted to continue.


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