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The Shotgun/Throwdown (5/9/19): Jordan McCabe Honors West Virginia Coal Miners with New Tattoo

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Jordan McCabe has already shown that he takes pride in representing the state of West Virginia, as a member of the West Virginia basketball team. Now the Mountaineer point guard has a new tattoo that reflects that pride in the state and its people.

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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

WV MetroNews WVU notebook: Brown comfortable in his own jeans touring West Virginia - WV MetroNews
Fans turning out to see Neal Brown at West Virginia’s annual coaches caravan got a pretty good idea of how comfortable the Mountaineers’ new football coach is in his new surroundings.

WV MetroNews Three Guys Before The Game - Brian Bennett (Episode 114) - WV MetroNews
On this episode of Three Guys Before The Game, WVU Director of Player Personnel Brian Bennett shares how he rose to his current position and why his first-ever meeting with Neal Brown was all he needed to sign on.

Basketball

Jordan McCabe Shows off New Tattoo That Features a Tribute to West Virginia • Mountaineer Sports
Many times players West Virginia players embrace not only the university, but the state. Count WVU guard Jordan McCabe in that crowd.

West Virginia among star-studded lineup for 2020 Battle 4 Atlantis tournament - The Smoking Musket
Bob Huggins will have a full season to get the Mountaineers turned around from their 2018 showing before having to play the likes of Duke and Ohio State in the Bahamas.

Baseball

Baseball takes non-conference win vs. Virginia Tech
The WVU baseball team appears to be back on the winning track after defeating Virginia Tech on the road, 7-2.

WVU in Top-25 for Fourth Consecutive Week - West Virginia University Athletics
For the fourth consecutive week, the West Virginia baseball team is in the national rankings, appearing in five top-25 polls.

West Virginia Athletics

WVU Places 18 on Academic All-Big 12 Team - West Virginia University Athletics
Eighteen members of the West Virginia track and field team have been named to the 2019 Academic All-Big 12 Track and Field Team.

Tom Bragg: WVU's John Means makes early impact for struggling Orioles | Tom Bragg | wvgazettemail.com
Baltimore Orioles starting pitcher John Means is not lighting up radar guns around the big leagues, but the former West Virginia standout is becoming a bright spot in an otherwise dim season at Camden Yards.

Around the Big 12

Texas Tech basketball to return Madison Square Garden next season
For the third-straight year, the Texas Tech basketball team will play in Madison Square Garden next year, this time as part of the Jimmy V Classic.

KU coach Bill Self announces signing of Enaruna | The Kansas City Star
Bill Self has announced the signing of guard Tristan Enaruna to a national letter-of-intent. Enaruna is ranked #44 in the recruiting Class of 2019 by Rivals.com.

OU Sweeps Big 12 Individual End-of-Year Awards - The Official Site of Oklahoma Sooner Sports
After becoming the first team in Big 12 history to finish conference play undefeated in back-to-back seasons, the #1 Oklahoma softball team earned every individual award from the league and placed all eight nominees on the all-conference teams.

Around the NCAA

Analysis: Which New College Football Coaches Might Succeed? | Political News | US News
Success for a college football coach is best determined over an extended period of time and there were many coaching changes this off-season, including Neal Brown joining the West Virginia Mountaineers. Which first-year FBS head coaches are most likely to succeed in their new gigs?

Ranking All 130 College Football Coaching Jobs
A complete breakdown and ranking of all 130 college football coaching jobs for 2019. Check out where the West Virginia coaching position landed!

One conference’s new media deal is almost all streaming. Should others do the same? - SBNation.com
The Colonial Athletic Association decided to go in a different direction, announcing a four-year deal with FloSports, giving the streaming company rights to 50 football games, 140 men’s and women’s basketball games, and over 300 events in total. Is this unique deal a one-off, or a sign of things to come?

BYU hasn’t really risen or fallen as an indie. Does that change in 2019? - SBNation.com
Kalani Sitake’s Cougars return all the pieces for their best offense in years, and they get lots of chances for marquee wins in September.

Cole Anthony gives North Carolina the perfect recruit at the perfect time - SBNation.com
The freshman point guard is going to be a force in Chapel Hill from day one.

The 2019 NBA Draft’s best prospects after Zion Williamson, ranked - SBNation.com
These are the players to get excited about if your team doesn’t land Zion Williamson in the NBA Draft.

5 NFL veterans who should be back in free agency demand now - SBNation.com
Teams can now sign free agents without it affecting their compensatory draft picks. So which NFL veteran is next to be signed?

Was the Chiefs’ 2019 offseason enough to get them to the Super Bowl? - SBNation.com
The future looks bright in Kansas City, but the team still came up short in 2018. Did the Chiefs do enough this offseason to get over that hump and into the Super Bowl?


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