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The Shotgun/Throwdown: Neal Brown not panicking about Saturday’s game against Missouri

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Tuesday as Brown stood at the podium for his weekly press conference, little had changed. He had more specific details about his club’s mistakes and the fixes that are necessary, but he was far from panicked as he began looking ahead to WVU’s first road game of the season.

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Football

WVU's Brown not in panic mode | Blue Gold News
Neal Brown’s demeanor hasn’t changed much since he walked off Mountaineer Field Saturday afternoon, having defeated James Madison in his first game as West Virginia’s head coach. At that moment, he was remarkably calm. He was obviously happy to gain the victory but resolved that his team needed to play much better in the future if it wanted to remain successful.

For Darius Stills, blocked field goal literally a dream come true | WV MetroNews
Prior to Saturday’s game against James Madison, Darius Stills had never blocked a field goal. Not in practice. Not in high school. Not in Pop Warner. It would be fair to say there was no way to see such a play coming. Unless you are Stills, who saw it coming in his sleep.

Mountaineers determined to get running game in motion at Missouri | WV MetroNews
From the first whistle of spring practice, West Virginia coaches have made it crystal-clear that the running backs are the focal point of this year’s offense.

Basketball

Fairmont's Jalen Bridges foregoes prep school, enrolls at West Virginia | WV MetroNews
In filling up his scholarship quota for this season, Bob Huggins needed only to look 20 miles south of Morgantown.

Huggins Completes Roster with Addition of Bridges | West Virginia University Athletics
West Virginia University men's basketball coach Bob Huggins has announced that Jalen Bridges has enrolled at WVU for the fall semester and has joined the Mountaineer basketball roster.

McBroom Called Up to Major Leagues | West Virginia University Athletics
Former West Virginia University first baseman Ryan McBroom has been called up to the Major Leagues by the Kansas City Royals, the club announced on Tuesday.

Former QB prodigy David Sills catches on with Giants as practice squad receiver | New York Daily News
David Sills was offered a QB scholarship to USC when he was just 13 years old. He didn't go there, or play quarterback.

Titans: David Long of West Virginia could be special teams ace | The Tennessean
In separate interviews with three people who have worked with and watched David Long closely, one description came up each time, unprompted. Instinctive.

Around the Big 12

At Least for Week One, the Big 12 is College Football's King | Heartland College Sports
The Big 12 capped off a 10-0 week in Week One of the college football season, giving it the best record of any conference in the country.

Around the NCAA

JUKE | Banner Society
Southern University’s Human Jukebox is your favorite marching band’s favorite marching band.

College football bowl projections after Week 1 | ESPN
See how our experts adjusted the bowl lineups after a wild Week 1.

The Bottom 10 just means more with Tennessee and the SEC | ESPN
The Vols, Missouri, Ole Miss and South Carolina have the Bottom 10 heading south. But don't worry, you're in too, UCLA.

Source: Elliott, Cowboys have 6-year extension | ESPN
The Dallas Cowboys and Ezekiel Elliott have come to terms on a six-year extension worth $90 million.

Jared Goff and the Rams Pledge Their Long-Term Futures to Each Other | The Ringer
The Rams signed the quarterback to a four-year extension on Tuesday and made a bet that head coach Sean McVay can continue to get the best out of their former no. 1 pick

How Dan Patrick and Keith Olbermann’s ‘SportsCenter’ Changed TV Forever | The Ringer
Upon the 40th anniversary of ESPN, we revisit Keith Olbermann and Dan Patrick, the wisecracking anchors whose "Big Show" revolutionized sports broadcasting and late night TV

How does a sports league die? | SB Nation
The CWHL shuttered with a phone call. Now the players, coaches, and GMs who were left in the cold are trying to determine what the future of their sport should be.

Team USA might really be in trouble at FIBA World Cup | SB Nation
Team USA got lucky as hell to beat Turkey, and now we’re really concerned.

Lessons Learned After 10 Straight Hours of Netflix’s ‘The Dark Crystal’ | The Ringer
‘Age of Resistance’—a prequel to Jim Henson’s iconic film—is a beautifully rendered testament to its source material, but it is also a surprising well of insight (especially when consumed in one feverish sitting)


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