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The Shotgun/Throwdown: Best Virginia returns to action tonight, Jesse Edwards’ journey, and it’s how hot in McKinney, TX?

Good morning! This is the Shotgun Throwdown, your daily West Virginia sports roundup.

Best Virginia/Final Fourcast | Photos by Matt Sunday. Design by Kristin Coldsnow

Welcome, By-Godders, to The Shotgun/Throwdown.

We’re in for some hot ones this week, but hopefully not as hot as McKinney, TX.


Let’s have a good Tuesday, shall we?

COMING FOR THE CROWN... Best Virginia kicks off their run for the 2023 TBT Championship tonight in Wheeling, when they take on the No. 8 seed Dubois Dream.

Best Virginia is currently a 12-point favorite. Dubois Dream is 0-3 all-time in TBT, with an average margin of defeat in those games being 26 points. This is Dubois Dream’s first time back in TBT since 2018.

Tickets are still available as low as $20 through The game will tipoff at 7PM and will be available for streaming on ESPN+.

DR. EDWARDS, I PRESUME...West Virginia center Jesse Edwards and Country Roads Trust made an incredible video telling Edwards’ story and journey through music and sports in Amsterdam. Did you know he graduated from Syracuse with a degree in Biotechnology and wants to become a doctor?

I love this kind of stuff and hope Country Roads Trust keeps doing them for other Mountaineer athletes. It helps make that connection with the fans for some of these guys that are going to be here for one season.

MUSKET MIXTAPE... Quinn Slazinski is officially a Mountaineer… College GameDay will kick off Week 1 in Charlotte for UNC/South Carolina... Louisville and Miami are new boot goofin’ as they’ll now play for The Schnellenberger Trophy — a pair of bronzed boots worn by Howard Schnellenberger… Kylian Mbappe will make a record-breaking $300M for one season with Saudi club Al-Hilal

SONG OF THE DAY... “Old Kanawha” by Philip Bowen ft. Charles Wesley Godwin
I will be sharing a variety of genres here. If you don’t like today’s song, there’s always tomorrow. Don’t ruin the vibe.

ICYMI... Bella Flanigan played 27 minutes in the Philippines first ever Women’s World Cup win this morning… Alonzo Addae recorded the first interception of his professional career in a crucial moment for the Ottawa Redblacks in the CFL... Geno Smith threw out the first pitch before the Mariners’ loss to the Blue Jays on Sunday... In that same game, Alek Manoah pitched 5 12 innings, allowing three runs and striking out six... Neal Brown hired long-time Dallas Cowboys scout Drew Fabianich as Director of Scouting for the Mountaineers.