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The Smoking Musket 10 hours ago

WVU Hockey Season is Back, Y'All

#CAWLIDGEHAWKEY Just 15 days until D1WVU Hockey's Home Opener against Alabama #GoWVUHockey #BeatBama #WVU19 @joe_______baker pic.twitter.com/83P7e3Smdr — WVU Hockey ACHA DivI (@WVUHockey) August 27, 2015 Finally, the wait is over. The long and grueling offseason is finally coming to a close and cawlidge hawkey season is back in Morgantown. As the tweet above reminds us (LIKE WE NEEDED A REMINDER,) WVU Hockey team starts off their season on September 11 against the Alabama Crimson Tide in what I can only assume is the Chick-Fil-A Puck Drop Classic in a "Winter Classic-ified" Milan...
The Smoking Musket 13 hours ago

PODCAST: 2015 WVU Football Season Preview [45min]

Smitty and Matt talk 2015 WVU Mountaineer football and AIRHORNS Episode Info: Part 1 - Smitty and Matt do some roster breakdown questions. Part 2 - Schedule breakdown and Holgo hot seat ratings. [21:45] This and future episodes can be found AT OUR NEW YOUTUBE CHANNEL. Subscribe via RSS Subscribe via iTunes RATE US, Y'ALL Direct MP3 Download NO SLEEP TIL NIGHT GAME
The Smoking Musket 13 hours ago

Skyler Howard Poised For A Breakout Season

With Clint Trickett gone, Dana Holgorsen has placed Skyler Howard in command of his offense. The junior quarterback is poised for a breakout season, and hungry to lead the West Virginia offense. Welcome, By-Godders, to the Shotgun/Throwdown, WVU's best place for sports links, information, sophomoric humor and daily distractions. Football: Skyler Howard Poised for a Breakout Season in Morgantown | Heartland College SportsAs we approach another football season, some fans may view the Mountaineers as having another questionable and unknown quarterback situation. But, we do know...
The Smoking Musket Aug 26, 2015

West Virginia Preparing For Georgia Southern In Mock Game Week

West Virginia is pushing through the prolonged practice period before the start of the regular season with a "mock game week." It began Tuesday and will fill the tedious time that stands before the Sept. 5 game against Georgia Southern. Welcome, By-Godders, to the Shotgun/Throwdown, WVU's best place for sports links, information, sophomoric humor and daily distractions. Football: West Virginia football team preparing as if this was game week | Pittsburgh Tribune ReviewEntering the second week of classes, West Virginia coach Dana Holgorsen told reporters, "I've never had three...
The Smoking Musket Aug 25, 2015

2015 West Virginia Mountaineers Football Unit Preview: Wide Receivers

Dana Holgerson had high praise for his veteran Wide Receivers heading into the 2015 fall camp but an updated depth chart just weeks shy of the Home Opener shows a new emergence of talent that has no Big 12 football experience. Holgerson will look to lean on both experience and raw talent in order to make his offense flourish. Dana Holgorsen and receivers coach Lonnie Galloway have been back and forth as to who is going to be the man or even a starter heading into the 2015 season. The easy answer for those looking on the outside in and even the coaches themselves would be to go with...
The Smoking Musket Aug 25, 2015

Mountaineers Land On Preseason All-Big 12 Team

Three Mountaineers represent West Virginia University on ESPN's All-Big 12 Conference Preseason Team, which was announced Monday morning. Welcome, By-Godders, to the Shotgun/Throwdown, WVU's best place for sports links, information, sophomoric humor and daily distractions. Football: Mountaineers Land on ESPN's Preseason All-Big 12 Team | WV IllustratedThree Mountaineers represent West Virginia University on ESPN's All-Big 12 Conference Preseason Team, which was announced Monday morning. Five big questions: West Virginia Mountaineers | ESPNIt’s only been a few weeks, but the...
The Smoking Musket Aug 24, 2015

West Virginia Recruiting Update: The Class As It Stands (8/24/15)

Football season is finally almost back and soon all eyes will be on the college boys but don't forget about the recruiting class of 2016...WVU already has a bunch of great talent in the fold. Here is a quick recap of the currently committed high school players gearing up for their senior year. So far the West Virginia staff has put together a quality class thus far going into the 2016 season, which should allow them to focus primarily on a few remaining quality players to round out the class. This is definitely a good problem to have. The class currently has 19 players verbally committed,...
The Smoking Musket Aug 24, 2015

Mountaineer Corners Right Where They Want To Be

Times are different at West Virginia with its defense and nobody knows it better than Brian Mitchell, the assistant in charge of the cornerbacks. Welcome, By-Godders, to the Shotgun/Throwdown, WVU's best place for sports links, information, sophomoric humor and daily distractions. Football: WVU corners right where they want to be | The Exponent TelegramTimes are different at West Virginia with its defense and nobody knows it better than Brian Mitchell, the assistant in charge of the cornerbacks. Nose guard Rose, LB Barber key to WVU defense | Charleston Gazette-MailNo...
The Smoking Musket Aug 21, 2015

Dana Holgorsen's Expectations For West Virginia Football This Year

West Virginia insider Geoff Coyle talks with the Mountaineers' head coach about how they are preparing for the upcoming season and what the team needs to improve on to contend in the Big 12.
The Smoking Musket Aug 21, 2015

2015 West Virginia Football Preview Video

Coach Dana Holgorsen has confidence in this year's team because for the first time he believes his roster is stocked with the talent and depth to contend in the Big 12.
The Smoking Musket Aug 21, 2015

Shelton Gibson Not Settling For Anything Less Than Greatness

There was once upon a time when Shelton Gibson was buried on WVU’s depth chart. However, coming out of high school, he was at the top of a lot of team’s wish lists. Welcome, By-Godders, to the Shotgun/Throwdown, WVU's best place for sports links, information, sophomoric humor and daily distractions. Football: Shelton Gibson Refusing Anything But Greatness in 2015 | WV IllustratedThere was once upon a time when Shelton Gibson was buried on WVU’s depth chart. However, coming out of high school, he was at the top of a lot of team’s wish lists. Milan Puskar Stadium...
The Smoking Musket Aug 20, 2015

Skyler Howard Ready To Take Over In Morgantown

Skyler Howard sees his promotion to starting quarterback at West Virginia as more than an opportunity to take over the offense. Welcome, By-Godders, to the Shotgun/Throwdown, WVU's best place for sports links, information, sophomoric humor and daily distractions. Football: QB Howard ready to take over at West Virginia | Yahoo SportsSkyler Howard sees his promotion to starting quarterback at West Virginia as more than an opportunity to take over the offense. He wants to look like he knows what he's doing, and it starts with staying focused. With effort and tools, it's Howard's...
The Smoking Musket Aug 19, 2015

Georgia Southern Loses Quarterback Kevin Ellison For The Season Opener Against West Virginia

The Georgia Southern Eagles have lost Quarterback Kevin Ellison for the first two games of the season due to being ruled academically ineligible to compete. The loss comes just a little over a couple of weeks from the Mountaineers home opener versus The Eagles. The Georgia Southern University Eagles will be without their predicted starting quarterback for their first game of the year at Milan Puskar Stadium when they face the West Virginia Mountaineers. Kevin Ellison has been ruled academically ineligible and will miss the GSU's first two games. Georgia Southern starting quarterback Kevin...
The Smoking Musket Aug 19, 2015

Memory Lane: Pitt Fumbles On Five Consecutive Drives At Homecoming

r/CFB is making fun of Pitt so let's make fun of Pitt because making fun of Pitt is fun.
The Smoking Musket Aug 19, 2015

West Virginia Looking For Huge Turnaround In Punt Return Game

For all the improvements the Mountaineers made in 2014, they were borderline incompetent when it came to fielding punts. It is a glaring weakness the team’s coaching staff is determined to improve. Welcome, By-Godders, to the Shotgun/Throwdown, WVU's best place for sports links, information, sophomoric humor and daily distractions. Football: West Virginia's punt-return unit looks for huge, fast turnaround | Pittsburgh Post-GazetteAfter a miserable 2014 season, West Virginia’s punt-return unit is determined to improve. West Virginia's Holgorsen fine with curbing contact...
The Smoking Musket Aug 18, 2015

Freshman Wide Receivers Spring To Top Of New Depth Chart

Coach Dana Holgorsen has released an updated version of the depth chart and has given an early look at what the starting lineup may look like heading into the September 5th season opener against Georgia Southern. Coach Dana Holgorsen has released an updated version of the depth chart and has given an early look at what the starting lineup may look like heading into the September 5th season opener against Georgia Southern. Perhaps the most interesting changeup to the updated depth chart is the emergence of the Freshman wide receivers who are now listed as first string. JUCO transfer Ka'Raun...
The Smoking Musket Aug 18, 2015

William Crest Emerging As Backup QB

With junior Skyler Howard settling in as the starting quarterback, West Virginia coach Dana Holgorsen is turning his attention to developing a dependable backup. Welcome, By-Godders, to the Shotgun/Throwdown, WVU's best place for sports links, information, sophomoric humor and daily distractions. Football: WVU's Crest emerging as backup QB option | Pittsburgh Tribune-ReviewWith junior Skyler Howard settling in as the starting quarterback, West Virginia coach Dana Holgorsen is turning his attention to developing a dependable backup. WVU offense comfortable with new aerial outfit...
The Smoking Musket Aug 17, 2015

West Virginia Receivers Comfortable With Skyler Howard

Skyler Howard has taken his receivers everywhere to get that work in this offseason. The results have been easy to see so far, as the bond between Howard and his receivers has continued to get tighter seemingly every day. Welcome, By-Godders, to the Shotgun/Throwdown, WVU's best place for sports links, information, sophomoric humor and daily distractions. Football: WVU receivers comfortable with Howard as leader | The Exponent TelegramOver the course of these last four years, Jordan Thompson has started to get a feel for what receivers need to do in order to build that bond...
The Smoking Musket Aug 16, 2015

West Virginia's Doug Cross Enjoying Early Success As Football's Media Consultant

West Virginia University recently added a new and very key piece to their football staff in 2012. Doug Cross is the Media Consultant for the football program and in charge of all media the team produces. Cross has worked on numerous projects for the team and hopes to expand his role even more in the future. Hyping players before a game or in a team meeting, recruiting, and helping guys get to the next level (NFL) are critical things every successful football wants. Doug Cross provides all of that for Mountaineer Football. Cross is West Virginia's full time Media Consultant. Translation?...
The Smoking Musket Aug 14, 2015

WVU Men's Basketball Team Finishes 3-0, Build Chemistry In Bahamas Trip

The trip to the Bahamas was more about growing closer as a team than defeating weak competition, according to Bob Huggins. Playing against amatuers and semi-pro teams, the West Virginia men's basketball team had no trouble completing a clean sweep of IBA Elite (111-39), Atlantis All-Stars (109-62) and CTG Knights (94-74). Per WVU's official website, Jonathan Holton, Esa Ahmad, and Devin Williams led the team with 15 points in the win over IBA Elite. Jevon Carter paced them with 25 in the trounce of the Atlantis All-Stars, and Carter again led them in scoring in the more closely contested...