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Mountaineer Morning Links: Friday (4/18/14) Edition

Baseball shuts out Oklahoma in series opener, football and varsity news, WVU Pros updates us on who's working out with who ahead of the NFL Draft, Big 12 roundup & more. Happy Easter!! Welcome, By-Godders, to the Shotgun/Throwdown, WVU's nationally recognized best place for sports links, information, sophomoric humor and daily distractions. We're being brought to you today by Mikkeller's Hoppy Easter. What You May Have Missed: Gold and Blue Now: Friday, April 18 - WV MetroNewsBob Huggins talks about adding Tariq Phillip to the WVU basketball program. We also hear from the USA Today...
The Smoking Musket Apr 17, 2014
WVU Football Power Rankings, Spring Football

WVU Football Power Rankings, Spring Football

Wendell Smallwood has been the runaway story of spring landing him at No. 1 in the rankings. The rankings also include a resurgent defense and a pair of West Virginia natives who made a splash during the spring. Spring football provides the last dose of Mountaineer football before the long off-season begins. Each spring players and story lines surface giving the fans hopes that those players and story lines will translate into success on the field in the fall. Below is a top ten list of players/coaches who have made an impression this spring. One thing is for sure there have been many...
The Smoking Musket Apr 17, 2014

Mountaineer Throwback Thursday: WVU vs. Louisville 2005, The Start Of Something Special

In this edition of Throwback Thursday we look back at one of the most improbable wins in WVU history, the rise of one of the greatest backfields we've ever seen, and the birth of a rivalry that kept the New Big East afloat. Louisville at West Virginia: October 15, 2005. As a way of combating the off-season doldrums we'll be presenting Throwback Thursday here at the Smoking Musket, a feature where we remember Mountaineer Moments from the past. In this edition of Throwback Thursday we look back at the first meeting between West Virginia and Louisville as Big East Conference foes, starting...
The Smoking Musket Apr 17, 2014
Mountaineer Morning Links: Thursday (4/17/14) Edition

Mountaineer Morning Links: Thursday (4/17/14) Edition

Lots of recruiting news, football notes, baseball has weekend series in Oklahoma, varsity reports, WVU Pros update, Big 12 roundup & more Welcome, By-Godders, to the Shotgun/Throwdown, WVU's nationally recognized best place for sports links, information, sophomoric humor and daily distractions. We're being brought to you today by Modern Times Beer, in honor of today's Video of (Dis)Interest. What You May Have Missed: Gold and Blue Now: Thursday, April 17 - WV MetroNewsRandy Mazey looks back on Ross Vance’s 14 strikeout performance against Ohio State. We also hear from Corey Brock of...
The Smoking Musket Apr 16, 2014
Game Time Set For Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game Featuring West Virginia vs Alabama

Game Time Set For Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game Featuring West Virginia vs Alabama

Game time is set for the WVU/Alabama tilt in Atlanta to kick off the 2014 season. We had a hint of it yesterday but today it's official. The Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game featuring our West Virginia Mountaineers taking on the Alabama Crimson Tide will kick off at 3:30 ET. The game will be played in Atlanta in the Georgia Dome. The #CFAKickoff Game featuring WVU vs. Alabama is set for 3:30 p.m. on Aug. 30 | http://t.co/xnd3JGEtCw pic.twitter.com/WxHJ4uuatn — WVU Football (@WVUfootball) April 16, 2014 Our Mountaineers certainly have their work cut out for them facing the juggernaut that...
The Smoking Musket Apr 16, 2014

Mountaineer Morning Links: Wednesday (3/16/14) Edition

Baseball takes down Ohio State, football notes, recruiting updates, WVU Pros news, Big 12 roundup & more Welcome, By-Godders, to the Shotgun/Throwdown, WVU's nationally recognized best place for sports links, information, sophomoric humor and daily distractions. We're being brought to you today by Prairie Artisan Ales' Bomb! Imperial Stout. What You May Have Missed: Gold and Blue Now: Wednesday, April 16 - WV MetroNews Independence Community College head coach Tony Turner discusses the kind of impact Tarik Phillip will have at WVU in year one. We also hear from former Mountaineer Asya...
The Smoking Musket Apr 15, 2014

Mountaineer Morning Links: Tuesday (4/15/14) Edition

Football reports, Bama kickoff time set, more on hoops commit, Adrian facing DUI, WVU Pros updates, Big 12 roundup & more Welcome, By-Godders, to the Shotgun/Throwdown, WVU's nationally recognized best place for sports links, information, sophomoric humor and daily distractions. We're being brought to you today by Rogue Beard Beer. What You May Have Missed: Gold and Blue Now: Tuesday, April 15 - WV MetroNewsBrad Winton of JucoRecruiting.com discusses the kind of player Tarik Phillip is for WVU. Shannon Dawson also gives his latest thoughts on the quarterback battle following...
The Smoking Musket Apr 14, 2014

Mountaineer Morning Links: Monday (4/14/14) Edition

Baseball swept by OSU, spring football recaps, new hoops commit, Big 12 roundup & more Welcome, By-Godders, to the Shotgun/Throwdown, WVU's nationally recognized best place for sports links, information, sophomoric humor and daily distractions. We're being brought to you today by Stone Go To IPA. What You May Have Missed: Gold and Blue Now: Monday, April 14 - WV MetroNewsDana Holgorsen gives his thoughts on the spring game. We also hear more from two roommates in Cody Clay and Isaiah Bruce following Saturday’s Gold-Blue game. WVU Swept by No. 18 Oklahoma State - WVU AthleticsThe...
The Smoking Musket Apr 13, 2014

Mountaineer Sunday Post-Game Roundup: Gold | Blue Spring Game Edition - Recaps, Photos, Videos, Etc.

Coverage of the annual Gold | Blue Spring Game including, recaps, player features, photo galleries and post-game video interviews Recaps and Features: Gold Edges Blue in Gold-Blue Game - WVU Athletics Best & worst from West Virginia’s Gold-Blue spring game - WV MetroNews GAME RECAP: WVU Gold and Blue Game - WVillustrated Gold-Blue Game answers few questions at quarterback - Times West Virginian Holgorsen happy with Mountaineers’ spring finish - Charleston Gazette Scrimmage has moments for Holgorsen - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Offense finally catches up in spring game victory - WV...
The Smoking Musket Apr 12, 2014

West Virginia Mountaineers Spring Football: Gold-Blue Game Highlights

StadiumVision Highlights from today's Gold-Blue Spring Game at Milan Puskar Stadium. The Gold team defeated the Blue 37-27. Video courtesy of WVUSports.com.
The Smoking Musket Apr 12, 2014

Game Thread: West Virginia Mountaineers Gold-Blue Spring Game

Join your rowdy friends for some running commentary on the little taste of football we get before the fall. Maybe we'll even find a quarterback. Spring is sprung and it's time for the annual West Virginia Gold-Blue Spring football game. We'll get a little taste of football to carry us through the dog days of spring and summer, not to mention get a glimpse of what to expect from the 2014 Mountaineers. The biggest question is obviously who will play quarterback, but we'll also be watching to see if Mario Alford is ready to make The Leap, if Rushel Shell is all he's cracked up to be and who...
The Smoking Musket Apr 11, 2014
Holgorson Ranks Low in Athlon Sport’s list of Big 12 Head Coaches

Holgorson Ranks Low in Athlon Sport’s list of Big 12 Head Coaches

Dana Holgorsen ranks No. 9 in Athlon Sports' ranking of the head coaches of the Big 12 Conference after first losing record for West Virginia since Rich Rodriguez's first season in 2001. Athlon Sports doesn’t think too highly of West Virginia head coach Dana Holgorsen, as evidenced by its off-season rankings of Big 12 head coaches. Holgorsen comes in at No. 9 on the list, just one above Kansas coach Charlie Weis, after the first losing season for West Virginia since former coach Rich Rodriguez’s first season in 2001 at Morgantown. This is a move down one position from No. 8 in...
The Smoking Musket Apr 11, 2014
Mountaineer Morning Links: Friday (4/11/14) Edition

Mountaineer Morning Links: Friday (4/11/14) Edition

Gold-Blue Spring Game previews, baseball hosts Oklahoma State, hoops recruit, Big 12 roundup & more Welcome, By-Godders, to the Shotgun/Throwdown, WVU's nationally recognized best place for sports links, information, sophomoric humor and daily distractions. We're being brought to you today by DDuClaw's Sweet Baby Jesus Chocolate Peanut Butter Porter. What You May Have Missed: Gold and Blue Now: Friday, April 11 - WV MetroNewsAllan Taylor gives his final take on the spring football game set for Saturday. We also hear more from WVU ace pitcher Harrison Musgrave as the Mountaineers open up...
The Smoking Musket Apr 10, 2014
Mountaineer Throwback Thursday: WVU vs. VT 2003, Fire On The Mountain

Mountaineer Throwback Thursday: WVU vs. VT 2003, Fire On The Mountain

In this edition of Throwback Thursday we look back as one of WVU’s most hated rivals comes to Morgantown ranked #3, chasing a championship and revenge in an ESPN Thursday night showdown. As a way of combating the off-season doldrums we'll be presenting Throwback Thursday here at the Smoking Musket, a feature where we remember Mountaineer Moments from the past. In this edition of Throwback Thursday we look back as one of WVU's most hated rivals comes to Morgantown ranked #3 chasing a championship and revenge in an ESPN Thursday night showdown. For many WVU fans the Battle for the Black...
The Smoking Musket Apr 10, 2014

Mountaineer Morning Links: Thursday (4/10/14) Edition

Spring football winding down, more on facilities upgrades, big recruiting weekend, WVU Pros update, Big 12 roundup & more Welcome, By-Godders, to the Shotgun/Throwdown, WVU's nationally recognized best place for sports links, information, sophomoric humor and daily distractions. We're being brought to you today by Brew Dog's Tactical Nuclear Penguin. What You May Have Missed: Gold and Blue Now: Thursday, April 10 - WV MetroNewsIsaiah Bruce discusses his comfort level moving back to middle linebacker this spring. We also hear more from Oliver Luck on future facility upgrades with the WVU...
The Smoking Musket Apr 9, 2014
2014 Smoking Musket Bracket Challenge Final Results

2014 Smoking Musket Bracket Challenge Final Results

The NCAA Tournament is over, which means it's time to crown the winner of our contest. Our Bracket Challenge is complete and we have a winner: Skitts24 Congratulations to Skitts24 and thanks to all 66 of you who signed up and played! Here are the final leaders (we always use the top 11 and ties...I didn't do it just to include myself), click to embiggen: Full standings and your individual bracket results can be found HERE. And here are the staff standings: Name Rank Total Points Abpriddy 9 98 WVUfanMG 9 98 WVUIE97 9 98 MKirchner12 15 95 D White 36 79 Matt...
The Smoking Musket Apr 9, 2014

Mountaineer Morning Links: Wednesday (3/9/14) Edition

Facility upgrades outlined, football reports, baseball drops game to Penn St., recruiting update, WVU Pros updates, Big 12 roundup & more Welcome, By-Godders, to the Shotgun/Throwdown, WVU's nationally recognized best place for sports links, information, sophomoric humor and daily distractions. We're being brought to you today by Stonehenge Ales Pigswill. What You May Have Missed: Gold and Blue Now: Wednesday, April 9 - WV MetroNewsWVU Director of Athletics Oliver Luck details facility upgrades set to take place for the football program in the coming years. We also hear from defensive...
The Smoking Musket Apr 8, 2014

Five Burning Questions For The WVU Gold-Blue Spring Game

In order for the WVU football program to get back to their winning ways there are a few questions that need answered. And by quesitons that need answered, I mean things that have to happen. 1. Who's our Quarterback? It really doesn't get any bigger than this. There's no position on the field that can accentuate your strengths and hide your weaknesses like a solid quarterback. And at this stage of the spring practice season, we have not a clue who will be under center to start the season. Clint Trickett is out for the spring recovering from surgery. Skyler Howard hasn't completed a month of...
The Smoking Musket Apr 8, 2014

Mountaineer Morning Links: Tuesday (4/8/14) Edition

Football reports, baseball travels to Penn St., gymnast qualified for NCAAs, varsity notes, WVU Pros updates, Big 12 roundup & more Welcome, By-Godders, to the Shotgun/Throwdown, WVU's nationally recognized best place for sports links, information, sophomoric humor and daily distractions. We're being brought to you today by Harviestoun Old Engine Oil Black Ale. What You May Have Missed: Gold and Blue Now: Tuesday, April 8 - WV MetroNewsAllan Taylor looks back on Saturday’s practice from Charleston. We also hear from running backs coach JaJuan Seider as he shares his thoughts on the...
The Smoking Musket Apr 7, 2014

Mountaineer Morning Links: Monday (4/7/14) Edition

Charleston hosted final open spring practice, baseball swept by TCU, gymnast going to NCAAs, Big 12 roundup & more Welcome, By-Godders, to the Shotgun/Throwdown, WVU's nationally recognized best place for sports links, information, sophomoric humor and daily distractions. We're being brought to you today by Morland's Old Speckled Hen, English Fine Ale. What You May Have Missed: Baseball Swept at TCU - WVU AthleticsWest Virginia falls to 16-11 overall and 2-3 in conference play. Mitch Vingle: IMG, baseball, Huggins’ salary - Charleston GazetteComparatively, it’s a less-crazy time of...