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WVU DE Larry Jefferson Arrested

Redshirt senior defensive end Larry Jefferson was arrested Tuesday morning with marijuana and cocaine. Senior defensive end Larry Jefferson was arrested on the morning of July 26. He was found with small amount of marijuana and cocaine. An officer stopped Jefferson on Clay Street around 10 a.m. Tuesday morning. The officer, investigating a weapons brandishing incident, stated he could he smell marijuana. Jefferson told the officer he had the drug on him. Jefferson handed over approximately 1 gram of marijuana and 0.6 grams of cocaine, according to his criminal complaint. Jefferson, 23, is...
The Smoking Musket Jul 27, 2016

Big 12 Expansion: BYU & Houston Not Right for WVU

The Big 12 has decided that it is going to expand and most people are convinced BYU and Houston are the choices. Here are three reasons why they are not good choices for WVU. The Big 12 is doing Big 12 things. What that means is being reactionary to an ever evolving landscape of college athletics. First the Big 12 was no longer looking to expand and a conference network was a dead issue. Then along comes the ACC, like a scorned ex-lover trying to one-up their former partner on social media, letting the world know during Big 12 media days that an ACC Network was in the works. B12/Mon:...
The Smoking Musket Jul 26, 2016

Reports say WVU to open 2020 season against Florida State in Atlanta

The Mountaineers and Seminoles likely to meet in 2020 Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game. Mike Casazza, WVU beat writer for the Charleston Gazette-Mail, and Robert Downy Jr. look-alike, revealed a major update for WVU football's future schedule. According to Casazza, WVU and Florida State are hammering out details to open the 2020 season in the Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game in the new Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta, Georgia. Sources tell Gazette-Mail WVU and Florida State talking, close to finishing deal to open 2020 season in Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game in Atlanta.— Mike Casazza (@mikecasazza) July...
The Smoking Musket Jul 26, 2016

Will Rushel Shell Have A Breakout Season Or Will West Virginia Go With Running Back By Committee?

West Virginia head coach Dana Holgorsen is unsure if Rushel Shell can put together a breakout, Wendell Smallwood-type season, or whether the Mountaineers will rely on a running back by committee approach. Welcome, By-Godders, to the Shotgun/Throwdown: WVU's best place for sports links, information, sophomoric humor and daily distractions. Football: Dana Holgorsen is unsure if Rushel Shell can put together a Smallwood-type season or whether Justin Crawford and Kennedy McKoy will split carries. Something is beginning to develop in West Virginia's secondary...
The Smoking Musket Jul 25, 2016

Kevin Jones Close To Deal With Russian Club Lokomotiv Kuban

WVU great Kevin Jones will spend next season with one of the top clubs in Europe. According to a report from Eurohoops.net, former Mountaineer great Kevin Jones is close to an agreement with Lokomotiv Kuban in Russia. Kevin Jones is close to an agreement with @lokobasket: https://t.co/bMKhCXojOK pic.twitter.com/oQfY8lQ8u8 — Eurohoops.net (@Eurohoopsnet) July 24, 2016 Lokomotiv Kuban participates in the Russian domestic league (VTB) and the Euroleague, the second best league in the world. The club finished third in the Euroleague playoffs last season. Jones spent last season with...
The Smoking Musket Jul 25, 2016

WVU women’s basketball to play Ole Miss in 2016 SEC/Big 12 Challenge

The West Virginia University women’s basketball team will host Ole Miss on December 4, 2016, in Morgantown, West Virginia in the first fulll SEC/Big 12 Challenge in women's basketball. Like the men's basketball teams in their conferences, the Big 12 and SEC have announced the pairings for the 2016 SEC/Big 12 Challenge in women's basketball. The Mountaineers have been tabbed to host Ole Miss on Sunday, December 4, 2016, in the WVU Coliseum, in Morgantown. WVU women's basketball will be looking to keep their momentum from the last three seasons. In 2013-2014, the Mountaineers were...
The Smoking Musket Jul 22, 2016

WVU ranked 8th most overrated college football program of last decade

We tend to think that WVU football is perennially underrated and disrespected, but this list puts the Mountaineers as the eighth most overrated football program since 2006. Since 2005, WVU has had its most successful run in program history, with a record of 96-45 under three coaches in the past 11 years. However, this success has come with some up-and-down expectations from the fan base and the media. Jason Lisk of The Big Lead ranked the most overrated college football programs since 2006, a list on which WVU is ranked No. 8. "Slam too many Red Bulls, you end up here. The Bill Stewart...
The Smoking Musket Jul 22, 2016

Defensive Expectations Remain The Same For West Virginia University

With a large chunk of defensive starters gone, the logical conclusion is that the WVU defense will suffer from those losses in 2016. Dana Holgorsen doesn't necessarily agree. Welcome, By-Godders, to the Shotgun/Throwdown: WVU's best place for sports links, information, sophomoric humor and daily distractions. Football: Although the Mountaineers gave up more points than they had wished in the offensive-minded Big 12 last season, a quick look at NFL preseason rosters gives a clear indication just how much talent defensive coordinator Tony Gibson had on his...
The Smoking Musket Jul 21, 2016

2016 WVU Football Summer Preview - Game #2: Youngstown State Penguins

We move to Game #2 of our WVU Football Game Preview Summer Series with an in-depth look at WVU's second opponent, the Youngstown State Penguins. Dana Holgorsen vs. Bo Pelini. E. Gordon Gee vs. Jim Tressel. For a game that has only been played once back in the 1930s, there will be plenty fun narratives built up before the West Virginia Mountaineers welcome the Youngstown State Penguins into Milan Puskar Stadium on September 10th. Such as the nature of narratives, none of them really have anything to do with actual football. There are signs, however, that WVU needs to take this game seriously...
The Smoking Musket Jul 21, 2016

Big 12 Head Coaches Favor Houston And BYU For Conference Expansion

Big 12 expansion isn't exactly up to current football head coaches. University presidents will make the calls, but it's still interesting to see what the football coaches are thinking. Welcome, By-Godders, to the Shotgun/Throwdown: WVU's best place for sports links, information, sophomoric humor and daily distractions. Basketball: WVU men's basketball freshman Maciej Bender is off to a strong start for Poland at the U20 European ChampionshipsDivision B group in Chalkida, Greece. The 6-foot-10 freshman from Warsaw, Poland, is third on the team in scoring,...
The Smoking Musket Jul 20, 2016

WATCH: West Virginia Head Coach Dana Holgorsen Stops By ESPN SportsCenter To Discuss The Mountaineers And The Big 12

Dana Holgorsen joined SportsCenter this afternoon as part of the ‪‎ESPN Big 12‬ car wash to discuss the Mountaineers, the Big 12 and the recent floods in West Virginia.
The Smoking Musket Jul 20, 2016

WATCH: History Of The Big 12: How We Got Here

The Big 12 Conference is looking into expanding its current 10-team makeup. Campus Insiders' Shae Peppler looks back at the creation of the Big 12 and exactly how the conference got to this point.
The Smoking Musket Jul 20, 2016

Day Two Of Big 12 Media Days Brings Expansion And A Return To Its Roots For The Big 12 Conference

Big 12 Media Days concluded on Tuesday with West Virginia head coach Dana Holgorsen suggesting this year's overall crop of QBs could be the strongest the league has seen in at least a decade. Oh, and EXPANSION IS BACK. Welcome, By-Godders, to the Shotgun/Throwdown: WVU's best place for sports links, information, sophomoric humor and daily distractions. Football: For years, the Big 12 was known for its strong quarterback play featuring some of the most prolific passers in college football. The last few years, however, the quarterback play has been somewhat...
The Smoking Musket Jul 20, 2016

Translating Dana Holgorsen’s Big 12 Media Comments - Part Two

Head Coach Dana Holgorsen spoke with the media on Tuesday. We’re translating his coach speak so you know exactly what he is saying about the 2016 team. In case you missed it, you can catch part one of our translations translations here. I hope you kept your tinfoil hats on because there are more comments to translate. Q. Are you a fan of the move to the Big 12 championship game and how do you feel like those teams that play in it should be determined? DANA HOLGORSEN: Yeah, I'm in favor of a championship game. There is no question. I've said this for a couple years, the thing I don't...
The Smoking Musket Jul 20, 2016

Translating Dana Holgorsen’s Big 12 Media Comments - Part One

Head Coach Dana Holgorsen spoke with the media today. We’re translating his coach speak so you know exactly what he is saying about the 2016 team. All coaches speak in coach speak. It is just a habit that comes with the job. Eventually you offer up platitudes and cliches that give little information. UNLESS! Unless you can look between the words and decipher what the coach is really saying. Dana Holgorsen took to the podium today and spoke to the media during the Big 12 Media Days. Let’s put on our tinfoil hats and decipher his coach speak. Q. Recently Stedman Bailey has returned to...
The Smoking Musket Jul 20, 2016

Takeoff - Shelton Gibson's Official Sophomore Highlights Produced By DougityDog

Shelton Gibson's official sophomore highlight video. WVU's standout receiver was a big play threat the entire 2015 season accumulating 887 YDS and 9 TDs. He enters 2016 on the Biletnikoff Trophy Watch list for College Football's best receiver.
The Smoking Musket Jul 19, 2016

West Virginia Football 2016 Player Previews: Xavier Preston

Coaches have previously raved about Xavier Preston. The former Florida linebacker has seen the highs and lows of college football and now eyes a starting position in 2016. 2015 Season Stats & Review Tackles Sacks Tackles for Loss Interceptions Quarterback Hits Forced Fumbles Fumble Recoveries 18 0 3 0 1 0 0 Preston saw his first action as a freshman against Alabama in 2014. His only play of the game came with the game tied 10-10 as he met TJ Yeldon at the goaline. Yeldon won the matchup but it left Preston with a desire to improve and get better. Despite only being a sophomore...
The Smoking Musket Jul 19, 2016

Campus Insiders Video: Dana Holgorsen On Stedman Bailey's Role With West Virginia

West Virginia head coach Dana Holgorsen described the role of former wide receiver Stedman Bailey, whom he hired as a student assistant coach. Holgorsen told Campus Insiders' Ray Crawford at 2016 Big 12 Media Days that Bailey is going back to school to get his degree and he was happy to help out the former Mountaineer standout.
The Smoking Musket Jul 19, 2016

Campus Insiders Video: Skyler Howard On West Virginia's Surprise Player In 2016

West Virginia quarterback Skyler Howard talks with Campus Insiders' Ray Crawford at 2016 Big 12 Media Days about how Ka'Raun White, the brother of Chicago Bears WR Kevin White, will be the talk of Mountaineers football this season.
The Smoking Musket Jul 19, 2016

Day One Of Big 12 Media Days Dominated By Baylor Scandal And Mullets

Big 12 Commissioner Bob Bowlsby spent most of his state of the union address discussing the Baylor scandal, and the media got hung up in Mike Gundy's mullet. Welcome, By-Godders, to the Shotgun/Throwdown: WVU's best place for sports links, information, sophomoric humor and daily distractions. Around The Big 12: Commissioner Bob Bowlsby spent most of his annual state of the union address at Big 12 media days Monday discussing the scandal that's besieged Baylor University and besmirched the conference this summer. MetroNews' Allan Taylor believes that waiting...