Good morning! This is the Shotgun Throwdown, your daily West Virginia sports roundup.
Welcome, By-Godders, to The Shotgun/Throwdown, WVU’s best place for sports links, information, sophomoric humor, and daily distractions.
We know he was a star at West Virginia, but where does Tavon Austin rank among the top wide receivers of the last five decades? ESPN recently ranked the top 50 college receivers of the last 50 years and Austin checked in at #37. While at WVU, he set programs records in career receptions with 288 and career receiving yards with 3,413.
While a few titles may have changed slightly over two seasons, all but one of West Virginia’s offensive assistants joined the program with Neal Brown in 2019.
The first steps in a lengthy process to expand the College Football Playoff system are underway and West Virginia University President E. Gordon Gee will be a voice in the discussions that could triple the size of the playoff field from four teams to 12.
The West Virginia football program’s communications unit has been recognized by the Football Writers Association of America for its performance.
West Virginia Athletics
The West Virginia’s men’s soccer program is leaving the Mid-American Conference for Conference USA. The Mountaineers, members of the MAC since 2012, will join C-USA starting in the fall 2022 season. WVU will join Kentucky, South Carolina, Florida Atlantic, Florida International, UAB, Old Dominion, Charlotte, Coastal Carolina, and 2020 national champion Marshall in C-USA.
Senior golfer Mark Goetz has become the first West Virginia golfer in school history to earn All-America honors, as he was named an Honorable Mention All-American by Golfweek. Goetz was also WVU’s first NCAA Regional qualifier this season, where he finished second place at 8-under-par.
Senior David Dixon of the West Virginia men’s swimming and diving team is tabbed to compete at the 2021 U.S. Olympic Team Swimming Trials. He will compete in the 200 butterfly and the 200 individual medley.
The Phoenix Suns completed a sweep of the Denver Nuggets Sunday night with a 125-118 victory. That means former West Virginia men’s basketball star Jevon Carter and his teammates are moving on to the NBA’s Western Conference Finals.
A former West Virginia men’s basketball player and key contributor for Bob Huggins’ Final Four team is reportedly interviewing to become the next head coach of the Boston Celtics. Joe Mazzulla, who joined the Celtics’ coaching staff during the 2019-20 season, recently interviewed for the position.
Just this past week, two former West Virginia women’s soccer players made their debuts for their country’s senior national teams. Here is an update on the former Mountaineers that are playing on the international stage.
Around the Big 12
Top-seeded Oklahoma closed the book at the Women’s College World Series by claiming its third national crown in the last five seasons with a 5-1 triumph over 10th-seeded Florida State in front of a crowd of 10,830 fans. This title is also the Sooners’ fifth since 2000.
Texas’ Tara Davis and Texas Tech’s Ruth Usoro claimed individual titles at the 2021 NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championship. Davis won the Long Jump and Usoro won the Triple Jump.
Texas advanced to the Men’s College World Series with a sweep of South Florida in the Austin Super Regional this past weekend.
Around the NCAA
A Virginia Tech freshman linebacker charged in the fatal beating of a Tinder match has been released on bail.
Former Michigan State basketball star Keith Appling was ordered to remain in jail during his first court appearance on murder and other charges in Detroit.
Former Ole Miss starting linebacker Jacquez Jones has transferred to Kentucky. He led Ole Miss with 75 tackles last season.
The NBA’s competition committee met Monday to further explore rule changes to restrict the unnatural motions surrounding jump shots that players are using to draw fouls. Many are saying that the restriction is well overdue.
Major League Baseball is expected to announce that it will suspend players caught with any foreign substance for 10 days with pay to help curtail the widespread use of grip enhancers by pitchers around the league.
Have any tips, suggestions, or requests for what you want to see in The Shotgun Throwdown? Don’t hesitate to leave a comment below or contact us on social media.
Facebook: The Smoking Musket