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The Basketball version of the Big East Media Day was yesterday and the coaches agreed with the beat writers and placed WVU 5th. I won't mention who they picked first, as to avoid making you sick to your stomach. On the football side of things, Coach Casteel is getting the love today. Plenty of other player interviews to peruse as well. If you have any tips, suggestions or requests for content that you think is worth sharing, you can send them to me by email or Twitter and don't forget to "LIKE" the Smoking Musket MAIN PAGE on Facebook (follow this link, then hit "LIKE"). Thanks to those who have already and please spread the word. See you after the jump...
What You May Have Missed:
Syracuse vs. West Virginia: The Big East's Lost Rivalry - Troy Nunes Is An Absolute Magician
Excellent piece by Nunes...but Scooter, damn man...no need to fire them up like that
Colts Have a New Drunk Idiot Kicker - With Leather
I think Voodoo 5 set him up
News of Note:
David Lockwood: Tough To Prepare For (Video) - WVMetroNews.com
WVU's cornerbacks coach talks about the challenge teams have to prepare for the Mountaineer defense and how Michigan transfer Justin Turner is doing
Geno Smith: Big East Round Two (Video) - WVMetroNews.com
Smith talks about taking the season one game at a time and what he has seen on film from the Orange
'Eers maintain balance - Martinsburg Journal
Emotional week in Big East - Times West Virginian
Player Interview Videos - WVillustrated.com
Hogan, Neild, Jock, Madsen, JT, Scooter, Stedman and Tavon
Brantwon Bowser: Staying Injury Free (Video) - WVMetroNews.com
Bowser talks about the team staying injury free and the dramatic injury to Rutgers defensive lineman Eric LeGrand.
Paterno, Ditka offer solutions to dicey hits - Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
Meanwhile, West Virginia coach Bill Stewart said his school carefully monitors big hits by its players. "You get a letter of reprimand, a suspension and you can even get an ejection," he said. "I try my best to run a very clean program. I've been talking with (Big East) supervisor of officials Terry McAulay about the penalties and how to clean them up. If you err on the side of safety, and you continue to call it, then maybe we can help youngsters." - Thanks to Shawn for the find
WVU picked 5th in Big East - Times West Virginian
Bob spends most of the article on Kevin Jones though
Around the League (and Beyond):
Rutgers players say Eric LeGrand is providing the motivation for Pittsburgh matchup - Star Ledger
Players will wear helmets with "believe" sticker on them in tribute
What's On Tap:
UCLA Bruins vs. (2) Oregon Ducks - ESPN
9 pm EDT tonight from Autzen Stadium on ESPN and ESPN3. Ducks are giving 24.5.
Video of Interest:
Video of (Dis)Interest:
Maybe he can't pull something like this off (although I wouldn't put it past him), but Huggs has enough connections to do better than what I witnessed last Friday.
Today's Miss Throwdown is a former SI Swimsuit cover model and she's also done work for Victoria's Secret. Here's Czech beauty Daniela Pestova (pic links to gallery).
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