The Shotgun/Throwdown: Wednesday (11/10/10) Edition

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If you weren't aware, today is the beginning of the early signing period for BB recruits and Huggs looks to have a nice haul today. Plenty of Cincinnati prep news today as well. Take note of the article in the "What's On Tap" section today if you plan on parking at the Coliseum at any time on Friday. There are several events and sporting contests all taking place on Friday.

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What You May Have Missed:

Gold and Blue Report for Wednesday - WVMETRONEWS.COM

Bill Stewart: Tuesday Press Conference - WVMETRONEWS.COM

Quotes from Coach: Week 11 - WVillustrated.com

Football: Select Player Quotes - MSNsportsNET.Com

2010 Big East Fearless Picks: Week 11 - College Football News

Preseason Bracket Watch for 2011 NCAA tournament - Andy Glockner - SI.com
It's never too early for a bracket projection - #5 in the East

Women's Basketball: Miles Named to Watch List - MSNsportsNET.Com

Repella leads by example - Martinsburg Journal
Mickey's Column

Women's Soccer: WVU Cracks Top 10 - MSNsportsNET.Com

Where Are They? John Holifield - Mountaineer TV

Fire My Coach, Please: Week 11 - Pre-Snap Read
Nothing to see here, folks. Move along.

News of Note:

Audaciousness Ahead - BGN

Stewart hints at opening up offense - Charleston Gazette

WVU football: Stewart keeps team evaluation close to vest - Charleston Daily Mail

West Virginia Notebook: Stewart refuses to focus on rumors - PPG
That's not all he refuses to do

Everyone has opinions on WVU - Times West Virginian
Hertzel Column

Bill Stewart vs. The Internet (with Bob Hertzel as referee) - 'Eers to the Ground

Cincinnati ‘a real challenge’ for WVU - Register-Herald

WVU’s Stewart: Cincinnati head coach Butch Jones ‘made me a better coach’ - Daily Athenaeum

EX-Assistant to Return Saturday - MSNsportsNET.Com

WVU football: Bearcats' Jones in familiar surroundings - Charleston Daily Mail

Cincinnati coaches enjoy WVU homecoming - Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
Six members of the Cincinnati coaching staff, including first-year head coach Butch Jones, had a role in West Virginia's football program.

Cincinnati staff coming home to WVU - Inter-Mountain

An off week in name only for WVU coaches - Times West Virginian

Steamed WVU fan cashes in on Stewart's football troubles - Charleston Daily Mail

Tough job - WVU Sports with Mike Casazza

VIDEO: WVU Football Coaches and Players Interviews - WVillustrated.com
Mullen, Sanders, J.T, Ryan Clarke, Neild, Tandy, and Casteel

Jeff Mullen: Thick Skin (video) - WVMetroNews.com
Mullen answers the media's questions about any changes in the offense, Geno Smith running the ball and what to expect from the Bearcats.

Recruiting:

Five Commits to Sign with WVU - WVillustrated.com

WVU hoops recruiting class looks like a winner - Charleston Gazette

WVU basketball: Recruit stronger than he was last year - Charleston Daily Mail

EerNotes: UC Game has Recruiting Implications - EerSports

Around the League (and Beyond):

TCU worth whatever hassles for Big East - ESPN

McMurphy's Law: TCU, Big East Perfect for Long Distance Relationship - NCAAFB FanHouse

Four teams can help turn around Big East football - Courier-Journal
Never mind TCU, Central Florida, Villanova, the Jacksonville Jaguars, the Mean Machine and other programs that have been nominated as recruits that can make Big East football healthy again.

Big East stock report, Week 11 - ESPN

Looking For A Turnaround - WVMETRONEWS.COM
Out of all of the disappointments in the Big East this season, the Cincinnati Bearcats (3-5, 1-2) have to be the most disappointing team in the conference. - Um, Chip...I beg to differ.

Bearcats QB Zach Collaros says he'll be fine for the West Virginia game - Cincinnati Enquirer

Armon Binns: Replacing Gilyard (video) - WVMetroNews.com
At Big East Media Day, the senior receiver talks about his role with the Bearcats.

Zach Collaros: A Noel Devine Fan (video) - WVMetroNews.com
Collaros talks at Big East Media Day about this year's Bearcats team, his friendship with WVU linebacker Branko Busick and who his favorite Mountaineer to watch is.

Win over Pittsburgh crucial for UConn - Journal Inquirer

Pitt Vs. UCONN - Previewing The Panthers/Huskies Game - Cardiac Hill

Rutgers offensive line recalls horrific performance vs. Syracuse last season - Star Ledger

Marrone looks to get Syracuse back to full strength - Daily Orange

Charlie Strong tight with Lou and Skip Holtz - Courier-Journal

Bulls keeping Big East hopes alive - Tampa Tribune

Consider the source on Newton story - CBSSports.com

Sources: Cam and Cecil Newton talked of pay-to-play plan with recruiters - ESPN
Again, consider the source

Forde Yard Dash - ESPN

Notre Dame's Brian Kelly acknowledges facing heat - SI.com

College Football Power Rankings - Andy Staples - SI.com

Conference Breakdown: No. 2 Big East - Scout.com

Forde Minutes: College basketball is upon us again - ESPN
See the Drinking Games at #20

What's On Tap:

Men's Basketball: Coliseum Parking For Friday - MSNsportsNET.Com
With four sporting events and five games taking place on Friday, Nov. 12, at the Coliseum sports complex, the following information will assist WVU students, staff, faculty and the general public with parking arrangements at the Coliseum that day.

Videos of Interest:

Video of (Dis)Interest:

Gotta love these xtranormal videos. Wow, this is the same argument that's been here too and SOOOOO true. (Warning: Strong Language)

Miss Throwdown:

Today's Miss Throwdown is one of the Mexico's hottest weather girls. Here's a lovely gallery of Sugey Abrego (click on the pic).

Semper Ri image via www.marinecorpstimes.com

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