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Wow, I go away from the internet for a day and WVU basketball news explodes (men's and women's) as both teams rolled in their respective exhibitions over the weekend, as expected. On the football side, it's Cincinnati week, but the week off hasn't done anything to cool the heat under Stewart's seat. On a much brighter note, WVU's women's soccer team brought home a Big East Championship yesterday. Congratulations to them!! NCAA's are up next. The men still have to wait to see their fate. 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"; the Like button right here just "Likes" the article, we're looking for more followers on Facebook). Everything's inside. Join the fun after the jump...
What You May Have Missed:
Mountaineer Report: UNC Pembroke Postgame - WVMetroNews.com
Chip Fontanazza gets Jonnie West's thoughts on his performance and how the younger players did in their first game.
NCAA College Football BCS Bowl Projections Week 10 - ESPN
Pinstripe and Champs are the projections here
Big East bowl projections - ESPN
McKenzie's Kick is Good! - MSNsportsNET.Com
This year is the 35th anniversary of West Virginia’s 17-14 upset victory over Pitt at old Mountaineer Field on Nov. 8, 1975. The Mountaineers were two-touchdown underdogs against the nationally ranked Panthers, and they won on the final play of the game when walk-on kicker Bill McKenzie booted a 38-yard field goal. It remains one of the most unforgettable wins in school history. - They gotta have something good on the football side to talk about right now
Women's Soccer: BIG EAST Champions! - MSNsportsNET.Com
Defender Meghan Lewis’ game-winner in the 82nd minute gave 16th-ranked West Virginia a 1-0 victory over USF Sunday afternoon Yurcak Field in Piscataway, N.J. The victory gave the women’s soccer program its second BIG EAST Championship and its first since 2007.
Big East Championship Highlights - Mountaineer TV
Highlights from West Virginia's 1-0 victory over USF to win Big East soccer's Champions Cup. Courtesy CBS College Sports.
USF Postgame Reaction - Mountaineer TV
Postgame reaction following West Virginia's 1-0 victory over USF to claim its second women's soccer title since 2007.
News of Note:
Huggins not pleased with opening win - Times West Virginian
Maybe Huggs could give Stew a few lessons, please?
WVU 87 UNC Pembroke 53 - WVillustrated.com
Article, box score and photo gallery
VIDEO: WVU Exhibition Postgame - WVillustrated.com
Huggs, Mitchell, Flowers, West, Mazz, Peps, Deniz, and Jennings
Bob Huggins: Postgame Press Conference (video) - WVMetroNews.com
Huggins talks about Jonnie West's performance, the team's rebounding ability and gives his overall thoughts on the game.
Music a release for WVU’s Kilicli - Times West Virginian
Deniz Kilicli: UNC Penbroke Postgame (video) - WVMetroNews.com
Kilicli talks about his performance, starting his first game as a Mountaineer and what he thought of his team's performance.
Joe Mazzulla: UNC Pembroke Postgame (video) - WVMetroNews.com
Mazzulla talks about shaking off the rust, what his role is this year and the way the younger players performed.
West sticking around - Martinsburg Journal
Jonnie West: UNC Pembroke Postgame (video) - WVMetroNews.com
West talks about his game high 15 points, how the younger players played and the new perspective he has for the game.
Dalton Pepper: UNC Pembroke Postgame (video) - WVMetroNews.com
Pepper talks about adjusting to his new role and the team's performance against UNC Pembroke.
Repella Leads Mountaineers Past Falcons - MSNsportsNET.Com
VIDEO: Postgame Reaction to WVU Women's Basketball Win - WVillustrated.com
Coach C, Brooke Hampton, Ayna Dunning and Liz Repella
Fairmont State Highlights - Mountaineer TV
Highlights from West Virginia's exhibition victory over Fairmont State Saturday night at the WVU Coliseum.
Head Coach Mike Carey - Mountaineer TV
Coach Carey talks about team injuries, preseason rankings, and the team's upcoming [ed., at the time] exhibition game against Fairmont State.
Stewart: Team is similar to last year’s - Inter-Mountain
Enough with the spin
WVU hopes to get back on track - Times West Virginian
WVU football: Mountaineers still in hunt for Big East crown - Charleston Daily Mail
But WVU needs LOADS of unlikely help
Big East Power Rankings: Week 11 - ESPN
All the way down to 5th
Around the League (and Beyond):
Big East and the BCS standings - ESPN
The Big East is looking pretty good in the latest BCS standings. TCU is ranked No. 3 overall, while Central Florida is hovering outside the Top 25 at No. 27.
Video of Interest:
Video of (Dis)Interest:
Russian Ninja Hampster anyone?
Today's Miss Throwdown is a model who used to be on The Price i$ Right. Start your Monday off right, with a lovely gallery of Gabrielle Tuite.
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