The Shotgun/Throwdown: Dana Holgorsen Day (12/16/10) Edition

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Yes, By-Godders, it's Dana Holgorsen Day here at the Musket. You can expect several features as the day goes on dedicated to all things Dana. 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"). If any of you didn't realize, clicking on "Like" on the individual articles just likes that particular article, but not our main page. Many thanks to those who "Like" us already. Another goal reached!!! We now stand at 511. We're still a long way from the 17000+ for our old page, but we're working on it. Our next goal is 600. Spread the word and see if we can get there by the end of 2010!! We can do it, but we need your help. Dana's Day starts on the other side...

What You May Have Missed:

Football: Three Defensive Players Honored - MSNsportsNET.Com
Cornerback Keith Tandy and defensive end Bruce Irvin have been named to’s 2010 All-American list, while Robert Sands has been named to the Sporting News All-American Team.

Sands named TSN All-American - Times West Virginian

To Stay or Go: NFL Weighing Heavily on Robert Sands -

WVU and Marshall are among leaders in graduation rates - Charleston Daily Mail

Women's Power Rankings - Richard Deitsch -

News of Note:

Dana Holgorsen move made official - ESPN

With addition of Holgorsen, the clock ticking for Stewart - Charleston Daily Mail
"Stewart has known his fate for weeks"

WVU Players React to News of Holgorsen Hiring -

WVU hires Holgorsen as offensive coordinator, coach in waiting - Charleston Daily Mail

West Virginia makes Holgorsen hiring official - PPG

Holgorsen officially joins West Virginia - PPG

WVU officials confirm: Holgorsen hired - Charleston Gazette

Holgorsen hired at WVU - Times West Virginian

West Virginia confirms Holgorsen's new position - Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

Holgorsen Joins WVU Football Staff -

Some Holgorsen superlatives from this season - 'Eers to the Ground

Holgorsen to air it out - Times West Virginian
Hertzel Column

Reports: Stewart to be replaced in 2012 - Inter-Mountain

Yes, What About Bill? - Pre-Snap Read
Thanks to PM for sending this in

At previous stops, Holgorsen's impact has been felt right away - Charleston Gazette

Holgorsen comments to Tulsa World and Pittsburgh Post-Gazette - 'Eers to the Ground

West Virginia takes bold, odd step forward - ESPN

Expectations High for Next WVU Coach Holgorsen - Intelligencer / Wheeling News-Register

The Coach, The Recruiter, The Mountaineer - WVMETRONEWS.COM
Includes a video of Holgorsen breaking down the offense a bit

The Oklahoma State Perspective - WVMETRONEWS.COM
Link dump from OSU's POV

WVU donor Kendrick much more upbeat now - Charleston Gazette

Starkey: Critical hires at Pitt, WVU - Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
(*giddy giggle)

With Dana Holgorsen gone, jackets will now be required at Oklahoma State - Cowboys Ride For Free

Champs Sports Bowl Info:

Football: Champs Sports Bowl Tickets - MSNsportsNET.Com

Football: Alumni Association Travel Packages - MSNsportsNET.Com

Champs Sports Bowl Fan Central
Info page, seating charts, merchandise, discount opportunities, etc.

Bowl Game 2010 | Leave the Team a Message - West Virginia University

Mountaineers can take advantage of fan activities at Champs Sports Bowl - WVU Today

Around the League (and Beyond):

Dana Holgorsen To West Virginia, Mike Haywood To Pitt? - Cardiac Hill

Pitt hires Miami of Ohio's Haywood - PPG

Letter From Father Peter Donahue On The Villanova Football Upgrade - The Nova Blog

Huskies add another intriguing piece in German post player - The Day

UCONN FOOTBALL: Huskies prepare for their biggest game yet - Middletown Press

Bulls halt slide, roll past Auburn - Tampa Tribune

Gus Gilchrist Is Probably Leaving USF Basketball Team - Voodoo Five

Why are fans staying away from Fifth Third Arena? - Cincinnati Enquirer

New starting lineup being considered for Louisville basketball - Courier-Journal

Scoop Jardine Learns The Lessons Of The Twitter - Troy Nunes Is An Absolute Magician

Owner Cuban may have a new mission: the college football playoff system - Dallas Morning News

Five-Step Drop: Mark Cuban's Playoffs, Cam's Congress and Iowa - NCAAFB FanHouse

Cam Newton, Renardo Sidney cases illustrate NCAA flaws - Andy Staples -

College Football Mailbag - Stewart Mandel -

NCAA president: Stiff penalties needed for coaches who commit violations - USA Today

College Basketball Mailbag - Seth Davis -

Hoo Boy, Oregon… - With Leather

What's On Tap:


Video of Interest:

Video of (Dis)Interest:

Dana Carvey....Chopping broccolay

Miss Throwdown:

Today's Miss Throwdown is North Carolina native Dana Hamm. Click on her pic below for a pretty amazing gallery.

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