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Of course, the big news was Ollie's presser yesterday and the revelations from it and other news outlets regarding the hiring process. Elsewhere, there is bowl prep going on and Brandon Hogan is attempting to be able to play. Huggs has the men back in action tomorrow afternoon against an undefeated Cleveland St. team in a matchup that many of the major outlets are pointing to as a barometer for both teams. If you're going to the game tomorrow, there is a food drive happening, so bring a non-perishable food item with you please. Also, the #8 ranked WVU women are back in action at the Coliseum tomorrow night as well against St. Francis.
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What You May Have Missed:
Luck runs out for Stewart - Register-Herald
Again with the pun
Holgorsen hire will define Luck - Times West Virginian
Hertzel Column - Ollie's smart enough to know that, don't you think?
Timing of scene at WVU the worst - Martinsburg Journal
Mickey's Column - and you can probably guess....he's not happy
Smart Notes: Big 10, Holgorsen, Muschamp (12/14/2010) - Smart Football
Really good read here, breaks down the offense in detail
Dana Holgorsen and Kevin Sumlin Interviews - thegame
Thank you Tony Dobies (via his Twitter feed)
News of Note:
Country Foes Burnin': The West Virginia Defense - Backing The Pack
WVU's defense presents a huge challenge for a struggling NC State offense.
Champs Sports Bowl Info:
Champs Sports Bowl Fan Central
Info page, seating charts, merchandise, discount opportunities, etc.
Around the League (and Beyond):
UConn Is In Trouble - Victory Formation
To date UConn has sold 4,000 tickets to the New Years Day bowl, practically cementing the honor fewest in BCS history (Held by WVU who sold only 10,000 tickets to the Fiesta Bowl in 2007).
UConn's going to lose money on the Fiesta Bowl, you shouldn't be surprised - The UConn Blog
"It's not all UConn's fault either." - HUH?!?!!?
Forde Yard Dash - ESPN
LOL @ #3
BCS director doesn't back Mark Cuban's playoff plan - ESPN Dallas
DUH...that's in his job description: Try to squash any attempts at a playoff
What's On Tap:
Cleveland State Vikings vs. West Virginia Mountaineers - ESPN
2:00 Saturday from the Coliseum on MASN (SNY?) and ESPN3.
St. Francis (PA) Red Flash vs. (8) West Virginia Mountaineers - ESPN
7:00 Saturday from the Coliseum
Loyola (MD) Greyhounds vs. (13) Georgetown Hoyas - ESPN
Noon Saturday from the Phone Booth on ESPN3.
Gardner-Webb Runnin' Bulldogs vs. (21) Louisville Cardinals - ESPN
3:30 Saturday from the Chicken Box on ESPN3.
Iona Gaels vs. (5) Syracuse Orange - ESPN
7:00 Saturday from the Dome on ESPN3.
Maryland-Eastern Shore Hawks vs. (8) Pittsburgh Panthers - ESPN
7:00 Saturday from the Pete on ESPN3.
Delaware Fightin Blue Hens vs. (11) Villanova Wildcats - ESPN
7:30 Saturday from the Pavilion on ESPN3.
Stony Brook Seawolves vs. (23) Notre Dame Fighting Irish - ESPN
4:30 Sunday at the Joyce on ESPNU.
Videos of Interest:
Videos of (Dis)Interest:
You need to stick around for all of this one...kinda slow building, but it's worth it.
Here's your weekly Prestige:
Today's Miss Throwdown is gorgeous Colombian Danielle Tamayo. An absolute "WOW" gallery is linked from the picture.
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