The Shotgun/Throwdown: Friday (12/16/10) Edition

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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:

Oliver Luck Press Conference - MSNsportsNET.Com

West Virginia Mountaineers AD: We couldn't win title with Bill Stewart as coach - ESPN

Luck studied scripts of Wisconsin, Oregon - Charleston Gazette

Luck: BCS title not possible with Stewart - ESPN

Oliver Luck Addresses Holgorsen Hiring - WVillustrated.com
Includes Video

Timeline Of A Transition - BGN

Stewart met with Holgorsen before West Virginia's move - PPG

'Results matter' - Charleston Gazette

Stew knew his fate a month ago - Charleston Gazette

Stewart knew about West Virginia's plans to replace him - Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

Luck: Stewart’s fate sealed last month - Times West Virginian

WVU football: Luck got his man with Holgorsen - Charleston Daily Mail

WVU football chat transcript 12.16.2010 - 'Eers to the Ground

Pitt, West Virginia Coaching Situations Not Awkward At All - Troy Nunes Is An Absolute Magician

What does everyone make of this quote? - 'Eers to the Ground

Holgorsen's priority: new staff hires - Charleston Gazette

West Virginia job too good to pass up for Dana Holgorsen - Oklahoman

Some lessons are taught in pizza, others in pigskin - Charleston Daily Mail

Dominant Offense - MSNsportsNET.Com

Luck Has His Man - WVMETRONEWS.COM

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

Five-Step Drop: Stewart Being Forced Out? - NCAAFB FanHouse

VIDEO: Thoughts on Holgorsen Hiring - WVillustrated.com

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:

Varsity Sports: WVU 29th in Directors' Cup - MSNsportsNET.Com

Men's Basketball: Ticket Information - MSNsportsNET.Com

WVU basketball: Cleveland State brings 12-0 record to Morgantown - Charleston Daily Mail

Changes abound after last year’s Final Four season - Times West Virginian

WVU women gunning for national title - Times West Virginian

Football

Football: Coach Kirelawich Receives Honors - MSNsportsNET.Com

On the spot in a bowl: West Virginia - ESPN

WVU football: Mountaineers, Wolfpack have dealt with adversity - Charleston Daily Mail

Country Foes Burnin': The West Virginia Defense - Backing The Pack
WVU's defense presents a huge challenge for a struggling NC State offense.

WVU football: Hogan will try to play in bowl despite injury - Charleston Daily Mail

Hogan’s status for bowl still unknown - Inter-Mountain

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):

Holgorsen's OSU exit no cause for panic - ESPN

Haywood officially takes over Pitt - PPG

Pittsburgh Aims Small, Eying Potential - Pre-Snap Read

The Process Not the Hire Is the Problem - Pitt Blather

Pitt's Dixon wants less 'ratting' - PPG

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?!?!!?

Bad or good, UConn can't avoid clause - Courier-Journal

Cards like Florida pipeline - Courier-Journal

Thomas: Attendance to rise - Cincinnati Enquirer

Experts cautious after news that Rutgers' Eric LeGrand has feeling in hands - Star Ledger

Syracuse University punter Rob Long expresses his gratitude for an outpouring of well wishes - Post Standard

Ex-Armwood star Hadley plans to sign with USF if admitted - Tampa Tribune

The BIG EAST/SEC Challenge Is Expanding To 12 Games - The Nova Blog

Forde Yard Dash - ESPN
LOL @ #3

LSU cuts two football scholarships, limits recruiting visits - ESPN

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

NCAA to dedicate more staff to enforcement of football rules - USA Today

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:

Miss Throwdown:

Today's Miss Throwdown is gorgeous Colombian Danielle Tamayo. An absolute "WOW" gallery is linked from the picture.

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