The Shotgun/Throwdown: Wednesday (12/22/10) Edition

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Yesterday may have have been the most anticipated HCBS presser ever. The content didn't end up earth shattering, by any means, but, Stew did seem generally ok with the whole situation going forward. And more anticipation ends today as Coach Holgorsen will be introduced publicly this afternoon in another presser. There's also reactions from Mullen and Johnson inside as well. On the basketball front, the women won their 12th straight last night and the men have their last exhibition tonight against Walsh.

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What You May Have Missed:

Bill Stewart Meets The Press - WVMETRONEWS.COM

Repella, Ali Lead WVU Past NCCU - MSNsportsNET.Com
71-39

No. 6 WVU women win 12th consecutive game - Charleston Daily Mail (AP)

All-Around Outstanding - MSNsportsNET.Com
Madina Ali is profiled

2011 Women's College Basketball Rankings and Polls for Week 7 - ESPN
#6 AP, #7 Coaches

John Flowers Building Towards Defensive Reputation - WVillustrated.com

WVU Season Football Awards Announced - BGN
Permanent captains and other awards

Simple Gifts - West Virginia University
The University Christmas card/message

News of Note:

WVU's Stewart 'good to go' in session with Holgorsen - Charleston Daily Mail

West Virginia's Stewart ready to talk - PPG

Bill Stewart: On His Future - WVMETRONEWS.COM
"Deep down in this boy's heart I have to do what's right for the program and I have to do what's right for my family and that's been taken care of," explained Stewart. "Like I said this is just going to be a new role for me and I really relish and look forward to the role next year." - I sincerely hope he means it and if he does, BRAVO

Stewart says he'll coach Mountaineers in 2011 - Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

Head Coach Bill Stewart - Mountaineer TV
Coach Bill Stewart remarks following Tuesday evening's practice in preparation for the 2010 Champs Sports Bowl.

Stewart on board with changes - Charleston Gazette

Ralph Friedgen, Bill Stewart victims of coaching carousel ageism - Stewart Mandel - SI.com
I generally tend to agree with Mandel on a lot of things...but I really think he's reaching on this one

Stewart staying focused - Times West Virginian
Hertzel Column

Distractions? What Distractions? - BGN

Blocking out the distractions - Register-Herald

Mountaineers try to stay focused on bowl - ESPN

Familiar scenario for WVU - Parkersburg News and Sentinel

WVU apathy, coaching pressure and massages - Charleston Gazette

WVU football: Thank goodness for the defense - Charleston Daily Mail

Rating WVU's defenses - Martinsburg Journal
Mickey's Column

West Virginia's top CB Brandon Hogan out vs. N.C. State in Champs Sports Bowl - ESPN

Hogan Out For Bowl Game - WVMETRONEWS.COM

Reaction from Mullen & Johnson - WVMETRONEWS.COM

WVU's Jeff Mullen and Dave Johnson Not Defined by Football - WVillustrated.com

Mullen taught Smith 'life lessons' - Charleston Gazette

Mullen: I didn’t see this coming - Times West Virginian

WVU’s Mullen: Never Saw Firing Coming - Intelligencer / Wheeling News-Register

VIDEO: Coach and Player Interviews - WVillustrated.com
HCBS (embedded below) Mullen, Johnson, Geno, Tavon and Bruce

VIDEO: Thoughts on Bill Stewart's News Conference - WVillustrated.com

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

Champs Sports Bowl's fun pre-game events - Charleston Gazette

Around the League (and Beyond):

Louisville rallies past Southern Mississippi 31-28 in Beef 'O' Brady's Bowl - Courier-Journal

USF's Holtz facing tough decision at quarterback - Tampa Tribune

Pinstripe Bowl: A Shame About Suter - Troy Nunes Is An Absolute Magician

Orange Scouting Report: Drexel vs. Syracuse - Post Standard

Miami no match for Cincinnati - Cincinnati Enquirer
64-48

Pitt's Dixon goes for 200th win tonight - PPG

Seton Hall Game Day: Herb Pope needs to snap into gear against Dayton - Star Ledger

Marquette 102, Mississippi Valley State 77 - Anonymous Eagle

UConn women win 89 straight, break UCLA's record - The UConn Blog

Not Quite Doomsday: What If Maryland Doesn't Land Mike Leach? - Testudo Times

What's On Tap:

Holgorsen Press Conference Set - WVMETRONEWS.COM
2:00 today. Live streams will be available from MSNsportsNet, WVMetroNews and WVillustrated.

Men's Basketball: Exhibition on Wednesday - MSNsportsNET.Com
The West Virginia University men’s basketball team will play its final exhibition game of the 2010-11 season on Wednesday, Dec. 22 against Walsh at the WVU Coliseum.

Harvard Crimson vs. (4) Connecticut Huskies - ESPN
7:00 tonight from the XL Center on ESPN3

American University Eagles vs. (6) Pittsburgh Panthers - ESPN
7:00 tonight from the Pete on ESPN3.

Drexel Dragons vs. (5) Syracuse Orange - ESPN
7:00 tonight from the Dome on ESPN3.

(8) Villanova Wildcats vs. Monmouth Hawks - ESPN
7:00 tonight from the Multipurpose Activity Center, West Long Branch, NJ.

UMBC Retrievers vs. (20) Notre Dame Fighting Irish - ESPN
7:30 tonight from the Joyce.

(25) Louisville Cardinals vs. Western Kentucky Hilltoppers - ESPN
8:00 tonight from E.A. Diddle Arena

Videos of Interest:

Video of (Dis)Interest:

This one's been making the rounds lately...Impressive, most impressive.

Miss Throwdown:

Today's Miss Throwdown is proof positive of Polish beauty. Here is a lovely gallery of Monika Pietrasinska (speaking of impressive).

Scaldis Noel image via thefullpint.com

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