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Coach Holgorsen was finally introduced to us yesterday and I, for one, am absolutely giddy with excitement. I honestly think the awkward situation will be at a minimum and good things are afoot around Mountaineer football. But then again, I am one of the optimists (generally) around here. There are two confirmed academic casualties for the bowl, but not officially by name, as situations have yet to be fully resolved. And the men took care of their last exhibition last night fairly easily.
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What You May Have Missed:
Bob Huggins: Postgame Press Conference - WVMetroNews.com
Huggins talks about his team's performance in the team's final scrimmage of the season.
Robert Sands - S/West Virginia - 2011 NFL Draft: Top Defensive Backs - Photos - SI.com
The Mountaineers’ 6-foot, 4-inch safety, who tips the scales at 220 pounds, really stands out on film. He’s an aggressive run stuffer who hits like a linebacker yet has enough range to cover sideline-to-sideline in centerfield. Scouts think the sky is the limit for Sands, whom they also feel is another year away from being NFL ready. 2nd/3rdRound Prospect
News of Note:
Mitchell leads WVU past Walsh, 86-63, in an exhibition game win - Parkersburg News and Sentinel
"Huggins didn’t want his team to have 11 days off" - I had wondered about the reasoning behind the timing for this exhibition
Mountaineers Defeat Walsh - WVMETRONEWS.COM
Article, gallery and video
VIDEO: Postgame Reaction to WVU's Win Over Walsh - WVillustrated.com
Huggs, KJ, Truck and the Icey One
Kevin Jones: Walsh Postgame - WVMetroNews.com
Jones talks about how his team played in the exhibition.
John Flowers: Walsh Postgame - WVMetroNews.com
Flowers talks about getting ready for Big East competition.
Casey Mitchell: Walsh Postgame - WVMetroNews.com
Mitchell talks about how the team is working together and their performance against Walsh.
Holgorsen has own beat - Times West Virginian
Holgorsen Introduced At WVU - WVMETRONEWS.COM
Article, gallery and video
Dana Holgorsen - Mountaineer TV
Dana Holgorsen talks to West Virginia media Wednesday afternoon inside the team room at Milan Puskar Stadium.
Oliver Luck: Opening Statement - WVMetroNews.com
Oliver Luck gives his thoughts during Wednesday's press conference introducing Dana Holgorsen to West Virginia.
Bill Stewart: Opening Statement - WVMetroNews.com
Mountaineer head coach Bill Stewart introduces new offensive coordinator and head coach in waiting Dana Holgorsen on Wednesday.
Dawson leaving SFA for West Va. job - The Daily Sentinel
The first semi-confirmation of a new staff member
Mountaineer Minute: WVU vs. N.C. State - Hampshire Review
Game preview snapshot
Stewart confirms academic casualties - Charleston Gazette
"The starter is believed to be center Joe Madsen, while the backup is thought to be defensive lineman Josh Taylor."
Jeff Mullen: Moving On - WVMetroNews.com
Mullen talks about preparing for the Champs Sports Bowl and what he plans on doing after December 28th.
Dave Johnson: Focusing On The Bowl - WVMetroNews.com
Offensive line coach Dave Johnson is focusing on the upcoming Champs Sports Bowl and thinks his players will have some adjustments to make when Dana Holgorsen comes in next season.
Geno Smith: The Mullen Factor - WVMetroNews.com
The sophomore quarterback talks about the relationship he has developed with current WVU offensive coordinator Jeff Mullen and what it means to him.
Champs Sports Bowl Info:
Champs Sports Bowl Fan Central
Info page, seating charts, merchandise, discount opportunities, etc.
Around the League (and Beyond):
Gilchrist back, but Bulls lose, fall below .500 - Tampa Tribune
Cleveland State, falling 69-62
USF vs. Cleveland State Summary - Voodoo Five
You HAVE to click on this one
What's On Tap:
(9) Georgetown Hoyas vs. Memphis Tigers - ESPN
8:00 tonight from the FedExForum on ESPN2.
Video of Interest:
Giggity, giggity, giggity...
Video of (Dis)Interest:
Stick around for the end of this:
Today's Miss Throwdown joins the growing list of South African stunners that I've been able to come across doing this job. Here's a lovely gallery of Jenna Pietersen.
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