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I hope everyone enjoyed their holiday weekend. It's Champs Sports Bowl Eve and the word of the day is "focus." The Mountaineers have a final walk through today after a weekend of practice in what should have been a warm, sunny, Florida...but the weather hasn't completely cooperated. There's also some nice features on some of the Mountaineer seniors.
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What You May Have Missed:
2010 Gazette Sportsman of the Year - Charleston Gazette
WVU's Huggins has found success and serenity at home
Bill Stewart: Final Practice Presser - WVMetroNews.com
Stewart talks about his team's final practice and what he thought the Mountaineers did too much of in last year's bowl game.
Chesapeake Energy Bowl Report - Mountaineer TV
Champs Sports Bowl report for Saturday, Dec. 25, 2010. Presented by Chesapeake Energy.
West Virginia Lottery Bowl Report - Mountaineer TV
Sunday Champs Sports Bowl report. Presented by West Virginia Lottery.
VIDEO: Coach Stewart and Players on First Day of Practice - WVillustrated.com
HCBS, Geno, Jock, Neild, Starks and Jobe
VIDEO: Coach Stewart and Players on Final Day of Practice - WVillustrated.com
HCBS, Mullen, Casteel, Sands, Noel, J.T. and Scooter
Supporting The Mountaineers - WVMETRONEWS.COM
Former Mountaineer Charlie Baumann
Butler Back On The Court - WVMETRONEWS.COM
Da`Sean, that is
News of Note:
'Eers ready for Wolfpack - Martinsburg Journal
Mountaineers can't escape winter weather - Charleston Gazette
Orlando weather not welcoming - Times West Virginian
Final Bowl Game Practice - WVMETRONEWS.COM
Article and gallery
A very Mountaineer Christmas - Times West Virginian
Under Pressure - MSNsportsNET.Com
The OL is profiled
Jeff Casteel: Defending Wilson - WVMetroNews.com
Casteel talks about how he plans to contain NC State's elusive quarterback Russell Wilson in the Champs Sports Bowl.
Jeff Casteel: The Final Days - WVMetroNews.com
WVU's defensive coordinator talks about what his players are working on in the final practice before the Champs Sports Bowl.
Jeff Mullen: Final Prep Day - WVMetroNews.com
Mullen talks about how prepared he feels the team is for NC State and give his thoughts on coaching his last game for the Mountaineers.
Noel Devine: Ready To Impress - WVMetroNews.com
Devine says he's excited and focused for his final game as a Mountaineer.
'It was the right decision' - Charleston Gazette
Despite mixed results, Devine and Sanders have no regrets about returning for senior year
Finishing strong - Times West Virginian
WVU’s Sanders ending college career on high
Jock Sanders: Rallying Together - WVMetroNews.com
The Mountaineers' senior slot receiver talks about the emotions of playing in his last college game in his home state and how the team will have to work together against the Wolfpack.
Close To The Heart - BGN
Blurb and video interview with J.T. Thomas
JT Thomas: The Final Stretch - WVMetroNews.com
Thomas talks about what it has meant for him to be a Mountaineer and follow in his father's footsteps.
Robert Sands: The Final Time In The Gold and Blue? - WVMetroNews.com
Sands talks about playing in his home state and possibly playing his last game if he leaves for the NFL Draft.
Champs Sports Bowl Report - Mountaineer TV
West Virginia players visit Universal Studios Thursday morning in Orlando.
Dunlap pays for his find - Charleston Gazette
Coach Dunlap recruited Wilson for NCSU
Around the League (and Beyond):
What's On Tap:
(4) Connecticut Huskies vs. (6) Pittsburgh Panthers - ESPN
8:30 tonight at the Pete on ESPN2
Morgan State Bears vs. (25) Louisville Cardinals - ESPN
8:00 tonight from the Chicken Box on the BE Network (including MASN) and ESPN3
Champs Sports Bowl Info:
Champs Sports Bowl Fan Central
Info page, seating charts, merchandise, discount opportunities, etc.
Videos of Interest:
Video of (Dis)Interest:
I know some of you look at this as the beginning of a/the downturn, but whatever your opinion, it sure was nice to stick it to the 84% of the country that picked against us that season.
Today's Miss Throwdown is California native Kelly Brannigan. As usual, click on her pic for a gallery.
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