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TCB first. The women dropped their first game of the season last night at Marquette (also, it's a place they've never won). I solemnly vow to never again mention any good streak that a WVU team is on again until such streak has ended. Now that I have that out of the way, we can talk about the football team a few miles North, off I-79. They've hired at least 3 former WVU assistants (with possibly 3 more on the way). I don't know about you, but I'm rather giddy with excitement of a Dana Holgorsen coached offense throwing against a Tony Gibson coached defensive backfield (plus, see the lead-off items inside in WYMHM and NoN).
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What You May Have Missed:
@FauxCoachHolgorsen - Twitter
Just woke up from a dream that I put 70 points on the board against Todd Graham's team ... oh wait, that actually happened. #pwn - this is a Twitter feed well worth following, BTW
Angel Robinson leads Marquette to upset win over West Virginia - ESPN
Recap, stats and photos
WVU’s Ali works on foul woes - Martinsburg Journal
Mickey's Column - as usual, right on time Mick
2011 Women's College Basketball Rankings and Polls for Week 10 - ESPN
Holding steady at #6 AP and #7 Coaches
WVU basketball: Senior's stats deceiving - Charleston Daily Mail
Cam Thoroughman is profiled
Final 2010 NCAA College Football Polls and Rankings - ESPN
Former WVU Linebacker Mortty Ivy Signs with Steelers - WVillustrated.com
Best of luck to him (Personal note: But why did it have to be the Steelers?)
News of Note:
Backyard Brawl receives a charge - Charleston Gazette
This one is goooooooood
A Unique Situation - WVMETRONEWS.COM
Rowengartner Bedenbaugh discusses the HCIW situation
A Unique Situation (audio) - WVMetroNews.com
New Mountaineer offensive line coach Bill Bedenbaugh says the head coach-in-waiting position will be a good thing for both the Mountaineers and Dana Holgorsen.
Around the League (and Beyond):
Kragthorpe reportedly interested in UConn job - Card Chronicle
Please, PLEASE, PLEASE!!!!!!!!
Report: UConn, Mark Whipple in final negotiations - ESPN
I can't tell if they're yelling "BOOOO!!!" or "WHOOOO?!?!?"
Big East goes West - Times West Virginian
Two Days Later, 25 for 2011 - Pre-Snap Read
Way too early top 25
What's On Tap:
(5) Pittsburgh Panthers vs. (19) Georgetown Hoyas - ESPN
7:00 tonight from the Phone Booth in DC on ESPN (link is a game preview)
(4) Syracuse Orange vs. St. John's Red Storm - ESPN
7:00 tonight from MSG on ESPNU
(17) Louisville Cardinals vs. (7) Villanova Wildcats - ESPN
7:00 tonight from the Pavilion on ESPN2
Video of Interest:
I posted Part 1 here yesterday (and pickings are slim today), so here's Part 2 (of 8). The rest can be found over at WVillustrated.
Video of (Dis)Interest:
This is awesome...anybody seen one in person?
Today's Miss Throwdown is Romanian model Catrinel Menghia. A lovely gallery is linked through the picture.