The Shotgun/Throwdown: Monday (1/3/11) Edition

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The news today is kind of a random smattering. There's basketball news (men regrouping, yet improving and the women winning, if not all that pretty), some football news (Holgorsen and staff changes, plus some weird bowl fallout) and some football recruiting news (a couple commits are solid, others, not so much). Anywho...it's all inside and welcome to 2011.

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What You May Have Missed:

Bob Huggins' MSN Postgame Interview - WVMetroNews.com

Bob Huggins Show Preview - WVillustrated.com

Bob Huggins' New Year's Resolutions - WVillustrated.com

Top Moments of 2010 - MSNsportsNET.Com

Great Mountaineer Defenses - MSNsportsNET.Com

WVU NT Neild Receives NFL Combine Invitation - WVillustrated.com

NFL Invites J.T. Thomas to Scouting Combine - WVillustrated.com

Holgorsen's up-tempo 'O' mash-up of many styles - Charleston Daily Mail

WVU football: Sources say Holgorsen adds Bedenbaugh to staff - Charleston Daily Mail

@Hoppy Kercheval - Twitter
South Carolina assistant Robert Gillespie expected to be hired by Dana Holgorsen for WVU offensive staff.

WVU football: After bowl loss, more issues have developed - Charleston Daily Mail

Making Sense of the WVU Grid Situation - Intelligencer / Wheeling News-Register

Blame game at WVU - Parkersburg News and Sentinel

Luck’s firing of McMichael surprising - Times West Virginian
Mickey's Column - and sorry, Mickey, with all due respect.....no, it wasn't

Musings of a Mountain Man: 1/3 - WVillustrated.com

Another year for the history books - Times West Virginian
Hertzel Column

Men's Basketball: Purdue Tip Time Changed - MSNsportsNET.Com
CBS Sports and the BIG EAST have announced that the starting time for the WVU-Purdue men's basketball game on Sunday, Jan. 16, has been moved from 4:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.

News of Note:

Women's BB

Central Connecticut State 37, (7) West Virginia 63 - ESPN

WVU Women Roll - MSNsportsNET.Com

Winning ugly - Times West Virginian

WVU Women's Basketball Game Recap: WVU 63 CCSU 37 - WVillustrated.com

Postgame Reaction - Mountaineer TV
Postgame player and Mike Carey reaction following West Virginia's 63-37 victory over Central Connecticut State on Sunday at the WVU Coliseum.

Men's BB

WVU basketball: At DePaul, Mountaineers hope to get on track - Charleston Daily Mail

Marquette 79, West Virginia 74 - ESPN
Recap, stats, etc

Marquette Outlasts WVU - MSNsportsNET.Com

Marquette downs WVU 79-74 - Charleston Gazette

Marquette gets best of WVU, 79-74 - Charleston Daily Mail

WVU Falls at Marquette 79-74 - WVillustrated.com

WVU Battles Back, But Falls Short At Marquette - WVMETRONEWS.COM

WVU can’t make time stand still - Times West Virginian
Hertzel Column

Bad Beginning...And End - BGN

PoG; West Virginia vs Marquette - BGN

Another loss but a small step forward - Charleston Gazette

WVU Basketball Behind, But No Need to Panic - WVillustrated.com

Mountaineers in the zone - Charleston Gazette

WVU Basketball Photos: WVU vs. Marquette - WVillustrated.com

Recruiting:

Clay Ready For Morgantown - WVMETRONEWS.COM

No Beatty, No Commitment For Now - WVMETRONEWS.COM

Welcome To WVU Roberts Twins - WVMETRONEWS.COM
It won't be official until next week, because...(see next link)

Roberts Brothers Still Committed, but Keep Options - WVillustrated.com

Around the League (and Beyond):

Randy Edsall officially Maryland's football coach - The UConn Blog

Maryland Minute 1.2.11 - Randy Edsall Hiring Fallout, Don Brown's Status - Testudo Times

Losing Edsall a worrisome sign for UConn - ESPN

Connecticut's Jordan Todman Will Declare for NFL Draft - NCAAFB FanHouse

Sooners Too Much For Huskies In Fiesta Bowl - Hartford Courant
48 - 20

Paterno pushes Bradley for Pitt job - PPG

Time for Pitt to think bold - ESPN

Something Changes on New Year's Day: Marquette 79, West Virginia 74 - Anonymous Eagle

Pinstripe Bowl, Syracuse Defeats Kansas State: The GIFs - Troy Nunes Is An Absolute Magician

Syracuse 70 - Notre Dame 58: Lack Of The Irish - Troy Nunes Is An Absolute Magician

Think I'll Get It Done Yesterday: USF 31, Clemson 26 - Voodoo Five

Loss to Kentucky exposes Louisville's weaknesses - Courier-Journal
78-63

Seton Hall Basketball: Cincinnati 70, Seton Hall 53 - Breakout Game by Lawrence isn't Enough - South Orange Juice

The Bearcats Batter The Good Ship Seton Hall - Down The Drive
70-53

postGame: Villanova 81, Rutgers 65 - The Nova Blog

Rutgers Basketball falls to Villanova 81-65 - On the Banks

Bulls fall to No. 4 UConn in OT - Tampa Tribune
66-61

New Year's Day Hangover: Georgetown Sluggish In 86-75 Victory Over Depaul - Casual Hoya

Ron Franklin, ESPN Announcer, Yanked From Broadcast for Sexist Remarks - NCAAFB FanHouse
Didn't he get canned for this before?

Jim Delany: 'It was a very long day' - ESPN

What's On Tap:

(9) Georgetown Hoyas vs. St. John's Red Storm - ESPN
7:00 tonight from Carnesecca Arena on ESPN 2

Videos of Interest:

Video of (Dis)Interest:

Here's Harry Potter getting beheaded.

Miss Throwdown:

Today's Miss Throwdown is one of the newest VS Angels. Here's two pages worth of Belorussian Katsia Damankova.

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