The Shotgun/Throwdown: Morehead St Gameday (11/22/11) Edition

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Brawl week continues as both coaches try to downplay the bad blood that exists between them and shift the focus to the teams. Video of Holgorsen's weekly presser and plenty of player interviews are available as well.

Back on the basketball court, Huggs is happy to take the team to Charleston tonight where they'll likely play in front of more fans than they have the last 2 games. Morehead St. visits tonight and there are plenty of game previews (we'll have ours later this afternoon) and a couple of videos to go through.

Let's GOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

What You May Have Missed:

Gold And Blue Now: Tuesday - WVMETRONEWS.COM
Dana Holgorsen talks about how he prepares for a rivalry, Bob Huggins says he enjoys playing in Charleston and Chip Fontanazza stops by for an update on the Big East.

Head Coach Bob Huggins - Mountaineer TV
West Virginia coach Bob Huggins previews the Morehead State game, courtesy wvmetronews.com.

Head Coach Dana Holgorsen - Mountaineer TV
West Virginia coach Dana Holgorsen previews the 104th Backyard Brawl to be played this Friday.

Coach Dana Holgorsen News Conference - MSNsportsNET.Com
Transcript

P.S.R. 1-120: Week 13 Re-Ranking - Pre-Snap Read
25. West Virginia (7-3, 3-2) Will W.V.U. rise up and take control of the Big East?

Momentum Rankings After 12 Weeks - Football Study Hall
#24

WVU aiming for 2012 start in Big 12, despite Big East's lawsuit - CBSSports.com
AD Oliver Luck says West Virginia is 'fortunate to get out' of the Big East as the 'ship' goes down. Dennis Dodd reports that despite facing a lawsuit by the Big East, WVU says it will play in the Big 12 in 2012.

VSR: Harlee Named Athlete of the Week - MSNsportsNET.Com
This week's Varsity Sports Report

Former WVU Star Da'Sean Butler Signs Deal Overseas - WVillustrated
Da'Sean Butler will get a chance at playing professional basketball this week after signing a two-week tryout contract with VEF Riga in Latvia.

News of Note:

Basketball

Morehead State Preview - MSNsportsNET.Com
Folks in the southern part of the state are going to be treated to an interesting basketball game on Tuesday night in Charleston at the Charleston Civic Center when West Virginia takes on Morehead State

Preview: Morehead St. vs WVU - BGN
A West Virginia team looking for more consistency in many areas hosts Morehead State in Charleston.

WVU, Morehead in Charleston - Register-Herald
Last March, Morehead State pulled one of the early upsets of the NCAA Tournament, when the Eagles stunned Louisville 62-61 on a Demonte Harper 3-pointer.

Basketball In Charleston - WVMETRONEWS.COM
The West Virginia men’s basketball team heads to Charleston for the first of two games this season in the capital city. The Mountaineers (2-1) take on Morehead State (1-2) at 7 p.m. Tuesday night at the Charleston Civic Center.

Men's Basketball: WVU Vs. Morehead State Preview - WVillustrated
With students on Thanksgiving break, fans in Charleston will get the chance to see Bob Huggins and the Mountaineers (2-1) live when they play the Morehead State Eagles (1-2) Tuesday night.

Huggins not happy - Times West Virginian
Mountaineer coach wants more fans at basketball games

WVU coach likes playing in Charleston - Charleston Daily Mail
"The truth of the matter is, if we're only going to put 5,000 people in here, I ought to play them all the time," Huggins said.

Jones is off to record-breaking start for Mountaineers - Register-Herald
He also leads the team in scoring, total rebounds (including the defensive boards) and other play phases.

WVU at Civic Center - Charleston Gazette
Walk-on Williamson has his homecoming

WVU guard helps on the boards - Charleston Daily Mail
Gary Browne popped up in the postgame scene after West Virginia's Thursday night basketball win over Alcorn State with sweat on his jersey, a statistic in his head and a smile on his face.

Video: Basketball Interviews 11/21 - BGN
Huggs, Truck and KJ

Football

Week 13 Preview: Pittsburgh at West Virginia - BGN
Prediction & Game Story

WVU is not lacking for motivation for Brawl - Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
West Virginia is trying to avoid a bye week letdown as it heads into the Backyard Brawl.

Backyard Brawl, WVU hoops, Heisman talk - Charleston Gazette
Vingle's Notebook

Holgorsen maintains game isn't personal - PPG
"It's completely irrelevant. It's highly blown out of proportion," Holgorsen said Monday.

Holgorsen downplays bad blood with Pitt coach - Charleston Daily Mail
Dana Holgorsen made it through his weekly press conference last Tuesday without having to answer a question about his relationship with the coach he will face here Friday night, Pitt Coach Todd Graham.

Holgorsen, Graham deny there is, was any feud - Charleston Gazette
People compete against each other. That's just part of it. But me being at three different places over the last four years and facing coach Graham all four years is pretty ironic.''

Feud within the feud? - Register-Herald
Holgorsen, Graham haven’t seen eye-to-eye since C-USA days

Score and Steal - MSNsportsNET.Com
Despite the highly publicized bad blood between Todd Graham and Dana Holgorsen, the two actually share a lot in common.

Big East Notes: West Virginia Braces For Pitt - Hartford Courant
The Backyard Brawl between Pittsburgh and West Virginia is a rivalry that dates to 1895, so no added drama is necessary.

Backyard Brawl Moment: Monday - WVillustrated
Let's go back to the 99th meeting between West Virginia and Pitt.

Bailey has sights on record, Pitt - Times West Virginian
"Seven yards," said Bailey, knowing exactly what he needs. "I think about it every night. I set back and just smile, thinking about my name going into the record books."

Video: Football Interviews 11/21 - BGN
Coach Dunlap, Bitancurt, Stedman, Najee and Bruce

WVU Player Interviews: Backyard Brawl Week - WVillustrated
Rader, Tavon, Bitancurt, Stedman, Najee, Geno, Eain and Bruce

Around the League (and Beyond):

BYU football: BYU’s TV deal holding up Big East move - Salt Lake Tribune
Sinking ship indeed

Pitt coach Todd Graham's take - Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

B.J. Daniels Has Bruised AC Joint, Status For Friday Unkown - Voodoo Five

Charlie Strong Press Conference Highlights - Card Chronicle

Syracuse vs. Cincinnati: Phillip Thomas, Eric Crume & Micah Robinson Done For Year - Troy Nunes Is An Absolute Magician

Jones: Legaux will have competition - Cincinnati Enquirer

Rutgers will face two quarterbacks when it meets Connecticut - Star Ledger

Bye Week Didn't Help Huskies - Hartford Courant

Rich Rodriguez Named Arizona Wildcats Head Coach - SBNation.com

What's On Tap:

Morehead State Eagles vs. West Virginia Mountaineers - ESPN
7 pm tonight from the CCC on ROOT Pittsburgh.

Arkansas State Red Wolves vs. (7) Louisville Cardinals - Preview - ESPN
7 pm tonight from the Chicken Bowl on MASN, SNY and ESPN3.

La Salle Explorers vs. (16) Pittsburgh Panthers - Preview - ESPN
7 pm tonight from the Pete on ESPN3.

Video of Interest:

Host Tony Caridi and analyst Jed Drenning preview this week's Backyard Brawl.


Video of (Dis)Interest:


Miss Throwdown:

Today's Miss Throwdown is Italian Bianca Balti. Click on her picture for today's gallery.

Eagle Claw Fist Imperial Amber Ale image via thefullpint.com

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