The Shotgun/Throwdown: Akron Gameday (11/28/11) Edition

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Today, we have more Brawl fallout as the focus turns to South Florida (the school, not the region...see HERE). WVU also is back on the hardcourt tonight as the Akron Zips come to town.

Let's GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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What You May Have Missed:

Gold And Blue Now: Monday - WVMETRONEWS.COM
In Monday's show, get a preview of the Akron game, look back at last year's South Florida football game and Mountaineer fans sound off on the future of the "Backyard Brawl".

Head Coach Bob Huggins - Mountaineer TV
West Virginia coach Bob Huggins previews Monday night's Akron game at the WVU Coliseum.

2011 NCAA College Football Polls and Rankings for Week 14 - ESPN
#22 AP, #20 Coaches, & # 23 BCS

Football: Pitt Award Winners - MSNsportsNET.Com
The West Virginia University football coaching staff has named its award winners for outstanding performance in the Mountaineers’ 21-20 win against Pitt on Friday, Nov. 25.

Big East helmet stickers: Week 13 - Big East Blog - ESPN
Julian and Corey Smith get adhesives this week

BCS stays pat, Florida State moves up in latest bowl projections - Stewart Mandel - SI.com
Orange here

Big East bowl projections: Week 14 - Big East Blog - ESPN
Orange here too

2011 College Bowl Projections and Schedules - ESPN
Orange all around

Women's Basketball: WVU Upsets No. 25 UCLA - MSNsportsNET.Com
Sophomore Taylor Palmer used a pair of threes in the final four minutes to help the West Virginia women’s basketball team seal a 63-54 upset over No. 25 UCLA, Friday, in the opening round of the Woodland Hills Holiday Inn Classic hosted by Cal State Northridge.

Women's Basketball: WVU Drops One Point Decision - MSNsportsNET.Com
The West Virginia women’s basketball team had one final attempt on an inbounding play with two-tenths of a second on the clock, but was unable to pull the shot off, falling to Cal State Northridge, 48-47, Saturday in the championship game of the 2011 Woodland Hills Holiday Inn Thanksgiving Classic.

News of Note:

Basketball

Akron Preview - MSNsportsNET.Com
On Monday, West Virginia begins a very tough stretch of games, starting with Akron, and then continuing wth Mississippi State, Kansas State and Miami that have combined to post a 16-4 record so far this season.

Preview: Akron vs WVU - BGN
West Virginia has faced a number of guard-oriented offenses early in the season, but the challenge moves to the frontcourt when the Akron Zips invade the Coliseum on Monday.

Akron’s Marshall a concern for Mountaineers - Register-Herald
West Virginia begins a brutal four-game stretch tonight when the Mountaineers (3-1) host Akron (3-2) at the WVU Coliseum.

Akron's McClanahan takes nothing for granted - Charleston Daily Mail
At the risk of selling himself short, University of Akron senior and former Nitro High School basketball star Brett McClanahan is painfully honest when it comes to his potential recruitment to West Virginia University.

Mountaineers host Akron tonight - Times West Virginian
It seems like guard Truck Bryant has been at West Virginia for the past decade or so, even though it’s only been the past four years, but either way he’s been around and he believes that he hasn’t really seen anything like the stretch of games that begins at 7 tonight when Akron invades the Coliseum.

HERTZEL COLUMN: WVU’s Jones always on the rebound - Times West Virginian
See, rebounding has become so much a part of Jones’ game that its value may even outweigh his ability to produce points, especially since so many of those points come off the determination with which he hits the offensive boards.

Kilicli's Hard Work Tested by Tough Non-Conference Stretch - WVillustrated
Huggs-ism Alert: "We're going to try to get Deniz [Kilicli] not to throw the grenade and maybe go a little stronger at the rim," the WVU head coach said Sunday with a smirk.

VIDEO: Mountaineer Player Interviews - WVMETRONEWS.COM
Huggs, Deniz and Truck

Football

Holgorsen keeping focus on USF - Charleston Gazette
The good news for the Mountaineers now is that Holgorsen will have to deal with the same issue again this week, at least to a point.

Brawl afterglow short with USF next - Times West Virginian
WVU focusing on Bulls, not outside factors

HERTZEL COLUMN: Feigt steps in, then steps up for WVU - Times West Virginian
The other move was about as surprising and radical a move as he could have made, walking up and telling Curtis Feigt he was going in at right tackle to start the second half.

Feigt made most of opportunity - Charleston Gazette
"Pretty quickly I settled down and thought, 'OK, let's get ready to go,'" Feigt said.

Holgorsen changes give Mountaineers a lift - Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
"If you're not performing, we're going to put somebody else in there," head coach Dana Holgorsen said, "and a lot of the time, you don't know how the guy's going to respond until you put him in a game situation."

Balance pays off for WVU football team - Charleston Daily Mail
None of WVU changes are nearly as significant as what happened on offense against the Panthers. WVU called 31 plays and 30 run plays against Pitt, the closest the split has been this season and the first time the passes haven't outnumbered the runs by at least seven.

Backyard Brawl Notebook - MSNsportsNET.Com
There was some rebirth and some redemption going on for a couple of West Virginia players during Friday night’s Backyard Brawl.

WVU School Records Fall in Backyard Brawl - WVillustrated
Numerous WVU school records fell in West Virginia's win over Pitt in the Backyard Brawl.

Graham Impressed By Former Team - WVMETRONEWS.COM
For the first time in his coaching career, Pitt head coach Todd Graham experienced the "Backyard Brawl" from the Panthers’ sideline.

WEST VIRGINIA: Players say sole focus is USF win - PPG
If either West Virginia or Cincinnati loses, a non BCS bowl game is on the horizon for the Mountaineers (8-3, 4-2 Big East).

Smith saves day with timely kicks - Register-Herald
Punter comes up big in Brawl win over Panthers

Video: West Virginia's Julian Miller - Big East Blog - ESPN
Andrea Adelson talks to West Virginia's Julian Miller after a 21-20 win against Pitt.

WVU Music Video HIghlights: Backyard Brawl - WVillustrated
Relive all the key moments from the Mountaineers' 21-20 win over Pitt in what may be the final Backyard Brawl.

Around the League (and Beyond):

Big East BCS scenarios - Big East Blog - ESPN

What we learned in the Big East: Week 13 - Big East Blog - ESPN

SDSU-Big East talks turn serious - SignOnSanDiego.com

Pitt Vs. West Virginia: Recapping The Backyard Brawl - Cardiac Hill

UC keeps Big East title hopes alive with 30-13 rout of Syracuse - Cincinnati Enquirer

Cincinnati 30 - Syracuse 13: Orange Get Pead On - Troy Nunes Is An Absolute Magician

Reports: Butch Jones target for coaching jobs - Cincinnati Enquirer
UCLA, North Carolina, Illinois all have UC coach on radar

Louisville Tops South Florida, Clinches At Least A Share Of The Big East Title - Card Chronicle

Louisville 34, USF 24: I Hate This Team So Much - Voodoo Five

UConn gets it done against Rutgers in a solid 40-22 win - Hartford Courant

Rutgers hammered by UConn 40-22 - On the Banks

College GameDay Final: Week 13 - ESPN

College Football Overtime - Stewart Mandel - SI.com

Missouri Tigers' move to SEC -- more money, more expenses - ESPN

What's On Tap:

Akron Zips vs. West Virginia Mountaineers - ESPN
7 pm tonight from the Coliseum on ROOT and ESPN3.

Video of Interest:


Video of (Dis)Interest:

You know what happens when you say it three times, don't you?

Miss Throwdown:

Today's Miss Throwdown is American model Shannan Click. Click on the picture for today's gallery.

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