The Shotgun/Throwdown: Wednesday (11/30/11) Edition

Welcome, By-Godders, to the Shotgun/Throwdown, WVU's nationally recognized best place for sports links, information, sophomoric humor and daily distractions. We're being brought to you today by White Bull Lager in preparation of this week's football opponent.

Coach Holgorsen held his final 2011 call in show last night and spent the night discussing the Brawl. But now focus is on this week's upcoming matchup with the team that has given WVU the most trouble since the last Big East rebuilding project occurred, the USF Bulls. USF is still unsettled at QB and is dealing with multiple injuries to their defensive backfield, yet have recorded plenty of sacks and tackles for loss. In other words, the WVU offensive line is in for another challenge.

We also have some Big East lawsuit developments, basketball notes, power rankings and more.

What You May Have Missed:

Gold And Blue Now: Wednesday - WVMETRONEWS.COM
South Florida beat writer Greg Auman talks about why the Bulls have last so many games late in the season, Chip Fontanazza explains what this game is like for all of the Florida natives and Kevin Jones talks about where the Mountaineer basketball team is at after its first five games.

Coach Talk With Dana Holgorsen - WVMETRONEWS.COM
In the final episode of "Coach Talk" WVU head coach Dana Holgorsen talks about his "Backyard Brawl" experience, the play of the offensive line and what his team did well against the Panthers.

WVU files motion to dismiss Big East lawsuit - Charleston Gazette
WVU is claiming the lawsuit should be dismissed for four reasons, the primary that "neither the Rhode Island Long-Arm Statute ... nor Rule 4 of the Superior Court Rules of Civil Procedure contemplate or authorize the Court's assertion of jurisdiction over WVU."

Football: WVU Honored For Graduation Rate - MSNsportsNET.Com
The West Virginia University football program has been recognized for having a 75 percent or better graduation rate by the American Football Coaches Association.

LSU, Alabama top TV finale Power Rankings, last of 2011 season - Andy Staples - SI.com
Which show did Staples choose for WVU at #22?

NCAA College Football Power Rankings Week 13 - ESPN
#22

Jones Becoming a Force - MSNsportsNET.Com
Senior Kevin Jones leads the Mountaineers in scoring (21 ppg.), rebounding (12.2 rpg.) and 3-point field goals (6) so far this year.

WVU Women Host La Salle - MSNsportsNET.Com
There’s no denying that the West Virginia women’s basketball team’s 48-47 loss to Cal State Northridge at the 2011 Woodland Hills Holiday Inn Thanksgiving Classic this past weekend was a heartbreaker.


News of Note:

WVU has sights set on share of title - Register-Herald
West Virginia obviously must win Thursday or its BCS berth is done. Then, the Mountaineers must wait for the outcome of the UConn-Cincinnati game.

WVU among three teams vying for BCS bid - Inter-Mountain
Mountaineers visit USF for season finale Thursday

Mountaineers favored by 1-point over South Florida - Register-Herald
You would think being tabbed as only a slight favorite would add to the motivation WVU players undoubtedly possesses, with at least a share of the Big East championship at stake.

WVU-USF sets up as close game; check on lawsuits - Charleston Gazette
West Virginia's game in Tampa, Fla., could be one of the school's biggest regular-season games since the 2007 home finale against Pittsburgh.

HERTZEL COLUMN: WVU must narrow focus for USF game - Times West Virginian
The conclusion that we have reached is really quite simple: The game is played on the field, but it is won and lost in the mind.

CFN Preview: West Virginia at South Florida - College Football News
Prediction & Game Story

WVU football: Stedman Bailey named team’s offensive champion - Charleston Daily Mail
Casazza's Notebook

WVU special teams must play better - Daily Athenaeum
Special teams play has been a major struggle for the No. 23 West Virginia football team all season.

Video: Previewing USF-West Virginia - Big East Blog - ESPN
Andrea Adelson talks about injuries to the USF secondary headed into its game against West Virginia on Thursday night.

Pitt adjustments could help going forward - Times West Virginian
“In the second half, we probably threw one or two natural drop-back passes, which is incredibly discouraging. That means we’re not doing 60 percent of our offense based on the fact we couldn’t block them.”

WVU Unsure Who Will Play Quarterback for USF - WVillustrated
USF is considering Daniels to be a game-time decision.

South Florida QB situation unclear for WVU - Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
Preparing for one quarterback is hard enough, but this week, West Virginia must prepare for two.

USF has secondary concerns - Charleston Gazette
Bulls pass defense riddled with injuries

WVU football: Landi has filled many roles while with Bulls - Charleston Daily Mail
Evan Landi has played a little quarterback during his career at South Florida, started an entire season at wide receiver and is now a tight end - not exactly the desired path a player hopes to travel when he first walks on a college campus.

Cornerback Keith Tandy - Mountaineer TV
Cornerback Keith Tandy talks about defending USF and the challenges its offense presents.

‘Backyard Brawl’ turned out to be ‘Feigt Night’ for Mountaineers - Register-Herald
Feigt is not your typical Mountaineer story.

WVU players, coaches embraced atmosphere of Backyard Brawl - Daily Athenaeum
"That was fun – great atmosphere," Holgorsen said. "Our sidelines were unbelievable. Obviously, we were feeding off the crowd. The crowd got going in that second half, and it was loud, rowdy and fun."

Miller’s career night the perfect ending for final home game at WVU - Daily Athenaeum
And it started with a story he said he'll remember and will be telling people for the rest of his life


Around the League (and Beyond):

Big East Football Power Rankings Week 14 - The UConn Blog
Brought to you by the Big East editors of SB Nation.

Sterling Griffin Could Play Thursday, B.J. Daniels Still Questionable - Voodoo Five

UC will keep two-headed QB - Cincinnati Enquirer
It certainly makes scanning the field easier, more efficient (*cue groans from the audience)

Babcock working to keep Jones at UC - Cincinnati Enquirer

For UConn Football, It All Comes Down To Cincinnati - Hartford Courant

Louisville Coaches Telling Recruits They're Headed For The Big 12? - Big East Coast Bias

Rutgers' Greg Schiano has not been contacted about Illinois coaching vacancy - Star Ledger

Surgery ends season for Syracuse University freshman running back - Post Standard

Pitt fails to execute at crucial moments - Big East Blog - ESPN

Report: Mississippi State Coach Dan Mullen Nearing A Deal With Penn State - SI Tracking Blog

BCS breaks, Bama and cool programs top the BMOC's countdown - ESPN
Wojo's weekly around-the-horn

1st and Ten - Sporting News
Another around-the-horn-type article


What's On Tap:

La Salle Explorers vs. West Virginia Mountaineers - ESPN
Women's basketball: 7 pm tonight from the Coliseum.


Video of Interest:

MSN's Tony Caridi sat down with WVU Head Coach Dana Holgorsen and Defensive Coordinator Jeff Casteel to discuss the victory over Pitt and how the Mountaineers want to close out the season with a victory over South Florida.


Video of (Dis)Interest:

In news of the OMFG!!!!: Here is the original version of the Muppets' popular "Mahna Mahna"...in a 60's Swedish porn movie (SFW...unfortunately).


Thanks to Vince at Filmdrunk for this one.


Hump Day Video of the Week:



Miss Throwdown:

Today's Miss Throwdown is Polish model Klaudia El Dursi. Click on the picture for today's gallery.

White Bull Lager image via www.thebeerinme.com

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