The Shotgun/Throwdown: Wednesday (12/14/11) Edition

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Several Mountaineers have been named to All-American lists; we give you a run down of the awards. Today we also have a couple features on Truck and Stedman to go along with a look back at the only previous meeting between Clemson and WVU, the 1989 Gator Bowl. And in "giving back" news, Huggs is working with a public awareness campaign for the miners and the Varsity Club is having a charity drive today in Morgantown. We also have a couple updates from Caleb at WVU Pros. All of this and more...

What You May Have Missed:

Gold And Blue Now: Wednesday - WVMETRONEWS.COM
Jed Drenning from MSN breaks down WVU's match up in the Orange Bowl, Julian Miller talks about WVU's journey to the BCS and a group of former Mountaineers give back to the community.

Remember the Miners - Register-Herald
Huggins serves as honorary chairman of public awareness campaign

Grading College Football Coaching Changes With Four Years Of Hindsight - SBNation.com
A couple former Mountaineer coaches are listed here

NFL Week 14 Recap: Adam Pacman Jones Makes News On and Off the Field - WVU Pros
A rundown of NFL Week 14 games involving former West Virginia Mountaineers.

Spurs Release Da’Sean Butler - WVU Pros

MSN Rewind: 1989 Gator Bowl - MSNsportsNET.Com
West Virginia’s meeting with Clemson in the 2012 Discover Orange Bowl reacquaints one-time Southern Conference partners who have only played each other once previously on the gridiron. That lone meeting came in the 1989 Mazda Gator Bowl in Jacksonville, Fla.


News of Note:

HERTZEL COLUMN: This Truck traveled a bumpy road - Times West Virginian
There were days when he could do no wrong, days when he could do no right.

Extra shooting work paying off for Truck - Charleston Gazette
There have been times during Bryant's four years here when if you stuck around after a West Virginia game you might very well see him taking shot after shot after shot. More recently, though, you'd have to show up earlier.

Robert Griffin III, Montee Ball lead SI 2011 All-America Team - SI.com
Tavon gets an Honorable Mention

Three Mountaineers Named To Phil Steele All-American Team - WVMETRONEWS.COM
Wide receiver Tavon Austin, offensive lineman Don Barclay and defensive end Bruce Irvin were all named All-Americans by Phil Steele.

Bailey didn’t play like a second-teamer - Register-Herald
I think it’s a shame that some coaches obviously didn’t care — or overlooked — both WVU standouts.

Stedman Bailey - Mountaineer TV
Wide receiver Stedman Bailey talks about his team's prep heading into the 2012 Discover Orange Bowl.


Around the League (and Beyond):

Bracketology 101 Exam Week: The Big East - Blogging the Bracket

Big East Expansion Update: League Welcomes New Members With Billboards In Times Square - Big East Coast Bias

Carrier Dome Filled To 82% Capacity For Syracuse Football In 2011 - Troy Nunes Is An Absolute Magician

Charlie Strong says Louisville football still overlooked - Courier-Journal

Pitt Football: Some Notes From Todd Graham's First Season - Cardiac Hill

Cincinnati Bearcats Threatening To Join The Oversigning Craze - Down The Drive

Despite success on the field, big-spending Rutgers athletics is saddled with its largest deficit ever - Star Ledger

Seton Hall Basketball: Brandon Mobley Cleared to Play - South Orange Juice

TERRIERfied! Nova comes back for blowout win - VUhoops.com

The King's Court scours the nation for all the latest in college basketball - ESPN

Pac-12 primed to take big step among nation's elite leagues - Sporting News
Weekly 1st and Ten Column


What's On Tap:

WVU Varsity Club Ready for Charity Event - WVillustrated
Members of the Varsity Club will be at Kegler's Clubhouse from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. collecting non-perishable goods and monetary donations.


Video of Interest:



Video of (Dis)Interest:

They put the music from the movie Hoosiers as a soundtrack to Saturday's IU/UK game and the result is awesome:



Hump Day Video of the Week:

All I want for Christmas is...



Miss Throwdown:

Today's Miss Throwdown is British model Lauren Budd. Click on the picture for today's gallery.

Surly Smoke Lager image via thefullpint.com

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