The Shotgun/Throwdown: Tennessee Tech Gameday (12/19/11) Edition

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With final exams now in the book, the Mountaineers are now in full preparation for the Orange Bowl. The basketball team also gets right back to work tonight with another contest as part of the Las Vegas Classic. We might also get some rulings on the lawsuits this week.

Let's GOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

What You May Have Missed:

Athletic department gives finance report - Martinsburg Journal
It's in the red, but also technically in the black too

WVU asks judge to dismiss Big East lawsuit - Charleston Daily Mail
A lawyer for the university argued that the Rhode Island court lacks jurisdiction in the case and that a lawsuit the university filed in West Virginia is already proceeding.

Big East in no-win situation - Parkersburg News and Sentinel
Motions have been filed and statements have been made by both legal departments representing West Virginia University and the Big East. But, the question still lingers-can the Big East, or any conference for that matter, make a school stay that wants to leave?

Preview: Tennesse Tech - BGN
It's the third nest of Eagles for WVU this year, as Tennessee Tech comes to town for Game Two of the Continental Tire Las Vegas Classic.

Inside job working for WVU - Times West Virginian
Mountaineers host Tennessee Tech tonight

Men’s Basketball: WVU vs. Tennessee Tech Preview - WVillustrated
The West Virginia Mountaineers will be playing a familiar obstacle Monday night... short rest.

Kilicli identifies sourch of Coach Huggins' wrath - Charleston Daily Mail
"It comes to a point that I know what I'm doing most of the time and I know I screwed up," he said. "So I mute it because the stuff that's going to come out, I don't take it very well."

Mountaineers Drop Close Contest - MSNsportsNET.Com
The West Virginia women’s basketball team dropped a close game to Duquesne, 61-55, on Saturday afternoon at the A.J. Palumbo Center in Pittsburgh.

Head Coach Mike Carey - Mountaineer TV
Coach Carey's postgame remarks to the media after West Virginia's 61-55 loss to Duquesne on Saturday afternoon.


News of Note:

WVU resumes preparations for Orange Bowl - Register-Herald
With final exams behind them, West Virginia’s football players resumed practice on Friday for the Discover Orange Bowl game against Clemson.

Orange Bowl preview: Clemson Tigers vs. West Virginia Mountaineers - Sporting News
Complete game breakdown, mostly historical data

Head to Head: Defensive Line/Special Teams - OrangeBowl.org

West Virginia football defense steps out from big shadow - PPG
In September, West Virginia appeared to be a football team that would be carried by its offense.

WVU offensive line coach will take his time to set up front - Charleston Daily Mail
"I have no idea who's going to start the bowl game," Bedenbaugh said recently when asked about late-season changes on the right side of the WVU offensive line. "It's whoever practices best."

Big 12 awaits WVU in 2012 - PPG
Big 12 Commissioner Chuck Neinas insisted last week that West Virginia will be part of his conference on July 1, and said the league has already prepared five potential schedules to members for review.

West Virginia Creates Scheduling Mess For Big East, Big 12 - Outkick The Coverage
Don't really like this guy, but he hits the nail on the the head with this one...up until the last line

No reason for fans to sour on Orange Bowl - Charleston Gazette
There is reason, however, for WVU fans to be fired up. In fact, there are many reasons.

Tickets For Troops - MSNsportsNET.Com
Mountaineer fans unable to attend this year’s Discover Orange Bowl can help deserving service personnel go to the game through the Veteran Tickets Foundation.


Around the League (and Beyond):

Butch Jones Agrees To Contract Extension With Cincinnati - Down The Drive
So? It's not like they mean much anymore.

Pitt Football Coaching Search: Q&As On Luke Fickell And Paul Chryst - Cardiac Hill

Louisville football embraces visitor's role in Belk Bowl - Courier-Journal

No. 1 Syracuse 88 - NC State 72: Let The Popping Off Begin - Troy Nunes Is An Absolute Magician

UConn Men Rout Holy Cross, 77-40 - Hartford Courant

Seton Hall Basketball: Seton Hall 80, Mercer 77 (OT); Pirates Escape Matinee at the Rock - South Orange Juice

Johnnies survive late scare, hold off Fordham 56-50 - Rumble In The Garden

Business As Usual: No. 11/11 Marquette 93, Northern Colorado 72 - Anonymous Eagle

Rutgers Defeats Stony Brook 67-58; Myles Mack Explodes - On the Banks

Final: St. Joe's Runs Villanova Out Of Hagan Arena - The Nova Blog
You HAVE to click on this one

Back In Business: Georgetown Handles American 81-55, Memphis Is Next - Casual Hoya

College Football Pickoff: Bowl Season - Stewart Mandel - SI.com
BOOOOOO on his Orange Bowl pick, but can't blame him with his reasoning

Here’s how we can have a college football playoff without destroying the bowl system - Chicago Sun-Times
A college football playoff doesn’t have to be the end of the bowl world as we know it. Yes, there are lots of pros and cons. But I’ve been intrigued for years by an eight-team playoff that advances four New Year’s Day bowl winners into


What's On Tap:

Tennessee Tech Golden Eagles vs. West Virginia Mountaineers - ESPN
7 pm tonight on MASN, ROOT Pittsburgh and ESPN3

Weekly Watch: Week 3 - ESPN


Video of Interest:

In Monday's episode, we preview the Mountaineers' game against Tennessee Tech and get former Clemson head coach Tommy Bowden's take on the Orange Bowl.



Video of (Dis)Interest:

Funniest guy alive right now, in my opinion (WARNING: STRONG LANGUAGE):



Miss Throwdown:

Today's Miss Throwdown is Brazilian model Analu Campos. Click on her picture for today's gallery.

Golden Eagle Beer image via www.goldeneagletrading.com

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