The Shotgun/Throwdown: Friday (2/11/11) Edition

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Our Mountaineers play host to the DePaul men tomorrow and the women travel to Louisville on Sunday. I've also got a few features on the new football staff and a somewhat surprising amount of recruiting news. I tried to make up for the lack of feature articles with more videos than usual. I hope you all enjoy them. Another full weekend of Big East basketball is on tap and the viewing guide is posted inside as well.

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What You May Have Missed:

WVU Men's Basketball Team Heading to Italy This Summer - WVillustrated.com

NCAA College Basketball Power Rankings - ESPN
First out here

College Basketball Power Rankings - Luke Winn - SI.com
Not listed here

Holgorsen, staff has plenty of work ahead - Daily Athenaeum
"Florida spreads it out and throws the ball 20-25 times per game," Dawson said. "We are going to throw it that many times in a half."

Bedenbaugh to Gauge O-line Talent - MSNsportsNET.Com

Dawson has long history with Holgorsen, offense - Daily Athenaeum
"Once we start scoring points and everything, recruiting receivers and quarterbacks are not going to be a problem."

The fullback doesn’t need to die at WVU - Times West Virginian
Hertzel Column

Woodland Hills, WVU grad Lyons signs with Steelers - Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

News of Note:

WVU: DePaul is a must win - Daily Athenaeum

Huggins, recruits and a little Rich Rod - Charleston Gazette
Vingle's Notebook

Points hard to come by for Mountaineers - Charleston Daily Mail

Musings of a Mountain Man: 2/10 - WVillustrated.com

WVU Men's Basketball and A Few Unfamiliar Faces - WVillustrated.com

Recruiting:

Randolph Runs Over Competition - Scout.com

Forsythe: Has it down Pat! - highmajorscoop.com
WVU signee Pat Forsythe

Forsythe Having Strong Senior Year - WVMETRONEWS.COM
Includes audio with his HS Coach

Hitting The Hotbeds - WVMETRONEWS.COM

Seven-on-seven youth football becoming mirror of AAU basketball - Andy Staples - SI.com

Around the League (and Beyond):

Connecticut still waiting to hear from Committee on Infractions on final decision - ESPN

Big East Basketball: Conference Expansion, Part 1: Welcoming the Horned Frogs - South Orange Juice

Big East Basketball: Conference Expansion, Part 2: A Simplified Conference Tournament - South Orange Juice

UConn Loses To St. John's 89-72 - Hartford Courant

St. John's Red Storm wipes out the Connecticut Huskies, 89-72 - Rumble In The Garden

College GameDay EXCLUSIVE: Talking Villanova & Basketball With Jay Bilas - The Nova Blog

Pitt Basketball: Jay Bilas Breaks Down Pitt-Villanova Game With Cardiac Hill - Cardiac Hill

Syracuse Basketball In Perspective - Troy Nunes Is An Absolute Magician

Positive PostGame Prognosis: Syracuse - Casual Hoya

Buckles, Dieng back at practice with Cards - Courier-Journal

Notre Dame men's basketball: Louisville's shot at upset misses mark - South Bend Tribune

Rutgers benefiting from low expectations - On the Banks
"The Rutgers men's basketball program appears to be turning a corner" - Just like the football team, eh?

NCAA rules committee proposes batch of changes - SI.com

What's On Tap:

DePaul Blue Demons vs. West Virginia Mountaineers - ESPN
4:00 Saturday from the Coliseum on the Big East Network (including MASN) and ESPN3

(19) West Virginia Mountaineers vs. Louisville Cardinals - ESPN
5:00 Sunday from the Chicken Palace on ESPN2

(13) Syracuse Orange vs. (15) Louisville Cardinals - ESPN
Noon Saturday from the Chicken Palace on ESPN

(7) Notre Dame Fighting Irish vs. South Florida Bulls - ESPN
Noon Saturday from the Sun Dome on MASN, SNY and ESPN3

(4) Pittsburgh Panthers vs. (10) Villanova Wildcats - ESPN
9:00 Saturday night from the Pavilion on ESPN

Marquette Golden Eagles vs. (11) Georgetown Hoyas - ESPN
1:00 Sunday from the Phone Booth on ESPN

Providence Friars vs. (9) Connecticut Huskies - ESPN
7:00 Sunday from Gampel on SNY, MASN and ESPN3

Videos of Interest:


Dougity Dog, it's not, but it's still pretty good:

Videos of (Dis)Interest:

Make sure you have the sound on for this next one, the narration is the reason I posted it.

Miss Throwdown:

Today's Miss Throwdown is the amazingly gorgeous (and newly single) actress Olivia Wilde. Click on her picture for a 4 page mega-gallery.


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