The Shotgun/Throwdown: Pirates/National Signing Day Hangover (2/3/11) Edition

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Lot's of coverage all over the place today including everything from last night's BB game and National Signing Day. It was also NSD for NCAA soccer squads as well. Gotta run!!

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What You May Have Missed:

Head Coach Bob Huggins - Mountaineer TV
West Virginia coach Bob Huggins talks about his team's 56-44 victory over Seton Hall Wednesday night at the Coliseum.

Mountaineer Report: Seton Hall Postgame - WVMetroNews.com
West Virginia defeats Seton Hall Wednesday night in Morgantown, 56-44.

Football: WVU Coach Bill Stewart Quotes - MSNsportsNET.Com

Offensive Coordinator Dana Holgorsen - Mountaineer TV
Offensive coordinator Dana Holgorsen talks about West Virginia's 17-player recruiting class signed on Wednesday.

Mountaineers Tied For Second in BIG EAST Standings - WVillustrated.com

NCAA Basketball Bracketology: Piecing Through The Rubble Of A Wild Weekend - SBNation.com

Izzo-Brown signs forward from N.J. - Daily Athenaeum

LeBlanc signs four commits - Daily Athenaeum

COEDMagazine's Photos: WVU/ESPNU Team Logo - Facebook
Their article I clipped yesterday was wrong...they just developed logos for a good many schools. It had nothing to do with each team getting a network. Here's WVU's ESPNU logo.

News of Note:

West Virginia locks down defensively in win - ESPN
Recap, stats, photos, etc

WVU Slips by Seton Hall - MSNsportsNET.Com

Abandon Ship! Pirates Sunk - WVMETRONEWS.COM
Recap and gallery

WVU Men's Basketball Game Recap: WVU 56 Seton Hall 44 - WVillustrated.com

Not the prettiest - Charleston Gazette
Subpar effort enough for WVU in 56-44 win over Seton Hall

Flowers almost single-handedly brought down the house - Charleston Gazette

Finding A Way - BGN

Thoroughman, Kilicli lead Mountaineers past Seton Hall, 56-44 - Daily Athenaeum

Jones is starting to come alive - Daily Athenaeum

Mountaineers benefiting from ‘scorer by committee’ - Daily Athenaeum

Mountaineers Face Tough Road - Intelligencer / Wheeling News-Register

Mountaineers' end game needs improvement - Charleston Daily Mail

WVU shuts down Seton Hall in win - Times West Virginian

PoG: WVU vs Seton Hall - BGN

VIDEO: Postgame Reaction from WVU's Win Over Seton Hall - WVillustrated.com
Huggs, JFlow, Deniz, Cam, Joe and KJ

Bob Huggins: Postgame Press Conference - WVMetroNews.com
Huggins talks about the way the Mountaineers played in the second half, going 6-3 in the Big East and the play of Deniz Kilicli.

Deniz Kilicli: Seton Hall Postgame - WVMetroNews.com
Kilicli talks about the scuffle he got in with Herb Pope and the big dunk he had in the second half.

Kevin Jones: Seton Hall Postgame - WVMetroNews.com
Jones talks about scoring his 1,000th career point and what it means since he got a Big East win.

Cam Thoroughman: Seton Hall Postgame - WVMetroNews.com
Thoroughman talks about the ten points he scored and what the teams has to improve on after this win.

WVU Basketball Photos: WVU vs Seton Hall - WVillustrated.com

Photo Gallery II: WVU vs Seton Hall - BGN

Final - West Virginia 56, Seton Hall 44 - A Roof Rake Can't Save Them - South Orange Juice
Enemy's perspective

Recruiting:

Last Haul - BGN

Flips And Flops - BGN

WVU signs 17 with 4-star Buie - Charleston Gazette

Off And Running - MSNsportsNET.Com

WVU comes out ahead - Charleston Gazette
Disappointment tempered by pleasant surprises on signing day

Holgorsen adjusts to East Coast recruiting - Charleston Gazette

WVU football: Coaches were active until the end - Charleston Daily Mail

Bill Stewart Concludes the Recruiting Process for the 2011 Season - WVillustrated.com

West Virginia captures solid class despite unusual coaching situation - PPG

Despite coaching changes, WVU puts together class with a Texas flare - Daily Athenaeum

17 Sign To Play At WVU - Intelligencer / Wheeling News-Register
Holgorsen gets first taste of East Coast

Recruiting numbers not always true - Times West Virginian
Hertzel Column

Mountaineers sign 17 new football recruits - Times West Virginian

Few surprises for Stewart’s final class at West Virginia - Register-Herald
Mountaineers ink 17 on signing day, including seven linemen

WVU recruiting class heavy on linemen - Bluefield Daily Telegraph

Ranked or not, WVU satisfied with class - Daily Athenaeum

Next Step - Parkersburg News and Sentinel
Big Reds’ Johnson heading to WVU

Pitt, Penn State make late gains - Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
With only a handful of exceptions, national signing day for Pitt, Penn State and West Virginia followed a familiar script Wednesday.

VIDEO: Signing Day Press Conference and Interviews - WVillustrated.com
You may have to scroll down a bit (depending on your browser) Stew, DH, Gillespie and Kirlav

Bill Stewart: The Quarterback Battle - WVMetroNews.com
Stewart talks about how freshman quarterbacks Brian Athey and Paul Millard are doing, how important their role is with the surgery Geno Smith recently had and talks about some of the walk-ons to the program.

Bill Stewart: Player Breakdown - WVMetroNews.com
Stewart talks about each of the new recruits and their abilities.

Bill Stewart: Keeping The Recruits - WVMetroNews.com
Stewart talks about what the new recruits have to do to get on the field, what it was like recruiting after the coaching announcements and the recruits who came in early.

Dana Holgorsen: Recruiting The Class - WVMetroNews.com
Holgorsen talks about the recruits they signed, the star system and what he liked about the Texas players.

Cody Clay: On Signing With WVU (audio) - WVMetroNews.com
Clay talks about having the recruiting process officially over and looks at his future with West Virginia.

College Football Recruiting Commitment Scorecard 2011 - ESPN

Signing Day: Winners and Losers - Scout.com

Cyrus Kouandjio headlines 2011 Signing Day circus; recruiting awards - Stewart Mandel - SI.com

Texas A&M Signee Floyd Raven's Mother Forged His Ole Miss Letter Of Intent - SBNation.com

Around the League (and Beyond):

Syracuse 66 - UConn 58: The Annexing Of Connecticut - Troy Nunes Is An Absolute Magician

Syracuse Defeats UConn, 66-58 - Hartford Courant
Walker Held To 8; Huskies Lose 2nd In Row

Rutgers Loses Another Heartbreaker to St. John's 58-56 - On the Banks

A Hard Knight's Night: St. John's squeaks by Rutgers 58-56 - Rumble In The Garden

postGame: Villanova 75 Marquette 70 - The Nova Blog

No. 12/12 Villanova 75, Marquette 70 - Anonymous Eagle

Louisville's Preston Knowles hurts hamstring, will miss DePaul game - Courier-Journal

Notre Dame men's basketball: Abromaitis undeterred by scoring drought - South Bend Tribune

'Experts' give UC highest marks yet for 2011 signing class - Cincinnati Enquirer

Pitt: Graham's first recruiting class features speed - PPG

Solid recruiting class caps Holtz's first season - Tampa Tribune

Bulls fall to Providence, remain winless on road - Tampa Tribune
68-63

South Florida Quick Hits - Friar Basketball: PC Hoops For All

Syracuse Project: Eat Chipotle, Post Photo To Our Facebook Page, Win T-Shirt - Voodoo Five
I give 'em points for creativity

Why The Syracuse Point-Shaving Rumor Was Inevitable - Deadspin

NCAA to Smack Tennessee, Lane Kiffin - NCAAFB FanHouse
Yet, nothing will come of it...count on it

Forde Minutes: Chaos theory reigns supreme in college basketball landscape - ESPN

College Basketball Mailbag - Seth Davis - SI.com

What's On Tap:

(8) Notre Dame Fighting Irish vs. DePaul Blue Demons - Preview - ESPN
9:00 tonight from the Allstate Arena on ESPN

Videos of Interest:

Video of (Dis)Interest:

Miss Throwdown:

Today's Miss Throwdown is former POY Sara Jean Underwood. Click on her pic for today's gallery (not to worry, SFW).


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