The Shotgun/Throwdown: Friday The 13th (1/13/12) 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 Firestone 13 Anniversary Ale, in honor of today and WVU's latest Director's Cup Standings.

We have some bits of info on the defensive staff, but still nothing official to announce. WVU has moved up in the Director's Cup standings, if you haven't figured that out already. We also have tidbits from around the WVU sports campus including a Mountaineer drafted by the MLS, women's basketball and rifle. All of this and the first few previews of the Rutgers game tomorrow.

Let's GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

What You May Have Missed:

Gold And Blue Now: Friday - WVMETRONEWS.COM
WVU coaching staff appears to be coming together and the Mountaineers get ready for their rematch against Rutgers on Saturday afternoon

WVU 13th in Latest Directors' Cup Standings - MSNsportsNET.Com
West Virginia University moved up seven spots and currently stands in 13th place in the 2011-12 Learfield Sports Directors’ Cup final fall standings

WVU Named ECAC Team of The Year - WVMETRONEWS.COM
The team will receive the award at the ECAC Awards Banquet on Thursday Feb. 16th at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey.

WVU defensive staff additions begin - Charleston Gazette
Mountaineers tap DeForest, woo Oklahoma coordinator

Venables Offered By WVU - WVMETRONEWS.COM
John Hoover of the Tulsa World tells MetroNews Oklahoma co-defensive coordinator Brent Venables has been offered to join WVU's coaching staff.

Brent Venables' best career move might be leaving Sooners - NewsOK.com
Well, West Virginia, that's not very sporting. We go and invite you into our league, and now you're raiding our football staffs.

Mountaineers coping with youth on women's side, too - Charleston Gazette
West Virginia men's basketball coach Bob Huggins isn't the only one in Morgantown doing a lot with an extremely young team these days.

Rifle Team Video - Mountaineer TV
2012 Mountaineer rifle team entrance video.

Gaddis Drafted by Philadelphia Union - MSNsportsNET.Com
West Virginia University men’s soccer defender Raymon Gaddis was drafted in the second round (35th overall) of the 2012 Major League Soccer (MLS) SuperDraft Tuesday afternoon by the Philadelphia Union.

Pat McAfee Will Be NBC's Social Media Correspondent for the Super Bowl XLVI - WVU Pros
...and entertainment ensues


News of Note:

'Baby Steps' - BGN
Once worried he had "overscheduled" his young team with tough early games, coach Bob Huggins said Thursday that West Virginia’s rugged nonconference slate was the best sort of preparation for Big East Conference play.

WVU hopes to bounce back Saturday - Register-Herald
“I think we’re about where we thought we’d be now,” coach Bob Huggins said. The Mountaineers are 12-5 overall and 3-2 in the conference.

West Virginia hosts much-improved Rutgers Saturday at Coliseum - Daily Athenaeum
The West Virginia men's basketball team will try returning to its winning ways Saturday when it hosts Rutgers at 2 p.m.

WVU basketball: Rutledge finding his way - Charleston Daily Mail
WVU is his sixth school in the past six years, and though he hasn't settled in and averages 1.1 points and 1.1 rebounds in 3.8 minutes per game, Huggins says Rutledge can help.

Top 10 Big East moments from 2011 - Big East Blog - ESPN
Now it is time to relive the top moments in the Big East for 2011 -- both the good, and the bad.

Miller Part of Two Great WVU Teams - MSNsportsNET.Com
He began his Mountaineer career in 2007 as a freshman member of West Virginia’s 2008 Tostitos Fiesta Bowl championship team, and he ended it a week ago as a fifth-year senior on the school’s Orange Bowl championship team.

Looking ahead, valuations and OSU’s Gee runs into a Pole - Charleston Gazette
Vingle's Notebook


Recruiting:

Lyles has high level interest - BGN
Four-star guard Jairus Lyles from Washington (DC) DeMatha Catholic had an impressive showing at the Cancer Research Classic, and numerous high-major teams are in pursuit.

Undeterred by Coaching Changes, Schyler Miles Visits WVU - WVillustrated
Miles, a 6-foot-2, 220-pound linebacker, is no stranger to Morgantown, having taken an unofficial visit on his own over the summer.


Around the League (and Beyond):

The Top 100 Games Of The 2011 College Football Season - SBNation.com
Gotta love his reasoning for our LSU game

Louisville basketball's coach Pitino: Practices not the problem - Courier-Journal

Gates deflecting much more than attention - Cincinnati Enquirer

Putting the drop in Alex Oriakhi's rebounding numbers in context - The UConn Blog

College Hoops Power Rankings - Luke Winn - SI.com

We Apparently Want To Be Wisconsin - More Staff Hires Announced - Cardiac Hill

Was Mohamed Sanu better than Kenny Britt? - On the Banks


What's On Tap:

Rutgers Scarlet Knights vs. West Virginia Mountaineers - ESPN
2 pm Saturday from the Coliseum on MASN, SNY, ESPN Full Court and ESPN3.


Video of Interest:

Here's the last video recap of the Orange Bowl that I plan on running:



Video of (Dis)Interest:



Miss Throwdown:

Today's Miss Throwdown is a lovely lady from down under. Here's today's video and 5 page mega-gallery (click on the picture) of Nicky Whelan to get you through the weekend.

via gunaxin.com


Firestone 13 Anniversary Ale image via americanbeertv.net

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