The Shotgun/Throwdown: Monday (1/16/12) Edition

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Today, along with a couple of features on Keaton Miles, there are a couple of looks ahead to the annual matchup with Marshall at the Triple C. Huggs, for one (among many, I'm sure) isn't a fan of its spot on the schedule, right in the middle of conference play. We also have a few football bits and pieces, including a feature on WVU legacy recruit Brandon Napoleon. With signing day less than 3 weeks away, we should be seeing more and more on the recruiting front. We will do our best to keep you up to date and informed. Be sure to check out the article on the Big 12 football schedule as well. All of this and more...

What You May Have Missed:

Big 12 Schedule Expected By End of January - WVillustrated
WVU will likely appear on two different conference schedules in the near future.

Football: Bailey Announced as Finalist - MSNsportsNET.Com
Voting for the finals of the All-Star Performances of the Year opened today, Intersport announced. West Virginia wide reciever Stedman Bailey is a finalist for the Mercedes-Benz Receiver Performance of the Year after winning week five with his seven-reception, 178-yard and two-touchdown performance in a 43-16 blowout over UCONN.

Mountaineer Basketball History Reunites in Morgantown - WVillustrated
Former WVU players and staff members return to their college campus to be honored for their contributions to the basketball program.


News of Note:

WVU always seems to play well after a loss - Charleston Daily Mail
"I think playing the Marshall game in the middle of the conference season is a disaster," Huggins said. "It doesn't help either team. They won last year and went out and just got drilled the next game out. It ought to be in the preseason. It should not be where it is."

Mountaineers haven't suffered Herd hangover - Charleston Gazette
Win or lose, WVU usually fares well after game against Marshall

Improving By Miles - WVMETRONEWS.COM
Feature and video interview

HERTZEL COLUMN: Miles makes inroads as WVU frosh - Times West Virginian
Miles really struggled early. In fact, as he walked on the floor to face Rutgers on Saturday, he had played 233 minutes and had but eight baskets.

Holgorsen Halftime Interview - MSNsportsNET.Com
West Virginia coach Dana Holgorsen was a halftime guest during today’s telecast of the Mountaineers’ men’s basketball game against Rutgers.

As DeForest comes aboard, what is Dunlap going to do? - Register-Herald
That is, if he decides to return to his alma mater through the 2012 football season as stated in his signed contract.

Dustin Garrison Undergoes Surgery Friday - WVillustrated
Freshman running back injured his MCL and ACL in Orange Bowl practice, now begins six-month healing process.


Recruiting:

Napoleon's WVU Visit Ties Knot on Strong Commitment - WVillustrated
Son of former Mountaineer takes official, tries persuading others to join him in Morgantown.

WVU Fits for JUCO Lineman After Visit - WVillustrated
Lackawanna C.C. lineman Mark Glowinski working on his decision after a weekend trip to Morgantown.


Around the League (and Beyond):

Big East Basketball 1.15.12: What Fans Learned Saturday - SB Nation New York

UConn Guard Ryan Boatright To Be Held Out Of Play Pending NCAA Review - Big East Coast Bias

UConn 67, Notre Dame 53: Size matters - The UConn Blog
That's what she said. Wait, wha?

Syracuse 78 - Providence 55: The Mookie Jones Show - Troy Nunes Is An Absolute Magician

Home win over DePaul just the elixir for struggling Cards - Courier-Journal

USF 56 - Seton Hall 55: I Got Nothin - Voodoo Five
Neither do I

Hoyas handle Johnnies 69-49: postgame analysis - Rumble In The Garden

Wayns Career-High 39 Not Enough in Loss to Cincy - The Nova Blog

Marquette 62, Pitt 57: It's Still A Loss, But Things Looking Up - Cardiac Hill
RIIIIIIGGGGHHHHHHT

Weekly Watch: Week 6 - ESPN


What's On Tap:

(15) Louisville Cardinals vs. (24) Marquette Golden Eagles - Preview - ESPN
3:30 pm today from the Brad on ESPN

Pittsburgh Panthers vs. (1) Syracuse Orange - Preview - ESPN
7:30 pm tonight from the Dome on ESPN


Video of Interest:

Dana Holgorsen's search to complete his coaching staff continues, WVU Sports Marketing Director Matt Wells talks about season tickets and the Big 12 Conference and Bob Huggins explains why he doesn't like playing the Capital Classic in the middle of conference play.



Video of (Dis)Interest:

Stick around for the last one...it pays off:



Miss Throwdown:

Today's Miss Throwdown is Bulgarian/Canadian model Alice Panikian. Click on her picture for today's gallery.

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Frog 'n Hound Pub Ale image via www.bruguru.com

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