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The Shotgun/Throwdown: Monday (1/11/10) Edition

Welcome, By-Godders, to the Shotgun/Throwdown, WVU's best place for sports links, information and daily distractions. We're being brought to you today by Polar Beer, in honor of today's Miss Throwdown.

Sorry for the delay (my boss is a professional hoverer and this editor keeps locking up on me). I hope the content makes up for it, somewhat. Almost is the only way to describe that game Saturday, and unfortunately, that ain't good enough. Lot's of recruiting news inside and probably too much USF fallout news as well (but I think it's worth reading). Tips, suggestions and requests can be submitted here. Without further adieu...

What You May Have Missed:

Gold and Blue Report for Monday - WVMETRONEWS.COM

Swimming: West Virginia Defeats Pitt - MSNsportsNET.Com
Anytime we beat Pitt in anything, it's worth posting.

2009 Final NCAA College Football Polls - ESPN

Joyce Center: House of Horror - MSNsportsNET.Com
Antonik's weekly ramblings opening theme turned out to be prophetic. Lots of other little tidbits in here that are worth reading, though.

News of Note:

Players find few positives in failed comeback vs. Irish - Charleston Gazette

Ebanks' lack of production a mystery - Charleston Daily Mail

Versatile Ebanks paves way for West Virginia - Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
This was obviously written before he disappeared Sat night.

Notre Dame Afterthoughts -

WVU must get offense back on track - Times West Virginian
Hertzel Column

Jones is doing it all for WVU - Register-Herald
Mickey's Column

Nehlen feels Longhorns' pain in the shoulder - Charleston Gazette
...the article mentioned by JP Fanshawe.

There are no great teams this season - Charleston Daily Mail

Mountaineers Edge DePaul in OT - MSNsportsNET.Com
64 - 57

Defense, Defense, Defense - MSNsportsNET.Com
Nice article on the women.


WVU Is The Choice -

Another five-star recruit headed to Morgantown - Charleston Daily Mail

An Ideal Mountaineer - EerSports
Darius Millines is profiled.

Saturday marked the final game in Memphis prospect Barry Brunetti's illustrious high school career -

Team Rankings -
I rarely peruse Rivals, but they have our incoming recruiting class (assuming all stick to their word, which can be hard for an 18 yo) ranked 12th. Wow.

Blake Sims de-commits to Bama, reopens recruitment - AJC College Sports Recruiting
"He now says he has completely re-opened his recruitment and is considering Tennessee, Georgia, Florida, Florida State, West Virgina and Michigan as well as Alabama."

Around the League (and Beyond):

Providence steamrolls Rutgers, 94-81, to continue rough weekend for program - Star Ledger

From Bad to Worse - Protect R Turf
Rutgers C Greg Echenique will transfer from Rutgers.

Seton Hall deflates Cincinnati - Cincinnati Enquirer
83 - 76

Louisville basketball makes its point in 75-68 win over St. John's - Courier-Journal

Louisville basketball turns to small lineup against No. Villanova Wildcats - Courier-Journal

Source: Jerry Wainwright out as DePaul Blue Demons' head coach - ESPN Chicago

Big Bullies: Syracuse 82, South Florida 65 - Troy Nunes Is An Absolute Magician

Former stars preach toughness on defense - PPG

Abuse by coaches a disturbing trend - Tampa Tribune

Ripples in the football program just beginning to be felt - Tampa Tribune

USF's Woolard must be bold with coaching choice - Tampa Tribune

Boosters keeping a close watch on USF job search - Tampa Tribune

USF's Miller denied incident 'to protect' Leavitt - Tampa Tribune

Walk-on McBee hits late 3-pointer as No. 15 Tennessee stuns No. 1 Kansas - ESPN
76 - 68

Alabama will display BCS championship trophy at Walmart - ESPN
SO many jokes in this one, the head might explode.

College Football Overtime -

Mark Schlabach: Way-too-early 2010 Top 25 - ESPN

What's On Tap:

Villanova Wildcats vs. Louisville Cardinals - ESPN
Tonight at 7 from Freedom Hall on ESPN's Big Monday. The line has Louisville giving 3.

Video of Interest:

Here's a Baylor's Brittney Griner throwing it down in their 99-18 victory over Texas St. I have it set to start at the point that matters.

Video of (Dis)Interest:

The movie will probably suck (like most TV to movie adaptations) but this trailer at least brings back fond memories.

This Week in Bodypainting:

I found a gallery of Miss Greene's ad campaign.


Miss Throwdown:

Today's Miss Throwdown is a gorgeous Venezuelan who was featured on a previous S/T sponsor add. Here's Jessika Grau.


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