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The Shotgun/Throwdown: F-You MU (1/20/10) 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 Bison IPA, in honor of today's Miss Throwdown.

The detestation I have for that school down South is renewed once again today. Weird thing is, I don't have to listen or read about them that often; just when we play them. That's more than enough for my taste, and this week's events have just deepened that disgust. It's Wednesday too, isn't it? At least something good is sure to happen today. Tips, suggestions and requests are encouraged.

Let's GOOOOO...

What You May Have Missed:

Gold and Blue Report for Wednesday - WVMETRONEWS.COM

Marshall Preview - MSNsportsNET.Com

WVU to begin work on basketball practice facility - Charleston Daily Mail
That loud collective sound you hear is fans all across the state and nation saying, "FINALLY!!!"

West Virginia Mountaineers: Team Report - WVIllustrated.com

News of Note:

Making the call on this midnight ball - Charleston Gazette
Good grief, 9 pm start makes an 11 pm finish, unless OT. Big deal.

A Classic matchup - Charleston Gazette

Herd 'best since I've been here' - Charleston Gazette

Still the Go-To Guy - BlueGoldNews.com

WVU hopes to break hex of 2-3 zone - Charleston Daily Mail

Look for Capital Classic to be a show in the paint - Charleston Daily Mail

Quieting The Thunder - WVMETRONEWS.COM

Bob Huggins: The Annual Foul Fest - WVMETRONEWS.COM
Video Link

WVU-Marshall bigger for the Herd - Times West Virginian
Hertzel Column - Bob's back after what seems to be a rare day off

Thundering Herd has shot at respect vs. Mountaineers - Register-Herald

WVU meets Marshall tonight - Times West Virginian

2010 Capitol Classic: The Mt. State Rivalry - WVIllustrated.com

Missing the Points - EerSports

No. 11 W.Va. shifts focus outside of Big East - Intelligencer / Wheeling News-Register (AP)

WVU on hot streak; Herd looks to adjust - Charleston Gazette
He's only talking about the women and not the men (sadly and obviously)

WVU women put win streak on line against Marshall - Times West Virginian

Pair Gives WVU a Big Boost - MSNsportsNET.Com
Antonik's Notebook

Mark Rodgers Intends to Transfer - WVIllustrated.com

Big East players of the decade - ESPN

Big East team recruiting needs - ESPN

The Big East's top 10 moments of the decade - ESPN

Recruiting:

MUS QB standout Brunetti will choose between West Virginia, Mississippi State - The Commercial Appeal

Doc’s recruiting is not a Marshall-West Virginia thing - Register-Herald

Around the League (and Beyond):

These WVU fans proud to don green - Charleston Daily Mail
In the article picture, I swear Doc looks like Tom Berenger.

UConn Coach Jim Calhoun Taking Indefinite Medical Leave - Courant.com
Mike Anthony (article author) claims 10 days.

Arena traffic plan would close streets before and after events - Courier-Journal
That's right. The biggest news out of UL sports today is a traffic plan.

Monroe next tall order for Panthers - PPG

Road Warriors: Syracuse sweeps 3-game road trip - Post-Standard

Cincinnati Bearcats still in must-win mode against South Florida - Cincinnati Enquirer

Three offensive line recruits enroll early at Rutgers - Star Ledger
While I agree that special considerations shouldn't be made for enrolling athletes over regular students, I think WVU's admissions needs to consider wholesale policy changes, otherwise we're falling behind here too. It has cost us one recruit already this year.

Lane Kiffin damaged loaner Lexus, Knoxville dealer says - SI.com
I like the last sentence of this AP report. Like, oh, BTW...

UT looking into former coaches' contact with UT commitments - GoVolsXtra
And like ours, this will go nowhere.

Forde Minutes - ESPN

From Notre Dame to USC, grading the new coaching hires - Stewart Mandel - SI.com

What's On Tap:

WVU Ready for In-State Clash - MSNsportsNET.Com
The women's game is set for a 6:30 pm tip-off from the Charleston Civic Center.

Georgetown Hoyas vs. Pittsburgh Panthers - ESPN
7 pm tonight from the PEC on ESPNU. Pitt is giving 1.5.

St. John's vs. Connecticut - SI.com
7 pm tonight from the XLC in Hartford on MASN and ESPN 360. UConn is giving 9.5.

USF-Cincinnati scouting report - Tampa Tribune
7 pm tonight from 5th 3rd Arena in Cinci on ESPN2. Cinci is giving 8.5.

Villanova Wildcats vs. Rutgers Scarlet Knights - ESPN
8 pm tonight from the RAC on MSG and ESPN360. MASN joins in progress at 9 pm. Nova is giving 12.5.

West Virginia Mountaineers vs. Marshall Thundering Herd - ESPN
9 pm from the Charleston Civic Center. TV coverage is listed in a link below. WVU is giving 11.

TV Clearances for Capital Classic - MSNsportsNET.Com
Tonight's TV coverage.

Video of Interest:

From WVIllustrated.

Video of (Dis)Interest:


Office Gallery of the Week:

via coedmagazine.files.wordpress.com

Miss Throwdown:

Today's Miss Throwdown is a Californian actress best known for her role as Summer on The OC and was on a recent episode of How I Met Your Mother. Please welcome Rachel Bilson.

via www.keebler.net

Bison IPA image via beerandmicrobrews.com