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The Shotgun/Throwdown: Friday (1/8/10) 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 Guinness Draught.

Sorry if you saw the raw version earlier. Sometimes this editor program gets a mind of it's own and auto-save didn't save me this time. Both BB teams are in action tomorrow when the men get the Irish and the women take on DePaul. Keep the tips, suggestions and requests coming. Have a great weekend!!! Let's GOOOOOOOOO...

What You May Have Missed:

Gold and Blue Report for Friday - WVMETRONEWS.COM

NCAA College Basketball Power Rankings - ESPN

College Basketball Power Rankings -

South Florida Bulls fire coach Jim Leavitt, source says - ESPN

News of Note:

After walloping Rutgers, WVU makes way to Notre Dame - Intelligencer / Wheeling News-Register

Welcome Back Truck -

Quietly, Huggins Pulling the Right Strings - EerSports

Bowls bowl polls; MU-WVU and hoops - Charleston Gazette
Vingle's ramblings

Big East players in all-star games (so far) - ESPN

Who brings back what in the Big East - ESPN

New BCS director Bill Hancock: Current system in schools' best interest - ESPN
PUH - leaze!!!!!!


Varsity Notebook: Nittany Lions recruiting class gets high grades - PPG
Some notes inside on WVU's recruiting class as well.

Around the League (and Beyond):

Grading Pittsburgh and Vanderbilt, Syracuse's legitimacy and more - Seth Davis -

The UCONN Blog - A UConn blog
They just moved over to SBNation, and I must say, it looks 100% better.

Report: University of Cincinnati sports needs millions to compete - Cincinnati Enquirer
"The University of Cincinnati's sports program will need up to $11 million in new funding every year to be competitive in the Big East Conference, but it still is running a deficit every year and owes millions of dollars from past overspending." - ouch

Grave(s) Concern - Protect R Turf
"Rutgers TE Shamar Graves was denied a 5th year of eligibility by the NCAA."

Early Big East games seem tighter and tougher -

Bulls need inquiry to get resolved quickly - Tampa Tribune

Big East gives Irish identity - South Bend Tribune

Notre Dame’s Brey opens up about Big Ten - Times West Virginian
Hertzel Column

Way-Too-Early Top 10 for 2010 - The Quad Blog -

What's On Tap:

Connecticut vs. Georgetown -
Noon Saturday from the Phone Booth in Downtown, DC on ESPN.

WVU Women's BB host DePaul at 2 pm from the Coliseum. (no link)

Marquette vs. Villanova -
2 pm Saturday from Villanova (ESPN 360).

West Virginia vs. Notre Dame -
8 pm from the Joyce Center in South Bend on ESPNU.

South Florida vs. Syracuse -
2 pm Sunday from the Dome (ESPN 360).

Video of Interest:

via WVIllustrated.

Video of (Dis)Interest:

Beer Pong Gallery of the Week:

With classes starting Monday, most students should be getting back to town soon, if they haven't already. So, here's a gallery to get you back into Motown party gaming mood.


Miss Throwdown:

Today's Miss Throwdown is an American model and actress, best known for her roles in Pearl Harbor, Sin City and My Bloody Valentine. Here's Jamie King.

Guinness image via