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Wow! Huggs is on a roll with this recruiting class and it seems another commitment may be imminent today. Big East Basketball media day is today, so there is likely to be more news flowing on that front later. OK, back to football. Orange prep continues and there's plenty of player and coach interviews to take in today, including a good bit of love for The Tandy. If you have any tips, suggestions or requests for content that you think is worth sharing, you can send them to me by email or Twitter and don't forget to "LIKE" the Smoking Musket MAIN PAGE on Facebook (follow this link, then hit "LIKE"). We need more fans to get back up to the level we had before (with the old name). Spread the word!! Special birthday wishes go out today to my old man and our Hump Day lead-off hitter, Candice. All of the news and fun is after the jump...
What You May Have Missed:
Mountaineer Report: Make It Nine In-A-Row - WVMetroNews.com
The Mountaineers have their eyes set on defeating the Orange for the ninth consecutive time - Video
Pitt picked to win Big East, Syracuse picked to finish 3rd in Post-Standard's annual preseason writers poll - Post Standard
WVU is picked 5th, with 1 first place vote
New Season, New Expectations - MSNsportsNET.Com
The highly ranked Women's BB team is the focus here
News of Note:
Jeff Mullen: Some Physical Oranges - WVMetroNews.com
T-1000 talks about the tough Syracuse defense and how the Mountaineers are preparing for one of the biggest surprises in the Big East - Video
Syracuse Week Player/Coach Video Interviews - WVillustrated.com
The Tandy, Predator, Pugnetti, T-1000 and Bowser
Video: West Virginia a top-10 team? - ESPN
Bennett breaks it down
WVU lands top hoops recruit, more on the way - Charleston Gazette
Around the League (and Beyond):
Coveted freshman leaves Hurricanes - Truth & Rumors/FanNation/SI.com
Ballyhooed freshman safety Latwan Anderson, rivals.com's 15th-best prospect in the 2010 recruiting class, has left the Miami football team but remains on the track team
Fire My Coach, Please: Week 8 - Pre-Snap Read
A weekly hot-seat ranking
Videos of Interest:
Video of (Dis)Interest:
Is that Geoff Coyle of WVi at the end of this, sporting glasses and a mustache?
Today's Miss Throwdown is one of the BetUS girls. Here's Ursula Mayes (pic links to 3 pages worth of gallery pics and a vid).
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