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The Shotgun/Throwdown: Wednesday (10/20/10) Edition

Welcome, By-Godders, to the Shotgun/Throwdown, WVU's nationally recognized best place for sports links, information, sophomoric humor and daily distractions. We're being brought to you today by San Miguel Oktoberfest, because it still is and I don't take challenges like this lightly.

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:

Gold and Blue Report for Wednesday - WVMETRONEWS.COM

Mountaineer Report: Make It Nine In-A-Row -
The Mountaineers have their eyes set on defeating the Orange for the ninth consecutive time - Video

Football: Coach Stewart Quotes - MSNsportsNET.Com

Quotes From Coach: Week 8 -

Football: Select Player Quotes - MSNsportsNET.Com

WVU's Luck talks allegations, future of Coal Bowl - Charleston Daily Mail

Luck understands fan passion - Bluefield Daily Telegraph

College Football Power Rankings - Andy Staples -

West Back on Basketball Team -

Jonnie West back with team - Times West Virginian

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

Men's Soccer: Late Goals Drop Mountaineers - MSNsportsNET.Com

Colts punter Pat McAfee arrested after drunken dip in canal -

News of Note:

Sobering Moment - BGN

Stewart comes to defense of bubble screen - Charleston Gazette

West Virginia's ground game stuck on mediocrity - Intelligencer / Wheeling News-Register (AP)

Excuses or explanations? Devine’s toe, WVU’s game plan and the run game - WVU Sports with Mike Casazza

West Virginia Notebook: Tandy surprising key to defense - PPG

Tandy coming along at cornerback - Times West Virginian

Jeff Mullen: Some Physical Oranges -
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 -
The Tandy, Predator, Pugnetti, T-1000 and Bowser

Tony's Mid-Term Report Card - MSNsportsNET.Com

Your turn: Who are the halfway point MVPs of this team? - 'Eers to the Ground

Video: West Virginia a top-10 team? - ESPN
Bennett breaks it down

Punter Pugnetti Gets Scholarship - WVMETRONEWS.COM

WVU coach says team is praying for LeGrand - Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

Syracuse Coach Doug Marrone Previews WVU -

Marrone knows Syracuse has tough task - Inter-Mountain

Syracuse vs. West Virginia: The Devine Problem - Troy Nunes Is An Absolute Magician

Syracuse hoping to rebound from tough loss to Pitt - Charleston Daily Mail

Syracuse defensive backfield stubborn - Charleston Daily Mail


Jabarie Hinds Commits to WVU -

Pointed Commitment - BGN

WVU lands top hoops recruit, more on the way - Charleston Gazette
Vingle's Notebook

Huggins and Mountaineers busy working on recruiting class - Charleston Daily Mail

WVU addressing holes in a hurry - Charleston Daily Mail

The Recruit That Didn't Get Away - WVMETRONEWS.COM

Hinds' AAU Coach: "I haven't seen him this happy" - WVMETRONEWS.COM

Impressive Class Comes Together -

Around the League (and Beyond):

Forde Yard Dash - ESPN

Big East Roundup - WVMETRONEWS.COM

Syracuse University freshman linebacker Lewellyn Coker makes immediate impact on special teams - Post Standard

Moving past loss to Pittsburgh, SU puts focus on WVU - The Daily Orange

Eric LeGrand of Rutgers Scarlet Knights said to be responsive, aware of what he faces - ESPN New York

Rutgers' Khaseem Greene will 'just play football' against brother Ray Graham, Pitt's leading rusher - Star Ledger

Pitt's Street creates matchup problems - PPG

Fledgling UC defense learning on the fly - Cincinnati Enquirer

Erik Kuraczea Quits UConn Football Program - Hartford Courant

USF struggles just part of rebuilding process - Tampa Tribune

Big East Notebook | Media can't catch Louisville's Bilal Powell, either - Courier-Journal

Coveted freshman leaves Hurricanes - Truth & Rumors/FanNation/
Ballyhooed freshman safety Latwan Anderson,'s 15th-best prospect in the 2010 recruiting class, has left the Miami football team but remains on the track team

Zebra Report: More SEC Controversy - NCAAFB FanHouse

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?

You decide:

Miss Throwdown:

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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