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The Shotgun/Throwdown: Thursday (10/21/10) 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 Boulevard Bob's '47 Oktoberfest, because it still is.

The Basketball version of the Big East Media Day was yesterday and the coaches agreed with the beat writers and placed WVU 5th. I won't mention who they picked first, as to avoid making you sick to your stomach. On the football side of things, Coach Casteel is getting the love today. Plenty of other player interviews to peruse as well. 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"). Thanks to those who have already and please spread the word. See you after the jump...

What You May Have Missed:

Syracuse vs. West Virginia: The Big East's Lost Rivalry - Troy Nunes Is An Absolute Magician
Excellent piece by Nunes...but Scooter, damn need to fire them up like that

WVU Football Team Report -

Preview: Syracuse - BGN

On the Line Saturday: The Ben Schwartzwalder Trophy - The Cuse Connection

Smith getting play-calling latitude - Charleston Gazette

WVU football Q&A answers 10.21.10 - 'Eers to the Ground

2010 Big East Fearless Picks: Oct 23 - College Football News

Colts Have a New Drunk Idiot Kicker - With Leather
I think Voodoo 5 set him up

McAfee's Future In Question? - WVMETRONEWS.COM

News of Note:


Musings of a Mountain Man: WVU vs. Syracuse Week -

Unknown and Happy - MSNsportsNET.Com

Defense doing the talking for Jeff Casteel - ESPN

West Virginia's Casteel happily dodges spotlight - PPG

WVU earning defensive reputation - Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

Stewart talks about injured Rutgers player, Syracuse contest - Inter-Mountain

Decoding Bill Stewart - WVU Sports with Mike Casazza

Stewart: Screen is ‘very effective’ - Register-Herald

David Lockwood: Tough To Prepare For (Video) -
WVU's cornerbacks coach talks about the challenge teams have to prepare for the Mountaineer defense and how Michigan transfer Justin Turner is doing

WVU's Jock Sanders not concerned with numbers, only wins - Charleston Daily Mail

WVU Receiving Corps is Clicking on All Cylinders -

Geno For Heisman??? - WVMETRONEWS.COM

Geno Smith: Big East Round Two (Video) -
Smith talks about taking the season one game at a time and what he has seen on film from the Orange

'Eers maintain balance - Martinsburg Journal
Mickey's Column

WVU’s Garvin coming up big on defense - Times West Virginian

Tandy helps solidify West Virginia's defense - Intelligencer / Wheeling News-Register

Emotional week in Big East - Times West Virginian
Hertzel Column

EerNotes, Oct. 20 - EerSports

Syracuse University football coach Doug Marrone: Mountaineers a Top 10 talent - Post Standard

Saving the Big East - Martinsburg Journal

Big East predictions: Week 8 - ESPN

Big East stock report, Week 8 - ESPN

Big East awards race update, Week 8 - ESPN

Player Interview Videos -
Hogan, Neild, Jock, Madsen, JT, Scooter, Stedman and Tavon

Brandon Hogan and Brantwon Bowser - Mountaineer TV

Brantwon Bowser: Staying Injury Free (Video) -
Bowser talks about the team staying injury free and the dramatic injury to Rutgers defensive lineman Eric LeGrand.

Paterno, Ditka offer solutions to dicey hits - Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
Meanwhile, West Virginia coach Bill Stewart said his school carefully monitors big hits by its players. "You get a letter of reprimand, a suspension and you can even get an ejection," he said. "I try my best to run a very clean program. I've been talking with (Big East) supervisor of officials Terry McAulay about the penalties and how to clean them up. If you err on the side of safety, and you continue to call it, then maybe we can help youngsters." - Thanks to Shawn for the find


2010 Big East Media Day - ESPN

Men's Basketball: WVU Picked Fifth - MSNsportsNET.Com

Dapper Hug, 'Brett' West, Big East hoops notes - Charleston Gazette

Mountaineers picked to finish fifth in Big East basketball - Charleston Gazette

WVU fifth in Big East preseason basketball poll - Charleston Daily Mail

WVU picked 5th in Big East - Times West Virginian
Bob spends most of the article on Kevin Jones though

Men's Basketball: Jones Makes Preseason Team - MSNsportsNET.Com

Forward Kevin Jones - Mountaineer TV

Big East: 5 Things I Can't Wait To See - ESPN


Keaton Miles commits to WVU basketball team - Charleston Gazette

From Texas To Morgantown - WVMETRONEWS.COM

Keaton Miles Talks about his Commitment to West Virginia - EerSports

Keaton Miles Picks WVU -

Four-star SF Keaton Miles commits to West Virginia - ESPN

Sources: Conference Commissioners Association votes to recommend eliminating July recruiting - ESPN

Around the League (and Beyond):

Syracuse vs. West Virginia: Moving On - Troy Nunes Is An Absolute Magician

Memory loss: Syracuse football players turn attention to No. 20 West Virginia - Post Standard

Linebacker position suits Syracuse star - Charleston Daily Mail

Big trouble: Facing WVU's dynamic offense, SU looks to eliminate big plays on defense - The Daily Orange

Rutgers players say Eric LeGrand is providing the motivation for Pittsburgh matchup - Star Ledger
Players will wear helmets with "believe" sticker on them in tribute

DeCicco's move to nickle back improves Pitt's defense - PPG

Dontavia Bogan gives Bulls a spark - Tampa Tribune

Cincinnati WR Vidal Hazelton hopes for comeback this season - Cincinnati Enquirer

Bilal Powell and the Run Defense; A Series of Unfortunate Events - Down The Drive

Cody Endres of Connecicut Huskies suspended for rest of academic year - ESPN

One final thought on Cody Endres' suspension - The UConn Blog

Edsall won't stand for UConn's sense of entitlement - Connecticut Post

Back from coaching hiatus, Steve Lavin looking to re-energize St. John's program - Star Ledger

With No Post-Expansion Crowns, Big East May Be Too Big - NCAABB FanHouse

Big East Have-Nots Struggling to Become Haves, Make NCAA Tournament - NCAABB FanHouse

College Football Mailbag - Stewart Mandel -

What's On Tap:

UCLA Bruins vs. (2) Oregon Ducks - ESPN
9 pm EDT tonight from Autzen Stadium on ESPN and ESPN3. Ducks are giving 24.5.

Video of Interest:

Video of (Dis)Interest:

Maybe he can't pull something like this off (although I wouldn't put it past him), but Huggs has enough connections to do better than what I witnessed last Friday.

Miss Throwdown:

Today's Miss Throwdown is a former SI Swimsuit cover model and she's also done work for Victoria's Secret. Here's Czech beauty Daniela Pestova (pic links to gallery).

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