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The Shotgun/Throwdown: Vanderbilt Gameday and Louisville Pre-Game (11/19/10) Edition

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Another busy weekend (especially today) for WVU sports. Today Men's Basketball is in action against Vandy around lunchtime and the Women take on Delaware State tonight. Women's Soccer has their Sweet 16 game against Boston College tonight and the Men's team take on Akron on Sunday in their NCAA second round game, by virtue of their come from behind victory against Xavier last night.

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What You May Have Missed:

Football: NCAA Update - MSNsportsNET.Com

WVU and NCAA Will Skip Hearing on Infractions - WVMETRONEWS.COM

NCAA might not hit WVU very hard - Charleston Daily Mail

Alternate route for WVU in response to NCAA - Charleston Gazette

What was behind WVU's tactic? - Charleston Gazette

Men's Soccer: Mountaineers Advance In NCAAs - MSNsportsNET.Com
Down 2-0, the Mountaineers storm back to win 4-2 over Xavier. Next up is #3 Akron on Sunday.

Mountaineer Report: Xavier Postgame -

Marlon LeBlanc: Post Xavier Press Conference -
Leblanc talks about his team's come from behind victory, Frank Tayou's hat trick and facing Akron in the second round.

Zach Johnson: Xavier Postgame -
Johnson talks about how important their performance was in the second half and facing Akron on Sunday.

Frank Tayou: Xavier Postgame -
Tayou talks about his hat trick against Xavier.

Uwem Etuk: Xavier Postgame -
Etuk talks about Frank Tayou's hat trick and the come from behind victory.

WVU women's soccer: Mountaineers ready for NCAA Tournament - Charleston Daily Mail

Head Coach Nikki Izzo-Brown - Mountaineer TV
West Virginia coach Nikki Izzo-Brown previews Friday's NCAA tournament Sweet 16 match at Boston College.

Nike WVU Pro Combat Jersey -
They are now available for ordering. Other Pro-Combat gear is available too. Sadly, not the helmets (confirmed by Nike). If anyone does have a legal way to obtain a helmet, LET ME KNOW.

News of Note:


WVU Outlasts Davidson - MSNsportsNET.Com

West Virginia 84, Davidson 70 - ESPN
Recap, stats, photos

Truck, Mountaineers push past Davidson - BGN

WVU-Davidson Ruled By Fouls -

Mountaineers Advance In Puerto Rico Tip-Off - WVMETRONEWS.COM

A win most foul - Charleston Gazette

WVU win far from pretty - Times West Virginian
Hertzel Column

Bob Huggins not thrilled with WVU's win - ESPN
Anybody surprised?

Davidson falls to WVU in Puerto Rico Tip-Off - News & Observer

Photo Gallery: WVU vs Davidson - BGN

WVU Basketball Photos WVU vs. Davidson -

Puerto Rico Tip-off Semifinal: Vanderbilt - BGN

Game Preview: WVU vs. Vanderbilt -

Kevin Jones, West Virginia Ready for Climb Back to Top, Despite Rocky Start - NCAABB FanHouse

West Virginia's Deniz Kilicli knew fellow Turk Enes Kanter would be ineligible - ESPN

WVU women host Deleware State tonight - Times West Virginian


WVU Football Game Scout: Louisville Week -

Louisville Preview - MSNsportsNET.Com

WVU Football Game Preview: WVU vs. Louisville -

West Virginia (6-3) at Louisville (5-5) Preview - Lexington Herald-Leader

Noon kickoffs not a problem for West Virginia - PPG


5 things to pay attention to during WVU-Louisville - 'Eers to the Ground

’Eers face tough test against Cardinals - Parkersburg News and Sentinel

WVU football chat transcript 11.18.2010 - 'Eers to the Ground

WVU football: Win would put Mountaineers back in Big East title race - Charleston Daily Mail

Big East championship remains up for grabs - Parkersburg News and Sentinel

Big East rooting interests - ESPN
Brian breaks down who each team should root for in order to win the conference

WVU football: Powell, Devine are backbone of teams - Charleston Daily Mail

WVU football: With three receptions, Sanders will own school record - Charleston Daily Mail

WVU’s Sanders on brink of setting new record - Parkersburg News and Sentinel

Sanders catches up to West Virginia's best - Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

Grunt work at nose just fine with Neild - Charleston Gazette

Defensive Back Sidney Glover - Mountaineer TV
Sidney Glover talks about the BIG EAST Conference being wide open, and what the Mountaineer defense needs to do to shut down Louisville.

What to watch in the Big East: Week 12 - ESPN

Week 12: Did you know? - ESPN

West Virginia football has seen both peaks and valleys this season - Courier-Journal

The ten most memorable Louisville/West Virginia games - Card Chronicle
The order is skewed a bit in their favor, but a good list nonetheless.

Friday Feedback - WVU Sports with Mike Casazza

WVU-Louisville Injury Report - WVMETRONEWS.COM

One Man's View: Stew's Status - EerSports

Chip Shots - Morgan Messenger


College Basketball Class Rankings 2011 - ESPN
WVU gets the nod at #24

2011 Top 25 Team Rankings -
#21 here

St. John's big class tops the Big East - ESPN

Around the League (and Beyond):

Big East Report: Bulls Are Dancing Bears - NCAAFB FanHouse

Pitt controls rebounds, beat Maryland 79-70 - PPG

Pitt Notebook: South Florida's running attack provides test - PPG

USF football going with '1-and-0 mentality' - Tampa Tribune

Syracuse Faces Connecticut in Big East Finale - Cuse Connection

UConn's Lutrus Back To Top Form - Hartford Courant

Getting his turn at receiver, Binns giving his all - Cincinnati Enquirer

Close games have been a learning experience for Rutgers football team - Star Ledger

Georgetown Sends Coastal Carolina To The Fishes, Dominates 80-61 - Casual Hoya

The BIG EAST Recap: 'Georgetown is now Duke' Edition - The Nova Blog

Five Things Boise State Needs to Happen to Buck the BCS - NCAAFB FanHouse

College GameDay Kickoff: Week 12 preview - ESPN

Wildcats in final prep for Wrigley game - ESPN

Yankee Stadium plays host to Army Black Knights and Notre Dame Fighting Irish - ESPN

Vuvuzelas banned at Harvard-Yale game after students on both campuses make specialty noisemakers - NY Daily News

The coaching carousel has begun spinning -- who'll get off where? - Stewart Mandel -

Maryland AD: Friedgen to return in 2011 -

Was Virginia Tech exposed at K-State? - ESPN
I would say yes

What's On Tap:

Men's Basketball: WVU to Face Vanderbilt Friday - MSNsportsNET.Com
West Virginia will face Vanderbilt in the second game of the Honda Puerto Rico Tip-Off on Friday, Nov. 19, at 12:30 p.m. in San Juan, Puerto Rico.

Women's Basketball: WVU to Battle Delaware State - MSNsportsNET.Com
Tonight at 7 pm from the Coliseum.

Women's Soccer: WVU vs. BC In Sweet 16 - MSNsportsNET.Com
The No. 7 West Virginia women’s soccer team travels to Newton, Mass., for a NCAA "Sweet 16" contest on Friday, Nov. 19, against No. 16 Boston College. Kickoff at Newton Campus Soccer Field is scheduled for 7 p.m.

West Virginia Mountaineers vs. Louisville Cardinals - ESPN
Noon Saturday from the Pizza Place on MASN, SNY, ESPN Gameplan and ESPN3. WVU is giving 4.5.

Pittsburgh Panthers vs. South Florida Bulls - ESPN
Noon Saturday from Ray Jay on ESPN2 and ESPN3. Pitt is giving 3.

Connecticut Huskies vs. Syracuse Orange - ESPN
7 pm Saturday from the Dome on ESPNU. Cuse is giving 3.5.

Rutgers Scarlet Knights vs. Cincinnati Bearcats - ESPN
7:30 pm Saturday from the Nip on ESPN Gameplan and ESPN3.. Cinci is giving 13.5.

College Football TV Schedule: Week 12 - NCAAFB FanHouse

Videos of Interest:

Tailgate Recipe of the Week:

Beer Cheese Spread

Prep: 15 min., Chill: 2 hr. This recipe makes a lot, but it can be frozen for up to a month. It fits perfectly into 4 (10-oz.) ramekins. Try it over French fries, hot dogs, and chili too. Makes 5 cups.

  • 1 (2-lb.) block sharp Cheddar cheese, shredded
  • 1 small onion, minced
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon hot sauce
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground red pepper
  • 1 (12-oz.) bottle amber beer, at room temperature
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Garnish: thyme sprig

1. Beat together first 5 ingredients at low speed with a heavy-duty electric stand mixer until blended. Gradually add beer, beating until blended after each addition. Beat at medium-high speed 1 minute or until blended and creamy. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Cover and chill 2 hours. Garnish, if desired. Store in an airtight container in refrigerator up to 2 weeks.

Note: For testing purposes only, we used Abita Amber Beer. This spread can be frozen up to 1 month; thaw overnight in refrigerator.

Grilled Beer-Cheese Sandwich: Spread 1 tsp. softened butter evenly on 1 side of 2 bread slices. Place bread slices, buttered sides down, on wax paper. Spread 1/4 cup Beer-Cheese Spread onto 1 side of 1 bread slice. Top with remaining bread slice, buttered side up. Cook sandwich in a nonstick skillet or griddle over medium heat 3 to 5 minutes on each side or until golden brown and cheese is melted.

Image and recipe courtesy of

Video of (Dis)Interest:

Here's the "red band" trailer for "Your Highness." This looks absolutely awesome. Natalie Portman in a thong doesn't hurt either. (Warning: Naughty Language)

Miss Throwdown:

Today's Miss Throwdown is a Brazilian supermodel and Victoria's Secret Angel. Here's seven pages worth (click on the pic) of Alessandra Ambrosio and a couple vids.

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