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The Shotgun/Throwdown: Wednesday (11/24/10) Edition

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What You May Have Missed:

Gold and Blue Report for Wednesday - WVMETRONEWS.COM

Football: Coach Bill Stewart Press Conference - MSNsportsNET.Com

Decoding Bill Stewart - WVU Sports with Mike Casazza
"Match the Mountains" is explained and more

McMurphy's Law: The Rush Is On - NCAAFB FanHouse
Entering this season, only five of the 120 FBS schools had a 1,000-yard rusher in each of the past five seasons – the longest current streaks. Of the five – Oregon State, Wisconsin, Penn State, West Virginia and BYU – only Oregon State has a 1,000-yard rusher so far this season.

Trending Topic - BGN
Kevin examines how games are being officiated, and the possible effect on this year's team. It's not a rant against bad calls.

Some own up to their mistakes - Times West Virginian
Hertzel Column

Men's Basketball: WVU-VMI Ticket Information - MSNsportsNET.Com

Men's Basketball: ADA Season Parking on Sale - MSNsportsNET.Com

Huggins family raising money to research cancer - Charleston Daily Mail

WVU suspends, evaluates athlete mentoring program - Charleston Gazette

Ex-WVU coach thankful - Martinsburg Journal
Mickey's Column

News of Note:

WVU Football Team: "We Don't Like Pitt" -

WVU football: Rivalry may not be oldest, but is one of the best - Charleston Daily Mail

Top Five: Reasons West Virginia Will Beat Pitt In The Backyard Brawl - SB Nation Pittsburgh
As promised, here's the response from earlier in the week

2010 Big East Fearless Picks: Week 13 - College Football News
Brawl leads 'em off

Big East predictions: Week 13 - ESPN

WVU football: Jock Sanders still not sold on Panthers - Charleston Daily Mail

Sanders confident in WVU - Times West Virginian

Singular Focus - BGN

Every Yard Counts - MSNsportsNET.Com

Wannstedt sees Mountaineers’ defensive ‘swagger’ - Register-Herald

West Virginia Notebook: Pitt's Shanahan's presents challenge - PPG

Pitt pass rush to test WVU - Inter-Mountain

Noel Devine vs. Dion Lewis revisited - ESPN

Devine, field pose dilemma - Charleston Gazette

Backyard Brawl kickers prepare for tough turf - Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
It's absolutely SHAMEFUL that a franchise as proud as the Steelers allows the turf situation to perpetuate itself every year in such a great stadium (Disclaimer: It's no real secret that I personally LOATHE the Steelers...BUT I respect the organization and think they have a wonderful facility otherwise, as much as I hate to admit those 2 last parts)

Big East awards race update: Week 13 - ESPN

WVU football: Starks has made sudden, unanticipated impact - Charleston Daily Mail

Defensive Tackle Scooter Berry - Mountaineer TV
Defensive tackle Scooter Berry talks about Friday's Backyard Brawl at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh.

Bruce Irvin has become WVU's Sack Master -

Bruce Irvin: Fifth In The Nation -
Irvin talks about his ten sacks on the season and playing in his first big time rivalry on Friday.

Geno Smith: Just Another Game -
The sophomore quarterback doesn't seem to be phased by this big rivalry. - Either this is just just Geno being cool about things, which is good for a QB...OR He'll learn real quick.

Alston Ready if Needed - MSNsportsNET.Com

The Backyard Brawl will attract plenty of viewers, including Doug Marrone - Post Standard

Pitt - West Virginia: Best defense 'will win' - PPG

Only WVU , Pitt can keep this horse alive - Charleston Gazette


11 seniors prepare for final Pitt home game - Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

Jonathan Baldwin: A Pitt Championship -
The Panther's junior wide receiver talks about the expectations the Panthers had going into the season and what it is like to play in the Backyard Brawl at Big East Media Day.

Dion Lewis: High Expectations -
At Big East Media Day the reigning Big East Offensive Player of the Year talks about the season he expects to have and his only experience in the Backyard Brawl.

Jason Pinkston: "It's a great rivalry" -
The Pitt offensive lineman talks about the Backyard Brawl and what college football players like to do in their free time at this year's Big East Media Day.


The Backyard Brawl and Western Pa. recruiting - 'Eers to the Ground

West Virginia has three WPIAL starters - Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

Around the League (and Beyond):

Video: Big East storylines - ESPN

BCS Announces Teams Still Under Consideration For BCS Slots -
It's like they're trying to piss the rest of the nation off

Some Quick Midweek Notes - Pitt Redshirt Diaries

Pitt Vs. Robert Morris: Blackjack! Panthers Win By 21 - Cardiac Hill

UC Bearcat secondary a primary concern - Cincinnati Enquirer

Holtz: Injury affected Daniels - Tampa Tribune

Justin Burke will start against Rutgers - Card Chronicle

Big East Notebook | Scarlet Knights are no West Virginia on defense - Courier-Journal
Nice compliment considering WVU isn't involved in this game

Reeling Rutgers defense preparing for another stiff test in Louisville's Bilal Powell - Star Ledger

Syracuse vs. Boston College: We Meet Again - Troy Nunes Is An Absolute Magician

Syracuse Basketball: Opinions Vary - Troy Nunes Is An Absolute Magician

Randy Edsall Knows UConn Football Team Facing Tough Task In Cincinnati - Hartford Courant

UConn defeats Michigan St. 70-67: Kemba Walker is my hero - The UConn Blog

JayVaughn Pinkston News Could Come Next Week - The Nova Blog

The BIG EAST Recap: 'Marquette, So Close!' Edition - The Nova Blog

Joe Pa Says Hes Coming Back In 2011 - NCAAFB FanHouse
This is getting almost as bad as Brett Favre. I just hope he doesn't figure out how to take pics of his junk too.

Week 12 College Football Power Rankings - Andy Staples -

Forde Yard Dash - ESPN

What's On Tap:

Dunlap/Zeise Backyard Brawl live chat at 2 p.m. today - 'Eers to the Ground

Paradise Jam Tournament - Mountaineer TV
West Virginia (Women's Basketball) travels to the Virgin Islands for the Paradise Jam Tournament. Their first game is against TCU tomorrow at 1 p.m.

Videos of Interest:

Video of (Dis)Interest:

If you have kids, someday you're gonna have to have "the talk."

Miss Throwdown:

Today's Miss Throwdown is a Playboy Playmate and former Cyber Girl of the Year for 2006. Here's a lovely gallery of Monica Leigh (clicking on the pic will take you to the gallery over at The Smoking Jacket, which is quickly becoming one of my favorite sites for SFW content).

Bateman's Summer Swallow image via