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The Shotgun/Throwdown: Monday (11/8/10) Edition

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Wow, I go away from the internet for a day and WVU basketball news explodes (men's and women's) as both teams rolled in their respective exhibitions over the weekend, as expected. On the football side, it's Cincinnati week, but the week off hasn't done anything to cool the heat under Stewart's seat. On a much brighter note, WVU's women's soccer team brought home a Big East Championship yesterday. Congratulations to them!! NCAA's are up next. The men still have to wait to see their fate. 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"; the Like button right here just "Likes" the article, we're looking for more followers on Facebook). Everything's inside. Join the fun after the jump...

What You May Have Missed:

Mountaineer Report: UNC Pembroke Postgame -
Chip Fontanazza gets Jonnie West's thoughts on his performance and how the younger players did in their first game.

NCAA College Football BCS Bowl Projections Week 10 - ESPN
Pinstripe and Champs are the projections here

Big East bowl projections - ESPN
Champs here

McKenzie's Kick is Good! - MSNsportsNET.Com
This year is the 35th anniversary of West Virginia’s 17-14 upset victory over Pitt at old Mountaineer Field on Nov. 8, 1975. The Mountaineers were two-touchdown underdogs against the nationally ranked Panthers, and they won on the final play of the game when walk-on kicker Bill McKenzie booted a 38-yard field goal. It remains one of the most unforgettable wins in school history. - They gotta have something good on the football side to talk about right now

35th Anniversary of 75 Pitt Game - Mountaineer TV

Men's Soccer: WVU Falls to No. 1 Louisville - MSNsportsNET.Com

Women's Soccer: BIG EAST Champions! - MSNsportsNET.Com
Defender Meghan Lewis’ game-winner in the 82nd minute gave 16th-ranked West Virginia a 1-0 victory over USF Sunday afternoon Yurcak Field in Piscataway, N.J. The victory gave the women’s soccer program its second BIG EAST Championship and its first since 2007.

West Virginia Wins BIG EAST Women’s Soccer Championship 1-0 Over USF - BIG EAST Conference

Big East Championship Highlights - Mountaineer TV
Highlights from West Virginia's 1-0 victory over USF to win Big East soccer's Champions Cup. Courtesy CBS College Sports.

USF Postgame Reaction - Mountaineer TV
Postgame reaction following West Virginia's 1-0 victory over USF to claim its second women's soccer title since 2007.

VIDEO: Catching Up with Former WVU Players McAfee & Schmitt -

News of Note:

Men's Basketball
Kilicli, Mitchell play big in WVU's exhibition win - Charleston Gazette

Huggins not pleased with opening win - Times West Virginian
Maybe Huggs could give Stew a few lessons, please?

PoG: WVU vs UNC Pembroke - BGN

WVU 87 UNC Pembroke 53 -
Article, box score and photo gallery

VIDEO: WVU Exhibition Postgame -
Huggs, Mitchell, Flowers, West, Mazz, Peps, Deniz, and Jennings

West's 15 Sinks Pembroke - MSNsportsNET.Com

Jonnie West Begins New Season with a Bang -

WVU's Deniz Kilicli Still Struggling on the Glass -

Mountaineers Roll In Exhibition - WVMETRONEWS.COM

Photo Gallery II: WVU vs UNC Pembroke - BGN

WVU Exhibition Photo Gallery - WVMETRONEWS.COM

For WVU, different might be better - The Daily Athenaeum

Sizing Up WVU Guards -

Jitters, Exhibition Out of the Way for WVU -

Bob Huggins: Postgame Press Conference (video) -
Huggins talks about Jonnie West's performance, the team's rebounding ability and gives his overall thoughts on the game.

Music a release for WVU’s Kilicli - Times West Virginian
Hertzel Column

Deniz Kilicli: UNC Penbroke Postgame (video) -
Kilicli talks about his performance, starting his first game as a Mountaineer and what he thought of his team's performance.

Joe Mazzulla: UNC Pembroke Postgame (video) -
Mazzulla talks about shaking off the rust, what his role is this year and the way the younger players performed.

West sticking around - Martinsburg Journal
Mickey's Column

Door was always left open for West - Inter-Mountain

Jonnie West: UNC Pembroke Postgame (video) -
West talks about his game high 15 points, how the younger players played and the new perspective he has for the game.

Dalton Pepper: UNC Pembroke Postgame (video) -
Pepper talks about adjusting to his new role and the team's performance against UNC Pembroke.

Women's Basketball
Repella Leads Mountaineers Past Falcons - MSNsportsNET.Com

WVU rolls past Falcons, 99-42, in exhibition - Times West Virginian

VIDEO: Postgame Reaction to WVU Women's Basketball Win -
Coach C, Brooke Hampton, Ayna Dunning and Liz Repella

Fairmont State Highlights - Mountaineer TV
Highlights from West Virginia's exhibition victory over Fairmont State Saturday night at the WVU Coliseum.

Women's basketball: Carey says WVU needs to score more this season - Charleston Daily Mail

WVU Women's Basketball: From Hunter To Hunted -

Head Coach Mike Carey - Mountaineer TV
Coach Carey talks about team injuries, preseason rankings, and the team's upcoming [ed., at the time] exhibition game against Fairmont State.

Guard Liz Repella - Mountaineer TV

WVU football: What's Luck cooking up for Stew? - Charleston Daily Mail

Clouds forming over Stewart - Parkersburg News and Sentinel

Stewart situation difficult - Parkersburg News and Sentinel

WVU Team Report by The Sports Xchange 11/8 -

Stewart: Team is similar to last year’s - Inter-Mountain
Enough with the spin

WVU hopes to get back on track - Times West Virginian
Hertzel Column

WVU not likely to abandon run vs. Cincy - Charleston Gazette

Trend toward running Smith more could continue for Mountaineers - Charleston Gazette

Stopping all the spins and recalibrating WVU football - Charleston Gazette

WVU football: Mountaineers still in hunt for Big East crown - Charleston Daily Mail
But WVU needs LOADS of unlikely help

Big East Power Rankings: Week 11 - ESPN
All the way down to 5th

Around the League (and Beyond):

Louisville's offensive line gashes Syracuse for 28-20 upset - Courier-Journal

Louisville 28 - Syracuse 20: Bowl Another Day - Troy Nunes Is An Absolute Magician

Notebook: Holtz pleased with Bulls' practice - Tampa Tribune

Imperfect Sheard the perfect leader for Pitt - PPG

Huskies Have A Fighter In Frazer - Hartford Courant
Cue Cosell

Rutgers should scrap the spread - On the Banks

Big East basketball | Conference favorite Pittsburgh has the experience - Courier-Journal

Jeff Jacobs: Big East Must Move Quickly To Add TCU Football - Hartford Courant


Big East and the BCS standings - ESPN
The Big East is looking pretty good in the latest BCS standings. TCU is ranked No. 3 overall, while Central Florida is hovering outside the Top 25 at No. 27.

What we learned in the Big East: Week 10 - ESPN

Stanford May Not Get What It Deserves - NCAAFB FanHouse

FanHouse Fab 40: Unbeaten Foursome Remains on Top - NCAAFB FanHouse

2010 NCAA College Football Polls and Rankings for Week 11 - ESPN

College Football Overtime - Stewart Mandel -

College GameDay Final: Week 10 - ESPN

Video of Interest:

Video of (Dis)Interest:

Russian Ninja Hampster anyone?

Miss Throwdown:

Today's Miss Throwdown is a model who used to be on The Price i$ Right. Start your Monday off right, with a lovely gallery of Gabrielle Tuite.

Brooklyn Lager image via