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The Shotgun/Throwdown: Friday (12/10/10) Edition

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The big news is still Brunetti, but also maybe some coaching changes, due to job offers. I'm kinda pressed for time, but there's a full slate of ranked Big East basketball teams in action over the weekend, as well as both of our Mountaineer teams. You've also got the Army/Navy game tomorrow too.

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What You May Have Missed:

Mountaineers Outlast Wildcats - MSNsportsNET.Com

Women survive scare at Villanova - Daily Athenaeum

Repella leads No. 9 West Virginia women past Villanova, 39-36 - PPG

Palmer finding role as sharp shooter - Daily Athenaeum

Prairie View is not afraid of No. 9-ranked Mountaineers - Daily Athenaeum

WVU wants to end sloppy play Sunday against Duquesne - Daily Athenaeum

The Right Formula - MSNsportsNET.Com
Jay Jacobs column

Thoroughman a basketball throwback - Times West Virginian
Hertzel Column

NCAA College Basketball Power Rankings - ESPN
3rd out

WVU football chat transcript 12.9.2010 - 'Eers to the Ground

N.C. State's O'Brien building another winner - Charleston Daily Mail

Luck noticed son's potential as young boy - Charleston Daily Mail

Heisman Trophy Finalists: Quarterback Andrew Luck of Stanford - NCAAFB FanHouse

WVU’s ‘unsung hero’ - Inter-Mountain
Chris Neild is profiled

Football: Neild, Tandy Honored by - MSNsportsNET.Com

Bowl Game 2010 | Leave the Team a Message - West Virginia University

Football: Champs Sports Bowl Tickets - MSNsportsNET.Com

Football: Alumni Association Travel Packages - MSNsportsNET.Com

Champs Sports Bowl Fan Central
Info page, seating charts, merchandise, discount opportunities, etc.

News of Note:

WVU parking, coaching rumors and SC grid mess - Charleston Gazette
Vingle's Notebook

Coaching Carousel May Affect WVU -

Some Joker wants to possibly hire Lockwood - 'Eers to the Ground
Beatty being mentioned for jobs as well.

Campus Connection - MSNsportsNET.Com Big East all-freshman team - ESPN
Bailey and Bowers get named here

Barry Brunetti is as good as gone - 'Eers to the Ground

Brunetti All a 'Twitter' About Leaving WVU -

Brunetti plans to transfer - Charleston Gazette

WVU football: Brunetti to leave team after bowl - Charleston Daily Mail

WVU football: Freshman QB says he's leaving team - Charleston Daily Mail

Report: Brunetti leaving WVU - Times West Virginian

Last turnover pool revisited - ESPN

Ranking the Big East bowl lineup - ESPN

Chip Shots - Morgan Messenger

Around the League (and Beyond):

Dave Wannstedt Fired: First Candidates Have Communication With Pitt - Cardiac Hill

Dear Randy Edsall: It's time for you to go - The UConn Blog

Are You Buying What UC Is Selling? - Cincinnati Enquirer

Smith can't wait to be a Cardinal - Courier-Journal

The Sky Isn't Falling. Georgetown Loses 68-65 To Temple For First Loss Of The Year - Casual Hoya

Syracuse University football team bids farewell to Averin Collier; Max Suter to miss bowl game - Post Standard

Syracuse players reflect on Michigan State win; plus other Orange asides - Post Standard

Reality Check: Problems Abound On The Main Line - The Nova Blog

BADGER HATE WEEK: Badger Downfall - Anonymous Eagle

The Tip In: Jordan Theodore's wasted night means back to drawing board for Seton Hall - Star Ledger

Newton changes ESPN's Heisman plans -

Cam Newton Heads List of College Football Individual Award Winners - NCAAFB FanHouse
Full run-down of the winners last night

Jim Delany Warns Non-AQ Leagues: Don't Expect More Than You're Getting - NCAAFB FanHouse
What an asshat

College conference commissioners argue pros, cons of BCS change - ESPN

Nebraska AD Tom Osborne says Bo Pelini not permitted to talk to Miami - ESPN


Could TCU open up Texas recruiting base? - ESPN

What's On Tap:

Prairie View A&M Panthers vs. (9) West Virginia Mountaineers - ESPN
2 pm Saturday from the Coliseum

West Virginia Mountaineers vs. Duquesne Dukes - ESPN
7 pm Sunday from the Palumbo Center in Pitt.

(13) Tennessee Volunteers vs. (3) Pittsburgh Panthers - ESPN
3:15 pm Saturday from the CEC in Pitt on ESPN.

Colgate Raiders vs. (7) Syracuse Orange - ESPN
7 pm Saturday at the Dome on ESPN3.

Gonzaga Bulldogs vs. (23) Notre Dame Fighting Irish - ESPN
8:30 pm Saturday from the Joyce Center on ESPN2.

Appalachian State Mountaineers vs. (10) Georgetown Hoyas - ESPN
Noon Sunday from the Phone Booth in DC on ESPNU.

(12) Villanova Wildcats vs. La Salle Explorers - ESPN
2 pm Sunday from Tom Gola Arena in Philly on ESPNU.

Video of (Dis)Interest:

No videos of interest today, so I got two of the other for ya.

Miss Throwdown:

Today's Miss Throwdown is a treat for the booty lovers out there (you know who you are). Here's a gallery and video of Laura Doré (click on the pic to get there).

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