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The Shotgun/Throwdown: Tuesday (12/14/10) Edition

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What You May Have Missed:

Sportsline Exclusive: Colin Dunlap Interview -

Weekly Watch: Week 3 - ESPN
Morgantown is a "Place to Be" on Saturday and there's a preview video of our Cleveland State game...don't laugh, they are 12-0 and will provide a very stiff test

The Week Ahead in College Hoops - NCAABB FanHouse
Our game Saturday is mentioned here as well.

NCAA Basketball Polls - ESPN
2 whole votes in the AP and 4th out in the Coaches

Big East Basketball Power Rankings Week Five - The UConn Blog

Women's Basketball: At Highest Ranking of Season - MSNsportsNET.Com

2011 Women's College Basketball Rankings and Polls for Week 5 - ESPN
#7 AP, #9 Coaches

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.

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

Mountaineers can take advantage of fan activities at Champs Sports Bowl - WVU Today

The Mountaineers Musket - Mountaineer TV
Mountaineers 360 profile on the making of the Mountaineer's musket.

News of Note:


WVU Basketball Team Report 12/13 -

Huggins: WVU like a duck - Times West Virginian


WVU contacts Oklahoma State assistant about job - PPG

Report: WVU in Contact with Oklahoma State OC -

Holgorsen On The Move? - WVMETRONEWS.COM

WVU football: Luck still tight-lipped on Stewart's future - Charleston Daily Mail
"every good AD has a little list in his pocket ... and that's about all I'm going to say about that."

Bat signal (anew) - WVU Sports with Mike Casazza

Luck won't talk about Stewart speculation - Charleston Gazette

What is the best possible outcome? - 'Eers to the Ground

Pitt and West Virginia fighting over coach? - ESPN

Update: Mullen Frontrunner For KSU -
Multiple reports says WVU offensive coordinator Jeff Mullen is one of the leading candidates for the Kent State head coaching position. - "job is his to lose"

Righting the Ship - MSNsportsNET.Com

Changing Of The Guard - WVMETRONEWS.COM
Tavon Austin is profiled

First time the best - Charleston Gazette
Devine's top memory at WVU was ovation after his first carry

The Brandon Hogan impact - 'Eers to the Ground

Video: Champs Sports bowl preview - ESPN

Florida Bowl Game is A-OK with Several Mountaineers -

WVU Using Time Off to Heal -

UConn's Todman, Reyes explore NFL status - ESPN
Sands, Julian Miller and Bruce are also given note

WVU’s Sands pondering jump to NFL after bowl - Inter-Mountain

Super seniors in the Big East - ESPN

Enemy News

A Surprise Season For The Wolfpack - WVMETRONEWS.COM

N.C. State QB Wilson has a choice to make - Register-Herald

N.C. State Quarterback Not Limited to One Sport -

Around the League (and Beyond):

Everybody is Lying - Pitt Redshirt Diaries
This is a great article

Who Won't Be the Coach - Pitt Redshirt Diaries

Hopeful Randy Edsall talks of higher goals for Connecticut Huskies - ESPN

Today in things that don't make sense: UConn is ranked 4th in the country - The UConn Blog

Charlie Strong is just getting started - ESPN

Rick Pitino signs on as head coach of the Puerto Rican national basketball team - Card Chronicle

Cincinnati not worried about rank - Cincinnati Enquirer

Pinstripe Bowl: Where Do We Go, What Do We Do & How Do We Do It - Troy Nunes Is An Absolute Magician

As Seton Hall starts homestand off on right foot, new student section status remains in limbo - Star Ledger
Beat Longwood 78-51...student section is behind visitor's bench, in case you were wondering

UCF, Houston, Villanova...? - WVMETRONEWS.COM

What's On Tap:

Drexel Dragons vs. (21) Louisville Cardinals - ESPN
9 pm tonight from the KFC Yum! Center (I actually laughed typing that, btw) on ESPNU.

Video of Interest:

Video of (Dis)Interest:

The Assassination of Yogi Bear by the Coward Boo Boo Bear:

Miss Throwdown:

Today's Miss Throwdown is Texas hottie Katie Rivers. Click on the pic for the gallery.

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