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The Shotgun/Throwdown: Wednesday (12/15/10) Edition

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So much for finals week being slow on the news front. The first national media is acknowledging the latest, but they're just saying that it is being reported elsewhere. MSNsportsNet will be among last to confirm the news, I can basically promise you that. There's still some other football features and interviews inside as well.

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What You May Have Missed:

Charley West artist Pat Schell dies - Charleston Daily Mail
When Charley West turned 40 in 1998, Schell said, "Everyone just thinks Charley West is a nice guy. He's Everyman."

Dana Holgorsen Reportedly Headed to West Virginia as Coach-In-Waiting - NCAAFB FanHouse
Here's the first national media recognition

Bill Stewart Takes on a Challenger in a Fierce Whittle Off - Every Day Should Be Saturday

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

Stall Ball Hurts Women's Game - MSNsportsNET.Com

News of Note:


No Official Word - BGN

West Virginia: Stewart's succession plan unveiled - PPG

UPDATE: Report Indicates Holgorsen is Coming to WVU -

WVU's coach in waiting - Charleston Gazette

Luck's move says 'I'm in charge here' - Charleston Gazette

WVU football: Luck got his man, but with a lesson - Charleston Daily Mail

The Phillips File: News Of Holgorsen Possibly To WVU A Bad Idea - CBS Pittsburgh

Bill Stewart’s days at WVU numbered? - Times West Virginian

Wild, wild West Virginia - Times West Virginian
Hertzel Column

WVU unfair to coach - Martinsburg Journal
Mickey's Column

Offensive ‘genius’ coming to WVU? - Register-Herald

One more year for Stew - Register-Herald

Holgorsen emerges as West Virginia's next coach - Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

Expectations rapidly rising at Pitt, WVU - ESPN

Holgorsen watch heats up at West Virginia - ESPN
Includes video from College Football Live

Will Muschamp's departure signals the near-end of head-coach-in-waiting trend - ESPN

Luck Hinted This Could Happen - WVMETRONEWS.COM

Who Is Dana Holgorsen? - WVMETRONEWS.COM

Update: Holgorsen Coming to WVU - WVMETRONEWS.COM

West Virginia Could Be Looking For Coach To Replace Bill Stewart; Dana Holgorsen A Possibility - SB Nation Pittsburgh
With several updates included

Sportsline Interview: John Harris -
John Harris of the Texas Tech Radio Network talks with Tony Caridi about Dana Holgorsen.

OSU Color Commentator Discusses Dana Holgorsen -

Fans React To Holgorsen -
Fans expressed their thoughts on MetroNews Talkline about Oklahoma State offensive coordinator Dana Holgorsen becoming the new WVU offensive coordinator and the head coach in 2012.

In Holgorsen's offense, who will shine brightest? - 'Eers to the Ground

Holgorsen Coach In Waiting At WVU; Funny Face-Making Coaches In Big East Soon To Be Reduced By 50% - Voodoo Five


2010-11 College Football Bowl Predictions -
You can even change a few of the settings and have it simulate it for you over and over

2010 CFN All-East Team & Top 30 Players - College Football News

Legging it Out - MSNsportsNET.Com
Geno Is profiled

JT Thomas: Getting That 10th Win -
Thomas talks about how the team practiced on Saturday and what it would mean to him to end his career with a bowl victory and ten wins.

Noel Devine: Going To See Mickey -
Devine talks about what it will be like to end his college career in his home state and how he is feeling injury wise.

NC State QB drawing comparisons to White - Inter-Mountain


Hinds a star at Mount Vernon -
Jabarie Hinds will play for West Virginia next year after excelling with the Knights.

Around the League (and Beyond):

North Carolina's Meineke Bowl to be renamed Belk Bowl in 2011 - ESPN

Keith Benson, Oakland upend Tennessee days after Michigan St. miss - ESPN
That win over Oakland is looking better and better

Pitt Q&A and some News and Notes - Pitt Redshirt Diaries

Bearcats crush Georgia Southern - Cincinnati Enquirer

Despite losses, Bulls have reason to be optimistic - Tampa Tribune

Despite 79-65 win over FDU, Mike Rice feels Rutgers still lacking killer instinct - Star Ledger

Source says brain surgery for Rob Long went well - Post Standard
Here's to a full recovery!!!

Edsall says after building UConn, he wants to stay - Washington Post

UConn adding 7-foot-1 German center Enosch Wolf to roster -

Drexel basketball delivers Yum! bummer, beats Louisville 52-46 - Courier-Journal

Rick Pitino Hasn't Accepted Puerto Rico Coaching Job, Says Louisville - NCAABB FanHouse

The State of the Hoyas: Cupcakeology Edition - Casual Hoya

Note: Dominic Cheek Getting More Involved - The Nova Blog

A Tale of Three Statements: Quoth the Buzz ... - Anonymous Eagle (Marquette Blog)

Source: Maryland Terrapins' offensive coordinator James Franklin to take head coach job with Vanderbilt Commodores - ESPN

‘L’ is for Legends, Leaders, logo and LAME - Chicago Sun-Times

West Virginia Tech Wins Basketball Game by 100 Points - NCAABB FanHouse

Videos of Interest:

Thanks to hootiefan7 for finding this one:

Video of (Dis)Interest:

Miss Throwdown:

Today's Miss Throwdown is Italian Bianca Balti. Her gallery awaits those who click on her picture.

Samuel Adams Old Fezziwig Ale image via