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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:
West Virginia: Stewart's succession plan unveiled - PPG
UPDATE: Report Indicates Holgorsen is Coming to WVU - WVillustrated.com
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
WVU unfair to coach - Martinsburg Journal
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 - WVMetroNews.com
John Harris of the Texas Tech Radio Network talks with Tony Caridi about Dana Holgorsen.
OSU Color Commentator Discusses Dana Holgorsen - WVillustrated.com
Fans React To Holgorsen - WVMetroNews.com
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 - WhatIfSports.com
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 - WVMetroNews.com
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 - WVMetroNews.com
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 - SNY.tv
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 - SI.com
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:
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