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The Shotgun/Throwdown: Thursday (12/2/10) Edition

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In front of a sparse crowd last night (to say the least), Casey Mitchell led the Mountaineers over American with some wonderful offense and some somewhat surprising defense. Elsewhere, Rutgers is the full focus of the Football team and the Women's Basketball team is back in action tonight against Elon.

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What You May Have Missed:

Gold and Blue Report for Thursday - WVMETRONEWS.COM

Pilgrimage: Milan Puskar Stadium and West Virginia football - ESPN
Thanks to many of you who sent this in.

WVU women host Elon - Times West Virginian

Head Coach Mike Carey - Mountaineer TV
Coach Mike Carey talks about West Virginia's successful trip to the Virgin Islands and Thursday's game agaisnt Elon.

Kramer Excited About Expansion - MSNsportsNET.Com

On TCU, the 10th team, math and Marshall - WVU Sports with Mike Casazza

Former Mountaineer Mortty Ivy Signs with Miami -

The late Al Babcock: Great WVU booster - Martinsburg Journal
Mickey's Column

News of Note:


Mitchell's 27 Leads Mountaineers - MSNsportsNET.Com

West Virginia 71, American U. 50 - ESPN
Recap and Stats

WVU Basketball Game Recap: WVU 71 American 50 -

American beauty - Charleston Gazette
This is exactly the sort of pun that Jon Stewart ranted about the other night.

Mountaineers outgun American, 71-50 - Parkersburg News and Sentinel

Poetry in motion - Times West Virginian

WVU's Casey Mitchell Continues Strong Start to Senior Season -
Me and Dad had a little conversation last night around if he played like this last year, Huggs may have gotten to take the big trophy on tour like he wants to.

WVU basketball: Mitchell continues stellar play - Charleston Daily Mail

Eagles Brought Down - WVMETRONEWS.COM
Article and gallery

Head Coach Bob Huggins - Mountaineer TV
Coach Bob Huggins reviews West Virginia's 71-50 victory over American Wednesday night at the WVU Coliseum.

Bob Huggins: Postgame Press Conference -
Huggins talks about how he thinks his defense played in the game, Casey Mitchell's scoring outburst and the Mountaineers upcoming game against Miami.

Kevin Jones: American Postgame -
Jones talks about Casey Mitchell and how how he thought the offense played against the Eagles.

Darryl "Truck" Bryant: American Postgame -
Bryant talks about why he didn't play against VMI and how Casey Mitchell has helped the team offensively.

Guard Truck Bryant - Mountaineer TV
Truck Bryant talks briefly about Casey Mitchell's level of play, his own start against American, and the upcoming game against Miami (Fla.).

Deniz Kilicli: American Postgame -
Kilicli talks about his development and the team's performance against the Eagles.

VIDEO: Postgame reaction to WVU's 71-50 win over American -
Huggs, Deniz, KJ, Casey and Truck

WVU Basketball Photos: WVU vs American -

WVU Basketball Photos: WVU vs American II -

Why American is good for WVU - WVU Sports with Mike Casazza


Musings of a Mountain Man: Rutgers Week -

WVU has to focus on Rutgers - Times West Virginian
Hertzel Column

West Virginia not looking past Rutgers - Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

Injuries hamper senior season West Virginia's Devine - PPG

WVU football: Devine wants to get healthy - Charleston Daily Mail

Devine resigned to do what he can - Charleston Gazette

Jock Sanders has Bill Stewart's back - 'Eers to the Ground

Smith set for home finale - Register-Herald

WVU football: Offense focused on 'moving the chains' - Charleston Daily Mail

Quarterback Geno Smith - Mountaineer TV
Geno Smith talks about the team's focus on the upcoming Rutgers game, and the impact Noel Devine and Jock Sanders have had on the team as whole.

Bigger backs the future for West Virginia? - ESPN

Big East awards race update: Week 14 - ESPN

Big East predictions: Week 14 - ESPN
I like his line of thinking

WVU has its own ‘Rudy’ - Inter-Mountain
Bobby Weston


Recruiting Spotlight: Deandre Reaves, Dominion - Washington Post

Around the League (and Beyond):

Rutgers safety Joe Lefeged will look back on team's successes, not adversity - Star Ledger

Rutgers freshman quarterback Chas Dodd has taken opposition's best shots - Star Ledger

Big East Breakdown: Part Two - WVMETRONEWS.COM

TCU Basketball Bracing for Horned Frogs' Leap Into Big East - NCAABB FanHouse

Big East Report: TCU Is Now Part of the League's Big Picture - NCAAFB FanHouse

Rick Bozich | Big East should step aside from the BCS this season - Courier-Journal
He wouldn't be saying this if UL had a shot at it

Big East football links: After adding TCU, should Central Florida be next? - Post Standard

Kansas hoops coach said Big East was set to invite four Big XII teams had Texas opted out - Post Standard
Yeah, and....?

Philadelphia Inquirer: Villanova Football Upgrade to BIG EAST Would Be Costly - The Nova Blog

Learning to love (or live with) UConn, actual BCS hopeful - Yahoo! Sports

Eveld trying to stay grounded - Tampa Tribune

Bulls don't embrace spoiler's role - ESPN

Syracuse University football makes profit in 2009 after losing money in 2008 - Post Standard

Louisville football waiting to see bowl-game future - Courier-Journal

Louisville lowers boom on Florida International 92-55 - Courier-Journal

Pitt must contend with strong Cincinnati offense - PPG

Bowl Projections: Champs Sports Bowl Still In Big East's And (Gasp) Pitt's Grasp? - Cardiac Hill

Pitt Vs. Duquesne: Panthers Win Another City Game, 80-66 - Cardiac Hill

UC holds off Wright State - Cincinnati Enquirer

Auburn Tigers' Cam Newton eligible to play, NCAA says - ESPN

College Football Mailbag - Stewart Mandel -

What's On Tap:

Chat reminder: 1 p.m. today - 'Eers to the Ground

Live chat returns at 2 p.m. [today, ed.] - WVU Sports with Mike Casazza

Women's Basketball: West Virginia to Face Elon - MSNsportsNET.Com
7 pm tonight from the Coliseum. Live streaming will be available via

Video of Interest:

Video of (Dis)Interest:

This was last week but I'm just now getting around to it. It brought back fond memories.

Miss Throwdown:

Today's Miss Throwdown is Southern California native Shay Maria (pic leads to gallery, as usual).

Hope Lager image via