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The Shotgun/Throwdown: Tuesday (12/21/10) Edition

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We finally have some bowl prep news to peruse today, but as one article states, the coaching shake up is still overshadowing the bowl by a large margin. The Wolfpack is focused, or so they claim... Elsewhere, your #6 ranked women's basketball team is in action tonight against North Carolina Central down in Durham. And the first Big East affiliated bowl game is tonight as well.

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What You May Have Missed:

Oliver Luck Defends Coaching Decision On MetroNews Talkline - WVMETRONEWS.COM


WVU actions stir up conspiracy theory - Charleston Gazette

Luck: No donor influence - Times West Virginian

Don't expect many details at Stewart's news conference - 'Eers to the Ground

Coaching talk tops bowl game - Parkersburg News and Sentinel
It's like he was watching me put this together

Champs Sports Bowl Report for Tuesday - WVMETRONEWS.COM

Champs Sports Bowl Report for Monday - WVMETRONEWS.COM

Gold and Blue Report for Monday - WVMETRONEWS.COM

Basketball: Share Your Campus Roar - MSNsportsNET.Com
Share why you love West Virginia basketball, in 35 characters or less. Submit your Campus Roar. It could be the next Nike T-Shirt representing your school.

NCAA College Basketball Polls - ESPN
5th out AP, 3rd out Coaches

2011 Women's College Basketball Rankings and Polls for Week 7 - ESPN
Up to 6th AP

Women's Basketball: Sixth-Ranked WVU Faces NCCU - MSNsportsNET.Com

Women's Basketball: Ali Named BIG EAST Honor Roll - MSNsportsNET.Com

Talkline Interview: Colin Dunlap -
The Pittsburgh Post Gazette's Colin Dunlap talks on MetroNews Talkline about Bill Stewart and how he has dealt with the Dana Holgorsen situation.

Football: Kerin Honored by - MSNsportsNET.Com

Kent State hires former WVU assistant - Charleston Gazette

FanHouse Report: BCS Football Program Drug Policies Revealed - NCAAFB FanHouse

News of Note:


Last Call for Devine - MSNsportsNET.Com

Pat Miller: Replacing Hogan -
Miller talks about what it will be like playing without Brandon Hogan in the Champs Sports Bowl and his breakout game against Maryland back in September.

Robert Sands: Returning Home -
Sands talks about playing in another Florida bowl game and what he expects to see from NC State's offense.

Tom O'Brien: Continuing Bowl Prep -
O'Brien meets with the media for one of the final times before the Champs Sports Bowl and talks about how his team's practices and film session are going.

N.C. State is focused on bowl - Charleston Daily Mail

2010 Pack Is More Than 'Good Enough' - NC State University Wolfpack Official Athletic Site

Pack readies defense for bowl - Charlotte Observer


The Bob Huggins TV Show Debuts This Week -

WVU Counting on Bench for Energy, Support -

Men's Basketball: Exhibition on Wednesday - MSNsportsNET.Com
West Virginia University men’s basketball team will play its final exhibition game of the 2010-11 season on Wednesday, Dec. 22 against Walsh at the WVU Coliseum.

Bubble Watch - Andy Glockner -


On The Recruiting Trails - WVMETRONEWS.COM

Pitino, Huggins to attend Ironton Classic - Ironton Tribune

Champs Sports Bowl Info:

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

Around the League (and Beyond):

CFN Analysis: The Big New Coaching Changes - College Football News

State of the Big East: League searching for credibility - Sporting News

UConn Defeats Coppin State, 76-64 - Hartford Courant

Connecicut Huskies tiring of underdog label - ESPN

Syracuse 97 - Morgan State 55: Southerland Tales - Troy Nunes Is An Absolute Magician

Bob Cousy Award is a Sham; Chris Wright Not Nominated as a Top Point Guard in the Country - Casual Hoya

Corey Fisher Among Candidates for Bob Cousy Award - The Nova Blog

Five Reasons Michael Haywood Hire Can Work Out - Cardiac Hill

Tempers flare between Cards and Golden Eagles in St. Pete - Card Chronicle

Poise, passion of USF's Lattimore on full display - Tampa Tribune

Cincinnati returns to Millett for first time since 1993 - Cincinnati Enquirer

It's The Turnover Margin Stupid - Down The Drive

Long Branch standout Miles Shuler gives Rutgers football coach Greg Schiano a verbal commitment - Star Ledger

Ralph Friedgen Fired as Maryland Plans to Go From 'Good to Great' - NCAAFB FanHouse

Integrity a two-way street - Inside the Irish/NBC Sports
There is nothing straightforward about the circumstances surrounding the death of St. Mary's freshman Lizzy Seeberg, who committed suicide nine days after accusing an Irish football player of sexual assault.

Weekly Watch: Week 4 - ESPN

What's On Tap:

(6) West Virginia Mountaineers vs. North Carolina Central Eagles - ESPN
6:00 tonight from McDougal-McLendon in Durham

Beef 'O' Brady's Bowl: Southern Miss Golden Eagles vs. Louisville Cardinals - ESPN
Tonight at 8 pm from Tropicana Field on ESPN and ESPN3. Cards are giving 3.

Videos of (Dis)Interest:

Here are two very good examples of why I claim sophomoric humor in the lead-in up top. (Warning: Naughty Words in the second one)

Miss Throwdown:

Today's Miss Throwdown is another reason to "wish they all could be California girls." Here's a lovely gallery of Nikki Gray.

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