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Yesterday may have have been the most anticipated HCBS presser ever. The content didn't end up earth shattering, by any means, but, Stew did seem generally ok with the whole situation going forward. And more anticipation ends today as Coach Holgorsen will be introduced publicly this afternoon in another presser. There's also reactions from Mullen and Johnson inside as well. On the basketball front, the women won their 12th straight last night and the men have their last exhibition tonight against Walsh.
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What You May Have Missed:
Bill Stewart Meets The Press - WVMETRONEWS.COM
Repella, Ali Lead WVU Past NCCU - MSNsportsNET.Com
No. 6 WVU women win 12th consecutive game - Charleston Daily Mail (AP)
All-Around Outstanding - MSNsportsNET.Com
Madina Ali is profiled
2011 Women's College Basketball Rankings and Polls for Week 7 - ESPN
#6 AP, #7 Coaches
John Flowers Building Towards Defensive Reputation - WVillustrated.com
WVU Season Football Awards Announced - BGN
Permanent captains and other awards
Simple Gifts - West Virginia University
The University Christmas card/message
News of Note:
WVU's Stewart 'good to go' in session with Holgorsen - Charleston Daily Mail
West Virginia's Stewart ready to talk - PPG
Bill Stewart: On His Future - WVMETRONEWS.COM
"Deep down in this boy's heart I have to do what's right for the program and I have to do what's right for my family and that's been taken care of," explained Stewart. "Like I said this is just going to be a new role for me and I really relish and look forward to the role next year." - I sincerely hope he means it and if he does, BRAVO
Stewart says he'll coach Mountaineers in 2011 - Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
Head Coach Bill Stewart - Mountaineer TV
Coach Bill Stewart remarks following Tuesday evening's practice in preparation for the 2010 Champs Sports Bowl.
Stewart on board with changes - Charleston Gazette
Ralph Friedgen, Bill Stewart victims of coaching carousel ageism - Stewart Mandel - SI.com
I generally tend to agree with Mandel on a lot of things...but I really think he's reaching on this one
Stewart staying focused - Times West Virginian
Distractions? What Distractions? - BGN
Blocking out the distractions - Register-Herald
Mountaineers try to stay focused on bowl - ESPN
Familiar scenario for WVU - Parkersburg News and Sentinel
WVU apathy, coaching pressure and massages - Charleston Gazette
WVU football: Thank goodness for the defense - Charleston Daily Mail
Rating WVU's defenses - Martinsburg Journal
West Virginia's top CB Brandon Hogan out vs. N.C. State in Champs Sports Bowl - ESPN
Hogan Out For Bowl Game - WVMETRONEWS.COM
Reaction from Mullen & Johnson - WVMETRONEWS.COM
WVU's Jeff Mullen and Dave Johnson Not Defined by Football - WVillustrated.com
Mullen taught Smith 'life lessons' - Charleston Gazette
Mullen: I didn’t see this coming - Times West Virginian
WVU’s Mullen: Never Saw Firing Coming - Intelligencer / Wheeling News-Register
VIDEO: Coach and Player Interviews - WVillustrated.com
HCBS (embedded below) Mullen, Johnson, Geno, Tavon and Bruce
VIDEO: Thoughts on Bill Stewart's News Conference - WVillustrated.com
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
Champs Sports Bowl's fun pre-game events - Charleston Gazette
Around the League (and Beyond):
Louisville rallies past Southern Mississippi 31-28 in Beef 'O' Brady's Bowl - Courier-Journal
USF's Holtz facing tough decision at quarterback - Tampa Tribune
Pinstripe Bowl: A Shame About Suter - Troy Nunes Is An Absolute Magician
Orange Scouting Report: Drexel vs. Syracuse - Post Standard
Miami no match for Cincinnati - Cincinnati Enquirer
Pitt's Dixon goes for 200th win tonight - PPG
Seton Hall Game Day: Herb Pope needs to snap into gear against Dayton - Star Ledger
Marquette 102, Mississippi Valley State 77 - Anonymous Eagle
UConn women win 89 straight, break UCLA's record - The UConn Blog
Not Quite Doomsday: What If Maryland Doesn't Land Mike Leach? - Testudo Times
What's On Tap:
Holgorsen Press Conference Set - WVMETRONEWS.COM
2:00 today. Live streams will be available from MSNsportsNet, WVMetroNews and WVillustrated.
Men's Basketball: Exhibition on Wednesday - MSNsportsNET.Com
The 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.
Harvard Crimson vs. (4) Connecticut Huskies - ESPN
7:00 tonight from the XL Center on ESPN3
American University Eagles vs. (6) Pittsburgh Panthers - ESPN
7:00 tonight from the Pete on ESPN3.
Drexel Dragons vs. (5) Syracuse Orange - ESPN
7:00 tonight from the Dome on ESPN3.
(8) Villanova Wildcats vs. Monmouth Hawks - ESPN
7:00 tonight from the Multipurpose Activity Center, West Long Branch, NJ.
UMBC Retrievers vs. (20) Notre Dame Fighting Irish - ESPN
7:30 tonight from the Joyce.
(25) Louisville Cardinals vs. Western Kentucky Hilltoppers - ESPN
8:00 tonight from E.A. Diddle Arena
Videos of Interest:
Video of (Dis)Interest:
This one's been making the rounds lately...Impressive, most impressive.
Today's Miss Throwdown is proof positive of Polish beauty. Here is a lovely gallery of Monika Pietrasinska (speaking of impressive).
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