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The Shotgun/Throwdown: Champs Sports Bowl Hangover/St. John's Game-Day (12/29/10) Edition

Welcome, By-Godders, to the Shotgun/Throwdown, WVU's nationally recognized best place for sports links, information, sophomoric humor and daily distractions. We're being brought to you today by Weltenburger Kloster Winter-Traum, because of the winter trauma last night we are trying to recover from.

That thoroughly sucked. There's no way to sugar coat that one. I've put all the football news in the NON section, save one topic and it leads off the WYMHM section. I, as we finally put football behind us, the WVU basketball team is starting Big East play with a game tonight against St. John's. Maybe that can help us forget last night, but alas, there are only so many things Huggy is capable of. I don't think that is one of them.

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What You May Have Missed:

Yes, Shawne Alston was Facebooking at halftime - 'Eers to the Ground
If I'm a teammate of his, I would be livid

WVU RB Shawne Alston Posts to Facebook at Halftime -

Mountaineers Begin Big East Play - WVMETRONEWS.COM

Preview: St. John's - BGN

WVU Basketball Game Preview: WVU vs. St. John's -

WVU's Big East basketball play starts tonight vs. St. John's - Charleston Gazette

WVU basketball: Mountaineers face a different St. John's - Charleston Daily Mail

WVU basketball: Mountaineers facing rugged Big East - Charleston Daily Mail

WVU opens Big East play - Parkersburg News and Sentinel

2011 Women's College Basketball Rankings and Polls for Week 8 - ESPN
#6 AP, #7 Coaches

FanHouse Terrific 12: Freshman Salute - NCAABB FanHouse
Still hanging tough at #7

News of Note:

NC State tops WVU 23-7 in Champs Sports Bowl - Florida Citrus Sports

Wolfpack win nine games for only second time in school history - ESPN
Recap, stats, photos and video

WVU offense struggles in Champs Sports Bowl loss - Charleston Daily Mail

N.C State beats WVU, 23-7, in Champs Sports Bowl - PPG

Turnovers, lack of offense dooms WVU in 23-7 loss - Times West Virginian

WVU doesn’t show up for bowl game - Times West Virginian
Hertzel Column

One last implosion - Charleston Gazette

Same ole, same ole for WVU - Parkersburg News and Sentinel

Turnovers Sink WVU - MSNsportsNET.Com

Mullen's swan song justifies decision - Charleston Gazette

Awkward year of transition lies ahead for Bill Stewart, West Virginia - Andy Staples -
Thanks to PM for sending this one in

Season Ends With A Thud - WVMETRONEWS.COM

West Virginia offense fizzles in bowl loss - Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

N.C. State finds holes in WVU's stellar defense - Daily Athenaeum
Certainly a different angle

Champs Sports Bowl Game Recap: WVU 7 N.C. State 23 -

Champs Sports Bowl: North Carolina State whips West Virginia - PPG

Microcosm - BGN

N.C. State Wins Champs Sports Bowl With Five Takeaways - NCAAFB FanHouse

Quotes From The Game - WVMETRONEWS.COM

Instant analysis: Champs Sports Bowl - ESPN
BE perspective

Instant analysis: NC State 23, WVU 7 - ESPN
ACC perspective

PoG: Champs Sports Bowl - BGN

WVU's Smith to have surgery on left foot - Charleston Daily Mail
Casazza's Notebook

West Virginia's Smith will need foot surgery again - PPG

WVU Football Photos: WVU vs NC State -

Photo Gallery II: WVU vs N.C. State - BGN

Stewart and Geno: Post Game Presser -
WVU head coach Bill Stewart and starting quarterback Geno Smith give talk about their tough loss to NC State and Russell Wilson.

JT Thomas: NC State Postgame -
Thomas talks about playing his final game as a Mountaineer and the emotions he is feeling after this loss.

Don Barclay: NC State Postgame -
Barclay talks about his final game with Dave Johnson as his coach and the flow of the game.

Bruce Irvin: NC State Postgame -
Irvin talks about his performance and ending the season on a loss.

Chris Neild: NC State Postgame -
Neild talks about his college career coming to an end, executing plays and trying to defend Russell Wilson.

VIDEO: Champs Sports Bowl Postgame Interviews -
HCBS and Geno, J.T., Noel, Bruce, Barclay, Neild and Alston

NC State: Postgame Press Conference -
Wolfpack head coach Tom O'Brien, linebacker Nate Irving and quarterback Russell Wilson talk about their bowl victory against West Virginia.


JUCO DT Rowell Signs Letter of Intent with WV -

Around the League (and Beyond):

Big East Basketball Power Rankings Week 7 - The UConn Blog

Syracuse basketball opens Big East play with win over Providence - Post Standard

Kansas State likely to employ two quarterbacks to attack Syracuse University football defense - Post Standard

An unscientific look back at UConn's Big East opener struggles - The UConn Blog

UConn Huskies believe they belong - ESPN
You keep telling yourself that, Sunshine

Mo bowls, mo fun for USF's Mo Plancher - ESPN

More of the same as Bulls fall to Seton Hall - Tampa Tribune

Seton Hall Basketball: South Florida Game - The Good, The Bad and The Ugly - South Orange Juice

In final non-conference test, Rutgers blown out in 78-55 loss to North Carolina - Star Ledger

The Truth About Transfers (Or Something Like That) - Anonymous Eagle

Pitt Football / BBVA Compass Bowl: Mike Cruz And Jason Hendricks To Miss Game? - Cardiac Hill

Pitt's Football Recruiting Mess Seems To Get Bigger Each Day - Cardiac Hill

Cincinnati Bearcats rout DePaul 76-60 - Cincinnati Enquirer

Eric Crawford | What I say isn't heard that way by Kentucky or Louisville fans - Courier-Journal

Chick Hernandez: Maryland Has Met With Leach, Jones, Malzahn [Update: Jones Withdraws] - Testudo Times

Dallas Morning News: Maryland Willing to Offer Potentially $3.5 Million to Eventual Head Coach - Testudo Times

Five-Step Drop: June Jones Reportedly Denies Maryland Overtures - NCAAFB FanHouse

NCAA Bungles Ohio State Ruling Along With Entirety of 2010's Rulings - NCAAFB FanHouse

All Eyes on Stanford's Jim Harbaugh - NCAAFB FanHouse

Texas Calls in the Big Guns - Pre-Snap Read
From someone living in Redskins territory (not a fan, btw) this is hilarious

What's On Tap:

St. John's Red Storm vs. West Virginia Mountaineers - ESPN
7:00 tonight from the Coliseum on the Big East Network (including MASN) and ESPN3.

(9) Georgetown Hoyas vs. (15) Notre Dame Fighting Irish - ESPN
7:00 tonight from the Joyce on ESPN2.

Video of Interest:

Video of (Dis)Interest:

Here's one that pretty much sums up the offense under Jeff Mullen:

Miss Throwdown:

Today's Miss Throwdown is Boston native Lily Marie. The gallery is linked through the picture:

Weltenburger Kloster Winter-Traum image via