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The Shotgun/Throwdown: New Year's Eve (12/31/10) 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 Hitachino Nest New Year Celebration Ale.

The women had a fairly close call last night, but still were able to escape with a W. The FB coaching staff shakeup that 5YS posted yesterday is the really the news of the day. There's plenty of Big East BB action over the weekend in addition to our Mountaineers traveling to Marquette, plus two more Big East bowl games.

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What You May Have Missed:

WVU football: Assistants Beatty, McMichael fired - Charleston Daily Mail

Liz Repella rallies West Virginia past St. Bonaventure - ESPN

Mountaineers Beat Bonnies - MSNsportsNET.Com

WVU basketball: At home, Marquette gives WVU problems - Charleston Daily Mail

WVU Basketball Game Preview: WVU vs. Marquette -

WVU Big Men Fail to Show Up in BIG EAST Opener -

WVU to Wear Hyper Elite Uniforms in 2011 -
I usually like the Nike stuff, but never liked these...just my $0.02

WVU football chat transcript 12.30.2010 - 'Eers to the Ground

WVU fans a special breed - Times West Virginian
Hertzel Column

News of Note:

WVU football: Holgorsen has been called on before - Charleston Daily Mail

Early returns look good for Holgorsen - Charleston Gazette

West Virginia's offense now in Holgorsen's hands - Intelligencer / Wheeling News-Register

Changes loom over West Virginia - Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

Mountaineers shakeup continues with firing of two more assistants on offense - PPG

Axe falls on two more WVU assistants - Charleston Gazette

Two more WVU coaches fired - Times West Virginian

West Virginia drops two more assistants - Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

WVU Assistants Beatty, McMichael Will Not Be Retained -

WVU Football Its Own Biggest Enemy in 2010 -

Time is now for Stewart - Inter-Mountain
This one rambles around until the last paragraph.


Belton from Chesapeake Bowl -
Bill Belton was committed to Pittsburgh and was still considering them, but the Atco, N.J., native made us aware on Tuesday that the Panthers are now out of the race and it’s officially down to West Virginia, Cincinnati and Penn State for his services.

Good start for class of 2011 - Parkersburg News and Sentinel

Around the League (and Beyond):

A Fiesta Bowl Q&A with Oklahoma blog Crimson & Cream Machine - The UConn Blog

Thursday Five Keys: USF vs. Clemson - Voodoo Five

Syracuse 36 - Kansas State 34: Pinstripe Bowl Champions - Troy Nunes Is An Absolute Magician

postGame: Villanova 78, Temple 74 - The Nova Blog

That's What They Said: Nashville Heist Edition - Anonymous Eagle

Politi: Tragedy of paralyzed Rutgers football player Eric LeGrand inspires selfless deeds - Star Ledger

Recruit Report: Coaching change is costly to Pitt - PPG

Louisville/Kentucky preview - Card Chronicle

Cronin rings out '10 vs. auld pal - Cincinnati Enquirer

Seton Hall Basketball: JP's Scouting Report: Cincinnati Bearcats - South Orange Juice

Sleeping With The Enemy: The Blue Demons of DePaul - Casual Hoya

The Streak Ends: Stanford 71, UConn 59 - The UConn Blog
Damn, I was kinda hoping WVU would get the chance to end it in Morgantown

Maryland Terrapins Coaching Search: Leach Interview Goes Well, Probably No Offer Yet - Testudo Times

Michigan's Tate Forcier ruled ineligible for Gator Bowl -
So what's he gonna do when Robinson goes down with the inevitable injury?

NCAA College Basketball Power Rankings - ESPN

What's On Tap:

West Virginia Mountaineers vs. Marquette Golden Eagles - ESPN
11:00 am (ET) from the Bradley Center on ESPN2.

Central Connecticut State Blue Devils vs. (7) West Virginia Mountaineers - ESPN
2:00 Sunday from the Coliseum.

Weekend Watch: Dec. 31-Jan. 2 - ESPN

Meineke Car Care Bowl: South Florida Bulls vs. Clemson Tigers - ESPN
Noon today from Charlotte on ESPN and ESPN3. Bulls are getting 5.5.

(12) Kentucky Wildcats vs. (20) Louisville Cardinals - ESPN
Noon today from the Chicken Box on CBS.

South Florida Bulls vs. (4) Connecticut Huskies - ESPN
6:00 tonight from the XL Center on ESPNU.

DePaul Blue Demons vs. (9) Georgetown Hoyas - ESPN
1:00 Saturday from the Phone Booth on MASN and ESPN3.

Fiesta Bowl: Connecticut Huskies vs. (7) Oklahoma Sooners - ESPN
8:30 Saturday from Glendale on ESPN and ESPN3. Huskies are getting 16.5.

Rutgers Scarlet Knights vs. (8) Villanova Wildcats - ESPN
1:00 Sunday from the Pavilion on ESPNU.

(15) Notre Dame Fighting Irish vs. (5) Syracuse Orange - ESPN
3:30 Saturday from the Dome on ESPNU.

Videos of Interest:

Video of (Dis)Interest:


Miss Throwdown:

Today's Miss Throwdown is one of the usual suspects on the weekly HD post. Here's an AWESOME mega-gallery and two videos of one of my favorite Brit's: Keeley Hazell.

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