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Huggs and the men
will attempt to should get back on the winning side of things tonight when they take on seemingly perennial WVU opponent Robert Morris tonight at the Coliseum. Now that the bowl situation has settled down a bit, we can expect more and more basketball coverage. But, back on the football side of things, today starts an even three weeks of bowl prep (including light work during finals week).
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What You May Have Missed:
Head Coach Bob Huggins - Mountaineer TV
West Virginia coach Bob Huggins talks about Tuesday night's game against Robert Morris.
Preview: Robert Morris - BGNPreview: Robert Morris - BGN
WVU Basketball Game Preview: WVU vs. Robert Morris - WVillustrated.com
NCAA College Basketball Polls - ESPN
No votes in AP, 2 out in Coaches (#27)
2011 Women's College Basketball Rankings and Polls for Week 4 - ESPN
#9 AP & #10 Coaches
NCAA College Football Power Rankings Week 14 - ESPN
1/16th of Champs Sports Bowl payoff goes to Bill Stewart - WVU Sports with Mike Casazza
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.
WVU fans prepare for bowl game - Charleston Daily Mail
WVU 2010 Champs Sports Bowl - Facebook
Fan created page
Football: Thomas Named Defensive Player of Week - MSNsportsNET.Com
VSR: Carrier WVU Athlete of the Week - MSNsportsNET.Com
News of Note:
VIDEO: WVU Men's Basketball Interviews - WVillustrated.com
Huggs and Truck
Huggins wants better production from centers - Charleston Gazette
Mountaineers Look To Rebound - WVMETRONEWS.COM
Mountaineers have lost two games quickly - Daily Athenaeum
WVU basketball: Huggins says young Robert Morris coach needs to be himself - Charleston Daily Mail
Polar opposites - Times West Virginian
For WVU basketball fans going to the Duquesne game - 'Eers to the Ground
WVU Alumni Assn. in Pitt is having a party.
WVU Team Report by The Sports Xchange: Bowl Breakdown - WVillustrated.com
West Virginia regular season recap - ESPN
WVU football: Midseason woes brought team together - Charleston Daily Mail
Big East power rankings: Season finale - ESPN
Cornerback Brandon Hogan - Mountaineer TV
Mountaineers360 feature on senior cornerback Brandon Hogan.
Texts from Rutgers Game Day - WVU Sports with Mike Casazza
WVU accepts bid to Champs Bowl - Inter-Mountain
West Virginia Vs. North Carolina State: 2010 Champs Sports Bowl To Pit Mountaineers Versus Wolfpack - SB Nation Pittsburgh
Ranking the bowls, from best to worst - ESPN
#15 - Champs Sports Bowl
Breakdown: NC State Wolfpack - WVMETRONEWS.COM
The best team in the Big East won’t be going to a BCS bowl - Parkersburg News and Sentinel
UConn’s win tops WVU’s comeback - Daily Athenaeum
WVU Prospect Sim Bhullar Finds New Home in Huntington - WVillustrated.com
Auburn, Oregon Atop BCS, But Not National Recruiting Race - NCAAFB FanHouse
Around the League (and Beyond):
Report: TCU Can Only Enter Big East If They Bring Girls - The Onion
Big East non-BCS matchups lack sizzle - ESPN
An early look at the bowls - Parkersburg News and Sentinel
The day the dominoes stopped - WVU Sports with Mike Casazza
Rob Long To Miss Pinstripe Bowl Due To Brain Surgery - Troy Nunes Is An Absolute Magician
We absolutely wish him well
Remember when UConn was beaten by Temple? - Charleston Gazette
Bowl Predictions: Champs Sports Bowl Selection Hurts Pitt - Cardiac Hill
Talk about expectations....we worry about getting to BCS bowls and they worry about getting jobbed for the Champs Bowl
Location is everything for Louisville football - Courier-Journal
Big East Football Notebook: Rutgers not in line for any postseason accolades - Star Ledger
The True Story Behind The Bearcat's Arrest - Down The Drive
A disappointing season still earns Pitt a bowl trip - PPG
Scoring takes flight for defensive Panthers - PPG
Wings Taking Off A Little For UConn Men - Hartford Courant
Syracuse vs. Michigan State: Gird Your Loins - Troy Nunes Is An Absolute Magician
Undefeated University of Cincinnati Bearcats pummel Toledo - Cincinnati Enquirer
"At some point after the Big East Conference season begins, University of Cincinnati basketball coach Mick Cronin might wish he had played a more competitive non-league schedule." - 81-47
Early slate is tough test for USF men's basketball - Tampa Tribune
BREAKING: JayVaughn Pinkston Suspended For The Year - The Nova Blog
Ranking the conferences: From 1 to 32 - ESPN
College Football Overtime - Stewart Mandel - SI.com
Dissecting final coaches' poll ballots from 2010 season - Andy Staples - SI.com
Five-Step Drop: BCS Gaffe Exposed - NCAAFB FanHouse
Starting 11: Auburn Seeks Seventh SEC National Title of BCS Era - NCAAFB FanHouse
Heisman Trophy Finalists Announced: Cam Newton Heads Field of Four - NCAAFB FanHouse
What's On Tap:
Robert Morris Colonials vs. West Virginia Mountaineers - ESPN
7 pm tonight from the Coliseum on MASN, SNY, BE Network and ESPN3. No line.
(8) Michigan State Spartans vs. (7) Syracuse Orange - ESPN
9 pm tonight from MSG on ESPN. Cuse is getting 3.
Videos of Interest:
TCU is taking this Big East move serious...renovations already:
Video of (Dis)Interest:
This was inevitable...
Today's Miss Throwdown is Tampa native Michelle Baker. There's a lovely gallery to be seen if you click on the pic.
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