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The Shotgun/Throwdown: Thursday (12/9/10) Edition

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Huggs isn't happy with us. And by "us," I mean the fan-base as a whole. Attendance lately has been, let's call it, "sparse." Of the callers last night on Caridi's show, the most common refrain was the parking situation. Some were put off by the $20 fee, others by the walk (terrain and weather, especially for the older fans and those with children) if you don't get to the Coliseum early enough to get a spot. My situation is this: I have a 2+ hour drive across I-68 through Frostburg/Keyser's Ridge in the winter and during the work week, that just isn't feasible on a regular basis. But because of that, I also don't have season tickets that go un-used. If I was closer, I would have season tickets and I would use them. I want to know your take. Comment below, please.

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What You May Have Missed:

Head Coach Mike Carey - Mountaineer TV
Coach Carey talks about what he expects to see from Villanova during Thursday night's game.

Guard Liz Repella - Mountaineer TV
Liz Repella talks about the challenge Villanova presents for WVU's defense.

VIDEO: No. 9 WVU Women's Basketball Interviews Prior to Big East Opener at Villanova -
Coach C, Repella and Ali

Ali in final leg of long, strange journey - Times West Virginian

WVU women to entertain Villanova - Parkersburg News and Sentinel

Football's Grad Rate Recognized - MSNsportsNET.Com

Four Make all-Big East First Team - MSNsportsNET.Com

BIG EAST Announces 2010 Postseason Football Honors - BIG EAST Conference
No major awards, but 11 named to First and Second team All Big East

Bill Stewart: CSB Media Event In Orlando (Audio) -
Stewart talks about the Wolfpack to the Orlando media and what it will be like to play in this bowl game.

Tom O'Brien: CSB Media Event In Orlando (Audio) -
NC State's head coach talks about the Champs Sports Bowl and what he knows about the Mountaineers to the Orlando media.

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.

2010-11 College Football Bowl Travel Guide - One Great Season

Women's Soccer: WVU Earns Final Ranking - MSNsportsNET.Com
The Mountaineers finished with a ranking of No. 13 in the final National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) poll and was tabbed No. 14 by TopDrawerSoccer.

News of Note:

Huggins Makes Mass Substitution Work -

Huggs Views -

Huggins on fans: WVU’s program hasn’t arrived yet - Daily Athenaeum
"I've got great respect for the game and the way it's supposed to be played. The 6,334 that showed up deserve a little better," Huggins said. "I think that's what it was. Sorry, the 6,443. I hate to short them."

WVU basketball: Huggins at a loss for words - Charleston Daily Mail

Bob Huggins was bored last night - WVU Sports with Mike Casazza

Huggins calls out absent WVU fans - Charleston Gazette

Photo Gallery IV: WVU vs Robert Morris - BGN

Musings of a Mountain Man: 12/8 -

More kudos for WVU defense - Charleston Gazette

Analyzing the All-Big East teams - ESPN
Everyone except the coaches seems to agree Geno should have got the first team QB nod

WVU football: Four Mountaineer defenders earn first-team All-Big East - Charleston Daily Mail

Big East honors WVU's Irvin - Register-Herald

Wrapping up the Big East regular season - ESPN

Only one true winner in Big East - Parkersburg News and Sentinel

Not This Time Notre Dame - WVMETRONEWS.COM

WVU football: Mullen candidate for Kent Sate job - Charleston Daily Mail

WVU offensive coordinator Mullen a candidate at Kent State - PPG

Jeff Mullen a strong candidate at Kent State - 'Eers to the Ground

KSU football coaching search continues; rumor names begin to surface -

Yes, there IS a chat today at 1 p.m. - 'Eers to the Ground


Update: JC All-Amer. Chooses WVU - WVMETRONEWS.COM

Florida recruiting will be affected by departure of Urban Meyer - USA Today

Around the League (and Beyond):

Louisville wakes up, rolls over San Francisco - Card Chronicle

Pitt Vs. Delaware State: Dante Taylor's Big Game Lifts Panthers - Cardiac Hill

Brawl losses played role in Pitt firing - Times West Virginian
Hertzel Column

Ben Kline Decommits From Pitt: First Shot Is Fired - Cardiac Hill

Things USF and Clemson Players Might Have Received from the Meineke Car Care Bowl - Voodoo Five

Cronin: ‘Rebuilding the program all that matters’ - Cincinnati Enquirer

Marrone Passed Over For Big East Coach Of The Year - Troy Nunes Is An Absolute Magician

Sources: Rutgers to shake up coaching staff -

College basketball, UConn, FDU - Hartford Courant

UConn football player arrested on child pornography charges - The UConn Blog
Very disturbing news out of Storrs.

Despite career night from Jordan Theodore, Seton Hall falls to Arkansas, 71-62 - Star Ledger

postGame: Villanova 65, Penn 53 - The Nova Blog

Terrence Jones Takes Over, Kentucky Pulls Away From Notre Dame - NCAABB FanHouse

Dan Mullen and Four Others Who Could Replace Urban Meyer at Florida - NCAAFB FanHouse

College Football Mailbag - Stewart Mandel -

College Basketball Mailbag - Seth Davis -

What's On Tap:

Mountaineers to Open BIG EAST Play - MSNsportsNET.Com
No. 9 ranked West Virginia women’s basketball team travels to Villanova to take on the Wildcats in its first BIG EAST game of the season on Thursday night at 7 p.m.

(10) Georgetown Hoyas vs. Temple Owls - ESPN
9 pm tonight from the Licorice Center (not really, it's Liacouras) in Philly on ESPN2.

Video of Interest:

Video of (Dis)Interest:

After seeing the movie, I said I wanted this included in the DVD extras. I just wish you could choose which to watch in regular speed. Somebody must've been sorta listening... (Warning: SPOILERS)

Miss Throwdown:

Today's Miss Throwdown is Sarah James. A lovely gallery awaits those who click on the pic.

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